We have a far better understanding of the health benefits of cannabidiol for humans than we do for pets. And even still, we have quite a ways to go before we understand the true spectrum of benefits cannabidiol has to offer.
Beyond the fact that marijuana edibles contain high levels of THC which is very dangerous for pets, they often contain foods that are toxic. These include chocolate, some nuts, raisins, etc…
Benefits of Cannabis for Pets
Cannabidiol can be used to help treat chronic pain, inflammation, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epileptic seizures, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and much more! It has powerful neuroprotective benefits as well as potent anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.
Cannabidiol specifically has been in the medical spotlight as of late. It’s ability to provide profound health benefits without making users high is hugely beneficial. CBD is helping to make a name for cannabis in the medical world without giving marijuana-opponents any ammo to dispute its safety or efficacy.
Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at Auntie Dolores, a San Francisco Bay Area edibles manufacturer has its very own pet line of edibles called Treatibles. They decided to pursue CBD products for animals because aging dogs share quite a few of the same health problems as humans. If we could benefit so greatly from CBD, why couldn’t man’s best-friend?
The most common side effect of CBD is that your dog may get a little drowsy – about the same as if you gave him a Benadryl.
As with any herbal medicine, for most ailments you may not see an immediate effect. You’ll need to be patient.
As long as there are no side effects, you can increase the dose every 4 to 5 days until you see the therapeutic benefits. Side effects may include disorientation, hyperactivity, vomiting or excessive sedation. If you note any of these effects, stop treatment and wait for them to go away, then restart at a lower dose.
For a long time, hemp was illegal in the US and other countries because it got lumped in with other forms of cannabis. Today, you can buy hempseed products in your local grocery store – not just soaps and lotions, but hempseed protein powders and drinks like hempseed milk.
It may be hard to tell if your dog has the munchies (isn’t it a permanent condition in dogs?), but other side effects from marijuana can be quite severe, including lethargy, dilated pupils, drooling, being off balance, muscle twitching, vomiting, involuntary urination and even unconsciousness.
Among chronic conditions, it can help with arthritis, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression and digestive issues. There are also studies under way into CBD’s effects on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer.
Hemp is higher in CBD, the substance that provides the therapeutic effects.
Mladen Falamić, co-owner and chief managing officer of Green Life Ltd., which owns the Canibis brand, told Petfoodindustry.com that the brothers spent five years on research and development before introducing their hemp-based dry dog food to the market. The company’s other products include Canibis cannabidiol (CBD) oil for dogs, with further hemp-based pet food products to be launched shortly.
Asked about the legal aspects of selling hemp-based products for pets in a highly regulated environment, the company representative says Green Life strives to ensure compliance with European Union (EU) rules.
Canibisis is available in Croatia plus pet food export markets in the European Union.
“We first started distribution in Croatia, but … in very short period of time, we launched Canibis in new markets, such as Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We just contracted export to Australia, Hungary and Slovenia,” Falamić said. “We also have an office in the UK, and we are working to start sales in new markets such as Austria, Germany, France and Poland.”
The company’s hemp-based pet food products were first made in Croatia, but the company has already established ties with a number of foreign markets, according to Green Life’s co-owner.
“Hemp seed oil contains omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids and is the only edible oil containing the immediate metabolites of linoleic and alphalinolic acids, namely gamalinolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA),” Falamić said. “Owing to this, it prevents the metabolism of essential fatty acids from weakening and helps achieve a balance in the body that results from genetic factors, intake of other fats, aging and habits. The high content of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and the relatively high content of phytosterols are beneficial to the cardiovascular system.”