With talk of CBD oil now entering into the ears of everyone from our neighbors to our grandparents, we thought it was important to give you 11 facts about giving CBD and how it can help our pets in a vast amount of ways.
Because CBD is derived from hemp and cannabis plants, it’s common for people to think that CBD is psychoactive, or in other words that it causes a high. This is simply not true! THC which is a cannabinoid found in cannabis is the actual culprit.
For legal purposes, most CBD oil is derived from hemp plants that have extremely low to non-existent levels of THC. This means that you can safely give your dogs CBD without getting them high, but they are still able to take advantage of the many medical benefits that cannabis is often contributed to helping.
CBD’s ability to relieve pain is another reason it’s quickly sprung to popularity. Like with many common health conditions, CBD targets pain regardless of the source.
From decreasing nerve-related pain, to dramatically reducing inflammation CBD has been an incredible means of relief for those that suffer from mild to serious chronic pain. This makes it great for older dogs that are fighting pain and stiffness, as well it’s great for younger dogs that like to roughhouse with other dogs and end up overdoing it.
You may have heard the claim by pro-cannabis advocates that marijuana can help fight cancer, and there is actually truth to this. What’s also fascinating is that it just doesn’t help in one way; CBD has been shown to stop cancer cells dead in their tracks and help relieve many of the negative side effects common cancer treatments cause.
Cancer is never a fun topic to deal with, but with CBD oil we may finally have another fantastic and much needed tool for fighting it.
Many people that suffer from anxiety take CBD oil to dramatically reduce their anxiety and stress. Dogs are very much like us and deal with anxiety that stems from a plethora of different sources.
Whether it’s due to loud noises, separation for their owner, etc. many dog parents find CBD helps calm their dog’s stress and anxiety.
From public speaking to anxiety to even PTSD, CBD has been shown to help reduce humans’ flight-and-fight responses allowing them to function. CBD works in all mammals the same way so expect to see the same great results.
One of the biggest medical issues that brought CBD to the public’s eye was its ability to help reduce and completely stop seizures in both adults and children that suffer from epilepsy. Like humans, dogs suffer from epilepsy, and it’s estimated that up to 5% of our fluff nuggets suffer from this.
Epilepsy meds like phenobarbital and potassium bromide are extremely powerful and damaging to the liver and other organs over time. Sometimes dogs have to be put on such high doses that it affects their personalities, or worst the medication ends up not helping at all.
Studies on CBD and its reduction of epileptic events are staggering. In one study, CBD was given to eight patients who suffered from drug-resistant epilepsy. 7 out of 8 patients saw positive results from taking CBD. Other studies backed up these results, with one survey showing that 84% of children saw a reduction of their seizures when taking CBD for their treatment-resistant epilepsy.
Often older dogs slow down in their eating habits, and it's hard to watch your best friend for years become skinnier and skinnier.
CBD helps increase appetite, and reduce vomiting and nausea. It even reduces nausea that is caused by other drugs, which is another reason more and more cancer patients are taking CBD.
Cell death is a common issue older dogs often face and this is caused by free radicals and toxins in the body. CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death and can help prevent Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's, and Parkinson’s disease to just name a few.
Free radicals are oxygen atoms that the body splits into single atoms and have unpaired electrons, and these can cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. CBD is an incredible antioxidant that has been shown to have bigger and better results than vitamins C and E, which makes it fantastic for protection against those pesky free radicals.
Yes, you read that right. An animal study showed that CBD may prevent Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). But if your dog is already suffering from IBD, prevention doesn’t good them a whole lot of good.
What’s wonderful is that CBD also has antibiotic properties and can restore normal gut motility in those that suffer from IBD.
Through his medical practices, Veterinarian Dr. Edward Bassingthwaighte has seen numerous examples that CBD helps dogs from reducing their tumors to even improving a heart murmur in one lucky Jack Russell Terrier.
Dr. Bassingthwaighte own findings have been back by numerous studies, and he is strongly in favor of CBD oil for cardiovascular health. CBD reduces the damage caused by damaged blood vessels and goes as far as to help protect them. It just doesn’t stop there, CBD can also lower high blood pressure and rapid heart rates in both humans and dogs.
Sometimes the threats that throw you and your dog’s health into a dizzy aren’t stemming from outside treats. Autoimmune Disease is a catchall term for a wide list of diseases that happen when an organism’s immune system mistakenly starts attacking it instead of foreign threats like bacteria, etc.
This happens in all mammals, and it often causes bad inflammation amongst a plethora of health issues.
In multiple studies, CBD has been shown to help with inflammation by decreasing the production and release of inflammatory cytokines. Inflammatory cytokines are signaling molecules that are released from immune cells and help increase and reinforce inflammation, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
M1 Macrophages are incredibly important proinflammatory cells that “eat” bacteria and debris, then signal M2 macrophages to secrete anti-inflammatory cytokines that stifle the M1 cells before they get out of control.
You guessed it, sometimes M1 macrophages do grow out of control and start targeting the host's body instead, and this causes chronic inflammation. CBD seems to always be about naturally realigning and balancing, and studies have shown that CBD can correct the balance between the M1 and M2 macrophages.
Despite best efforts, CBD oil has been shown to be completely safe and has no known unsafe limit, though heavy doses can lead to sedation effects.
CBD oil derived from hemp is also completely legal, and you’ll want to make sure it’s derived from hemp and not cannabis. CBD derived from hemp has essential no THC, which is great because THC in high amounts is toxic to dogs.