Seems like I hear about CBD oil pretty much anywhere I turn lately. It’s on blogs. Vendors are selling it online and at pet events. Magazines are running articles. People are talking about it. A Lot!
This is most likely for a couple of reasons. First, it’s legal in many states that didn’t allow it before. Second, as people use it more and various studies are done, the benefits are getting noticed and discussed.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is found in cannabis and hemp, related but different plants. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), found in cannabis, is the substance that causes the psychoactive effects. Most CBD oils are made from hemp and have very little if any THC, allowing them to be used therapeutically without causing the high.
Take a look at this post from DogsNaturally Magazine CBD Oil for Dogs for more.
How does CBD work?
It stimulates cannabinoid receptors in the brain and supplements the ECS (Endocannabinoid) system, which effects various aspects of health. Humans, cats, dogs and horses also have this system, which is why they’re all able to benefit from the effects of CBD.
Uses of CBD Oil
Epilepsy – may help decrease frequency without the harmful effects of many epilepsy meds.
Cancer – studies are showing that it slow the growth of tumor cells and helps the immune system fight off the cells.
Anxiety – may effect receptors and areas of the brain to decrease anxiety.
Pain – can help decrease inflammation through the ECS system and help the body help itself by enacting the natural substances already there.
Inflammation – decreases the body’s reaction to inflammation by inhibiting the substances that cause it.
Nervous system – protects brain and cells from toxic substances with strong antioxidant properties.
Appetite – can help resolve nausea and therefore increase appetite.
Heart – because it decreases inflammation, it decreases damage to the blood vessels. Plus, it’s antianxiety effects decrease stress.
Where can you get CBD Oil?
CBD isn’t regulated, so quality and results vary quite a bit. You can get the most for your money by doing these things;
- Do your research. Does the product you’re considering have any lab analysis for quality and content?
- Ensure that the product is organic and free of extras.
- Don’t just go by lower price since stronger concentration usually means higher cost.
- Check for level of THC. To be legal, that level needs to be below a certain level as set by the state you’re in. You can purchase CBD as THC free, but you have to watch for it.
- Buy as a tincture rather than mixed in treats, etc. You can control dose more accurately and adjust as needed.
Why you should use CBD Oil for your pets
Research and practical use are making it more and more attractive to use this product. The benefits are numerous, as I listed above. And the risks are fairly small. Overdose is the most likely risk, although it’s not frequent.
You’ll want to start at lower doses and work up so you don’t give more than your pet needs. That way, you can make sure you get the relief you’re hoping for without overdosing or wasting your money.
We use CBD Oil for our pets, especially our dogs. Two of our dogs have physical issues (Quinn has juvenile arthritis and Lincoln has hip dysplasia). In the 3 months we’ve been giving them CBD, their activity levels have increased and they seem to be having a lot less pain.
Read my post Pain! How can we help our rescue dog? to see how we’re treating Lincoln for his pain.
Also read Help! Dog Anxiety is Ruling My Life for another great way to use CBD Oil.