In a previous blog post we discussed how CBD can potentially assist athletes during recovery.
But in addition to helping athletes and active individuals, many people claim that Cannabidiol can reduce pain and inflammation for their pets, and even help with things like thunderstorm anxiety.
So this week, we’ll be reviewing CBD for pets. We’ll take a look at the endocannabinoid system, and go over two studies that support the idea that CBD may be as helpful for the family dog as it is for you.
How CBD Works
All of us, including our dogs and cats, have an endocannabinoid system.
This system ensures that our bodies maintain a constant state of homeostasis and balance. CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system and its receptors. This interaction may lead to decreased pain, reduced stress and anxiety, and the many other potential health benefits of CBD.
We know from previous studies that CBD may help us deal with anxiety and pain. However, many people want to know if it can do the same for their pets.
So, can CBD really provide health benefits for the family dog?
CBD for Pets
As we’ve learned, CBD works in people by affecting our endocannabinoid systems.
The same process is true for pets as well. While the amount of cannabinoid receptors a person has differs from a chihuahua, the process is essentially the same.
Research is still in the very early stages. But based on early studies and anecdotal evidence, CBD may hold a lot of promise for helping with pain, anxiety and other health issues in animals.
In fact, two studies were recently conducted to find out if the anecdotal evidence added up.
The first study, conducted by Cornell University, was done with dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. Researchers divided the dogs into two groups. The first received 2mg of CBD oil every 12 hours, and the other received a placebo. The study went on for 4 weeks, with a 2 week washout period. Exams were performed before every session to monitor the dogs’ progress.
The results of the study showed that dogs who received CBD oil had significantly less pain, with no observable side-effects.
The second study, conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, involved 26 dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy. This is just another way of saying the dogs had seizures, but veterinarians were not sure why. During the study, 14 of the dogs received a placebo, while the rest received CBD oil. CBD was given to the dogs twice daily for 12 weeks.
The results of this study showed a significant decrease in seizures for the dogs who received CBD, compared to those who received the placebo. As with the first study, no side-effects were detected during the study.
Is CBD Safe for Pets?
Many renowned veterinarians believe that CBD shows a lot of promise for pets, and neither of the studies we referenced showed any side-effects for the dogs involved.
However, all the veterinarians involved in these studies agree on one thing – more clinical research on CBD is needed to prove the safety and efficacy of CBD for animals.
So before you go out and buy CBD for the dog, be sure to talk to a veterinarian!
The CBD Certification Course
As the scientific, medical – and now veterinarian – communities learn more about the potential of CBD and other cannabinoids for managing health conditions, it’s more important than ever for industry professionals to stay up-to-date on the latest research and developments in the field.
That’s why we created The CBD Certification Course.
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