Updated: 5 days ago
CBD, a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and hemp has been booming as a natural alternative to conventional medicine and it turns out that our furry companions can benefit from CBD oil too.
Will CBD get my pet high?
Absolutely not! CBD is 100% non-intoxicating and will not cause a "high".
How Does CBD Work?
In humans, CBD works by interacting with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) found in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our bodies. CBD also works on other receptors in the body, such as, Vanilloid (helps to regulate pain perception) & Serotonin (helps to regulate mood). By stimulating these receptors & the cannabinoid receptors, CBD helps to promote homeostasis throughout the body. Homeostasis can best be described as the proper functioning of the body. It occurs when the body is in balance, and ensures all our biological systems function to the best of their ability. Since dogs and cats have these receptors as well, they too can find relief using CBD to help manage similar ailments and to maintain homeostasis.
What Are The Benefits of CBD for Pets?
helps calm anxious behavior
alleviates joint pain
Improved coat shine & thickness
May reduce seizures
Overall health and wellness
Is CBD safe for pets to consume?
A clinical study on Osteoarthritic dogs showed that a dose of 2mg CBD / kilogram given every 12 hours over a 4 week period, showed no observable side effects (see below more studies on CBD for pets). While more research is needed to be done, CBD is showing great results thus far.
If you are looking to improve your pets health, so they can live happier, longer lives than CBD might just be what you are looking for. Always consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on a new supplement product, especially if your pet is on medication - to make sure there are no side effects and counter interactions between the two.
Studies On CBD For Pets
Randomized blinded controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of oral cannabidiol administration in addition to conventional antiepileptic treatment on seizure frequency in dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy
Effecs of CBD in dog behavior
Neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, transmit chemical messages in the brains and bodies of dogs and humans and as a result both have the same physiological reactions to behavioral states such as joy, fear, excitement and pain
There hasn't been a direct study on CBD for pets with anxiety but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from pet owners to support it. Also, studies on humans with anxiety has shown that CBD stimulates 5-HT1A, a serotonin receptor that gives an anti-anxiety effect - this is how CBD works to reduce anxiety. Since dogs and cats have Serotonin receptors in their physiology and produce serotonin naturally, CBD could be a potential benefit to decreasing your pets anxiety and regulating serotonin levels.