CBD is Helping Pets, and It Could Possibly Help Yours
Updated: Dec 7, 2018
Let’s get this out of the way: CBD won’t make your dog high. Hemp-derived CBD distillate has minimal amounts of THC, the compound that normally would produce those "high" effects. In contrast, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it does not alter mood or perception of reality. So no need to worry-- if you give Buster a taste of our Pet CBD Tincture, he won’t be binge watching Netflix anytime soon.
Mammals, fish, birds and even reptiles naturally are born with endocannabinoid systems. This is an organism body’s biochemical structure that responds to the presence of cannabinoids. In fact, animals share 70 percent biological homology with humans (1). Therefore, CBD affects your pets in the same way it interacts with us, so Fido can benefit in the same way you do.
Early research and anecdotes reveal that CBD helps pets in a myriad of ways. CBD has been found to treat and/or cure:
Aging issues, such as joint & mobility
Hyperactivity and Anxiety, including phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorms)
Chronic Pain, including Arthritis
Deteriorating Quality of Life
Digestive Issues, including Gastrointestinal issues and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Cancer, Fatty Tumors, and Glaucoma
Inflammation and Pain
Seizures and Epilepsy
Hemp-derived CBD can aid with both acute chronic disease. There is research underway studying CBD’s impacts on cancer, organ diseases and Type 1 diabetes. Hebrew University’s School of Pharmacy (2) concluded CBD has anticonvulsant and anti-epileptic properties with a “high protective index,” especially when compared to Phenytoin and Phenobarbital, the conventional anticonvulsant drugs. Traditional anticonvulsants have on average a 70-75 percent success rate at reducing seizures, leaving room for CBD to supplement. Synthetic drugs typically have many short and long-term side effects, so CBD hemp oil can potentially help lower the doses of these prescriptions.
Veterinarians are also finding (3) CBD to be helpful with ailments like sprains, bone breaks, torn ligaments, and even for post-operative care to reduce pain and inflammation. Another study (4) by the University of Pisa’s Department of Veterinary Medicine found that cannabinoids could prevent inflammatory allergic disorders in dogs, such as skin problems. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation has published favorable testimonials (5) in support of cannabis use for pets. A survey by AHVMA reported (6) that 61.8 to 95 percent of pet owners have endorsed the “moderate to excellent” health benefits of CBD-infused treats.
Not only does CBD soothe your pup’s physical ailments, but it can also calm Rosco’s behavioral problems, such as aggression, long-distance traveling, fears of loud noises, as well as separation and social anxiety.
Currently, the only side effect recorded is occasional sleepiness. Even more so, a study by the Pharmacology department at Oxford (7) found that CBD “binds to [cannabinoid] receptors for a longer duration [in dogs], and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response without causing toxic effects.”
CBD is nature’s gift to not just us, but our beloved pets. Thanks to this miracle compound, we can treat our companion’s medical conditions without toxicity. Although CBD isn’t a cure-all medication, it can relieve Rover’s pain while extending his ability to enjoy life fully.
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AUTHOR: Sean Ryan