Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is a chemical compound found in the plant named cannabis. Marijuana and hemp can be referred to as the cannabis plant. One of the chemicals found in cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is psychoactive and responsible for giving the feeling of stoned or high. Hemp contains 0.3 percent of THC, whereas marijuana has more than 0.3 percent of THC. CBD oils are made from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of hemp plants. It’s a natural substance used to produce oils and some edibles to give relaxation and calmness to the body and mind.
Can dogs consume CBD?
In recent times CBD for dogs has turned into a keystone component for the dogs. It consists of two non-toxic elements that are cannabidiol and a carrier oil, like MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil. The purpose of creating CBD oils for dogs is the same as that of a man. It provides relief to many medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, pain, seizures, etc. If given in the right dosage, CBD can also help the dog to be healthy for a long period. Possible side effects seen are dry mouth, drowsiness, and lowered blood pressure.
Benefits of CBD to dogs
- Like humans, dogs too suffer from anxiety and depression. Signs of stress include separation, constant barking, improper urination and defecation, aggression. It also contains compulsive chewing and noise or travel anxiety. By using CBD, such kind of feelings can be reduced and gives relaxation.
- Research says CBD has its property of tumor shrinking in our fur friends. It is proved to be an excellent product for dogs going through cancer treatment. CBD does not cure cancer but can help to slow the spread or growth of cancer cells. It can help to mitigate the pain.
- Surprisingly dogs too suffer from seizures. It is said that CBD can be used to treat seizures. It can calm the neurons responsible for attacks. According to the study, the dogs who received CBD had a comparatively lesser number of attacks.
- Elderly dogs suffer from arthritis and joint pain, resulting in decreased energy, mobility, and quality of life. CBD can be effective against such pain.
CBD can indeed be a best friend to your dog, yet it is advised to use CBD only under your vet’s supervision as it has few side effects and can prove to be dangerous to your pet.