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11 facts on CBD for dogs you may not know about

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.

11 facts on CBD for dogs you may not know about

1. CBD is Not Psychoactive

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.

2. CBD Relieves Pain

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.

3. CBD Fights Cancer

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.

4. CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety

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.

5. CBD Can Prevent Seizures

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.


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6. CBD and Nausea

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.

 

7. CBD Can Protect The Nervous System

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.

 

8. CBD Not Only Prevents IBD But Restores Normal Gut Motility

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.

9. CBD and Cardiovascular Health

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.

10. CBD Reduces Inflammation and Helps Autoimmune Disease

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.

 

 

11. CBD oil is Legal and Shown to be Safe

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.

 

 


27 Responses

lori
lori

February 21, 2018

Oh, and I meant to say, my 14 year old was on phenobarbitol. I stopped giving it to her and replaced it with cbd oil, and I have had very good results.

lori
lori

February 21, 2018

My 14 year old border collie aussie mix 45 lbs is starting cbd oil for her seizures. How much is a dose? I give her one drop twice a day.

Jen
Jen

February 20, 2018

I have 2 dogs on CBD oil. One who is 12+ with bone spurs in his intervertebral spaces pushing into the discs—which then push on his spinal chord. He’s in a fair amount of pain with out help. So I have him on CBD oil and we add 1 gabapentin on his really bad days (once every couple weeks). It helps immensely.
I also have a 4yo with seizure disorder. The CBD oil stopped her seizures completely for 2 whole years. She’s only had one seizure since then when I ran out of oil for about 5 days. So worth it.

Lisa Norby
Lisa Norby

February 17, 2018

My dog has had 2 elbow surgeries in the last 6 months. He still has lameness and now we are trying to determine if he may have a pinched nerve or disc problem. He is on gabapentin, tramadol and Meloxicam and still deals with chronic pain. Could he take CBD will being on these meds or would we need to ween him off of them first?

Ashley M.
Ashley M.

February 17, 2018

My huskie was abused and suffered from up to 4 sieziers a day when i picked her up. Our vet here in the usa put her on medication. It worked but she was sleepy and didnt seem to enjoy anything. So i switched her to hemp oil for dogs at the strongest dose possible. I found it at our lical premier pet store. Its $80 a bottle. Amazing difference. Split the daily dose into 2 doses a day. 1 first in the am and next mid afternoon. No siezers but she is alert and runs and even put on a bit if weight, which she needed. I told our vet and she said there is no research saying it works. It does . If she had even 1 episode i would gave switched her back to the meds. The oil is more expensive, but makes a world of difference. I got the suggestion from an online dog suppirt

Rusty S.
Rusty S.

February 14, 2018

Very good question, Donna Pryor!
My Rudy is showing signs of DM, although I had the DM DNA test done on him and it came back ‘both alleles clear’. I’m tempted to try it for my Rudy. I figure it couldn’t hurt and might even help. (Fingers and paws crossed)

Lori
Lori

February 14, 2018

Be careful in giving human-grade CBD oil to dogs. Most human-grade CBD is extracted using butane, which can be toxic to dogs. Animal-grade is extracted using Co2 so it’s safe for most everyone.

Christine
Christine

February 08, 2018

I was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) 15 months ago. At that time riluzole was prescribed. I found I could not tolerate it. did very little to help me. The medical team did even less. My decline was rapid and devastating. The psychological support from the medical centre was non-existent and if it were not for the sensitive care and attention of my primary physician, I would have died. There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My ALS got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural ALS Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing,, my ALS condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website ww w.greenhouseherbalclinic .com. This treatment is a miracle!!

Donna Pryor
Donna Pryor

February 07, 2018

Have there been any studies on degenerative myolopathy?

Alecia
Alecia

February 03, 2018

We give our dog CBD on a regular basis to help with her separation anxiety and to help calm her on road trips. We have purchased it at a dog specialty store as well as at an herb store, and the price at the herb store was much more reasonable than at the specialty store. The dispensaries carry it, but it can be very expensive. Usually the bottle will tell you how much to give your pet depending on weight, and you can give it to them straight or put it on treats, depending on what works better for you and your pet. :)

Jake Mackessy
Jake Mackessy

January 30, 2018

Cbd is legal in all states. You can order it online.

You want to dose 5-10mg once or twice a day. I’m not a vet though, always consult a vet. Call them they will answer questions free of charge. This is indeed a miracle for your fur buddy.

Michelle Shaw
Michelle Shaw

January 28, 2018

Where did you get that picture? My dog Morey has cancer and looks exactly like the dog in the photo. I’ve never seen a dog who was the exact same mix as my buddy. He took the CBD oil for a while, and he took it for the first few months after he was diagnosed. Now he refuses to take any meds, and he isn’t eating much food either, but I do believe the oil and CBD treats helped him.

Kristi
Kristi

January 26, 2018

How does one determine dosage? My dog weighs 40lbs. Also where can I get it?

Kim
Kim

January 24, 2018

Hi my 8 year old blind diabetic female pit bull weighs 70lbs and has cushings…I opted out of trilostane or the like BC I cannot afford it. I have her taking lignans, melatonin and saMe. Her tail is swollen from the inflammation and I’d like to try this as well for her. Has this helped pets with Cushings disease

Kirby Mayers
Kirby Mayers

January 22, 2018

I gave my dog CBD for bone cancer for 11 months and I know for a fact that it prolonged her quality of life. She was first given 1-2 weeks to live when diagnosed and lasted 11 months, in which her quality was amazing. I gave one dropper full out of a 1 oz bottle each day of 1000mg CBD. She was about 75 lbs if that helps. The good news is it’s not really something you can overdose on; they will just be really sleepy if they have more than needed, so keep that in mind when experimenting. It’s a miracle.

Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

January 22, 2018

How is the product given? If they are suffering from arthritis in their hindquarters, do you apply it directly to the site?

Amber Mercer
Amber Mercer

January 21, 2018

Every brand has its own strength and dosing. There are a lot of crappy ones on the market as well as good ones.. so do your research.
I personally use one for my son’s seizures and we give the same one to our dogs.
The company I buy it from provided us with a dosage formula for their product to figure out the doses for all our dogs that receive it.

Colleen Shannon
Colleen Shannon

January 21, 2018

Can you explain how to determine dosage?

Juliana francis
Juliana francis

January 21, 2018

How much do you give them?

Rhonda Ramsey
Rhonda Ramsey

January 21, 2018

IMHA

Rhonda Ramsey
Rhonda Ramsey

January 21, 2018

Will it help with I’M HAPPY?

Teresa Beyer
Teresa Beyer

January 20, 2018

I bought a bottle once at the dispensary last year and gave it to my 13 year Bijon Frise who suffers with anxiety. That little girl was so chill. However the product is a bit pricey, but worth it.

Blake
Blake

January 19, 2018

Our Chihuahua was in a major aaccident, where her owner didn’t make it but she did. She had some fractures in her spine and had to have major surgery to correct it. She has a plate and a few screws in her back. It took months of at home physical therapy and she finally was able to use her hind legs. Now she runs around like nothing happened to her………HOWEVER….there are days that she’s hurting and has trouble getting up the step into the house. We have liquid Gabapentin for her for days that are bad. Would CBD be a better option for her? The accident was back in 2013 and she’s been on the “gabby” ever since. I have not talked to hwr current vet about alternative options yet. Would this bw a good one to ask him about?

Gloria
Gloria

January 18, 2018

My dog has been diagnosed with epilepsy and takes phenobarbital and potassium bromide daily for seizures. I have diazepam for when she has a cluster of seizures and doesn’t stop even with the daily meds that she’s taking. How would I convert her over to CBD oil? The phenobarbital takes several months to get to a therapeutic level in the blood so I’m assuming it would take that long to get out of her system too. I’m worried how her body would react to stopping her current medications. Most of her seizures are grand mal and sometimes quite violent.

Brandy
Brandy

January 18, 2018

Amy, yes, I take it daily.
Denise, I would talk to your very, but CBD may eliminate the need for the potassium bromide all together… :) Best wishes to you both!

Amy
Amy

January 18, 2018

Can humans use this same,product?

denise davis
denise davis

January 18, 2018

My dog has elevated liver enzymes after being on phenobarb for a year because of seizures. She is being switched to potassium bromide for seizures, is it safe to give CBD with this condition???

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