Cannabidiol (CBD) is taking the alternative medicine world by storm. A non-psychoactive derivative of the hemp plant, CBD is available in a variety of forms and recommended for several ailments, including insomnia, seizures, chronic pain, and high cholesterol.
CBD products aren’t just for humans—pets also benefit from CBD tinctures and treats. Like humans, your dog, cat, and all other mammals have an endocannabinoid system at work in their bodies. This system is responsible for keeping our bodies in homeostasis. “Homeostasis” refers to the ability of the body or a cell to seek and maintain a condition of equilibrium or stability within its internal environment when dealing with external changes—i.e., maintaining a well-functioning body. It’s specially designed to interact with cannabinoids, both those created by the brain and those derived from plants.
Packed with cannabinoids, CBD oil affects pets in several of the same ways as humans, providing many of the same benefits. Curious how CBD can help your pet? Read on for 6 essential benefits.
Like humans, certain situations cause stress for our pets. Some pets even develop phobias of specific objects or events. Whether it’s a thunderstorm, house party, or separation anxiety, this stress is detrimental to our pets’ health and well-being. If your pet frequently becomes overexcited, aggressive, or frightened, CBD can provide a solution. It is shown to produce a calming effect on pets, helping them to feel more at ease and reducing behaviors like tremors, excessive barking, and destructive activity.
One of the most common reasons people use CBD products is to relieve pain, especially long-term, chronic pain. A key reason that CBD is so helpful for pain relief is its anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation provides relief for pets suffering from skin allergies or rashes, inflamed joints due to arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. A daily dose of CBD can help your pet be more comfortable and find new energy throughout the day.
Does your pet suffer from issues with nausea and vomiting? Often when this problem occurs, pets are prescribed medications that can have several side effects. However, research has shown that CBD can successfully control nausea and vomiting, at the same time increasing appetite. And, CBD products can provide these benefits to your pet without any of the side affects of traditional anti-nausea medications.
Though not fully understood, numerous studies have found that CBD is a powerful anticonvulsant. Seizures, tremors, and spasms caused by a variety of conditions, including epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, have been successfully managed with CBD. It can be extremely distressing to watch your pet experiencing a seizure, and CBD provides a safe and effective way to reduce their discomfort and fear.
Unfortunately, as our pets age they often develop tumors and cancers. As with humans, chemotherapy can be administered, typically causing unpleasant side effects. A study conducted at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that CBD inhibits growth in cancer and tumor cells, helping to treat cancer without the toxic and painful process of chemotherapy. In addition to reducing the pain your pets likely feel when they have a tumor, CBD may also be able to stop the tumor growth entirely.
Even if your pet is generally healthy and doesn’t suffer from any serious medical conditions, CBD can be used as a regular supplement to encourage their overall wellness. Since CBD keeps our bodies in balance and is rich in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, it helps support your pet’s complete well-being, so that they can always stay at the top of their game.
Interested in adding CBD to your pet’s diet routine? There are several ways to administer CBD to our furry friends.
Tinctures: A tincture is typically the fastest way for the body to process CBD. Contained in a dropper bottle, you can administer to your pet by placing drops on their food or directly into the mouth. We offer tinctures specific to dogs and cats (shown at right) to ensure a perfect balance for their unique body chemistry.
Treats: Most pets love treats, so a treat infused with CBD makes it easy to provide them with their daily dose of CBD. Treats like our Treatibles CBD Dog Treats are available in tasty flavors and in sizes appropriate for different sized dogs.
Salves: If your pet suffers from stiff joints or localized pain, a salve can provide direct relief. The CBD combined with the massaging motion helps to revitalize muscles and soothe away pain.