Hemp, Cannabis, CBD – whatever you know it as, chances are you’ve heard of (if not tried) the benefits of Cannabidiol, the chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. And, while CBD is a key chemical found it marijuana, it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, so no, it won’t get you, or your pet, high.
It can, however, ease pain and anxiety and offer digestive and immune support, which is why CBD is gaining momentum not only in the health and wellness world, but also amongst pet owners. And, unlike the harmful effects THC can have on your pets, CBD can be a (relatively) harmless remedy for pets.
Because CBD is newer to the market, there’s limited scientific evidence of its effects. There is, however, plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports its effectiveness in treating a number of pet ailments.
With pet owners headed back to work and venturing out into the world after months of lockdown, dogs around the world are experiencing separation anxiety like never before. On top of that, loud noises, like fireworks, thunderstorms, and even vacuum cleaners, can be enough of a trigger to skyrocket your pup’s anxiety through the roof.
Consider helping them cope with a dose of CBD, which pet owners praise for its ability to relax the mind and stop anxiety in its tracks within minutes.
By boosting endocannabinoids, the part of the nervous system that processes and reduces anxiety, CBD can help your dog better process and manage their energy, contributing to a more stable and relaxed daily state of being.
Known to reduce stress and calm nerves, a healthy dose of CBD before bed can keep your hyper pup from bouncing off the walls, and even help improve their sleep.
General Pain and Arthritis
Much like the pain relief provided to humans, CBD can provide pain management for your senior dog’s general pain, mobility issues, and arthritis, offering a better quality of life.
With powerful anti-inflammatory effects, adding CBD to your pet’s pain management and treatment plan may be more beneficial, and less risky, than many of the approved NSAID drugs commonly prescribed to senior dogs.
CBD can be a powerful remedy when your dog is showing signs of an upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea. In fact, studies show CBD can decrease pain and inflammation in the intestines, and serves as a muscle relaxant to aid in digestion.
If your pet suffers from digestive issues, try CBD to help calm their stomach, and even increase their appetite.
Ways to Dose
In today’s market, CBD comes in many forms for pets, so you can have the flexibility and convenience to choose a dosage type that will work best for your four-legged friend.
One of the most common ways to administer CBD is in tincture-form, which comes in pup-approved flavors like peanut butter or bacon, so they’ll have no problem taking it straight from the dropper! Alternatively, you can always mix a few drops into your pets food during meal times.
From sprays to balms, CBD comes in topical forms so you can rub the treatment directly on your pet to soothe any skin irritations. You can even massage it into their ears or paws for an added relaxing effect!
What dog doesn’t love treats?! CBD infused treats are ideal for on-the-go pet owners, enabling you to give your pup a dose whenever they need it – like to keep calm during a long road trip.
Remember, not all CBD is created equal, and, since you don’t need a prescription to access a dosage for your dog, it’s important to do your research and always consult your veterinarian before administering any new drug or herb – no matter how trusting the reviews may seem.