CBD and Pets
Should you consider CBD for Your pet?
Cannabis and hemp are just as effective in animals as in humans. Like humans (and virtually every other life form on Earth), our best friends have an endocannabinoid (ECS) system.
This master regulatory system plays a central role in establishing and maintaining health and well-being. When the ECS is disrupted, the entire mind and body can rapidly descend into disarray. There exists a significant need for pet complementary feed products that target animal stress, anxiety and the all too familiar age related ailments.
Fortunately, Mother Nature has an answer; the cannabinoids found in full spectrum hemp extract may help to rebalance and optimize the ECS.
Although CBD is not a cure-all, it may help to ease your pet's discomfort and relieve anxiety. Pet owners anecdotally report a number of beneficial effects of using CBD to soothe anxious dogs from separation anxiety, loud thunderstorms, car travel, veterinary visits as well as social anxiety.
If you decide to give your pet CBD oil, it is important to be informed.
The CBD you give your animal should have the same standards for anything you would put in your own body. Freestone Farms products are safe, organic, free from any pesticides, heavy metals, microbials and solvents, and tested for cannabinoid content.
CBD Use With Pets
Society at large has recently seen a rise in the use of CBD products to treat a number of medical conditions in humans, so it is only natural pet owners may consider using it during the treatment of a variety of illnesses in their pets such as epilepsy, cancer and arthritis.
While pet owners in areas where CBD oil is legal and accessible may report positive responses, currently there is not sufficient evidence to support the use of cannabis oil for use as a first line therapy. A small number of trials using cannabis oil to treat conditions such as seizures and arthritis have been completed and while results look promising more research into its safety and efficacy in pets needs to be done.
Pets safety trials and additional research is needed to conclusively prove its efficacy is required
Giving Your Pet CBD
CBD and Pain in Pets
Of all the uses of cannabis in human and veterinary medicine, pain relief is perhaps the most well-documented.
When giving CBD to pets it is usually in the form of treats infused with CBD, or CBD Oils. CBD Oils are preferable because the dosing can be accurately controlled and because CBD may be better absorbed through the tissues of the mouth rather than through the digestive tract.
Vaporized or smoked cannabis should NEVER be used with pets. This can damage their lungs and hurt your pet.
Similarly, edibles for humans should not be given to your pet as they are impossible to dose accurately and they may contain ingredients (such as raisins, chocolate, etc.) that are toxic to animals.
Your pet will need a certain amount of CBD each day to experience the benefits, and you can spread that amount over different delivery methods if you do so carefully and intentionally. Also, CBD can build up in an animal's system over time, so you need to be patient when introducing it to your pet. Stay with the same process for 30 days before changing your pet’s CBD routine.
CBD and Pain in Dogs
Although limited, clinical studies for the use of medicinal cannabis on dogs have been conducted. The most promising case for CBD oil is for the support of osteoarthritis in dogs. CBD has been suggested as a more promising alternative compared to common arthritis treatments such as glucosamine, green-lipped mussel (GLM), hydrotherapy and cold laser.
Recent double-blind, placebo-controlled trials suggest dogs which received daily oral doses of CBD showed a decrease in pain and improved activity.
In one of the studies, the dogs received 2mg/kg of CBD oil every 12 hours, over a 4 week period. The results indicated there was a significant decrease in pain and increase in daily activity. There were no visible side-effects reported by the owners, with the exception of an increase in alkaline phosphatase during treatment.
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