Your pet is your rock (if you have a pet rock, ignore the cheesy metaphor). They keep you grounded and ride with you through all of life’s toughest & greatest moments. Pets offer the emotional support that humans sometimes cannot, and in return we reward them with unconditional love, treats, and hours (and hours) of petting. Okay so the petting is therapeutic for both of you but, in any case, your relationship with your pet is a two-way street. When your furry, scaly or feathered friend is experiencing distress then you’ll try anything to make them feel better.
Did you know that the same cannabinoid you might use to ease your own discomfort has the same medicinal benefits for your pet? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid renown for its powerful healing qualities. When administered to your pet, it can help with a wide variety of animal-specific ailments.
Unlike the other cannabis compound THC, CBD does not contain the properties that lead to feelings of intense euphoria or being “high”. CBD does not affect your pet’s state of consciousness and leaves them feeling more relaxed than intoxicated.
When you leave the house for work or to run errands, your pet can experience intense separation anxiety that may have lasting effects. Using CBD oil helps calm your lil friend so you can do your outside business-- pun intended-- and not worry about heightened stress levels in your pet.
CBD has been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and to increase tumor cell death. There are many cases of pets being administered CBD oils to treat their cancer cells and within as little as 3 months, those cells disappeared and never returned.
The Kingdom of Chordata includes any animal with a backbone. Chordates vary in shape and size (they could be mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and even fish) but one thing they all have in common is that they have an endocannabinoid system. This means they have a biological makeup that allows for cannabinoid receptors to bind with neurotransmitters. Research is incredibly scarce on the effects of CBD for animals, especially for animals that are not cats or dogs, but with the growing interest in cannabis-based holistic approaches to healing, more scientific data is definitely in the works.
The use of CBD to manage pain has become so effective that the compound is being considered as a new class of drug entirely. Pets cannot always communicate where their pain is located, so administering CBD when pets show signs of discomfort is a great way to reduce inflammation and decrease nerve-related pain.
The anti-inflammatory quality of CBD allows it to treat a variety of animal and human conditions. This long list of ailments includes arthritis, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
About 5% of dogs and 2% of cats suffer from epilepsy (pet-pilepsy, if you will) and the drugs administered--while effective at subduing seizures-- can be harmful to your pet’s digestive and cardiovascular systems. The holistic approach of medicating with CBD has proven successful in curing seizures in pets. An all natural, non-toxic medication like CBD can benefit your pet without adverse side effects so consider this approach before you jump into the big pharma collection.
The National Cancer Institute has discovered that CBD increases appetite in humans and animals alike. Administering CBD oils to your pets can promote healthier eating habits and reduce the discomfort associated with a loss of hunger. CBD also helps with nausea-related vomiting, regardless of the source of the illness (i.e toxins, drugs, etc).
While there may be CBD pet treats or capsules on the market, the best delivery method of the cannabinoid is through the use of oils/tinctures. The reason for this is simple: CBD oil is much easier to dose than edibles. Much like with humans, consuming edibles can have effects that are way more intense than what you signed up for. This is because it can be difficult to measure the amount of cannabis being consumed in an edible as you cannot actually see it. With tinctures, measurements are precise so your pet can get exactly what they need, when they need it.
CBD oil is not only legal, but safe to use. People and pets alike are both privy to the incredible healing powers of cannabidiol as there are little to no negative side effects, regardless of dosage. That being said, it is always wise to check with your vet before starting a new pet regimen, especially if your pet is currently taking prescription drugs. CBD can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize other drugs, so before you jump in make sure the conditions are appropriate for a full CBD takeover.
Now that you know a little more about the benefits of CBD for pets, you can check out some pet products and discover a healthier, more natural way of easing the stresses and pains of your best little friend. Extensive research is still being conducted on the benefits of cannabinoids for animals, but what is out there so far makes a powerful argument for holistic healing. Stay informed and give your pet the gift of a long and happy life right by your side where they belong.