CBD is one of 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it is a non-psychoactive compound that does not make its user “high.”
Research in cannabidiol is still in its infancy, but some studies and evidence show its efficacy in helping with treating many conditions like anxiety, chronic pain, and arthritis. CBD products for pets are often marketed as a natural way to treat health conditions in dogs.
Until lately, there are no CBD products for use in animals or pets approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, it is important to understand that just because CBD products are for sale does not mean those products are considered safe.
In this article, we are going to cover the most recent studies and research into cannabidiol products for pets. Moreover, we will elucidate the potential benefits and risks to help you make an informed decision.
What stance do veterinarians take on cannabidiol for pets? In some states veterinarians are not allowed to advise clients to use CBD for pets. California recently passed a law that prevents state regulators from penalizing veterinarians for suggesting cannabidiol for pets. Furthermore, veterinarians have a little freedom while suggesting CBD for pets to their clients.
Research on CBD and humans has shown that it may help treating certain health conditions like anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic pain. But there are a few reliable studies that have been conducted on CBD for pets like dogs.
In a recent study in 2018, dogs with osteoarthritis were given 2-8 milligrams of cannabidiol per kg of body weight. About 80% of the dogs showed improvement in their pain and mobility.
A small study in 2019 found that dogs that were given CBD in addition to seizure medication had fewer seizures than those received seizure medication and a placebo. However similar numbers of dogs in both the cannabidiol group and placebo group responded to the treatment. The authors recommended further testing before concluding with any definitive result.
CBD for pets is available in many forms including treats, oils,and creams. Each of them are beneficial for different health conditions.
A 2018 study by Colorado State University conducted on dogs with epilepsy found that CBD oil given orally was more effective than a cream or capsule.
According to the 2018 study on dogs with osteoarthritis (previously referenced), the most effective dose for dogs for increasing comfort and activity levels was 2milligrams of CBD per kilograms of body weight.
Each dog may respond differently while given CBD oil. So we recommend you start with a low dose and increase it gradually. Monitor how your dog reacts to cannabidiol and adjust the dose slowly.
Since the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate CBD products, there can be a lot of variability in products in the market. That means certain CBD products for humans and CBD for pets are more effective than others.
While purchasing CBD products you can check for the “certificates of analysis” on their website and also don’t forget to look into the third party lab test results. This will ensure the product you are buying is safe and does not contain harmful substances like pesticides, toxins, and heavy metals.
Make sure you do research on each brand before purchasing and consult with a veterinarian about the possible side effects and toxicities that these products may cause.
If you are giving cannabidiol to your dog, watch out for the signs of reaction. For instance, if you give CBD to your dog twenty minutes prior to fireworks and find them feel comfortable during the festivities, chances are CBD might be working.
If you are giving CBD to your dog for arthritis, you can see results within a week or two. If you find them jumping and running around comfortably, CBD has probably been effective.
As for negative effects look for:
If your pet is experiencing such side effects, they may have consumed too much cannabidiol. In this case, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration currently. So you have to be careful while buying CBD products. Some products can be mislabeled and may not contain the amount of cannabidiol oil as marketed.
While buying, do research on the brand you have chosen. Reputable CBD companies will provide you with all the information you need to know like third party lab test results.
CBD for pets requires more studies and research, but while you are about to try it visit your vet first. Start with a low dose (2mg) and monitor the effect of cannabidiol on your pet. Monitor how your dog reacts to CBD and if you see anything abnormal consult with the veterinarian.