You’ve probably come across CBD products made for dogs and cats; but have you given any thought to the potential health benefits of giving your pet CBD?
It turns out that man’s best friend could gain tremendously from using CBD – in fact, CBD works in animals the same it does in humans, through the endocannabinoid system.
The same processes that allow CBD to minimize inflammation or reduce anxiety can work in dogs and cats. This is why the CBD industry has expanded beyond offering remedies for human ailments, to treating anxious cats or arthritic dogs.
But why should I give my dog CBD?
Dogs go through the ups and downs of getting sick, acquiring an injury; or even personality problems like social anxiety – and just like people, their problems require treatmentas well.
CBD provides safe, reliable therapy for multiple ailments that affect dogs. The prime examples include:
- Pain and inflammation
Dogs may experience pain as a result of conditions such as
- Nerve pain
- Irritable bowel
CBD provides relief from pain and reduces inflammation while also speeding up recovery. This effect is attributed to cannabidiol’s action on immune system responses, hormonal changes caused by CB1 and CB2 brain receptors; and researcher is still ongoing to find out what other ways CBD influences the body.
- Digestion problems
Things can turn ugly quickly if your dog has stomach problems, but this doesn’t have to be a recurring problem. A regular dose of CBD can assist with digestion by providing antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatoryproperties which reduce irritation and inflammation in the stomach lining and intestines.
- Boost appetite
Is your pug not eating? No big deal; just dose his food with CBD. Among the many benefits of CBD (and indeed, cannabis) is its ability to increase appetite. Find a way to get CBD into dog food, or instead, purchase CBD dog treats. They are laced with CBD and will be easier for your dog to take than perhaps adding CBD oil to pet food.
- Manage cancer symptoms
Contrary to popular belief, CBD can’t cure cancer, but it can help manage some of the symptoms that come with the disease, especially pain and nausea. A regular dose of high-quality, broad-spectrum CBD oil is probably the best solution here, because all the cannabinoids working together provide quicker, and more comprehensive relief.
- Neurological disorders
Dogs that acquire neurological disorders tend to have an extremely difficult life, but if that’s the case, you may be able to help by giving him CBD supplements, or just feeding them CBD treats to improve neuron function. This is important particularly for enhancing things like coordination, mobility, and minimizing pain.
- Healthy heart
CBD is actually being studied for its effects on cardiovascular function, and for its ability to regulate insulin function. It’s not just humans that need a plan for managing cardiovascular health; dogs can have lower risk of heart problems and reduce oxidative stress, free radicals, and other toxins that may alter or damage heart health.
- Reduce infections
Dogs that have low immunity are more vulnerable to infection than normal, healthy dogs. For this reason,it may be necessary to have a mechanism in place for boosting the immune system and ward off diseases. CBD is safe and works in the body without altering or damaging organs or any normal physiological functions.
Is all CBD safe for dogs?
What you want to note here is that some CBD products contain more than one compound and may actually have higher amounts of THC – which is the only thing that would cause problems for animals. THC is found in high concentrations in cannabis than in hemp; and CBD is present in both hemp and cannabis plants.
During extraction, there is an option to remove all THC, but some consumers prefer whole-spectrum CBD (which has THC) instead of CBD isolate, or broad-spectrum CBD, which has all the flavanoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids except THC.
Animals don’t handle THC very well. In fact, this is true of people as well. So, to avoid causing a jittery dog to be even more paranoid and anxious, always check the THC content in your CBD. Ideally, THC should appear in amounts not exceeding 0.3 percent because again, animals are more sensitive to the compound than humans.
How do I find CBD for pets?
The internet is chock-full of CBD pet food, with informative guidelines for feeding, determining dosage, and so on. When buying or using CBD for dogs, keep in mind the size of the dog, as this will be important when checking the right dose.