Veterinarians urge caution in using the CBD products for dogs. Looking for more information, I read an article written by Dr Karen Becker The Hot CBD Trend for Pets – Risky or a Godsend?. As a “canna-curious” dog people, I am glad to gain more pieces of knowledge about CBD products.
The main difference is that CBD has no psychoactive properties like the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana, but has a wider range of medical benefits.
As a health trend, Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity for people and now gaining more attention for pets. However, some pet owners still have not clearly understood the differences between CBD and marijuana. In contrast to marijuana that can be toxic to pets, CBD is non-intoxicating and easy to take as a CBD oil. As we know, pet parents do whatever we can do to search for nontoxic remedies for pain and other conditions for our loved ones. CBD products make an appealing treatment option for pets.
Dogs are 10 times more sensitive to THC than humans, and THC levels in marijuana are significantly higher than in the past.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has non-psychoactive effects, which means it will not get the user high. CBD comes from the hemp plant that is a cannabis plant but contains less than 0.3% of THC. While Marijuana has more than 0.3% of THC, and the worse thing we hear is that marijuana poisoning for dogs has increased dramatically in recent years.
Much more research is needed to determine other veterinary conditions CBD may benefit, as well as the most effective delivery methods and dosing ranges.
According to the study, the therapeutic attributes of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors. From relieving chronic pain, anxiety, seizure to anti-cancer, there are many health benefits for dogs, especially senior dogs.
However, dogs can not tell you what they feel. That’s why some doctors think that the results on giving pets CBD have been anecdotal so far. Dog parents also have questions for veterinarians. For example, what is the correct dose for a 5-pound chihuahua or a 140-pound mastiff? How the CDB interacts with the other medications? Unfortunately, no answers from current studies. Therefore, there is still a lot of research that needs to do.
In addition, the popularity and marketing of CBD products are outpacing for researching and regulation. The FDA has issued significant warning letters to companies selling CBD products.
A bit of advice for all dog owners:
- Choose the CBD products manufactured under good practices and supported by the national animal supplement council.
- Check for a certificate of analysis to make sure what is exactly in the products.