“Over the years, CBD oil has had its share of misconceptions. But it’s time to bust those myths. It is widely believed consumption of CBD oil creates a ‘high’ like effect or causes intoxication. But the truth is, CBD doesn’t have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another cannabinoid with psychoactive properties,” explains Dr Dilip Sonune, director of Veterinary Service, Wiggles.
Just like us, our pets also face bouts of anxiety. “Thunderstorm, separation, or car anxiety can have a grave impact on their health. In extreme cases, pets might try to run away or jump out of the window. Vet-prescribed oral usage of CBD can eventually calm them down,” he says.
If you are a pet parent, try CBD oil; it is therapy for your fur buddy
CBD oil can also potentially benefit pets suffering from seizures and appetite loss. (Photo: Pixabay)
Due to its medicinal properties, CBD also acts as an anti-inflammatory oil. “It enhances the immune system’s response to a variety of physiological issues.”
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The only FDA-approved cannabinoid product, Epidiolex, could theoretically be prescribed by a veterinarian for epilepsy in dogs, although this would likely be cost-prohibitive. Because it is FDA-approved, though, the CBD content of this product would be accurate, unlike most other CBD products on the market.
But because CBD is not psychoactive, it is unlikely that CBD has the ability to directly treat canine anxiety in the way that Prozac and other medications do. The use of CBD for anxiety in dogs, as with most conditions, requires substantially more research.
In people, CBD has been studied for possible use in cancer patients, both to treat the tumor(s) directly, as well as to treat the secondary symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Very limited research has been done on the use of CBD for dogs with cancer.
How Much CBD Can You Give Dogs?
One complication in attempting to properly dose dogs with CBD is that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that many CBD products actually contain little, if any, CBD.
U.S. veterinarians are forbidden from prescribing/dispensing CBD, and cannot encourage or instruct clients to purchase CBD products.
Here’s everything you need to know about CBD for dogs.
We are not yet sure whether the elevation of this liver value has any medical significance. It could signify that CBD causes irritation or damage to the liver. Alternatively, it could be an artificial finding in which the drug interferes with the way the lab measures the liver value.
If you’re giving your dog hemp oil to deal with stress or anxiety, stick to the lower dose. And if you’re giving your dog hemp oil for an immune issue or pain, try to work up to the higher amount.
Just as veterinarian Dr Bassingthwaighte discovered, hemp has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can:
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BONUS: Hemp Oil Is Safe For Dogs
Animal studies show that hemp oil can prevent colitis (IBD). Other studies show it can help restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease.
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Kozela E, Juknat A, Kaushansky N, Rimmerman N, Ben-Nun A, Vogel Z. Cannabinoids decrease the th17 inflammatory autoimmune phenotype. PubMed.gov. Dec 2013. 8(5):1265-76.
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