On the other hand, the holistic veterinarian and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California said that CBD is generally safe for cats. Dr Gary Richter states, “I think the bigger issue, from a medical perspective, is making sure that animals are dosed appropriately. This means that the CBD oil is having the effect you want it to have and that you are not accidentally overdosing.” [ 14 ]
Whether CBD is taken through its various forms and the different routes of administration, CBD reacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system and pain reception. [ 1 ] As the body’s endocannabinoid system or ECS is responsible for regulating the body’s sleep-wake cycle, immune response, CBD is seen as an inhibitor or activator of other compounds in the ECS. [ 2 ]
What are the health benefits of using CBD for dogs?
There is a great number of clinical studies made with CBD to test its effectiveness given the different chronic conditions common with humans and its promising benefits to become a potent natural alternative to synthetically-produced medications that are prescribed for long term use. However, this scientific research on CBD is still not enough to thoroughly prove that cannabidiol is indeed safe and effective as a commercial drug to be sold out in the mass market. Especially for other health conditions, such as cancer, tumours, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes, CBD has undergone several clinical trials to prove its beneficial effect for the said disease and ailments but all evidence is still needing more studies and further research.
In terms of quality, CBD products that are made with high-standards would entail more research on the part of the pet owner. As the CBD market is still unregulated, it is up to the buyers to know more about how the CBD content for the product is extracted and how much is included in the formulation of the product. CBD products which underwent CO2 or alcohol extraction are preferred over other methods that can leave toxic chemicals infused along with the extracted CBD.
While the ECS is the brain’s biggest neurotransmitter system, it can be easily affected by external or exogenous cannabinoids and internal or endogenous cannabinoids. The intake of medicinal CBD can directly affect the ECS’s ability to effectively do its regular functions, especially for patients with problems concerning the nervous system. [ 3 ]
“Since starting on CBD oil, Chester’s skin has cleared up so much. We no longer have regular courses of steroids and antibiotics. It’s honestly been the most amazing thing for us.” – Stacey, owner of 5 year old English Staffy, “Chester”. Chester suffered with dermatitis on and off for many years.
“We have CBD oil to thank for saving our girl. Cancer is a horrible thing to watch a pet go through, and the chemo drugs were so toxic for her. We are so, so thankful that we discovered CBD.” – Geoff, owner of eight year old Boxer, “Tess”. Tess was diagnosed with lymphoma at age six.
“I wholeheartedly believe that CBD is the reason my 21 year old thoroughbred is still with us. The change in him has been remarkable. We no longer use any other joint supplements at all.” – Fiona, owner of 21 year old thoroughbred horse, “Sally”, who has suffered from chronic arthritis since age 15.
So what is CBD oil then?
CBD oil is typically extracted from the hemp plant. Firstly, CBD oil will not get you high! CBD oil is not psychoactive (psychoactive substances affect the way you think and feel, so they can affect the way you behave). THC (tetrahydocannabinol) is a psychoactive compound that comes from marijuana, which is where the confusion comes from. CBD oil is, in a nutshell, all of the goodness from the cannabis plant, without the THC. It has been vastly studied and researched in recent times. If you hear someone talking about therapeutic benefits of cannabis, chances are that they are talking about CBD oil.
CBD oil is used with a number of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, sheep, cows and more.
The cannabis plant has been used for a number of applications throughout history, stretching back to ancient times. In recent times it has made a comeback, due to it’s versatility in what it can be used for. Hemp fibre is used to make textiles, building materials and food. Marijuana is used to make medicines or to get high. Both of these come from the cannabis plant.
Animal owners have reported benefits such as reduced anxiety, apparent reduction of pain, relief from arthritis, reduced inflammation, prevention or recovery from cancer, helping with seizures and epilepsy, and more. You can read some testimonials from animal owners below.