CBD (Cannabidiol) has become increasingly more popular in the health and wellness industry. More recently, CBD is being sought after by animal-owners seeking relief for their furry loved ones when conventional options have failed.
CBD oil is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp that has shown to have a wide range of health benefits, and it turns out that our furry companions can benefit from CBD oil too.
The Endocannabinoid System
Just like us, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system. What’s that?
The endocannabinoid system is a network of cell-signaling receptors that is closely integrated with the nervous and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the gastrointestinal tract and immune system. CBD interacts with these receptors to impart a wealth of therapeutic benefits. Pets, such as dogs and cats, benefit from CBD the same way we humans do. Research has also shown that CBD also interacts with receptors outside of the ECS, such as Serotonin and Vanilloid.
Will CBD get my pet high?
CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant that is non-intoxicating, which means it won’t get you or your pet “high.” THC is the intoxicating compound in cannabis that causes a high. While THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, these distant cousins couldn’t be more different. THC mainly exerts its effects by activating your body’s CB1 receptor found in the brain and causes intoxication. THC is also toxic to pets but CBD is non-toxic and possesses no psychoactive properties, meaning that you never have to worry about it getting your pet “high.”
What Are The Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets?
-Helps to calm anxious behavior
-Alleviates joint pain
-Improved coat shine & thickness
-May reduce seizures
-Promotes overall health and wellness
Is CBD safe for pets to consume?
Yes. A clinical study on Osteoarthritic dogs showed that a high dose of 2mg CBD / kilogram given every 12 hours over a 4 week period, showed no observable side effects. Several other studies also state that CBD is non-toxic and safe for pets to consume. However, THC is toxic for pets. When shopping for a CBD product for your pet make sure that the product contains 0% THC.
CBD Emporium carries CBD oil for both cats and dogs, as well as CBD-infused dog treats that are made with human-grade ingredients, 3rd party lab tested and contain 0% THC, making them safe for your pet to consume.
How much CBD do I give my pet?
All of our CBD products for pets will come with a recommended dosage based on weight.
If you are looking to improve your pets health with an all-natural alternative, then CBD might just be what you are looking for. We recommend consulting your veterinarian before starting your pet on a new supplemental product.
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 their serotonin levels.