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CBD Oil for Dogs (and Other Pets)

July 22, 2018

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CBD oil for dogs

Pets are just wonderful. Dogs are man’s best friend. Cats are there for you, whenever you need them. These animals encompass over 5000 years of love, companionship and brotherhood, all culminating in your favourite pal going for walks and barking at the mailman, or just lazing around in the sun’s rays.

Everyone loves pets.

However, pets get sick and, sadly, they don’t live as long as humans. We do everything we can to try and help them, make sure their lives are as happy and carefree as possible, but it’s still possible that they can suffer from any number of conditions.

We give them medication, take them to expensive vets and just generally do everything we can to help them.

However, with the recent explosion in CBD use as a medication, is it possible we could be giving cannabis to our pets?

Could weed actually help our furry friends?

How Does CBD Work, and Does it Work for Pets?

So first of all, how does CBD work at all?

CBD, the non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis Sativa plant, is the second major compound in marijuana that interacts with your body, with the other one obviously being THC.
CBD acts as a bit of a counter to THC, providing some defense against some of the negatives inherent with the psychoactive compound. A study published in the Journal of Psychoses and Related Disorders* found that CBD works to actively hinder the negative effects of THC, most significantly the increased risk of developing psychosis as a result of too much regular exposure to THC.
CBD primarily works by triggering the CB1 and CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system that exists within the human body. This endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered by Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli chemist who led the research into the benefits and mechanics of cannabis.

It turns out that this ECS interacts with the majority of bodily functions concerned with health and regulation, ultimately being responsible for a great number of functions we take for granted. For example, the existence of inflammation in the body is generally caused by the CB1 receptors, as discovered by the National Academy of Sciences*. Through the use of CBD oil, we could actually trigger these receptors and encourage our body to help the body heal itself naturally.

It also turns out that this ECS exists in other mammals as well, most significantly in the same animals that we keep as pets.

Because pets also possess this same system, CBD has the potential to interact with them in the exact same way as humans.

Most medicines usually have some kind of problems when you attempt to use them with a different animal than what they were designed for, but CBD oddly doesn’t seem to be one of them.

Knowing that CBD works on dogs and other pets just as well as with humans, what could we be using CBD to help them with?

What is CBD Good for?

CBD has been shown to be incredibly helpful for a variety of conditions, many of which many pets suffer from as well.
CBD is primarily useful because it lacks any kind of significant side effects that might make your pet listless or even sicker.
Out of all the myriad conditions that CBD could help your pets with; here are three major issues that could be helped thanks to CBD.

Epilepsy

CBD has been demonstrated, thanks to a few landmark cases, to have a significant benefit to those suffering from epilepsy. From the remarkable case of Charlotte Figi, we can see that CBD had a huge effect in cutting down her seizures.

Thanks to a study published in the journal of Epilepsy Research*, Emilio Perucca found hard evidence stating that CBD helps to reduce seizures. The study concluded that, when mixed with Clobazam, a common anti-seizure medication, CBD reduced seizures by a huge amount thanks to their combined effect on the brain.

This applies equally to pets, as epilepsy is a condition that affects tens of thousands of pets all over the world.

Sadly, instead of treating an epileptic dog, owners will often just throw the dog out on the street or take it to an adoption clinic.

It’s possible that CBD could be just what your dog needs to help combat its seizures.

Anxiety

Especially important for owners of rescue dogs, anxiety is something that frequently affects pets.

When a human is diagnosed with anxiety, they are able to seek help from a doctor, be prescribed anti-anxiety medication and talk to a counselor about their negative patterns of thought and learn, through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to combat those thought patterns.

For a dog… Not so much.

Besides being given some herbal relaxing pills flavored like their favorite foods, most vets simply recommend to just deal with it.

CBD has been demonstrated to have a benefit similar to normal anti-anxiety medication in a study* conducted by Crippa et al., which found that a variety of lab animals, when given CBD and made to undergo a variety of strenuous, anxiety-filled tests, experienced lower levels of anxiety when compared to a placebo group.

Thanks to this study, CBD is growing to become accepted as a good way of dealing with anxiety in dogs and other pets.
For those with rescue animals, anxiety is a real problem in their new pet, so it’s possible that CBD might help them significantly.

Pain & Inflammation

Pain is never fun – our body’s natural way of alerting us to an injury is problematic and irritating, especially if the pain is chronic and doesn’t go away.

However, we humans can self-medicate in order to deal with the pain. We can buy over the counter pain medication, or just mentally justify to ourselves that the pain is nothing more than our brain trying to warn us. We can deal with it.

For pets, however, they can’t just deal with it. If you’ve ever seen a dog that’s extremely sick or in pain, you’ll notice that they try and hide away in a bush away from their family, because they think they’re dying and are trying to keep themselves away from anyone else.

With CBD, however, we can help mitigate our animals’ suffering without the same side effects as conventional pain medication.

Too often, dogs are prescribed pain medication that leaves them feeling dopey or otherwise useless, just to get through their pain.

CBD has been demonstrated to reduce pain in a more natural way, without severe side effects, in numerous studies, such as one conducted by Hill et al.* which concluded that CBD triggers the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors to tell the brain to stop creating the sensation of pain.

No one likes tricking their pets, but if we have to trick our pets’ bodies to make their lives easier, it seems a good thing to do.

How to Give CBD Oil to Pets

To give CBD to a human couldn’t be simpler – simply by them some tincture, oil or vape e-liquid and let them take it however they want based on their needs.
However, pets aren’t quite as intelligent as humans. They don’t understand limitations in quite the same way – there’s a reason that we have to keep our dogs away from our secret dark chocolate stash; they’ll eat themselves into an early grave at the end of the garden, instead of indulging sparingly like a human.

Due to this, you can’t just let your pet have unlimited access to your vast stockpile of CBD – instead, ration your CBD through your dog’s food intake. One of the most common methods of CBD usage, CBD oil, is easily administered through food.

Simply sprinkle the requisite amount of CBD oil onto your pet’s food; they will eat it as though the oil isn’t even there, meaning they don’t even realize they’ve had their medication.

Make sure you figure out the amount of CBD you need to give your pet based on weight; there are a variety of different calculators available online, but just remember that your pet likely weighs far less than you and thus needs a far smaller dose.

However, it is important to note that, according to a study conducted by Samara et al.*, dogs have a very low oral absorption of CBD when compared to a direct, intravenous insertion. In the study, only around 13 to 19% of the CBD was actually tested to be bioavailable to the dog after oral administration.

This will be factored into any online calculators you use to figure out the amount of CBD to give your dog, but it’s important to consider that, especially where dogs are concerned, oral application is far less effective, though it is a lot easier than injecting your dog every day!

Final Thoughts on CBD for Dogs

CBD oil is quickly becoming recognized as a hugely beneficial medicine – it’s helping people with psoriasis, back pain and even social anxiety and is being imbibed more and more across the world.
However, we’re not using it to help our pets. Considering we love our pets, likely more than we like other people in some cases, it makes sense to consider doing anything we can to try and help them.

It’s possible that, using CBD oil, you can help your furry friend live a fuller and happier life.

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Getting Started with CBD Oil

If you suffer from anxiety (like me), depression or pain and are looking to get started with CBD oil, you need information on how to buy CBD oil, or you’re simply looking to learn more about CBD products, you’ve arrived at the right place.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits. CBD can be extracted from two different species of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, which include Cannabis and Hemp. Unlike its rival THC, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

One of the main advantages of CBD is its non-psychoactive affect making it a great option for people looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.
 
As I mentioned above the primary distinction between Hemp and CBD oil is the part of the plant they are derived from and what parts of the plant are used to create the oil. Hemp oil is typically made from pressing cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oil from within, while some that have mastered the CBD extraction process also use the flowers as they contain high percentages of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually made from the flowers of cannabis plant through various extraction methods.

How Does CBD Affect Your Body?

The way marijuana affects your body varies from person to person as it will often depend on genetics, tolerance to the cannabinoids, medical health, DNA, and more. It also depends on the way you consume the CBD, for example, the effects of vaping CBD are far different to smoking it in the form of high-CBD cannabis strains. 

CBD and the way it affects us is still of somewhat a mystery to researchers they still try to figure out how it effects the EndoCannabinoid system. During the previous century, it was discovered that our bodies have receptors within the brain and central nervous system. Specific cannabinoids such as CBD bind to those receptors and activate the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). This then provides a wide range of psychological and physical benefits helping the body.

Without going into specifics, cannabinoids signal to the body to create endocannabinoids and build more receptors. This helps the body to limit things associated with pain and inflammation, repairs cells and provides a wide range of other health benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is thought to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

Want to learn more about how CBD works read: How Long Does it Take CBD to Work

Medical Benefits of CBD

There is a misconception as to whether CBD can help treat patients, similar to pharmaceutical medicine, but thanks to the internet and a few different medical studies patients and researchers have been exposing their findings on how CBD oil is helping to cure a wide range of medical conditions.

The most popular story was the one of Charlotte Figi. At the time Charlotte was only 6 years old. As a little girl, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic seizures per week until she was successfully treated by a CBD-rich strain oil, later named Charlotte’s Web.

The high-quality CBD oil, changed her life, helping her to overcome a 6-year battle. Since her story hit the news, CBD and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are constantly being researched to understand how they can help to treat different medical conditions. As a matter of fact, CBD has been thought to help treat over 170 medical conditions, among them severe conditions such as Anorexia, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.

Recent studies have even shown that CBD, may cure life-threatening diseases by altering genes. Other studies have proven that it might even be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

The way that CBD works is that it interacts with receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Both reflect the areas of the brain they interact with such as the limbic system. When taking CBD, this cannabinoid locks in on these receptors and affects the body in different ways. For example, it can help to block the pain caused by specific medical conditions.

While numerous studies have shown promising results, it is important to understand that CBD research is still at premature stages. A 2011 study that researched CBD for fibromyalgia showed extremely promising results. 56 of 112 participants who took CBD in the form of oil saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see hardly any improvement.

Can you Buy CBD if you live in an illegal state?

The process is not cut-&-dry, and but thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, forms of CBD can now be delivered to your doorstep. Those that live in recreational states can purchase CBD cannabis oil which is high in potency and extremely effective for helping to treat severe medical conditions, while those that live in other states that are not medical or recreational can benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil is perfect for helping to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain. 

Who is NaturalWellNessCBDOil?

My name is Jonathan, and I’ve created this loving resource that is packed with information about CBD oil. I am growing a community on Facebook and are constantly engaging with different people to help them make more informed decisions. I review products on a daily basis and provide unbiased reviews about some of the top CBD oil manufacturers. All the information on the site is FREE; I only ask that you help to share the information you find on the site with other people that are suffering. 

To your health and happiness.