All over sudden CBD appears everywhere we look, trendy beauty salons offer CBD facials, boho looking Coffee shops sell CBD infused cappuccinos and now the pet industry also joins the trend and gets creative with the miraculous oil.
What is CBD actually?
Let’s find out why CBD is (in the truest sense of the word) in everyone’s mouth.
CBD (cannabinoid) is a non-psychoactive extract from Cannabis and here is where the first confusions come up. Most people are only familiar with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which on the other hand is psychoactive and both are natural compounds derived from the same plant– cannabis sativa. CBD and THC have the same chemical makeup- the difference is they don’t have the same chemical arrangements that is why it has different effects on our body.
So, what’s the effect of CBD and what is it good for?
CDB is meant to relieve pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety and depression, calm menstruation symptoms, soothe allergy symptoms, alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms, benefit heart health and reduce seizures coming from epilepsy. The studies undertaken for CBD and its benefits have been very vague so far and surprisingly, there haven’t been many of them. Which is the reason most Doctors remain skeptical.
Can my dog benefit from CBD?
Just like there isn’t much prove of CBD being beneficial for humans, there also are no real studies which can give us proof about positive or even negative effects of CBD for dogs.
There have been some Preclinical and human studies that have shown cannabis’ potential. CBD may help to treat pain and inflammation, nausea, anxiety and seizures in dogs.
While there’s no definitive scientific data yet on using CBD to treat a dog’s conditions, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners saying that it helped or even healed their pets.
Good news is, that the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is sponsoring a study, which will evaluate using CBD in epileptic dogs. This might become the first study to gain scientific data on using CBD on dogs with this condition.
While we are still waiting for some documented answers, we can only speculate about possible side effects of CBD usage for dogs, some potential ones are based on how CBD effects humans. Those side effects may include: Dry mouth, lowered blood pressure or drowsiness.
This all seems like quite a guessing game, yet the market is booming with all sorts of CBD products for dogs. From cookies, to juices and oils- you can get pretty much anything infused with a drop of CBD. In case we made you curious, take a look yourself:
What is important to know, if you want to give CBD to your Dog?
If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, you should know that not all oils are the same, so here is what to consider:
- Always buy organic.
- Cheap doesn’t mean it’s good. Quality has its price.
- Buy CBD as drops, that way you can control the dosage.
- Get Higher quality and purity.
- Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.
- Look out for certificates and the actual amount of CBD in the product.
- Check if the percentage of THC is less than the legal limit of 0.3.
Before you decide to give your Pet CBD in any form, maybe speak to your vet first and make sure that it is the right choice for your animal. But it is better to be safe and wait for some more studies to be conducted before following a trend blindly.