With the increase of studies into CBD, we are becoming more and more aware of the benefits CBD can have on humans. But recently, there has been a move to allow CBD products for use on your pup, with many studies focussing on the benefits of CBD for your pooch. Clinical studies are now coming to light with many purporting to the efficacy of CBD for treating what ails their dog. So let’s look at how CBD can benefit your four-legged friend.
1. CBD is Non-Psychoactive
The thought of giving your pooch something that may harm them is a nightmare for doting dog owners. But, rest assured, CBD that is extracted from industrial hemp; bred for its low percentage of the psychoactive compound THC, it has all the beneficial effects without the possibility of intoxication. It is important to note that so far, the CBD industry is mostly unregulated. Make sure that when you’re purchasing your CBD oil, it is from a legitimate company that has third party lab tests to corroborate its ingredients; with high-CBD and low-THC content. That way, you know you’re getting the best product that will help heal your hound.
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2. CBD is an Anxiolytic and Antidepressant
CBD has been studied extensively on animal test subjects, with results pertaining to its incredible anti-anxiety and anti-stress effects. CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including interactions with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviours. If your pooch gets separation anxiety, easily stressed in new situations or anxious when introduced to new experiences, CBD for your pooch is the totally natural and safe product to assuage your dog’s troubles.
3. CBD can Treat Seizures and Epilepsy
CBD and other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant have been found to have anticonvulsant effects, with many pet owners using cannabis when their pooches suffer from an attack. Deb Lynam, owner of golden retriever who suffers from epileptic fits says she is sticking to what works: “We gave Benny (their pooch) a dose [of CBD]... He got up, walked away and has not had another seizure in more than two years,” Lynam explained to The Spokesman Review in July of this year.
And Lynam isn’t the only one. CBD has also been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 human patients with epilepsy that were resistant to to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD. And a survey of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy found that 84% of the children taking CBD experienced a reduction in the frequency of they epileptic fits. Promising findings for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures in our pets, just with CBD.
4. CBD Acts as an Analgesic
Scientists are now considering CBD as a new drug treatment for chronic pain after findings show the incredible efficacy CBD has as an analgesic. Studies have shown its incredible potential in a number of pain related areas, including:
- Decreased pain (including nerve and neuropathic-related pain)
- Decreased the impact of inflammation on oxidative stresses
- Decreased inflammation in acute pancreatitis
- Reduced general inflammation, including intestinal inflammation
5. CBD Acts as an Anti-tumoral
CBD, as well as other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, have been found to have anti-tumoral effects. In studies focussed to CBD’s effects on abnormal cell growth, it was found that CBD both attenuates and increases cell death in tumors and cancer. CBD is able to help the immune system naturally by blocking the tumors ability to produce energy, by increasing the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment, and by allowing the body to repair and replenish itself with the vital nutrients it needs to fight the cancer(s) or tumour(s).
6. CBD Increases Appetite and Helps with Nausea
Whether it is a hormonal condition, stress-related or because of medications, some pooches just don’t seem to have an appetite. This can make feeding time a distressing and exhausting experience for both you and your pooch! But, studies now suggest that CBD for your pooch helps activate the metabolism, stimulating your pet’s appetite. And, if your pooch’s lack of appetite is a result of nausea and vomiting, you can rest easy knowing that CBD has also been found to have anti-nausea and anti-emetic effects as well. By using CBD for your furry friend’s stomach issues, you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone!
7. CBD is Both Safe and Legal to use for Your Pets
With so many different studies showing the potential health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging aspect is that CBD so far appears to be both safe and healthy for both humans and our pets.
However, it has been shown to decrease the activity of the enzymes within the liver used to metabolise many prescription drugs, so it is best to talk with your holistic vet practitioner before using CBD for your pooch, if your furry friend is on any kind of medication.
It is also important to note that choosing your CBD product is of the utmost importance, as THC, found naturally within cannabis, can have dire effects on your dog, so make sure you are buying legitimate CBD products from companies that provide third-party lab results. This will attest to the ingredients within the product, as well as provide you with information about the THC content, which must be under the required 0.3% THC for it to be sold legally.
If you’re looking for a reliable and transparent company that provides high quality products with third-party lab test, make sure to visit the Endoca Webshop, where you will find a large range of CBD products for both you and your pooch. If you’re unsure of which products you’d like, you can chat with one of our friendly staff through the chat icon.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).