Commonly used for anxiety and depression and other disorders in humans, CBD is gaining momentum these days because of the questions being raised regarding its administration into animal bodies. The idea of using cannabidiol as a pet medicine came around 2012 and was thought of as an effective method to treat their pain, anxiety, and seizure disorders. Anyhow, hemp-derived CBD was legalized in 2018 and the CBD pet care products are popular now.
CBD For Pets
CBD, as we know, is one of the chemical compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant and can be used as a medicine with little or no side effects. It is not psychoactive thus producing no “high” state of mind. CBD for pets is used and accepted worldwide but the working of CBD in pets needs to be analyzed more to understand whether it works the same way as in human beings. The most probable assumption is that the CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in animals.
Pets like dogs can also develop conditions like osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that doses of CBD can be effective in increasing comfort and activity in animals suffering from such conditions. Epileptic dogs may suffer from seizures and the use of CBD in such cases has proven to be effective in reducing such seizures.
Is It Safe?
One of the recurring questions asked by skeptical pet owners is about the safety of their pets after using CBD. A 2017 World Health Organization report states that CBD is safe and that several tests have shown that these are well tolerated by the animals. However, as the interaction of CBD with an animal’s body is not yet clearly known, it is recommended to not give CBD to animals that have known liver issues.
CBD products with THC may be available in the market because CBD markets are not well regulated yet. THC is a psychoactive compound which is a known toxic to animals like cats and dogs. So pet owners must be aware of this and make sure that you only buy products that have a Certificate of Analysis.
How To Use CBD In Animals?
CBD can be delivered to the animals as oil, cream, and capsule, the same as we have seen in the case of humans. Of these, the best method is to administer CBD as oil into the body of animals as it had the most consistent performance as was proven in several studies. CBD oil also stayed in the bloodstream the longest. Anyhow the use of CBD in animals is one of the many medicinal uses of CBD. However, consult your veterinarian before using CBD on your pet even in emergencies.