CBD has come under a lot of scrutiny because of people generalizing it as just another way to get “high”. This is not the case. As mentioned earlier, CBD oil often contains no THC. The caveat to this, however, is that CBD may contain THC depending on the company that provides it and the extraction and processing methods they use. Dispensaries, for example, are more likely to provide CBD with THC. Speak to the product manufacturer or your veterinarian to determine whether your particular dose of CBD for your dog includes THC or not. Also, be advised that high doses of THC are toxic for dogs. It is always for the best to ensure that the CBD product you’re giving your dog is free of THC.
CBD in general acts on the natural receptors of the endocannabinoid system in a variety of ways that may regulate many common health conditions all while boosting the natural ECS to keep your dog’s system functioning normal. While not FDA approved, there are multiple studies spanning back twenty to thirty years showcasing the positive potential effects CBD has on the following conditions:
- Protection against bacteria
- Promote bone growth
- Heart Health
- Neurodegenerative disease
- Epileptic seizures
- Nausea relief
- Appetite stimulant
All of the above listed conditions have been shown to be improved by CBD oil and its effects on the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Thanks to CBD, many dogs who would otherwise have been suffering from chronic pain or anxiety are able to live more comfortable lives. While there is a wide spectrum of benefits CBD can be used for, there are some common conditions that see more prevalent CBD usage than others. Common uses of CBD include:
- Anti-seizure: studies have shown reduction in severity and decrease in frequency of number and intensity of seizures among dogs.
- Analgesic: a medical terminology for pain, CBD has been effective in providing pain relief, decrease in inflammation and overall decrease or cessation of opiate pain relievers. If your dog suffers from chronic pain, CBD may be the answer
- Anti-cancer: CBD has shown to be effective in blocking and preventing further growth of cancer cells within a dog’s body. Research and testing is ongoing in this area.
- Anti-psychotic: CBD has produced positive results in reversing antisocial behaviors, pacifies motor responses to sudden and startling stimulus, improved cognition, and overall improvement in functioning.
- Anti-anxiety: especially useful for dogs with separation anxiety, a condition particularly common among rescue dogs
- Diabetes – CBD can serve as a good supplement to weight management and careful oversight of your dog’s diet
- Insomnia – CBD helps to promote a long and restful sleep for your dog without the after effects of being groggy and disoriented.
- Antioxidant – CBD is a powerful antioxidant . CBD reduces cell damage in a dog’s body that results from free radicals. This makes CBD a great source of relief, especially for dogs with severe allergies, skin conditions, and age-related deterioration
The effects of CBD are becoming widely known and studied even closer, but many potential uses of CBD are still being explored and some are yet to be discovered even to this day.
CBD is known to be a natural alternative and generally safe with no known serious side effects. However as with any supplements, we recommend consulting with a veterinarian who has experience with CBD. Less common side effects can include:
- Inappropriate dosage – consuming extreme amounts of CBD can cause lethargy. Make sure to follow the recommended dosing and increase in small increments if needed.
- Quality of product – do thorough research on the product to ensure proper guidelines are being followed. Poor quality CBD will be ineffective and may cause additional side effects. Make sure your product has been tested by a third party and contains less than 0.3% THC