CBD is helping thousands of people to manage anxiety, stress, and pain. But it’s not just people this non-psychoactive cannabis by-product can help.
There is evidence — and a variety of products — to support the fact that CBD is beneficial for pets, too. Let’s dive into what CBD is and why it is not only safe for animals but an effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments.
CBD: The non-psychoactive alternative
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the two primary components derived from marijuana. The other, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the product in marijuana that produces psychoactive effects. CBD does not produce psychoactive effects when consumed. In other words: CBD does not get you high, THC does.
This is the desired effect for humans, but it has the potential to be toxic for animals. While THC intoxication is rarely fatal in pets, there is evidence to suggest that it causes the animal significant stress at a minimum and harm (and possibly death) at maximum.
Though there has not been formally conducted research on this yet, CBD has been anecdotally shown to be perfectly safe for animals. Side effects could could range from mild drowsiness to dry-mouth.
What can CBD do for animals?
CBD is derived from the hemp plant and cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. Pet owners are using CBD to treat animals for anxious behavior and pain management.
For example, a Saint Bernard named Ella suffered from noise-induced anxiety, according to a Consumer Reports article, until her owner chose to treat her with CBD oil.
Animals have the same endocannabinoid receptor systems as humans, which is why CBD has been known to be effective for animal nausea, seizures, and other maladies, according to PetMD. Effects may vary per animal.
CBD Products for Pets
According to the company’s site:
Our pets can suffer from many of the same conditions that we, as their humans, can. That also means that they can receive the same benefits from CBD that we do. CBD can help with hip dysplasia, arthritis, mobility and anxiety, just to name a few.
You can buy a bottle of their 300mg, 600mg or 1200mg CBD pet oil for $80. CBD oil is administered by mouth, typically under the animal’s tongue.
There are also CBD-infused dog treats on the market, but prevailing thought is that the oil, or tincture, is best for your pets.