CBD for Dogs and Cats.
If you have spent any time researching cannabis for dogs, and specifically cannabidiol (CBD), you have probably found yourself wondering whether these products are safe, and even if they will offer any real benefits for your pained, anxious, or elderly dog. (Just want to jump in and say NO MATTER what, make sure the product has a clean lab report like this one. Element Earth provides all lab reports and ingredients; we only deal with reputable manufacturers.
The simple story about CBD is that there is no simple story about CBD. Though CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical derived from cannabis or hemp that won’t get people or animals high like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it still falls into both a medical and bureaucratic black hole where it can be nearly impossible to extract definitive information.
But we have done our best to stare into the CBD abyss and pull out as much as possible to help you decide whether it might be good for your dog. As you’ll soon see, vets are placed in a difficult position when talking about these products, but you will hopefully walk away from this article with enough information to help you make a more informed decision.
Most vets will agree that you should not give your dog an intoxicating amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The quick and dirty version is that dogs will not enjoy THC the same way you might (or do), and it can actually be dangerous. So is CBD better? Maybe. And that’s about the best information you’ll get out of most vets.
The results of some of the clinical studies have now been published, and the results are looking quite encouraging. Because of its cloudy classification and constantly-shifting political winds, CBD creates a legal quagmire for anybody who wants to study or recommend its effectiveness as medicine for animals. Luckily, there are a few ongoing studies being done at a few different veterinary colleges.
Basic dosing rule for cats and dogs: 1-5 mg CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. To control pain, give every 8 hours or as needed. For other uses, or to break unwanted behavior patterns, give once or twice a day.
Want to “weed” out man-made pharmaceuticals to help relieve some of your pup’s ongoing health problems? You’re not alone. More and more pet parents are turning to an all-natural alternative, Cannabidiol oil (better known as CBD oil), made from the hemp plant. Studies have shown that CBD oil and other CBD products are beneficial for several human health issues, including anxiety, pain, seizures, and neurological disorders. But is CBD effective and safe for dogs? Well, that depends, just like it does for other animals and pets.
Like humans, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system that allows them to benefit from CBD oil. This system allows the active ingredients in hemp to help relieve many symptoms. CBD drops for dogs or CBD dog treats can ease several conditions your pup may suffer from either occasionally or chronically, including:
- Anxiety and stress
- Moderate to severe pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Joint pain/li>
- Digestion problems