Could CBD help our canine companions?
Scientifically, dogs (and most mammals) have a similar anatomy to humans and recent studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system can be found in most mammals. Considering that CBD, the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (hemp and marijuana) works directly with this nervous system, it would make sense that CBD would have some sort of influence on our dogs, as it does on us. Right?
Many dog owners and veterinarians have already come out vouching for the healing properties of CBD. Feedback from pet owners show that CBD can be used to soothe dogs, especially during situations such as separation anxiety, thunderstorm fears, social anxiety, and long-distance traveling.
Early research and testimonials also show that it has been able to help pets in many other ways. Various conditions that it has been found to help treat are: Allergies, Anxiety, Appetite, Arthritis, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Deteriorating Quality of Life, Digestive Issues, Fatty Tumors, Glaucoma, Homeostasis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Inflammation, Joint & Mobility Issues, Seizures, Skin Problems. Additionally, it has been found useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks, and even during post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness.
Even with all the positive spotlight that CBD is getting, many vets and experts are still cautious of endorsing and using this plant and its extracts. Unfortunately, they have seen the legitimate negative side effects caused by owners who use THC infused extracts. Most vets are not even aware that different strains of cannabis exist, especially those that are non-psychoactive like CBD.
The most widely known method of administering CBD oil to your pets is through tinctures. Using the tincture, you can put a few drops into dog’s mouth directly or into their food or treats.
When it comes to dosage, figuring out the right amount to give your dog can be the hardest. The general consensus is about 1 – 5 mg per 10 lbs. of body weight. Start on the low end and work your way up depending on how your pet reacts. Also, it may take a couple hours before you notice any effects from your dog.
Disclaimer: Be sure to check with your vet before administering any products.