For most of us, our pets are like family. We care for and nurture them when they are healthy, and want the best care and medicines for them when they are sick. Luckily, cannabis is not just a necessity for human consumption. Your furry friends can also reap the health-boosting (and even lifesaving) benefits from this plant too!
CBD is not psychoactive
Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is one of the most exciting cannabinoids (the natural compounds found in cannabis) that we are aware of today. What used to be a little-known molecule is becoming a potential breakthrough nutritional component and treatment. CBD is found naturally throughout the seeds, stalk, and flowers of both hemp and marijuana varieties of cannabis.
The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has a psychoactive effect on the brain, and cannabis grown specifically to contain significant levels of THC is usually for recreational use.
Hemp, on the other hand, has only trace amounts of THC. Most CBD oils derived from hemp contain all the beneficial CBD without the THC. This means humans and pets can reap the natural medicinal benefits and relaxation properties without the intoxication.
Dog owners are using it to help their pets with a wide range of ailments - from anxiety to arthritis and cancer. It can help with compromised immune systems, stress responses, seizures, aggression and digestive issues too. There are also studies under way into CBD effects on type 1 diabetes and organ diseases.
Pain Relief & Inflammation
CBD can be very effective for decreasing pain including neuropathy and nerve related pain. It also decreases chronic inflammation, relieves acute pancreatitis, and can reduce inflammation associated with irritable bowel disease.
Animal studies also show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease. CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). And as an added bonus CBD is also a powerful antioxidant that’s shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E!
Veterinarians are also finding CBD hemp can be useful in treating acute ailments like sprains, strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and even during post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety or noise phobia, CBD has been found to reduce anxiety in both healthy people and people with anxiety disorders It has also reduced anxiety caused in public speaking, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Appetite Stimulant & Nausea Suppressant
If your dog or cat has a lack of appetite, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite in addition to controlling cancer. In animal studies, CBD has also been shown to help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.
Nervous System & Neurodegenerative Diseases
For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It’s been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity. For elderly dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.
CBD and other cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has even shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.
Seizures & Epilepsy
It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.
CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that were resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.
And a survey of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy found that 84% of the children taking CBD had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
A veterinarian by the name of Dr. Bassingthwaighte discovered CBD has been linked to heart health in animals. Studies show it can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.
With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, it appears to be safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. It can also decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog or other animal is taking any conventional drugs for one or more of these conditions, CBD hemp may make it possible to use lower doses of the drugs to achieve therapeutic effects. Since conventional medicines do have side effects, this is a useful benefit of CBD.
The bottom line? CBD oil could be a healthy (or even life-saving) herb for your beloved pet. More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse and marked health benefits. Better yet, they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.
But as with any herbal medicine, you will need to be patient. Your furry friend may feel some pain relief in a few hours, while other symptoms like inflammation or joint stiffness may take a few days to show improvement. And remember: Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets is derived from hemp oil, so it contains no or very small traces of THC.
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