Pet wellness topics are an almost all-time favourite with netizens. But there is a deluge of available information on trending issues on the topic, making it difficult for the layman to distinguish facts from fiction.
Let’s face it, we love our canine friends and would go to great lengths for their well-being and health. That said, CBD oil benefits for dogs are such a hot topic. But, unfortunately, there is little reliable information, which is sad, considering the enormous potential benefits of the oil.
So, without further introduction, let’s dive into the ins and outs of using CBD oil for dogs:
What Is CBD Oil?
When we are talking about cannabidiol, popularly abbreviated as CBD, it’s referring to a cannabis compound. However, experts point out how CBD oil usually does not contain the psychoactive THC.
How Does CBD Affect Dogs?
Sadly, the medical literature on the effect of CBD on dogs is lacking. However, from studies on other animals, including humans, scientists know cannabinoids elicit responses from the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Such receptors are present in the central and peripheral parts of the nervous system. These substances help maintain body balance and ensure normal healthy functioning.
Which Health Concerns Can CBD Oil Treat in Dogs?
In the absence of specific scientific evidence, anecdotal evidence shows CBD oil as effective in treating the following symptoms in dogs:
- Controlling seizures
- Treating pain (CBD oil is
particularly effective in combatting neuropathic pain in our canine friends)
Medical experts suggest that CBD might have
the following benefits as well:
- Better cardiac activity
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Stimulating appetite
- Acting as an anti-nausea substance
- And even minimizing anxiety
Some experts also profess that CBD might work as an anti-cancer drug. However, we can’t say anything definite in the absence of conclusive evidence.
Luckily for CBD for dog health, there’s an upcoming study in the field. A Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences study on the effectiveness of CBD in treating treatment-resistant epilepsy is in the works. Sponsored by The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the study will be a first of its kind.
Potential Side Effects
The absence of medical data on CBD’s
effectiveness in treating dog disorders also extends to their side effects. But
from the human experience, dog owners should watch out for the following side
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
The lack of existing research on CBD
effects on dogs is perhaps its most significant risk. The FDA (Food and Drug
Administration) of the US is yet to approve CBD drugs for dogs. Therefore there
are no dosing charts, making dog owners unaware of what might be a toxic dose. However,
the risk of reaction is always there. Consequently, you will be better off by
closely monitoring the effects of CBD oil doses and starting with minor
amounts. And before you try it out, make sure it is ok with your vet.
Characteristics of Desirable CBD Product
Keep in mind these factors while purchasing
CBD oil to treat a dog-related health issue:
- Ensure it is organic
- Don’t be price-conscious
- Make sure the CBD concentration
- Use liquid CBD products
The legalization of marijuana for medical use in many, if not most, US states have led to relevant studies in the field rising significantly. And if we are forging ahead, can our canine friends be far behind?