Without a doubt, CBD is quickly becoming a trend in the vitamin and supplement world; it’s even popping up in skin care circles as a featured ingredient. It’s no less different in the pet world, as more and more frequently tags of “CBD oil!” and “100% Hemp!” are appearing on labels. Any time something becomes a buzz word however, there is cause for concern as hype often overshadows actual benefit.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. The biggest key difference being that true CBD does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.
What Does CBD Do to Dogs?
Currently, there is very little formal research to rely on in regards to the full effects of CBD on canines. However, cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors of mammals located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which can help maintain balance in a number of physical systems.
What Can CBD Do for Dogs?
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and possible anti-cancer benefits, CBD has many potential benefits for our furry friends!
In addition, while there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs (YET), there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners who say it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.
Is It Right for My Dog?
Every case is different!
Despite being widely received by many as completely safe, the risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched by the FDA. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. As with any new treatment it is always advisable to check with your veterinarian first, then start out with small amounts, and closely monitor the effects.