Lifestyle, Treatment

CBD for Dogs: Does it work? Is it safe?

November 26, 2018 10:22 pm ET

CBD is a lifesaver for both humans and animals. Many pet owners are looking for holistic and alternative treatments from pharmaceutical medicine for their best friends and four legged family members: dogs. When your dog gets sick, owners will try to find new treatment options that could potentially harm a pup’s health. However, there is hope for dog owners!

Consider choosing CBD products to manage the pain and inflammation your dog may be experiencing. CBD products need to be offered by veterinarian as an alternative medicine to heal aliments immune to traditional pharmaceutical prescription drugs for dogs. CBD is a legal substance that is available worldwide to purchase numerous CBD infused products. As more doctors are now understanding the positive benefits of CBD for humans, CBD is also a safe and nontoxic medicine to aid dogs from many health issues. The use of CBD and hemp-based CBD is not against federal law for pet parents under the rescheduling of CBD to a Schedule IV drug.

First, let’s define what CBD is. CBD (cannabidiol) is a derivative of the cannabis and hemp plant. CBD will not make your dog high, because CBD contains a very low concentration of THC, the intoxicating component. On the other hand, the effects of CBD make dogs feel relaxed, calm, and it is important to note that CBD is harmless for your dogs. High doses of THC based products are certainly not recommended for your dogs. Hemp based CBD contains very little THC, only 0.3% under the regulations of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015.

Researchers specify CBD alleviates the following conditions and many more for both humans and dogs:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Simulates Appetite
  • Shrinks Tumors
  • Cancer reduction
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Stress and Anxiety Relief

Cornell University conducted a CBD research study to understand the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment for dogs with osteoarthritis. According to the study, dogs were given 2mg of CBD oil for every 12 hours or placebo oil for 4 weeks. The final results of the study indicated “Veterinary assessment showed that CBD oil reduced pain (p < 0.03), and the Canine Brief Pain Inventory and Hudson activity scores showed clinically significant reduction in pain and an increase in activity with CBD treatment (p < 0.001), the abstract reports”. This research study proved the results of CBD as an effective treatment to increase comfort and mitigate pain for dogs.

More evidence supports CBD can be used to reduce cancer pain, tumors, and certainly for muscle recovery. There is no documented evidence of toxicity or negative effects of CBD administered to dogs. The amount of dosage of CBD infused products depends on your dog’s size and metabolism. Some health conditions require the guidance of your holistic vet for cancer treatment. More dog owners are now open to using CBD as an alternative treatment for their dogs. It is very important to consult your veterinarian about CBD therapy to help your dog. Dogs should be given CBD products on an empty stomach before a meal. There are a wide variety of CBD products available for dogs from treats, liquid CBD drops, and CBD oil.

All in all, it is important to consult with an expert before administering your pup CBD. Your regular vet may not be too familiar with the treatment, but as research grows, we are fairly certain that we will see a wide variety of pet experts utilizing CBD for our furry friends.

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