What Are the Benefits of CBD for Pets?
Since the publication of my last article, Cannabis Aromatherapy – How Effective Is It, I’ve been doing more research and reading on the benefits of CBD for pets. My personal use of CBD and hemp oil has proven to be effective for me, so I decided that possibly my pets could also benefit. I have an older Border Collie who is beginning to show signs of aging in her hips. I want to make her life as painless and productive as possible in her older years and CBD sounds more the way I want to go than pharmaceuticals. So, this article and more to come on the benefits of CBD for people and pets.
These days, our pets are living longer, but like their humans, the process of growing older bring related health issues. Especially with dogs, the aging process brings reduced mental acuteness, decreased appetite and chronic pain along with arthritis. Anxiety and other stress related are a problem for dogs of all ages as well. As more information about the benefits of CBD for people is released, pet owners are wondering if the use of CBD can also benefit their pets.
Let’s review what CBD’s are for a moment. CBD’s are the common name for Cannabidiols, which are a molecule which is found in hemp. Hemp is not the same as marijuana but is a type of marijuana which can be legally grown and sold because it contains only a small amount of THC. THC essence which makes you “high”. There is less than 0.3% of THC in hemp, so it won’t get you or your dog high.
How Does CBD Work?
The process of how CBD works is complicated and you can read more about the entire explanation here if you want to know all the details.
Effectively, CBD works naturally with your pet’s natural nervous and immune systems much in the same was as it does with humans. Your pets will reap the benefits of CBD by feeling less anxious, more relaxed, confident and the use of CBD will promote overall good health.
“According to Dr. Robert Silver, a licensed and nationally renowned holistic veterinarian, CBD’s act like a key turning on or off certain functions within cells, reducing pain, inflammation, and anxiety. Further, he’s seen CBD’s improve appetite, turn on an immune cell so it works better, reduce seizures, and even reduce tumor spread by inhibiting the growth of blood vessels feeding it. Dr. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. and author of the book Cannabis and CBD Science says that, beyond their anti-aging benefits, cannabidiols may simply make pets feel better, improving their comfort, mood, activity, and appetite, so they feel and act like a younger version of themselves”.
What are the benefits of using CBD for Dogs?
By using CBD, your pet’s medical conditions can be treated without the serious side effects of pharmaceuticals. As with any nature based treatment, CBD is not a magical cure-all. It can be used to treat discomfort, relieve extreme pain and enhance their overall well-being. CBD gives pet owners another option rather than euthanizing their beloved pets. Some of the potential benefits of using CBD for dogs are:
- Reducing pain
- Reducing stress and anxiety (including separation anxiety)
- Reducing nausea
- Improving general wellness and health
- Stimulating appetite
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Minimizing aggression disorders and noise phobias
- Combating degenerative diseases and aging
- Increasing cognitive function
- Increasing muscle repair after strenuous exercise
- Improving circulation
- Promoting bone growth
- Reducing inflammation
- Increasing cognitive function
- Reducing or helping to control seizures
- Inhibiting cancer cell growth
Reducing or helping to control seizures
The Bottom Line
Just as in humans, supplements can work differently with each pet. Your pet may show rapid improvement with CBD or it may take a few weeks to work. So my answer is Yes, CBD can benefit your pets. I am becoming more and more convinced that CBD works for pets and people too! I would like to hear your feedback on whether or not you would use CBD to treat your pet.
*A good source for CBD for pets can be found on PetReleaf.com. You can read their blog and articles for more information as well. You can read more about what Veterinarians and the AMA are saying about the use of CBD or medical marijuana here.