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CBD For Pets? Benefits and Safety Explained

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CBD For Pets? Benefits and Safety Explained

CBD is used by people for all manner of ailments. From managing anxiety to stress and even pain, CBD is a versatile compound, but can it be used in pets? With so many CBD products available, you’ll find some pet-friendly versions as well that claim to help with anxious or hyper pets. Even with the popularity of these products, there are still skeptics that ask the question “is it safe for my pet?”

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most popular uses of CBD pet products, as well as the safety and benefits they have to offer. If you’ve got a furry friend at home, you need to keep reading so you can learn all about what CBD can do for them! 

CBD: What Is It?

Cannabidiol is one of 113 Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. This compound is naturally-occurring, and naturally interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for regulating many bodily functions, including pain, appetite, and processes related to homeostasis. 

CBD is extracted from industrial-grade hemp, which is not the same as marijuana. Hemp is an incredibly strong and versatile plant, with hundreds of uses other than just providing CBD. Did you know that hemp fiber is actually the strongest plant fiber known to man? It’s also easy to grow and can absorb toxins from the soil around it.

CBD Isn’t Going To Make Your Pet “High”

Let’s just cover something that comes up often in conversations about CBD. This common misunderstanding can be cleared up with one simple sentence: CBD is not the same as THC, and even though hemp and marijuana are technically derived from the same plant, they differ in THC content. 

According to federal law, hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis, or else it’s considered a controlled substance. As long as you’re buying “broad-spectrum” CBD oil, you’ll be within the guidelines. Keep in mind that “full-spectrum” products do contain THC, and can cause psychoactive effects. Not to mention, they’re illegal at the federal level! 

According to Penguin CBD, the best CBD is sourced from USA-grown hemp and stays well within federal guidelines. The top providers in the industry have set the standard by providing the highest-quality CBD possible, and it’s important that you consider the provider you’re buying from carefully. 

The Benefits Of CBD 

CBD has similar effects on household pets as it does with humans. In humans, CBD is used for skin care, mental health (anxiety/stress management and even depression), post-workout, improved sleep quality, and more. In pets, CBD is generally used to calm anxious or hyperactive pets, and it’s been shown to have some promising results. 

While there is no official study on the effects of CBD oil/products on pets, users swear by it. Dogs and cats who suffer from chronic pain can take CBD treats infused with oil on a daily basis to help reduce pain and inflammation, among other things. 

The benefits of CBD oil for dogs and cats are numerous, whereas the negative side effects are minimal at best. CBD has been shown to cause fatigue when it’s over-consumed but other than that, only minor diarrhea and appetite changes have been noted as negative side-effects. 

Is It Safe?

Research into the safety of CBD is minimal, and no formal research has been conducted on behalf of our furry friends. However, the research that is available on the compound is very promising. Not only has CBD spread all over the nation and is used by millions already, but the FDA has even approved a CBD-based drug for certain rare seizure-inducing conditions. All of the research so far tells us that CBD is safe to consume or use topically. 

As far as our pets go, CBD seems to be effective at helping with similar conditions with no major side-effects. The bottom line? You’ll just have to give it a try to see if it’s a good fit for your pet! Of course, you’ll always want to consult your veterinarian first. 

Some pet owners are choosing the best CBD products for their simplicity and natural properties. While some medications offer harmful side-effects, CBD is non-addictive and doesn’t wreak havoc on the digestive tract or liver. 

How Do I Know Which CBD Product Is Right?

Perhaps the most complex part of CBD products is finding the right one for your pet. There are dozens of pet-friendly varieties, with flavors and options aplenty. That being said, you still want to be sure you’re getting a high-quality variation so as not to expose your pet to pesticides, additives, or other contaminants. 

Since the FDA isn’t regulating the CBD industry to its fullest extent, there are plenty of wannabe brands out there who offer a product that’s sub-par at best. They often advertise their products as being “more affordable”,  but they’re only cheaper because of the lower quality ingredients. 

The top brands in the CBD space have set their own standards for excellence, which includes:

  • Third-party lab testing to ensure potency and THC content 
  • Organically grown hemp from the USA 
  • High-quality extraction processes 
  • Excellent customer service 

Be sure the provider you’re looking to purchase from at least meets these standards. If not, move on; you don’t want to risk your money or your pet’s health on a product that doesn’t meet a certain quality standard. 

The Take-Away 

While there isn’t any official research into the effectiveness or safety of CBD use in pets, millions of pet owners have found success with the compound. From pain management to anxiety relief, the compound offers many benefits and little to no side-effects. 

Whether you’ve got a cat, dog, or horse, CBD pet treats might just be what you need to offer them a natural alternative to pain relievers or to calm them down. Start with a small dose and see how it affects your pet, and then move up to as much as you think your pet needs. Always check with your vet as well, and keep them informed! 

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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