CBD for Pets

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

CBD products are becoming commonplace, not only in health and wellness shops for humans, but also in the market for pet benefits. Because most animals have an endocannabinoid system, it is likely that CBD would be able to interact with your pet’s system in the same way it interacts with ours. This means that CBD may be able to help your pet regulate its immune response, appetite, sleep, metabolism, cardiovascular function, joint health, cellular communication, and neurological and emotional health. The endocannabinoid system is an important part of overall health and wellness, and it allows our bodies to maintain homeostasis, therefore it will help your pet maintain health and balance. Pet owners supplement their pets’ diets by adding nutritional value, like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and vitamins A, B12, C, and E, which are all provided by full-spectrum CBD derived from hemp plants. Veterinarian Liz Hughston, MEd., RVT, CVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC) explains, “The beauty of CBD is its myriad of uses, including as a natural pain management assistant, and its huge margin of safety, making it a great adjunct to veterinarian-prescribed treatment regiments.”

While CBD is considered safe and well-tolerated, it is important that we treat this like any other medication. Pet owners should be vigilant by tracking how much they are dosing their pets and then monitoring any apparent positive relief or negative side effects. This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Pet-friendly Cannabis: Do Your Research

People are beginning to widely accept the healing properties of cannabis for treating a variety of conditions. The drug has been deemed a "miracle drug" by many, and because it is able to provide symptom relief for so many different conditions, people are beginning to wonder if the plant's power could potentially treat their furry friends that fall ill. A pet is an important part of someone's life, so when this loved one falls ill, people try to do whatever they can to provide relief or save their lives. Marijuana Investor News warns if you're considering cannabis for your pet, do you research first; what works for a human does not always work for another species.  

The options available for treating suffering pets are limited and often come with unwanted side effects, so many pet owners are looking for holistic alternatives like medical cannabis. Research and anecdotal evidence suggest cannabinoids like THC and CBD can be helpful for ailing humans, but THC can actually be dangerous for pets. In dogs, the wrong dosage of THC can cause static ataxia which causes them to lose basic motor functions. While humans have never overdosed on marijuana, overconsumption of the plant for animals can be fatal. 

Current medical marijuana companies focused on providing symptom relief for pets isolate CBD or create synthetic cannabinoids. The medical marijuana industry is still budding across the nation, and when it comes to medical marijuana for pets, there is ample room for growth and development. Marijuana Investor News says, "If an animal's pain can be eased and quality of life improved with a prescription of cannabinoids, it is well worth it to invest in the research and development of these druges to see what combinations, strains, and levels of certain cannabinoids are compatible with our furry friends."

Cannabinoids have the potential to help treat sick animals, but until they are investigated further they need to be handled with the utmost care. Read more about the pet and cannabis dilemma on Marijuana Investor News