CBD is one of the best up and coming products on a market. It is not only a dietary and wellness supplement, furthermore a medicinal molecule. No surprise why its popularity has been growing in recent years.
They are perfectly safe to use. Not only for us but for our four-legged friends too.
Dogs can get anxious, hurt or even have cancer too. It is important to treat their problem in a natural way and CBD oil offering a great overall alternative to help your pet to live a pain-free life. The good thing is that the oil does not affect their mental state. Belong to the green list!
What You Need To Know
CBD stands for cannabidiol, it comes from the cannabis plant. Before you ask the answer is NO… It is not a psychoactive chemical, it does not make you or your dog high. THC on the other hand does, it stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and it is a psychoactive chemical in the cannabis plant that could cause your dog to tell jokes and even laugh on them. It is one of the compounds of cannabis plant out of 400.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse THC affects things like memory, pleasure, concentration, coordination, thinking, sensory and time perception. It is many several health benefits that have been shown to treat epilepsy, depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and even eating disorders.
Great Pain Relief
One of the most amazing benefits is the analgesic (pain relieving) effect.
CBD is known to fight inflammation by interacting with receptors in the brain and the immune system.
It is an effective problem solver in any situation. It can work miracles on tired and achy muscles. If you are an athlete or just have an active lifestyle these products are a must have. Especially, if you are a happy owner of an active dog like mine who could go 24/7 then CBD comes handy. After long walks, their muscles need recovery too.
CBD Fight Cancer Cells
Recent studies indicate that CBD oil stops cancer cells from growing and increase its death. Dogs can get any disease we have. Unfortunately, cancer is one of those diseases. I wish I knew about this amazing product years ago when my dog had advanced spleen cancer. I could have eased his pain and extend his life at least a little.
It Can Help With Seizures and Epilepsy
Approximately 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. They receive seizure controlling drugs like potassium bromide and phenobarbital. As all the drugs these have their side effects, especially harmful for their liver. There have been studies working with epilepsy patients showing great results by using CBD, reducing the frequency of seizures.
CBD Is Highly Effective Against Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease
Chronic inflammation can be a thief of joy. It is a factor of pain and discomfort present in many health conditions. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid showing some impressive results in reducing inflammation. We talk about the autoimmune disease when the immune system gets triggered and detects healthy cells as invaders. The usual treatments are corticosteroids to increase inflammation in the autoimmune activity. As I have mentioned above the oil of cannabis plants is a great natural remedy for inflammations among its many other benefits.
It is a very effective solution for mental health conditions too like anxiety. How to tell that your pet is anxious? They express this emotion through verbal and physical cues like aggression, destructive behavior, drooling, panting, tucked tail, restlessness. These can be worrying when you see someone you love suffer, but the good news is that CBD products showing promising results in easing these symptoms.
The Endocannabinoid System
Probably not many of you have heard about the endocannabinoid system. Unless you are a scientist or work with medical cannabis. ECS system was first discovered in the 1990s, by L.A. Matsuda. Dr. Matsuda who was the first to talk about the structure and functional expression of the cannabinoid receptor.
We don’t fully understand just yet what the ECS do, but we do know that it tunes together most of our vital physiological functions. It encourage homeostasis affecting everything from inflammation, sleep, appetite, memory, mood, pain and even reproduction. The endocannabinoid system basically ensures that all systems work in harmony with one another. Imagine it as an event organiser working on a wedding. It wants to make sure that everything runs smooth.
Not only us humans have ECS. Even in the most primitive animal -sea-squirts-found to have cannabinoid receptors, an animal evolved more than 600 million years ago.
How the Endocannabinoid System was discovered you can read about it here.
The Right One – Quality – Organic
There are a couple of things to consider when we chose the product for ourselves or our dogs. Bear in mind that dogs have more sophisticated senses, therefore they respond to remedies in a much effective way than us. Make sure you start with a very low dosage and see how they are coping with it. I am talking about between 1-5 mg CBD every 10 pounds of their body weight.
There are many kinds of oils on a market these days and they aren’t all the same!
You are looking to buy the best quality. I know sometimes it can be pricey, but we want the best for ourselves
and for our pets too. You cannot weight your or your dog’s health in money, right?
I usually look around in organic shops (it is nice to support local people) to see if I find the suitable one, then I look online. I always go for organic! The idea of consuming pesticide, fungicide or additive-free products warming my heart!
Some products aren’t potent enough, they contain small amount of CBD. The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis. You will come across the Isolate or Full Spectrum version. The difference between these is huge. Full Spectrum CBD contains all the natural components of cannabis. The isolated as the name suggests, these products have been isolated down to just the CBD molecule. They are 99% pure and only contain one molecule of the cannabis plant.
CBD Side Effects in Dogs – Precautions
The worst case scenario is that your pet will feel lethargic and tired, but it is dosage dependent. Apart from this virtually there are no side effects. It is safe to use!
There are some important things to mention here though:
- Keep CBD Locked Away At All Times! Dogs are like kids. They are curious and up for mischief. Some breeds perhaps Dalmatian loves to steal things. The last thing we want is them overdosing themselves with a stash found on a table where they could easily reach it (this is more in case of other CBD products like CBD dog biscuits.)
- Don’t forget to separate CBD from other regular treats.
We do love our dogs to the moon and back. It is natural that we want the best for them and their health. Researches have linked CBD with multiple benefits (you can read some of the above) not only for humans but for animals too. I am very happy about the path we are on in terms of choice between medication and natural supplements. It is our choice how we treat our animals ..finally, all natural medicinal getting the well-deserved recognition.