10 Best Benefits of CBD on Your Pets

Just like any other member of your family, your family pets (regardless of breed,  race, skin, or covering) equally deserve the best especially when it comes to their nutrition and overall wellbeing. Their health should likewise be on top of your priorities and getting them vitamins and supplements is just as beneficial for them as it is for you.  

There’s no question on the rising popularity of the growing number of benefits cannabis has on human health. Many are unaware however that the same human-healing plant provides a long list of benefits for our pets as well.  

Debunking the CBD Oil Myths

First things first. With the popularity of cannabidiols (CBD) rising at an overwhelming speed, there’s quite a number of misconceptions about it that have also come to light. And when it comes to CBD oil for our pet friends, there’s a lot of issues and concerns that pet parents would like to understand about.

The cannabis plant or more commonly cannabis is the umbrella term used to refer to the two different species: the marijuana plant and hemp plant. This is where the biggest misconceptions behind CBD oil comes from.

While there may be similarities between the two species of the cannabis plant, their differences can be outright blunt.

While both the marijuana and the hemp plant come full packed with incredible medicinal properties, the former is more popularly known for its psychoactive effects or what we know as “getting high.” As such, marijuana is most commonly used merely for recreational purposes, with marijuana products and oils only considered legal in states where medical marijuana is legalized.

On the other hand, the hemp plant and its associated products and oils, including CBD oil for pets, are legally recognized across all 50 states and now in other countries across the globe. Surely you are familiar with “hemp” that is widely known for its use in fibers, food, and fuel.

The CBD oil for pets that you have most likely heard or read about is purely derived from the hemp variety of cannabis. Without any psychoactive effects, CBD oil will not give you or your pet friends that controversial euphoric feeling and effect.

Now, how is that possible, you may ask.

The cannabis plant contains more than 80 cannabinoids, including  tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is responsible for the “high” people get when they ingest marijuana.  Hemp-derived CBD however has less than 0.3% THC, explaining the absence of that high feeling when you or your pet use it.

So using CBD oil with your furry best friends actually provides them all medicinal benefits that the cannabis plant has to offer without (you having to worry about) those unwanted psychoactive effects.

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System

One of the striking physiological and anatomical similarities between and among mammals (like us human beings and dogs, cats, etc.) is the endocannabinoid system. And when it comes to the use of CBD and its associated products, it’s essential to have a good understanding of the endocannabinoid system and how it works.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating many of the biological processes in mammals, such as those that have something to do with sleep, memory, pain, and even immune response, among others. Cannabinoids in the body interact through endocannabinoid receptors.

In mammals, there are two types of cannabinoid receptors, namely, CB1 and CB2. The two receptors interact with the body’s endocannabinoids or other cannabis-derived cannabinoids, which could be CBD, THC, CBD, and many others.

As a result of this interaction, the cannabinoids are able to affect or influence the body in the same manner as traditional medicines. Since the the endocannabinoid system is remarkably similar in humans and in pets, the effects observed for both are undoubtedly similar for the best part.

Recognizing the Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets

While the American Veterinary Medical Association has not issued their official stance on medical marijuana for pets (as of this writing), more and more successful cases have been reported on the use of medical cannabis or CBD oil to help pets with illnesses or diseases.

Let’s take a look into the top 10 benefits of CBD on our pet friends:

  • CBD Remedies Pain and Other Inflammatory Effects.  Research has shown the effects of full spectrum CBD on the chemical anandamide, which is responsible for alleviating pain as it dampens the pain signals in the brain. This makes CBD an effective remedy against arthritic pain and other inflammatory conditions. Many pet parents have reported similar effects of CBD in managing their pets’ symptoms and pain associated with cancer.

  • CBD Treats Epilepsy, Convulsion, and Seizures. When the story of then-5-year-old Charlotte Figi being given medical marijuana to considerably minimize her seizures from 300 times weekly to 2 to 3 times a month, there was no doubt about CBD oil being put to the limelight. High-quality whole spectrum CBD oil is now being used by pet parents to help treat their pet sons and daughters’ seizure problems.

  • CBD Helps with Nausea and Boosts Appetite. The National Cancer Institute listed appetite stimulation as one of the major benefits that CBD has on top of being able to help manage cancer in humans. In animal studies, CBD oil and supplements have been reported to help with nausea and vomiting, even in cases where such conditions have been caused by drugs and other toxins.

  • CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation and Autoimmune Disorders. Research has shown how CBD weakens the production and release of inflammatory cytokines and macrophages and suppress Th17 dominance that helps minimize chronic inflammation as well as suppress Th17 dominance, decreasing one’s risk of getting chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

  • CBD Protects Against Neurodegenerative Disease.  CBD has been proven effective in protecting the brain (particularly in old dogs) from toxicity and cell death, which is caused by toxin and free radicals, as well as help pets suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other degenerative myelopathy and other nerve and spine disorders.

  • CBD Combats the Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety.  In the same manner that CBD has been found to be effective in reducing anxiety, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders in humans, it has been extensively studied for its similar effect on managing the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions, including stress and anxiety in dogs.

  • CBD Prevents Inflammatory Bowel Disease. CBD have grown increasingly popular for its potential therapeutic and treatment use against inflammatory bowel diseases and other associated conditions and illnesses (based on several animal studies), where it has shown to prevent colitis and restore normal gut motility and to contain antibiotic properties to fight against staphylococcus aureus, among others.

  • CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health. As with the discovery of famous pet doctor Dr. Bassingthwaighte on CBD and its effects on promoting heart health in his animal patients, research have shown how it can reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety, minimize the damage from irregular heart rates and damaged blood vessels, and protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries

  • CBD Fights Tumor Growth and Cancer.  Unlike chemotherapy for cancer and tumor in pets that produces a wide variety of side effects, CBD and its associated products have been discovered to have an anti-tumor effect, such that it inhibits cancer cell growth by blocking their ability to produce energy, helps the fighter cells in the immune system to cancer cell death, and ultimately boost the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.

  • CBD Promotes Homeostasis. With recent scientific findings suggesting that the endocannabinoid system plays a key role in maintaining homeostasis (or the proper functioning of the body), researchers have suggested that the use of cannabinoids like CBD as a regular supplement for pets in stimulating the endocannabinoid system will most likely promote their overall health and wellbeing.