Pets and CBD: Not just for Humans
Studies are uncovering a growing number of positive effects from CBD* treatment on animals. It’s important to note that pets and CBD in both animals and humans is still in its infancy, and consulting with your vet and buying from trusted sources is encouraged before administering any form of CBD to your pets or to yourself.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol oil, commonly referred to as CBD, is a compound commonly found in cannabis, though it’s not one that provides a high like its sister, THC. Some claim it can have a myriad of positive effects on pets.* Humans and animals both have an endocannabinoid system that both contain receptors and produces endocannabinoids. This system helps regulate of host of functions, ranging from the immune system, memory, the nervous system, sleep, stress, female reproduction, pain and appetite.
Preliminary studies* have shown a lot of promise with results in pets and CBD, especially dogs. Dr. Stephanie McGrath at Colorado State University conducted a 24-week study on a group of dogs who experienced regular seizures, and found that 89% of dogs experienced a reduction in the frequency of their seizures. In July of 2018, researches at Cornell University published a study that showed that dogs suffering from arthritis benefited greatly from a twice a day CBD dosage. Their activity and comfort levels both increased during the trial.
Numerous studies have begun to corroborate the effects of CBD in pets, taking CBD from a mysterious fringe treatment and bringing into the mainstream.
Outside of the lab, anecdotal evidence is also quickly mounting in favor of CBD use in pets.* iHeartdogs conducted a survey in 2018 to find out if dog owners were seeing a change thanks to CBD. Out of the respondents, about 75% stated they found the CBD oil as “Very or Somewhat Effective” for purposes ranging from pain relief, cancer/tumors, anxiety, arthritis, and seizures.
Pets and CBD Usage
The most popular form of CBD administration is orally using a tincture or oil. It comes in a bottle with a dropper, though it can be taken through other methods as well. Remember that every animal is different, so always work with your vet and tweak the dosage as necessary.
Support for pets and CBD products* is growing to a fever pitch, and for good reason. It’s a natural method for pet owners. Studies are continuing to back up the claims for CBD oil, and companies all around the world are starting to understand the gravity of this new field. You’re always encouraged to do your research, consult with a vet, and treat your pet with the care and love you would give to yourself.
*The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDS-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require this notice.