CBD is quickly becoming an incredibly popular supplement for pets and humans. Pet store shelves are stocked with tons of interesting products- from oils to treats to even toys! But as with any supplement or additive, it’s crucial to know just what you’re giving your pet. Read on to learn more about the interesting world of CBD!
CBD is also known as cannabidiol, and is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. In most cases, CBD oil does not contain THC, which is the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are made from hemp, rather than marijuana.
Currently, there is no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. Scientists acknowledge that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. This can help maintain a balanced, healthy state in the body. Despite there being no formal study on the long-term effects of using CBD, there is tons of anecdotal evidence from pet owners! Many use it to treat pain in their pets, especially neuropathic pain. Many pet parents also use CBD to control seizures. According to Dr. Klein, the AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, CBD can also be used for its anti-inflammatory properties, help with nausea, cardiac benefits, anxiety relief, and even for anti-cancer benefits. Currently, the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation is sponsoring a study through Colorado State’s Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to evaluate CBD as a solution to epileptic dogs that are treatment-resistant. This study will hopefully be the first to provide scientific data on the use of CBD.
Just as with any medicine or supplement, it is possible to see side effects. These include dry mouth, drowsiness, and a lowered blood pressure. However, it is important to note that these effects can be easily avoided by ensuring you are administering the proper dose to your pet.
If you are interested in trying CBD for your pet, it is important to make sure you are keeping a few things in mind! Due to the surge in pet wellness, there are tons of different products on the market. If you want to ensure that you are purchasing a product that will positivity affect your pup, keep these things in mind-
- Always buy CBD as a liquid. Though there are great CBD treats on the market, an oil or tincture is the best place to start for your pet. Purchasing a oil allows you to fine tune the dosage, as well as gives you different methods to administer it. Some pets prefer to receive their CBD via their meals, while other are okay to receive it straight orally!
- Don’t be stingy. Higher quality, purer CBD will always be more expensive. Purchasing the highest quality oil you can will ensure that you see better results with its use.
- Look for organic, local products. Not only does organic ensure that your CBD doesn’t contain pesticides, solvents, or fungicides, but buying local means you can get to know the hemp farmer themself! There’s no better way to ensure that you are getting the best quality oil on the market.
Interested in trying CBD out for your furry friend? Our friends over at Finnegan Farms have amazing CBD products, made from locally grown hemp! Check out their website at www.finneganfarmsllc.com or stop by their store located at 5313 Main St Suite B, East Petersburg, PA 17520.