CBD For Animals
Every day, as more and more people learn about the massive benefits of CBD—many pet owners wonder if there are similar advantages for our four legged friends. The truth is, the use of CBD for animals is not a new concept. Cannabis has been used in veterinary medicine for thousands of years dating back to the ancient Greeks.
In fact, there was an early scientific study published in 1899 in the British Medical Journal on the subject. Veterinary doctor and pharmacologist Walter E. Dixon focused his research on dogs and cats who were given relatively high doses of cannabis. Over the last decade, the medical community has seen a resurgence in the use of CBD containing drugs to treat medical conditions in animals including: pain, arthritis, cancer, seizures, and digestive problems.
Endocannabinoid System in Animals
All animals have an endocannabinoid system. It can even be found in more primitive animals like snails. It affects things like your pain receptors, appetite, mood, and memory. While all animals have an endocannabinoid system, it’s function changes between different species. Dogs in particular.
Dogs are known for having a larger concentration of endocannabinoid receptors in their cerebellum than any other species. This area of the brain is responsible for things like heart rate, and breathing. For this reason, it’s important not to dose your dog as you would yourself. Depending on the size of the animal, and the dose, effects may last from hours to even days.
When we talk about cats though, the effect on their endocannabinoid system is similar to that of humans when they take too much. Although you can “overdose,” the worst that can happen is a dry mouth and perhaps a hefty appetite for those leftovers in your fridge.
Cautions on the Use of CBD to Treat Pets
It’s important to use caution when you are using CBD to treat your dog because dogs have more endocannabinoid receptors in their brain than we do. This can dramatically affect coordination, heart rate, breathing, and appetite. It should also be noted that CBD is much safer than a product that contains high levels of THC for dogs.
Choosing a Cannabis Product for Your Pet
With the explosion of new CBD products on the market, people everywhere are finding out that CBD can help pets. The results are instant for safe, effective treatment of certain issues, and the list continues to grow. Older dogs that suffer from arthritis can be seen running around like puppies due to the lack of pain. It also stimulates appetite. The bottom line is that it improves the animals quality of life. Our CBD products in particular are safe, containing only trace amounts of THC. Most of the time it’s easy to dose your pet. Use a tincture to drop it in their mouth or even mix it in with their favorite snack.
CBD Not THC
There was a time when people thought THC was the compound responsible for all the benefits of cannabis, but not today. Studies and experiential knowledge has shown CBD to be effective, and to use on animals. Nowadays CBD is the king when it comes to cannabis. It is derived mostly from hemp as well. Many dogs have seen the benefits of CBD on conditions that affect the gastrointestinal system, and seizures.
Hemp and cannabis are botanicals, made up of many different compounds. In theory there is a synergy among the chemicals, and the sum is greater than each part. This is one reason why some people in the past have chosen to use cannabis, not CBD. Whether it comes from hemp, or cannabis, CBD has been shown to be a safe effective treatment when isolated.
CBD extracted does not contain high amounts of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids responsible for “negative” effects come from THC. It’s worth looking at the ratio of CBD to THC when you are looking for CBD for animals. CBD will enter the body and replicate neurotransmitters in the endocannabinoid system, and it affects everyone differently.
The trick is to create an individual treatment plan that fits whatever issue you are trying to address. For instance, a formula that is used to fight cancer in dogs may be much stronger than the one you use to treat glaucoma or seizures in dogs. Our formulas have certain ratios that are proven to help a number of ailments, including:
- Pain from arthritis
- Poor appetite
- And more
There are so many benefits when you choose the proper CBD product for your pet. And the best part is the changes can be instant! For older dogs, it can be like turning back the clock, giving them a new lease on life. When you are choosing CBD for animals, be sure to contact us today if you have any questions.