If you follow the trends for holistic medical approaches and alternate medication, then no doubt you’ve heard all about the trend of using medical marijuana and its derived products. Shooting up the news – and legal debate – for the past few years, products containing trace amounts of THC and CBD are becoming very popular for people who cannot rely solely on allopathic medication and prescriptions for their ailments.
Some of the many bubbling questions include: Is it legal? Can it get me high? Is it safe? Is it FDA approved? Are there side effects?
But one of the biggest questions that remains up in the air: Is it safe for living beings aside from humans? Along with the rising trend of human consumption of CBD, pet parents and owners are also considering this approach for ailments of their furry little friends. So, does CBD really work on animals – specifically dogs? Let’s see.
CBD – the colloquialism for cannabidiol – is found in hemp and cannabis. The American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein says that in most cases CBD does not contain THC, the compound in marijuana that makes the consumer feel “high”. Moreover, most CBD oils are derived from hemp and not marijuana, which also makes them more safe and reliable in the eyes of the FDA (although not completely legal, strictly speaking).
THC, the active ingredient in marijuana/cannabis, has been known to have some negative side effects on dogs – similar to anecdotal cases of negative effects from human consumption. However, natural products derived from hemp that do not have THC in them, are a safer and helpful bet for both humans as well as for our canine friends.
Technically, it would depend on what need you’re trying to address. For some dogs, there have been exhibited side effects of lower blood pressure and dry mouth, as well as drowsiness. There have also been some studies of it having some kind of chemical changes in the liver. However, for the average dog, consumption of CBD oils can help with a variety of ailments – particularly if your dog does not react well to allopathic pain medication, NSAIDs, or you want to opt for a natural option for them.
The same way that CBD oil is used for humans, CBD oil for dogs can help treat anxiety, phobias, restlessness, and even arthritic pain and seizures. The only real difference between CBD oil for humans and CBD oil for dogs is:
Like any products for yourself or for pets, the key to success is in the research. Whether an ingredient is legal or not – the wrong mixture, source, or dose of it can have a harmful fallout on anyone. So here are some important things to remember before you give your dog CBD oil: