Pet parents will do anything to ensure that their fur babies live the longest, happiest lives possible. CBD oil has been steadily increasing in popularity over the last decade as a remedy for all types of human illnesses. This has people wondering: will CBD work for pets as well?
According to a CNBC report, the Brightfield Group estimates that the market for sales of CBD pet products could increase to $1.16 billion by 2022. Even Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg have collaborated to create “Snoop’s Chews”. What is it about this natural treatment that has caught so many pet owners’ attention?
What is CBD?
CBD and THC are the two main parts of the cannabis plant. THC is what causes the feeling of “being high” that is so commonly portrayed in movies and tv shows. ”CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria,” says Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD. “You won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.”
CBD is a naturally occurring substance that is used to impart the feeling of relaxation and calm.
Is CBD Safe For My Pet?
YES! CBD is considered safe for humans and animals alike.
A scientific study published in the “Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association” studied potential negative effects by giving CBD to 30 healthy beagles. They concluded that CBD oil is safe but can have negative side effects in excessively high doses. Start your pet off with a small dose and observe how it affects them. The FDA has not approved a dosage chart yet but learn more here. You know your pet best and will be the best judge of what works best for them. Make sure to keep your eyes open for side effects as pets can not tell you how they are feeling. Side effects to look out for can include:
- Dry Mouth: Your pet can’t tell you what is wrong with them but watch to see if they’re drinking more water than usual.
- Tremors: Tremors of any kind are a cause of concern.
- Low Blood Pressure: At your next wellness visit confirm this. If it is lower than normal let them know that you’ve been giving your pet CBD. If they are lethargic or tired this may also be an indication of low blood pressure.
- Lightheadedness: Observe your pet to see if they seem disoriented and dizzy.
Can My Pet and I Use the Same CBD
Technically, Yes. CBD oil used for humans and animals are essentially the same. The difference is typically the strength and flavouring. The CBD oil you take will be stronger than what you would buy for pets. Keep this in mind for dosing, as it can be more difficult. Many treats made for pets will be flavoured ( peanut butter and bacon are popular) and often have healthy additives like cod liver oil.
If you do decide to use your own CBD to treat your furry child just make sure it doesn’t have a high level of THC or any additives that can harm animals.
What Does CBD Treat?
Our pets respond to the healing qualities of CBD in the same way that we do. This is because our endocannabinoid system work in the same way that theirs does.
This is amazing news if your pet has anxiety, chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite, epilepsy, or inflammation and you’ve run out of ideas on how to help them.
- Anxiety: Like humans, animals can also be affected by anxiety. Separation anxiety, persistent barking, chewing, and/ or aggression can all be different indications of stress. CBD is a natural relaxant and will create feelings of calm in your furry pal.
- Epilepsy: Studies have shown that CBD minimizes the symptoms of epilepsy. The exact reasons are unknown but the theory is that it has the ability to affect the receptors that calm the neurons firing during a seizure.
- Inflammation: CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps fight against arthritis and other joint problems. Although it doesn’t cure these illnesses it does make the symptoms more manageable. Your pet will find it easier to move around and play.
Does it Work?
CBD is safe for your pet but does it really work? Research is still in the early stages but there are endless personal stories that show how effective it can be.
Kelly Conway tells the story of her dog. Her 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Georgia, is a medical marijuana patient. Georgia suffers from syringomyelia, a serious neurological disease where fluid-filled cysts form within the spinal cord. It causes weakness, difficulty walking and bowel problems. Traditional medication stopped working, and Georgia was brought to an alternative veterinary clinic. Her health drastically improved after receiving treatments consisting of acupuncture and CBD.
Another pet mama, Carol Jarvis, gave her old English mastiff CBD to treat her hip dysplasia and arthritic knees. Coco was taking tramadol twice a day and it had become ineffective. The results shocked Carol. Her best friend is no longer in pain or spaced out all of the time.
Read more user testimonies on how their pets have had positive results treating with CBD here.
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