Many people have started to join the movement of using CBD oil with pets. After all, popularity has increased with jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to helping their own ailments such as anxiety, restless sleep, epilepsy, chronic pain, skin blemishes, and many more medical conditions. So, who is to say this non-psychotropic oil comprised of CBD and hemp would or would not work for pets? To answer this question, let’s delve into what CBD and hemp are, how they interact with nervous system receptors, symptomatic indications, and testimonials to their effectiveness.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is the acronym for Cannabidiol which is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. It is one in over 120 cannabinoid compounds that are naturally found in these plants. CBD hemp oil is the primary non-psychoactive chemical of the plant, derived from the stalks and seeds. This differs from the psychoactive properties of marijuana which is derived from the buds of the plant. Hemp naturally produces higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC, making it the go-to oil that is medicinally used for humans and pets.
Is CBD oil legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill overwhelmingly passed in the U.S. Senate, allowing for the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial or other purposes. The law labeled a significant distinction between hemp and marijuana. There were no restrictions placed on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products, as long as their production is consistent with the law. There are secondary rules to follow for those wanting to farm hemp plants. More information can be found here.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp will be managed by the Department of Agriculture as a crop rather than by the Justice Department as an illegal substance, according to Forbes.
How does CBD oil interact with the nervous system?
The human body has a system that probably most have never heard of: the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is found in all mammals, therefore is present in cats and dogs. The responsibility of this system is to receive and translate signals from cannabinoid neurotransmitters relating to sleep, immune-responses, and pain. Using CBD oil with pets has an effect on how the endocannabinoid system is activated or inhibited, therefore affecting its influence within the body. It is in this way that ailments are controlled such as pain, epilepsy, and other aforementioned medical conditions.
The complete function of the endocannabinoid system is unknown, however, it modulates the regulation of homeostasis across all major body systems, affecting everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, anxiety, nausea, mood, and even reproduction.
The endocannabinoid system was first discovered in the 1990s by L.A. Matsuda as scientists were trying to understand how THC affected the body. Dr. Matsuda was the first to describe the structure and functional expression of the cannabinoid receptor, CB-1.
What are the indications for using CBD oil with pets?
- Relief of Chronic Pain & Arthritis
- Anticonvulsant for Controlling Epilepsy
- Reduction of Anxiety & Stress
- Control Nausea & Vomiting
- Prevent and Fight Cancer
- Promote Homeostasis
What are some positive testimonials to its effectiveness?
- “A customer of mine has a 14 yr old mix that is 56lbs. He had numerous seizures a day with Doctor prescribed meds. They weren’t working. I gave her CBD Oil and she gave him 5 drops twice a day and stopping all seizure meds. It’s been a few months and he has had a seizure.”
- “Maggie turned 11 years old yesterday and since starting CBD oil for pets her arthritis has improved and she is more energetic. She takes 5-7 drops once a day and has been taking it now for 3 months!”
- “I have a Boston Terrier who has separation anxiety I give 5 drops of the 500 natural in
morning & night in her food. It has helped out soooo much with her.”
- “I’ve given my kitty, Chica, a few drops of CBD oil on her treats…she’s a completely different cat! She’s super friendly, talks a lot more, her coat is now beautiful and super soft, she plays more….she seems like a kitten again!”
What are some possible negative side effects?
According to the American Kennel Club, some possible side effects include dry mouth with decreased production of saliva, a temporary drop in blood pressure with high doses and drowsiness.
Disclaimer: Pin Paws does not promote nor discourage using CBD oil with pets. The purpose of this article is to provide pet owners with education through documented research. Pet owners should consult their veterinarian before treating their pet with CBD oil.