Pet treats containing cannabidiol, or CBD, are becoming popular as more pet owners find them helpful for treating anxiety, arthritis, seizures and other conditions in their animals.
CBD oil for anxiety, arthritis, seizures and other ailments in pets is becoming popular in California
Cannafornian.com investigates the use of CBD oil for anxiety and other reasons people are using it to treat their animals. The 4th of July is a recurring nightmare for many pet owners. Seeing pets so anxious, there is not much one can do, apart from playing Bach full blast and hoping neighbors will cope with it.
Liz Hughston, an emergency veterinary technician in San Jose, decided she couldn’t handle another of Augie, a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix’s fourth of July freak-outs. In the past she tried giving him Xanax and he would go mad. The dog would bark at everything until he passed out, and then wake-up hours later.
This year, she gave him cannabis chews made for pets. He was totally chilled: he sat on the sofa, ate his food, and let his family pet him. He handled the fireworks remarkably calmly.
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THC is dangerous for animals
Edibles for animals contain very little THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, as it could be dangerous for pets. The products contain mostly CBD oil or cannabidiol, the compound in cannabis or hemp that does not make people or animals high, but offers relief from anxiety and pain caused by inflammation.
This is one of the reasons why many pet owners are considering cannabis treatments for pets. But Julianna Carella, CEO of a company producing cannabis products for pets warns pets can’t be given human products.
Concentrated doses of THC can be toxic in animals. Increasing numbers of pets are landing in vet emergency rooms since marijuana became legal and animals started to get hold of human edibles.
Cannabis for pets is illegal
Federal law does not approve cannabis for animals, and producers of pet edibles claiming health benefits have received warning letters. Even in California, where medical and recreational laws were passed, the laws pertain to humans, not animals. Prohibition stunts research, and as a result there is no scientific proof of the efficacy of pet edibles.
However, anecdotal evidence is convincing, and many people say the difference in their pets is remarkable. Dogs with arthritis lift their paws which were dragging before, some start playing with younger dogs. Other pet owners use it for palliative care of pets to try and fight cancer, or reduce the tumors, or for symptom relief.
“It’s a beautiful thing”
The California Veterinary Medical Board guidelines state prescription or recommendation of any cannabis to animals is against the law.
Owner of Holistic Hound pet store, Heidi Hill, says “People really will do anything they can to help their pets, and a lot of times, this is their last hope. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s a beautiful thing.”
CBD oil for anxiety
CBD oil for anxiety and other ailments in pets is receiving widespread coverage as increasing numbers of pet owners come forward with their stories. It seems CBD isn’t just good for people, but animals too.