CBD oil for dogs - Does it work

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.

What exactly is CBD oil?

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).

How does CBD oil affect dogs?

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.

Can CBD oil help my dogs?

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:

  • The FDA requires different labelling for human food consumption and animal food/feed.
  • CBD oil for dogs usually comes with natural flavorings – like bone or meat – so that it is easier for them to ingest compared to humans.

So how do I safely give my dog CBD oil?

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:

  • Research the facility. While most facilities are very careful with their hemp and cannabis plant growth being separate, the two strains are actually very close to each other. There have been instances of mixing either during cross pollination, or extraction and packaging. Confirm that your supplier has a certification to prove that the CBD oil contains no THC in it (at least not above 0.3%), since THC has a bad effect on dogs.
  • Don’t compromise on quality. High quality CBD oil has a better chance of being pure and uncontaminated, not just from THC, but also from pesticides and other solvents. A higher price point might be scary, but the safety of your pet is crucial. High quality CBD oil is better than settling for a low one.
  • Get CBD oil in liquid form. The best way to ingest is via certified dosage CBD gummies or in liquid, so that you can control the amount being given.