For many, our furry friends are family. For most, this means making sure they have the best possible life they can have. But, what happens when they get sick?
Whether your pet needs a visit to the vet for a common calamity or something worse, visiting the vet can cost you thousands, forcing you to make decisions you would rather not have to make. But Cannabidiol (more commonly known as CBD oil), found within the Cannabaceae plant family, is a promising natural compound providing relief to those who need it not only for themselves, but for their furry friends too.
So what exactly is this compound that has everyone interested in its therapeutic potential?
CBD - More than just a Buzzword
CBD is one of more than 100 molecules known as cannabinoids. Most people will have heard of cannabis’ most well known cannabinoid THC, however its sibling CBD has been receiving a lot of spotlight in recent years, due to its non-psychoactive nature and its promising health benefits. It is also easily extracted from industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis bred specifically so that it has 0.2% of THC or less, for its legal utilisation in a range of industries.
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CBD for pets
You may have heard of CBD from online sources or through friends and family, but have you ever heard of giving CBD to your pets? Although there is a lack of clinical studies done on CBD, researchers agree that all vertebrate animals have an endocannabinoid system, and so whatever benefits cannabinoids may have on humans could also positively affect our fur babies.
So what do the studies say?
Most cannabinoid studies have been carried out on animal test subjects, specifically mice; researching cancer, diabetes, dementia, stress, epilepsy, and more. Mice just seem to be the first and best choice of test subject when investigating the efficacy of cannabinoids. But what about for other animals like dogs? To its own detriment, research has not kept up with the growing need for testing done on other animals, however, there is plenty of information on the internet as well as consumer anecdotes testifying to its efficacy on companion animals.
Are anecdotes enough?
When it comes to administering anything new, caution is always a virtue. This applies especially for medicines and technologies that, although showing great promise, do not have the legal authority to proclaim any medicinal benefits. But in cases of natural medicine and health, where funding and research is hindered by bureaucracy, anecdotal evidence provides enough assurance for those who want to try it out for themselves first. One of Endoca’s community members was generous enough to share their experience of using CBD for their dog who was experiencing seizures:
My dog gets seizures (they aren’t sure why). He was on a ton of gabapentin. I took him off that and now give him CBD capsules. He hasn’t had a seizure in over a year - Endoca community member
Luckily this community member’s vet was on board with the change in medication and was able to instruct them on dosing for her mastiff, where she explained, “my vet recommended no more than a 1mg dosage. So I’ve stuck to that”.
She’s not alone in her experiences. A quick search online will show you an impressive amount of people expressing gratitude for the positive effects that cannabis extracts have brought them and their pets.