It is quite heart-breaking to watch your dog struggle in pain and anxiety. Every dog owner can relate with this and would go beyond limits to relieve his or her furry friend from any kind of mental and physical pain. While there are various medicines and therapies available to help your dog, what if you knew that there is a natural and effective method to deal with your dog’s pain.
Rumour has it that cannabidiol, or CBD, the cannabis compound has this extraordinary ability to heal muscle and joint pain in the body. CBD is already available in various formulations, such as tincture, capsule, topicals, and edibles. However, now there are CBD treats for dogs to help your puppy deal with the incommunicable pain in the easiest way possible.
Even though there isn’t a convincing amount of research available in this area, the unending anecdotes are enough to make you believe in the therapeutic qualities of CBD. So, if you are someone who loves or owns dogs and want to help your little friend heal from any kind of physical or emotional pain, then keep reading this article.
Before anything else, you should learn a bit about CBD and its importance. To begin with, CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Before you raise your eyebrows, you must know that unlike other cannabis compounds, CBD isn’t capable to produce any high in you. In other words, it cannot get you or your pet stoned. The reason behind it is that CBD contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, which is primarily responsible for getting you intoxicated or high. Thus, CBD is non-psychoactive in nature and thus, safe to consume by your dog. This also means that it is completely legal in the country (under 2018 Farm Bill).
In recent years, CBD has dominated the health and wellness industry for its therapeutic qualities. While the research is still in its infancy, there are countless stories of people around the world that claim to have found relief from health conditions, like anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, chronic pains, etc. The interesting part is that now, there are CBD treats for pets, including dogs and cats, as well. This means that your dog can be healed from its health problems without having to be dragged to the vet’s office.
New and emerging research claim that CBD products can do wonders for not only us but our furry friends as well. All of you who use CBD regularly must also know that there are no side-effects of this miraculous compound. In the same way, CBD treats for your dogs are completely safe and easy to consume. However, there are some points that you should keep in mind at the time of buying these treats for your precious family member-
CBD has shown the potential of relieving dogs from all kinds of pain, and other problems. In another study, it was found that dogs who were in extreme pain were relieved after consuming CBD for a few weeks. In a 2018 study (published by Frontiers in Veterinary Science), it was observed that there was a ‘significant decrease’ in pain as well as increase in the activity of dogs who were given CBD oil.
So, how do CBD treats do the magic? Well, the magic is its interaction with the endocannabinoid system of the dog’s body. Yes, exactly the same way it works in human beings. The bodies of our furry friends comprise of native (CB1 and CB2) receptors for cannabinoids that primarily run in the brain and the nervous system.
When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system of the body, it binds with the receptors in a way that it enhances the ability of ECS to activate and produce more cannabinoids in the system. These receptors influence and govern important factors of the body, such as memory, mood, pain, and appetite. The interaction between CBD and ECS leads the body to achieve a balance, which results in homeostasis. Thus, the body gets healthy since all the problems, including pain disappear from the body.
No, CBD, in general doesn’t have the ability to get you or your dog, high, in any case. The reason, as discussed before, behind the same is that CBD naturally lacks a high amount of THC, which is responsible for the ‘high’ that forms in your bodies. Thus, you can be assured that CBD will not get your dog intoxicated or high. CBD treats are completely non-psychoactive in nature and totally safe for your dog to consume.
However, it is recommended for you to check the package of your CBD treat for THC concentration before buying the product. The THC concentration shall always be less than 0.3% in any case.
The general rule of thumb for deciding on the dosage of CBD is to give 1mg to 6mg of CBD per 10 pounds on the body. This also depends on the weight, size, and tolerance level of the dog. Since we are talking about CBD treats and not oil, one needs to start from the smaller doses of CBD treat, preferably, after consulting with your dog’s vet, and make your way up to it.
If your dog is suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and similar problems, then perhaps a lower dosage is good. However, in case of pain and immunity issues, one needs to consider giving higher dosage of CBD treats to their little friend.
In any case, you must get the advice of a CBD expert or medical professional for if given in high dosage, your dog might suffer from problems that he can’t communicate. However, it has been noted and studied that until now, there has been no case of a person (or dog) suffering from any side-effects.
Before we go ahead with the potential side-effects, let us remind you that it is highly unlikely for you or your dog to suffer from CBD side-effects. People are taking large volumes of CBD (not that it is recommended), starting from 10mg to 100mg in a single day and not reporting a single side-effect of the same. Also, there haven’t been any proven cases of people suffering from any side-effect due to CBD intake. However, when it comes to your dog, you must consult your vet about the same.
Anyhow, here are some possible side-effects of CBD.
You must also know that there has been no case of CBD overdose. In fact, people have reported that after a few months of CBD intake, they stopped taking the compound and yet their problem didn’t reverse. The same shall be applied to your dog, we believe.
Since CBD treats for dogs are kind of a new thing in the market, it might take some time for the new customers to settle in the idea. However, the regular CBD customers have been raving about the stunning effects that CBD treats have on their dogs. The best thing is that unlike CBD oil, the owners do not have to chase their dogs to drop the oil under their tongue. CBD treats are easy to feed, safe to use, and available easily in the market.