Dog owners worldwide worry about their pets and their wellbeing. Besides enhancing their health, they also worry about unexpected illnesses and problems that come with aging and they want to be able to offer them the best possible treatments and supplements that will not have any serious side effects.
Many Dog owners are already aware of the benefits of CBD oil and want to be able to offer these to their pets also.
CBD & Dogs
Dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system, but it works slightly differently, with a higher concentration of CB1 receptors in the cerebellum than us. THC is a agonist of these receptors which means that dogs have increased sensitivity to it, but CBD is different because it does not directly interact with the CB1 receptors. It is highly unlikely that CBD would harm a dog, but anything that with THC should be avoided unless suggested by a vet.
THC does also have medicinal value, but can produce a psychoactive effect that may increase anxiety if given in raised doses. CBD extracts are generally safer and the two can only be used in conjunction for therapeutic purposes. Only a few states in the USA allow extracts with higher concentrations of THC.
The preferred extracts are those with high CBD which usually have very low levels of THC (less than 0.3%). The best way to check these levels are by requesting third-party laboratory certification. This way the pet owner can ensure that they are giving their beloved pet a safe product.
The main reasons dog owners give them CBD are because of separation anxiety issues and arthritis.
Health Benefits of CBD for Dogs
Science does back up some of the health benefits of using CBD for Dogs. In one survey, carried out by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), 600 Dog owners responded on where they found that their pets were offered relief. These included: pain relief, assistance in sleep, relief from anxiety, nervous system support, reduced inflammation, reduced seizure, prevention from vomiting and nausea, reduced muscle spasms, help with digestive tract issues, relief from uncomfortable skin conditions and reduction in some cancerous cell growth.
In a scientific study, recently, it was shown that CBD helped reduce pain in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. They also had an increased ability to move around.
It appears that the health claims made by pet owners who believe in the benefits of CBD are valid.
Choosing the correct CBD product
CBD sellers are developing a wide range of products suited to pets. These include: oils, tinctures, sprays, topical products and treats.
Quality is essential so the Dog owner will have to do some homework before deciding on which product is best. Its best to prefer products intended for Dogs and third-party laboratory testing is important in order to verify potency, presence of pesticides, microbial presence and solvents. The better quality CBD pet products also have dosage guidelines, but these are better when given by the attending veterinarian.
The concurrent use of CBD with other medications should also be discussed with a veterinarian, since the efficacy of these could be reduced by the CBD. Products designed for human consumption may include ingredients not healthy for pets, so should best be avoided.
Like-CBD Products extracted from hemp
CBD extracted from hemp is safer than that extracted from marijuana since it has much lower levels of THC and is safer for dogs. Hemp extracts are legal and also have far more beneficial cannabinoids and come out in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products which include terpenes. The best products for pets are full-spectrum since they offer a synergistic effect with greater therapeutic value.
Origin of the hemp
Hemp plants are highly absorbent and can accumulate elements from the soils they are grown in. The best CBD oil comes from organic grown hemp that has no traces of metal toxicity. No pet owner wants to give toxic products to their pet.
Human products can also contain certain ingredients that are not good for pets, so natural does not always mean safe. One example of this is xylitol a sugar-free sweetener used in human foods which is extremely toxic to dogs. Most reputable manufacturers have information about sourcing and standards on their websites.
CBD oil absorption
In order for CBD oil to be easily absorbed most products are infused with other oils. One of the healthiest is olive oil, which is an unsaturated fat. Coconut oil is also used but it is a saturated fat and often causes diarrhea and high cholesterol levels in pets. CBD oil is the best choice for dogs, because it can easily be added to their food.
Difference between hemp seed oil and CBD
Hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD, even though it can give pets a healthy coat and skin, it does offer pain relief and have anti-inflammatory qualities. Hemp seed extract is pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant and does not contain any cannabinoids. The health advantages of CBD come from the trichomes of the flowers of the hemp plant.