Using CBD to treat Pets
When our furry friends get sick or hurt, most of us would go to any lengths to find them the best treatment or medicine possible. A lot of times, we think that our only options are costly pharmaceuticals that also include a large number of side effects. Wouldn’t it be great if there were holistic medication options with no side effects? This is where CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) comes into the picture.
You’ve likely already heard or read about humans using CBD to treat all sorts of medical issues, but did you know that you can also use it to treat your pets? You see, just like humans, all animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which means that their bodies contain lots of cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are what allow humans and animals to be able to absorb the cannabinoids contained in CBD products.
Now, let’s discuss some of the benefits of using CBD to treat your pets. First, it’s important to know that while CBD does come from the cannabis plant, it does not contain THC, the psychoactive chemical also found in the cannabis plant. For that reason, CBD will not get your pet “high.” Some of the more common benefits of CBD for animals are relief from pain, allergies, anxiety and stress, cancer symptom reduction, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, and anti-nausea properties.
If your pet suffers from anxiety or stress, epilepsy, chronic pain, chronic inflammatory conditions, or cancer, I would highly recommend giving CBD a try, but not before taking the following steps:
- Talk to your veterinarian about CBD and whether it may affect any current medications that your pet is taking.
- Make sure to do your research on any product you are considering using on your pet and to ask your vendor for a certificate of analysis.
- Start small with the initial dosage for your pet and work your way up. 1mg per 10lbs of body weight is a good place to start.
- Stay with your pet for 2-3 hours after giving them CBD for the first time. While CBD is extremely non-toxic, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your pet to see if they’ll have any sort of reaction to it.