The non-psychoactive, highly therapeutic compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) has opened up a new channel of alternative therapy for pets. As more people start to familiarize themselves with the healing properties of cannabinoids, it might be time to consider the use of CBD as a viable treatment option for man’s best friend.
CBD oil is characterized by its low dosage of THC, making it an attractive option for humans and animals, especially those who prefer to avoid any psychoactive effects. CBD has been shown to alleviate a variety of ailments, such as arthritis, inflammation, stress disorders, anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures. Overall, early research indicates that CBD is a versatile compound with an assortment of benefits that can help ease your pet’s discomfort.
To help pet owners looking to try CBD oil for their pets, we’ve broken down the best ways to administer hemp oil. The most popular types of CBD products are CBD hemp extracts, tinctures, topical creams, and edibles.
CAN CBD HELP OUR DOGS?
Early research and anecdotal testimonials show that CBD has helped pets in many different ways. Here’s a preliminary list of various conditions that CBD has been found to help treat (and/or cure):
Deteriorating Quality of Life
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Joint & Mobility Issues
Phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorm)
In more general terms, feedback from pet owners show that CBD can be used to soothe your dogs. Some particular examples are during situations such as separation anxiety, thunderstorm fears, social anxiety, and long-distance traveling.
One of the biggest use cases that veterinarians are coming to find are with joint pains that dogs tend to suffer as they get older. Hemp CBD has been found “useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks, and even during post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness.”
More than anything, the most promising aspect of using CBD is the fact that it could help your dog get off synthetic drugs, which typically has many short and long-term side effects. Even if it can’t fully replace the conventional drugs, hemp oil could possibly help you lower the doses that the dog has to take.
HOW CBD WORKS FOR OUR DOGS- THE CANINE’S ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Research on how cannabinoids (including CBD) affect the human body has shown that they mainly interact with our endocannabinoid system, a nervous system that exists throughout our body.
This endocannabinoid system, also called ECS, has now been found to exist in all vertebrates, including mammals. Animals such as dogs were specifically found to share almost 70% biological homology with humans. Thus, it can be cautiously concluded that CBD interacts in a similar way in canines as it does in humans. Similar to how CBD interacts with receptors in our ECS, cannabinoids bind to receptors within the dog’s body. One study in particular found that the CBD “binds to these receptors for a longer duration [in dogs], and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response without causing toxic effects.”
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