With the legalization of marijuana, the CBD market has seen a surge in products of all kinds in recent years. CBD oil and other CBD products are being used to treat several medical conditions in humans. With the widespread use of these products for their favorable effects, there has been a growing interest in CBD and its use in animals.
The favorable profile of CBD in human conditions has prompted researchers around the globe to see whether or not it is possible to achieve similar results in animals like cats and dogs, etc. So far, there have not been any bonafide trials to prove the case for CBD use in animals, even though various animal and pet owners report anecdotal evidence of health benefits in household pets.
What is CBD?
CBD is also known as Cannabidiol. It is one of the chemical substances which is naturally present in cannabis or marijuana. It interacts with the naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors in the human nervous system and produces the desired effects. CBD is mixed with other compounds to yield products like CBD oil, etc.
Will CBD Get Your Pet ‘High’?
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical substance responsible for the creation of a psychedelic ‘high.’ On the contrary, CBD is not a psychoactive substance and, therefore, does not produce the same psychological effects as THC. In short, CBD will not cause the psychological symptoms of a cannabis ‘high’ in your pet if it is given a CBD product, such as CBD oil.
Is It Good for Your Pet?
Anecdotal evidence from pet owners suggests that there may be several benefits to giving CBD to your pet. It relieves them of pain in chronic pain conditions like osteoarthritis. Pain relief can improve the quality of life for the pets suffering from this disorder and also enhance physical activity.
Various pet owners also report a reduction in seizures and anxiety when given to dogs, and in some cases, better sleep patterns. It is also being used to decrease pain after surgical procedures on pets.
How Can You Give It to Your Pet?
CBD Oil can be given to pets on its own or given indirectly in the form of edible treats like CBD biscuits and even creams and ointments that you can rub over their skin. It is essential to use products that are to be consumed by pets because human products like CBD gummies might contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your pet.
Word of Caution
Since there is not enough scientific data to suggest that CBD is safe for pets, you should proceed with caution. Since the drug regulation authorities do not have information about any possible risk for side effects or adverse drug reactions, it is safe to start with the minimum possible dose in the lowest concentration available.
Administration of CBD oil to your pet should be followed by close monitoring for the timely identification of side effects or allergic reactions. It is better to use CBD products that are tailored for animals rather than using CBD oil on its own.