What is cannabidiol (or CBD) and why would you give it to your dog? Well CBD is a compound found in cannabis, that can be used for medical purposes. So, I know what you are thinking – will my dog get high? The answer is no. CBD is not psychoactive and is legal (in most places). CBD has no THC in it, which is the compound that makes people high. It simply lets the user enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive side effects. There are a number of health benefits associated with giving your dog CBD. They include helping treat pain, anxiety, nausea, epilepsy, inflammation, seizures, loss of appetite, cancer, and noise phobia.
Dogs can benefit from using CBD just like people can benefit. There has been research using dogs because they have the same kind of Endocannabinoid system (which is just a bunch of receptors that run through the body) as humans. So, they can be tested on because they have a definite reaction to medical marijuana. Just like people. You do have to be careful though, because if a dog ingests too much, it can be toxic.
There are many health benefits associated with giving CBD to dogs. They include the following: • Anxiety – In dogs, this can be the result of hearing loud noises and the fear caused by the noises. It helps them calm down and not react in a negative way to things such as thunder or fireworks. • Cancer – CBD actually helps fight cancer. It helps the dog’s system to create killer cells that kill cancer cells. It also helps slow down and prevent tumor growth. • Seizures / epilepsy – This can be useful when other, traditional, medicines for seizures doesn’t work. And, it isn’t as hard on the dog’s body and organs. • Pain – Pain caused by a number of underlying illnesses can be eased by CBD because it reduces inflammation and affects the neuropathy of the body. • Inflammatory bowel disease – CBD can help restore normal functions in the bowels. This decreases the inflammation and helps prevent colitis. • Inflammation – When a body has an inflammatory response and releases cytokines, the CBD can help decrease the amount released, and thereby reducing the inflammation. • Neurodegenerative disease, like cognitive dysfunction syndrome and Parkinson’s disease – It helps reduce toxicity in the brain, thus easing the suffering from these kinds of diseases. • Nausea and poor appetite – Sometimes a dog will not want to eat because they are nauseous (from a variety of reasons). CBD can help ease the nausea and get the dog to eat. • Heart health – It can help with blood pressure and damaged blood vessels.
There are different kinds of CBD oils, so it is important to choose the right one for your pet. If the oil is taken from a hemp plant, it does not contain any THC. This is important because too much THC can be toxic to dogs. If the oil is produced by a cannabis plant, it may still have a small amount of THC.
Overall, if your dog is suffering from one or two significant illnesses or conditions, giving CBD might be worth a shot. It can help your dog be more comfortable when suffering from a serious medical condition, like cancer, or cognitive dysfunction syndrome disease. Additionally, if your dog needs help getting through the Fourth of July fireworks, CBD can help ease the anxiety and reduce the fear associated with the loud noises. But, as with anything, do your research and talk it over with your dog’s veterinarian. Together you can come up with a plan to use conventional treatments with the addition of the benefits of CBD.