UNLEASHING THE POWER OF CBD FOR DOGS
You can’t help but see the surge in popularity of CBC oil for humans, and now it’s for pets as well. It can be rather confusing hearing these new terms – hemp, CBD, THC – so we’ll try to clear things up for you.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis plants, but CBD doesn’t produce the “high” associated with marijuana because it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
To address the issue of legality, hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant but contain different levels of THC. Marijuana can contain as much as 30% THC, while the hemp plant has a maximum of only 0.3% THC. So, while marijuana-derived CBD oil is still illegal in most states, hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in all 50 U.S. states.
CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil
CBD is an active cannabinoid compound derived from the leaves, flowers and stems of mature cannabis plants. It is this compound that provides the medical and therapeutic benefits you get from CBD oil.
Hemp oil is made from the cannabis seeds, which contain little to no CBD. While it doesn’t have the therapeutic characteristics of CBD oil, some pet owners use it as a nutritional supplement because it is rich with vitamins and minerals.
Is CBD Safe for Dogs?
Veterinary scientific research into CBD is in its infancy, but many vets have started recommending CBD oil for their pet patients. One study at Colorado State University showed that healthy dogs tolerated CBD well, with some subjects showing mild diarrhea or slightly elevated liver enzymes. Long-term effects are still to be determined, but they found no immediate threat of liver toxicity.
Human studies show that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects and can help with anxiety, aggression, pain, seizures, muscle spasms and neurological disorders.
Pet parents are sharing their stories on social media and online forums about the benefits they are seeing from their dogs using CBD. Equally important is that there doesn’t seem to be any reports of major side effects from pet parents or from veterinarians using CBD oil or treats.
The Benefits of CBD
Humans and pets have an endocannabinoid system that lets them benefit from CBD oil. This system allows the active ingredients in hemp to relieve many symptoms. CBD drops or treats can ease many occasional or chronic symptoms such as:
- Anxiety and stress
- Moderate to severe pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Epileptic seizures
- Digestive issues
- Symptoms from cancer
Finding Quality CBD Products
CBD oil for pets is not yet regulated, but there are things to look for when shopping the most effective and safe products.
- How is it grown? High-quality CBD oils are made from organically grown hemp that are free of toxins and pesticides.
- How is it processed? Safe methods include carbon dioxide and cold press extraction using no toxic solvents to extract THC from the plant.
- Independent testing. Look for companies that can provide a certificate of analysis (COA) from testing their products for microbials, pesticides, mycotoxins, solvents, heavy metals and more.
- Check the THC potency. Some products contain higher levels of THC which could be harmful to your dog. Look for products that contain a maximum of 0.3% THC. All products that are hemp derived should fall below this level.
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Treat Your Dog’s Joint Pain and Anxiety Naturally with CBD Oil!
Want to “weed” out man-made pharmaceuticals to help relieve some of your pup’s ongoing health problems? You’re not alone. More and more pet parents are turning to an all-natural alternative, Cannabidiol oil (better known as CBD oil), made from the hemp plant.
Studies have shown that CBD oil and other CBD products are beneficial for several human health issues, including anxiety, pain, seizures and neurological disorders. But is CBD effective and safe for dogs?
What Is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis (marijuana or hemp plants). CBD, however, doesn’t produce the “high” associated with marijuana because it doesn’t contain the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
For further clarification, hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant but contain different levels of THC. Marijuana can contain as much as 30% THC while the hemp plant has a max of only 0.3% THC. So, while marijuana-derived CBD oil is still illegal in most states, the hemp-derived oil is legal in all 50 U.S. states.
Human use of CBD oil is growing in popularity, especially in states where medicinal and recreational marijuana use is legal. But can you give CBD oil to dogs? Is it safe for our canine friends and other pets?
Many vets recommend CBD oil for dogs, even as veterinary scientific research into this new treatment is in its infancy. Studies in humans, however, show that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects and can help with anxiety, aggression, pain, seizures, muscle spasms and neurological disorders.
CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil: What’s The Difference?
Many people think CBD oil and hemp oil are essentially the same, but they’re not.
CBD is an active cannabinoid compound that comes from the leaves, flowers, and sometimes stems of mature cannabis plants. It’s this compound that provides the medical and therapeutic benefits you get from CBD oil (see below).
In contrast, hemp oils are made from cannabis seeds, which contain little to no amounts of CBD (or THC, for that matter). While hemp seeds don’t share the same therapeutic characteristics as CBD, hemp oils have their own unique nutritional benefits. Many pet owners use hemp oil as a nutritional supplement because it’s vitamin and mineral-rich.
How Can CBD Oil Help My Dog?
Like humans, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system that allows them to benefit from CBD oil. This system allows the active ingredients in hemp to help relieve many symptoms. Learn more about the endocannabinoid system in dogs.
CBD drops for dogs or CBD dog treats can ease several conditions your pup may suffer from either occasionally or chronically, including: