Everything you need to know about using CBD for your pets
In most states across the nation, medical marijuana and cannabidiol, also known as CBD, have been legalized for treatment of various mental and health issues. Scientists are finding out that these medical substances can also provide positive benefits for pets, specifically cats and dogs. Whether your pet has seizures, high levels of anxiety, dealing with pain, or cancer, high grade CBD can be used as an alternative treatment for those ailments.
Cannabidiol for pets is “good in theory,” says Dr. Robin Downing, a veterinarian and hospital director at the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor, CO. Just like humans, pets have cannabinoid receptors, which gives CBD the capability to interact with their endocannabinoid system, a central nervous pain system that helps deal with pain levels, mood, appetite, anxiety, and more.
Where does cannabidiol come from?
Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from the hemp plant, which is part of the Cannabis sativa family. Most people see the word cannabis and think that this will give a “high,” but fear not as this is not marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are merely cousins, hemp containing high amounts of cannabidiol, and marijuana containing tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. They are part of the same plant family but hemp having no psychoactive effects on both humans and pets.
So how does CBD work in animals? Is it safe?
While more research is still being conducted as to how CBD exactly works, not only for our pets, but even for humans, so far all signs have been positive. A research study conducted in 2018 found that CBD can help increase comfort levels and activity in dogs dealing with osteoarthritis. A year later, veterinarian Stephanie McGrath, also an assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, published a study showing that CBD can help reduce the number of seizures experienced by epileptic dogs. Even though these results are preliminary, they are very similar to the research being conducted for human consumption.
At this time, veterinarians still do not have the medication available to treat certain conditions, especially ones with debilitating side effects. What we do know at this time, is that according to a 2017 World Health Organization report, CBD has been deemed safe and well-tolerated by animals. The only concern is that since CBD is broken down or metabolized by the liver, it’s best to be wary if your pet has liver issues. It might be best to talk to your veterinarian before giving your animal high grade CBD.
What to look out for when buying CBD for my pet?
Since there are currently no regulations in the market in place for CBD, one thing pet owners need to be aware of is quality control. Make sure when purchasing CBD products for your pets, that you look at the ingredients included on the label. Technically, most CBD products can have up to 0.3% THC. What we know so far is that THC is known to be toxic to both cats and dogs. So make sure the product you’re purchasing has 0% THC. We at Lokus Nutrition, take the extra step in extracting all the THC in our products, so there are no worries involved. If you’ve purchased a CBD product for your pet from an untrusted source and administered it, be on the lookout for signs of THC poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or loss of balance.
Also look into high grade CBD products that include a certificate of analysis (COA) which includes the batch number matching the product’s packaging label. These tests are completed by an independent lab to confirm the ingredients and potency for the whole batch.
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While there’s still a lot of research that needs to be done, CBD has been a shining light for both humans and pets. We at Lokus, urge you to speak to your licensed veterinarian before starting any new treatments for your cat or dog. Before purchasing any high grade CBD for your pet, do some research into the company. Make sure to follow the dosages on the labeling, as those are veterinarian recommended. Lastly, be the best parent you can be and do what you can for the ones you love!
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