The benefits of CBD are being regularly discussed these days and one of the most popular questions is whether or not it is safe to give it to animals.
The many uses and potential health benefits of CBD products are subject to extensive research by scientists, medical experts and of course cultivators and producers of this natural substance.
CBD – or cannabidiol- has been used in some form or other for centuries. It’s produced from hemp or cannabis plants. When taken as an oil or capsule, people find it valuable in restoring the body’s natural balance, to find new levels of energy, and to sleep and rest more effectively.
That’s because CBD interacts with the brain’s endocannabinoid receptors. These naturally produce a similar substance to keep our bodies in their normal, healthy state. CBD appears to give these receptors an additional, beneficial boost!
CBD does not, however, include a chemical called THC, which is the substance responsible for making people feel high when they use cannabis-based recreational drugs.
So, can CBD bring about similar health benefits for pets?
Body of support for CBD for pets
Just as the advantages for humans are being thoroughly explored, the impact of CBD on pets is subject to formal research.
However, some pet owners report that it has similar potential when used on animals such as dogs. This includes relief from pain, inflammation and seizures, relaxing them and supporting sleep and a general restoration of fitness and energy.
There are holistic vets who recommend CBD is used to calm anxious dogs or to support mainstream medicine in tackling tumors and seizures in pets.
Are there risks in using CBD on animals?
Anecdotal observations about the side effects of using CBD for pets suggest that these too are similar to human results. Moderating dosage carefully can be important, to regulate dry mouth, for example. Also, there is a need to ensure that the calming impact of CBD doesn’t become excessive drowsiness.
There is widespread support for the use of CBD in pets though, and a growing interest in extending the benefits. For example, a current study funded by the American Kennel Club Cannine Health Foundation into the use of cannabidiol to treat drug resistant epilepsy in dogs.
According to the Dogs Naturally website: “More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse health benefits. And they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.”
Any product used on pets should be carefully controlled and monitored, as your much-loved animal can’t give you verbal feedback!