CBD For pets
Researchers have started turning their heads towards the transformative power of CBD oil for pets. CBD is believed to interact with the endocannabinoid receptors of animals’ bodies in similar ways that it interacts with our own bodies. When cannabinoids interact with the receptors in our pets’ central and peripheral nervous systems, they may produce the same health-boosting effects that have made CBD oil so popular among humans.
REASONS TO GIVE YOUR PET CBD OIL
CBD is beginning to change the world of pain management – for humans and animals alike. Because CBD does not possess the harmful effects that can result from over-the-counter drugs, it is an ideal (and natural) alternative for treating chronic pain associated with inflammation, cancer, arthritis, and more.
CBD has been shown to decrease the production of inflammatory cytokines, which can cause allergies, hypersensitivities, and other autoimmune diseases.
If your cat or dog suffers from extreme separation anxiety or certain noise phobias, CBD may be effective in calming these nerves. CBD oil has been shown to help the body process serotonin, a hormone that plays a key role in regulating emotions.
Most pets who suffer from seizures are treated wit drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While these drugs may be effective in controlling seizures, they can also be quite harmful to the liver and other organs. In some cases, dogs have been found to be drug-resistant, meaning these drugs do not have any effect on them. CBD can be a safe alternative to these drugs and has been shown to work well in drug-resistant cases of epilepsy.
Research shows that CBD oil may have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has been shown to stop cancer cell growth and increase tumor cell growth by boosting the immune system and blocking the cells’ ability to produce energy. If you have a pet that has been diagnosed with cancer, this may be the solution not only for curing cancer, but also for relieving any pain that can be a result of tumors.
If you’ve noticed decreases appetite in your pet, CBD may be the solution. While CBD is acknowledged for its ability to increase appetite, it’s important to note that it can also help in suppressing vomiting and nausea.
CBD has been linked to improved heart health. Studies show that CBD reduces damage from damaged blood vessels, protects blood vessels from further damage, and reduces heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.
Studies have found that CBD can be effective in preventing colitis (IBD) and restoring normal gut motility (stretching and contracting of the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract) in inflammatory bowel disease. CBD’s antibiotic properties further aid in restoring a healthy gut.
CBD has been shown to be an effective alternative to many other drugs in treating certain diseases and health conditions. When separated from THC, which gives cannabis its psychoactive properties, CBD produces no mind-altering effects on your pets. CBD oil will provide the intended relaxation without any intoxication. The added bonus is that CBD appears to be safe, even when taken in high doses.
CBD Products on the Market
If you decide to try CBD as a treatment for your pet, there are a few things to keep in mind. CBD comes in a variety of forms which will have varying degrees of effectiveness on your pet. Some of these products include dog treats, soft chews, CBD-infused oils such as coconut oil, CBD-infused peanut butter, and CBD tinctures.
Not all CBD oils are the same – you want to ensure that you are purchasing high-quality CBD oil to increase its positive effects and decrease the possible risks.
- Go Organic. You want to ensure that the CBD oil you provide to your pet is free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, solvents, or other additives.
- CBD Only. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that verifies the CBD/THC ratio in the products you purchase. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD and high amounts of THC. To reduce risks, you want to ensure that there is little or no THC in the products you provide to your pets.
- CBD tinctures. While you can buy a variety of dog treats containing CBD, the best form to address more serious conditions is through tinctures. This way, you can adjust your pet’s dosage accordingly.
Risks of Using CBD
The safety and risks of using CBD for pets have not been extensively researched. Any medication or supplement carries a risk of negative reaction. To ensure safe use, keep these tips in mind:
- Always consult a veterinarian before medicating your pet
- Closely monitor your pet for any signs of distress after administering CBD oil
- As with humans, start low and go slow
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