CBD oil or cannabidiol in full is fastly becoming a progressively inviting choice in alternate therapy for pets.

The history of CBD dates back almost 6000 years to 4000 BCE, then In the mid-1950s, when scientists finally became able to extract cannabidiol, they managed to prove that CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, thus beginning the long legal battle for CBD[1]

One of the key enticing traits of CBD is its tiny quantity of THC(Tetrahydrocannabinol). This means little to no psychoactive side effects. With this key benefit, it is easy to see why more and more people are considering turning towards CBD as a potential treatment for their furry friends, without the fear of potentially harmful side effects.

In addition to this, CBD manages to retain the positive effects of most other cannabinoids which have been proven treatments for arthritis, inflammation, stress disorders, anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures to name a few[2].

In order to get the most benefits from the usage of CBD for your pet, you will need to understand the fundamentals and differences of the main CBD products out there. The main types of CBD products available are CBD hemp extracts, tinctures, topical creams, and edibles. [3] these types all have their own advantages and disadvantages in regards to carrying out dosages of hemp oil.

CBD Oil Extracts

CBD Oil is the most precise method of dosage for pets and also offers control over the actual quantity of the dosage. Oil extracts are a lot more potent than other CBD methods, ranging from pure CBD to a mix of CBD and THC. Therefore it is crucial to take into account the actual sources of the CBD oil brands and make sure their products have been properly tested.

Even though most brands tend to avoid using THC and insist on only using hemp oils. Some CBD oil products still contain both CBD and THC. These companies decide to trade the risk of THC with the reward of the full benefits of cannabinoids, which has been known to be used on more severe symptoms. It has been said that to reach full medical potential, both THC and CBD are required.

Due to the high potency level of CBD oils, going to see a qualified vet is fully recommended to help ensure the best treatment method for your pet.

In summary,  CBD oil extracts should only be considered for the more severe cases and symptoms.

Tinctures

Tinctures are one of the more safe products on offer. With less potency than extracts. They consist of a bottle and a dropper used orally to dose a few drops placed under the tongue. The advantages of this dosage method include good control over the dosage quantity and instant results.

Its potency levels range from moderate to low CBD, with a spread of flavors. CBD tinctures are a superb choice for pet owners who want to combine CBD as a day by day nutritional complement for their domestic dog.

Tinctures serve as a less risky alternative for more mild symptoms such as nausea, body aches, seizures, and anxiety. This method is the most recommended as a gateway CBD product for owners who are still slightly skeptical regarding the use of hemp-based products as medical solutions.

CBD Topicals

CBD Topicals are hemp-infused salves and creams, which are mainly used to treat allergic reactions, weak joints, muscle pain, and inflammation.

Topical products are seen as the best option for symptoms like this, which require more consistent treatment all day long. The main difference here is that none of it actually reaches the bloodstream, which eliminates the worry of any THC getting into the bloodstream.

Instead, it provides a targeted pain relief solely for the desired areas. Most topical products are also mixed with other medicinals, for example, herbal extracts which further enhances the healing effects. Topicals create a combination of pain relief provided by the CBD for dogs suffering from achy joints and such, to a soothing effect to relieve skin based irritants. The potency of topicals is seen as moderate in comparison to pure CBD.

Topical CBD manages to give a mix of a low-risk factor with a solid positive effect for a dog’s long-term health and wellbeing.

Edibles

Edibles are here to help provide a solution to an age-old problem, trying to feed a dog their medication. Literally, anyone who owns a dog knows fine well just how annoyingly difficult this can be. CBD edibles achieve this by combining a pain relief tablet with a scrumptious dog treat.

With the use of a wide variety of strong flavors the dog is essentially tricked into consuming the medicine under the thought, it is a treat. This is where edibles have both an advantage and a disadvantage over Tinctures and other methods. Although they can be a fitting solution to the problem of getting your pooch to actually take its medications which Tinctures sometimes fail to address.

The pitfall lies in the fact edibles take a larger time period to absorb properly, it’s best to take this into account when considering to give them additional edibles. To be on the safe side it is best to start off with smaller doses to gauge how your dog responds.

Edibles are best for dogs which are more reluctant to take Tinctures, as long as you are careful with the dosage quantities and make sure not to overfeed, edibles are also pretty risk-free in terms of harmful side effects.

Staying safe when using CBDs on pets.

The key side effects of improper dosage of CBD range from the common and less serious drowsiness to cases of itchiness and sometimes mild vomiting. However, in most cases, if you are precise and actually take care of the dosages and treatments you give to your pet, these side effects are more or less never encountered. Occasionally though despite your best efforts your pooch will display some of these symptoms regardless, in that case, a swift trip to consult your local vet is definitely on the cards.

In most cases preventing harmful side effects can easily be achieved by simply paying attention to the guidelines for said treatment, and as previously mentioned, starting with lower doses to gather a good idea of the effects on your pet. Then, set the resulting effect as a foundation for higher dosages.

Amazingly cannabis is still classed as a category 1 drug in the US, which means its (according to the government) as dangerous and harmful to people as drugs like Heroin, Bath Salts and ecstasy. So with this, it is natural that vets are sometimes not fond of prescribing these kinds of treatments for their patients.

The main danger when regarding pets is the possibility of seizures, stomach problems, and severe respiratory issues. These can occur from a high THC count within a product. The cannabis market is generally unregulated so it’s very important to take extra effort to research who that you are actually buying from and make sure that your not putting your pet in peril with a high THC content product.

Unlike Cannabis, hemp is void from the negative stigma that cannabis is plagued with. This means that hemp CBD products are of course widely available across the US.

A summary of the benefits of CBD products for your pets

Cancer Pain – CBD products are known to alleviate some symptoms of cancer including nausea, loss of appetite and chronic pain.

Anti- Inflammatory benefits – CBD can act as an immune boosting agent

Arthritis in dogs – CBD edible treats can help with joint pains

Anxiety – They can help reduce general stress from types of anxiety such as separation and noise phobias.

Loss of Appetite –  CBD treats are known to boost appetite, reduce nausea and help stop digestive issues.

Seizure – CBD can help to control seizures caused by genetic disorders and epilepsy.

Aggressive Behaviour – CBD treats can help to reduce aggressive behavior and stress issues. [4]

More studies are also being taken to research into potential further benefits. 

Some of these further benefits include:

Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms [5]

Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior [6]

Anti-tumor effects: In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to stop the spread of breast, brain, prostate, colon and lung cancer [7]

Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation [8]

Of course, these benefits are still within the early days of research so they are not solid in terms of being fully recognized as benefits like the others.

The Future, regarding CBD based treatment

The future of medical Cannabis is slowly starting to rise above the stigma that has been attached to the drug for the past century. With a flurry of recent states legalizing cannabis including California and more recently Canada. The main source of the negative stigma has always been the government and all of its anti-drug campaigns and laws over the years, which created a forced association with crime as well as being classed as a category 1 drug which further solidified that association.

 It is still early days regarding research but the future is getting brighter for medical cannabis as more and more people discover its great range of benefits for both humans and animals alike.

The CBD market is fastly becoming a wild west of different brands, it can be pretty easy to get a bit overwhelmed and confused when browsing for the right product.

Ministry Of Hemp have created a helpful buying guide which can be visited at : https://ministryofhemp.com/made-from-hemp/cbd/reviews/

References

[1] PureratiosCBD. 2018. THE BRIEF HISTORY OF CBD. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.pureratioscbd.com/blogs/news/the-brief-history-of-cbd. [Accessed 25 October 2018].

[2] Ministry Of Hemp. 2018. What Are The Actual Benefits of CBD?. [ONLINE] Available at: https://ministryofhemp.com/blog/what-are-the-actual-benefits-of-cbd/. [Accessed 25 October 2018].

[3], [4] [5], [6], [7] & [8]  Healthline. 2018. 7 Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil (Plus Side Effects). [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits. [Accessed 25 October 2018].