CBD for Pets
A lot of people get this comical idea when they hear of medicinal marijuana for pets, some even say something along the lines of " You wanna give my dog weed?" That is totally not the case. Nobody is going to make your pet smoke or ingest weed in any way. However, medicinal CBD can be used in the treatment of various ailments in animals. It has already been established that CBD helps with various human conditions, so we are going to look into its effect on animals too.
Before I go on in this post, I'd like to sound a note of warning to people who may attempt to give their pets the untreated recreational marijuana. This is very dangerous and immature because the untreated marijuana contains THC which is the compound that is responsible for causing the "High" sensation in smokers. Your pets can also get high but even more than that, it has more negative effects on these animals even more than it has on humans. The medicinal marijuana however is safe for animals as it does not contain the mind-altering THC chemicals which has negative effects.
Pure CBD is gotten from special breeds of marijuana that have been carefully bred in hemp farms for their rich content of CBD and other useful cannabinoids and it contains very small, negligible amount of THC. CBD is regarded as pure if it contains no more than 0.3% of THC and is safe to use for medicinal purposes.
Now let's go back to the use of CBD for pets.
The use of medicinal marijuana for medical purposes in humans is still yet to be accepted in some states of the United States of America. If it's not allowed for humans, how can it be allowed for pets? As it stands, the ACMA hasn't recognized the use of medicinal marijuana for pets yet, which means that, it has not been made legal anywhere.
But there have been a lot of studies and theories published on this subject with many of them trying to prove that CBD is good for animals. I will suggest that you don't take the words of these theorists and researchers for it, consult with your vet and see if you want to go for it.
In many of the theories talked about above, there are records of successful cases of the use of CBD to help pets with diseases.
One interesting study tried to prove the importance of cannabinoids in animals using European starlings. The study showed that male starlings with higher expressions of CB1 receptors exhibited higher dominance in nesting sites and even sang more to females.
Another study showed that ailments experienced by animals and aging humans can be quite similar and thus if an ailment exhibited by humans is cured by CBD then similar ailments in animals can also be cured using CBD.
Example of such ailments include:
- Parasitic infections
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin problem
- Bacterial infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome IBS
- Spasms and many more
Considering the fact that endocannabinoid receptors in humans are similar to those in many animals, it makes sense that CBD could treat the aforementioned illness in cats, dogs and other pets.
If you having difficulties getting CBD for your pets, it is pretty much impossible to get them on online stores but there are some stores in the U.S where you can purchase CBD.
Some of the products suitable for use with pets include Therabis, pure paw hemp biscuits and a balanced choice pet product hemp oil.
CBD dosage for the pets.
When it comes to CBD dosage for humans, the situation is severely complicated for a lot of reasons and the main reason being that CBD is a biphasic compound i.e the effects at low dosage is drastically different to the effects at high dosage.
The main point is; it is always better to under-dose than to overdose on CBD. If it's a case of severe ailments like seizures, higher doses seem to be more effective. However, with some cases like inflammation, low to medium doses should be enough for your pet.
Keep in mind that, no government body has recognized the use of CBD for treating diseases in pets yet; it is a risky venture and you have to consult with your vet to get a professional's advice and probably consent. Also ask the vet if CBD will not affect your pet's current medications and health condition.
Whatever dosage you give to your pet, after administering the CBD, stay with your pets for as long as possible to check if they are okay and that there are no side effects.
Pure CBD contains little to no toxic properties so overdosing may not result in any fatalities, however it is better to be safe than sorry. The commonly reported side effects of CBD in pets include sedation and huge appetites.
The more serious side effects usually occur when the CBD administered contains contaminations and this can be very dangerous depending on the contaminants.
Do not forget to ask your vets for advice before giving your pet any CBD treats, oils or supplements.