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Hemp Oil for Pets With Seizures

Watching your beloved pet go through a health problem can be one of the most devastating feelings. You want to be there for them in every way, just as they have done for you. Having said that, just as diverse health issues exist for humans, they exist for animals as well; and knowing how to confront these issues requires research. 

 

CBD for seizures in dogs

 

If your pet is struggling with a condition or health obstacle that causes seizures, you may find that there are numerous medicines that can be utilized for treatment. One medicine in particular that many veterinarians are finding useful is Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Oil. 

 

For pets suffering from seizures, the use of PCR Hemp Oil has been shown to be an effective, non-toxic form of treatment. Statistically speaking, a survey conducted by AHVMA that relied on pet-owner testimonials reported that between 61.8% and 95% of pet owners endorsed the benefits of treat products laced with PCR Hemp.

According to another study titled, “Pharmacokinetics of Hemp in dogs,” researchers concluded that PCR Hemp Oil has properties that can prevent convulsant and epileptic symptoms. 

 

Despite the studies and testimonials that are surrounding this drug, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the use of Hemp Oil to treat pet health issues is being met with skepticism and concern.

However, some of these concerns can perhaps be refuted when taking a closer look at the drug and where it comes from. Though coming from the cannabis plant, PCR Hemp is the non-psychotropic hemp cultivar that is high in fiber and Hemp, and low in THC.

The latter (THC) actually has the potential to be harmful for pets. According to an article posted by Hawthorne Vet, the use of THC can bind to highly responsive receptors in a pet’s brain, leading to “static ataxia,” or behaviors that include the animal drooling, urinating excessively, and/or disorientation.

Furthermore, if your pet is administered a product or drug that contains too much THC, there exists a risk for toxicity. Therefore, when considering the use of this drug on pets for health issues, it is important to avoid the use of THC and rather look for a product that contains only phytocannabinoids, derived from hemp. 

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When opting to utilize Hemp Oil to treat your pet’s seizures, it is important to start with the lowest dose possible and only then gradually increase the dosage, if necessary.

Calculating the starting dose for your pet involves taking your pet’s weight in kilograms, determining the concentration of the Hemp-product being used, and dividing the dosage across multiple administrations throughout the day. Ideally, the dose to start of with would be 0.05 mg/kg/day and go from there.

Innovet's, PurHemp+ makes it easy for you to base your dose on weight vs issues with its suggested dosing guide.

 

It has been over a year since this article came out, and since then CBD has exploded into mainstream popularity changing both the laws and attention on CBD. So here’s what’s change.

The Hemp Act of 2018

You’ve most likely heard lately that hemp is soon getting legalized under federal law after House Majority Leader and Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill legalizing hemp cultivation federally.  

Don’t worry this doesn’t mean your CBD product derived from hemp is illegal. Hemp cultivation is allowed in the United States under certain guidelines set forth in the 2014 US Farm bill which limits cultivation to pilot programs and universities.

As well, hemp is legal to import and sell. But with legalization has come restrictions that opened up a legal grey area for farmers, and banks have been reluctant to give out loans to them.


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The Hemp Act — now a provision in the current version of the 2018 US Farm Bill — will officially separate all parts of the hemp plant from marijuana plants including the flowers, which the DEA has contested without success that non-psychoactive CBD and other cannabinoids taken from the flowers of hemp plants is marijuana.

This is an incorrect as THC is the difference between hemp and marijuana — both CBD and THC can come from the stalks and flowers.

This is why you only see CBD products derived from the stalks, not the flowers at the moment. Mature stalks and seeds are not defined under the label “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act

While fantastic to see, this act/provision is much more important to farmers who are restricted from access to banking, but crop insurance, and water rights. It’s extremely likely to see this provision/bill become law.

Colorado State University Starts First Major Clinical Trials Looking At Epilepsy in Dogs and CBD Oil For Treatment

Several major doctors and veterinarians led by the neurologist, Dr. Stephanie Mcgrath, are leading the charge in CBD animal research. They are doing several major studies on CBD and its efficacy to treat epilepsy and osteoarthritis in dogs. While the first trials were small, McGrath saw promising results and immediately pushed for further studies at Colorado State University.

One of the results from the study showed a successful reduction in the number of seizures with the administration of CBD oil —  one lucky and lovable pooch, Ferguson, saw his 2-3 seizures a day reduce to only 2-3 a week.

Mcgrath is wrapping up her second major trial this time looking at 60 dogs, and while not officially released, Mcgrath has hinted her results are very promising.  

Can I give my dog CBD oil if they’re on an anticonvulsants?

CBD products have been successfully used in tandem with pharmaceutical anticonvulsants to both reduce seizures and the overall dosage of the prescribed medication.

However, special care should be taken as CBD can inhibit CYP enzymes that metabolize many pharmaceuticals. This means there is a chance CBD can raise or lower the drug's potency by delaying when it’s metabolized.

Wile this interaction is a concern and has been seen, as long as some extra measures are taken, many studies and people have reported using CBD alongside an anticonvulsant is safe and effective.

 

As well, CBD oil rose to and banks much of its fame on its use among people with epilepsy many of whom are on anticonvulsants. If there was a big issue with CBD negatively interacting with anticonvulsants, we should have seen it by now, but caution is still advised.

First, you’ll want to talk to your veterinarian and work closely with them — many are taking an interest in CBD as you can see from our Colorado studies. As well, you can find vets that specialize in CBD, which may be needed depending on where you live.

There are only a few additional steps to ensure successful use of an anticonvulsant and CBD in tandem:

  • The first step to avoid interaction is to administer them at different times. Drugs metabolized at different rates and even anticonvulsant metabolize at various rates. Your vet will know how much time needs to pass before CBD can be administered at the anticonvulsant — two hours is often a recommended minimum.
  • As well, it’s recommended to keep CBD dosage below .07mg/lb.
  • Last, blood tests should be administered to monitor the anticonvulsant level in the body.

For more information on PurHemp+ without THC click here

 

Resources:

Janakiraman, Prakash. "Can Hemp Oil Help Our Canine Companions?" The Marijuana Times. N.p., 23 May 2016. Web. 18 Feb. 2017.

"Medicinal Cannabis & Pets." Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic Holistic Medicine for Animals. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2017.

Samara, E., M. Bialer, and D. J. Harvey. "Metabolism of Cannabis by the Rat." European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 16.4 (1991): 305-13. Web.


26 Responses

Arthur Richardson
Arthur Richardson

July 12, 2018

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Arthur Richardson
Arthur Richardson

July 12, 2018

We source our hemp from Industrial Hemp farms that produce some of the richest, CBD Hemp in the USA. Our CBD is completely isolated through CO2 extraction & crystal precipitation & is of the highest grade, pesticide free, Non-GMO hemp in the world. These Industrial Hemp Farms are fully compliant with the State Department of Agriculture regulations & are large US distributors of Hemp, rich in CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN. ( http://arthur3.MyCTFOCBD.com )

Carole
Carole

July 12, 2018

Hi…My my 6 year old Chihuahua has seizures since January, and they are usually in ‘clusters.’ The Vet put her on Zonisimide but it makes her sick to her stomach and she refuses to eat, and didn’t seem to stop the seizures either. Now she is on Phenobarbitol, which makes her hungry, but she’s still having seizures, just not as frequently. I was wondering if I can use the CBD oil with the Phenobarbitol? If anybody knows the answer to this could you please let me know. Thanks In Advance…Carole

Dannon
Dannon

March 28, 2018

My African grey parrot. Nugent is about 14 years old. Happy and healthy. About 1 1/2 years ago he started to have seizures. Following 15 plus visits to the vet and up to three seizures a night we began discussing putting Nugent down. Long story short, we heard about CBD but there was nothing on the internet regarding birds specifically. With nothing to lose we purchased Paws plus by highland pharms. We started with one drop and noticed a small difference. Three weeks later he had two mild seizures. We in creased to two drops once a day. We had noticed all the while he was acting calmer throughout the day. More loving, talkative, appetite. He now has not had any for a month or longer. CBD works! It does! Saved my boy Nugent!

Debbie
Debbie

March 05, 2018

CBD oil (non THC) is legal in EVERY state

Lori
Lori

February 24, 2018

I have a Boston Terrier currently on Keppra. She still has seizures, and high anxiety. And i have a mix breed that has muscular dystrophy & arthritis. I think both of my dogs would benefit greatly, but i live in Ohio… Still illegal… Id still buy it if i could though!

Erwin
Erwin

February 15, 2018

@Smith, been there done that. The only place where I was able to purchase cbd legally was this verified place here http://bit.ly/2AqEi2r Fast shipping, great quality. Dogs enjoy treats too :)

Smith
Smith

February 15, 2018

How to sensibly buy LEGAL and best quality cbd products for my dog? I’ve heard how CBD dog treats could benefit your dog; reduce seizures, anxiety, pain etc.

Melinda McDermott
Melinda McDermott

February 10, 2018

Where are the answers to all these questions???

Glenn Thompson
Glenn Thompson

February 06, 2018

My 6 yr old German Sheppard was having up to 7 seizures a month and all during a 24 hr period. I started the CBD oil at a rate of 1 teaspoon a day on his food. He has not had a seizure in three months.. Touch wood. Now im slowly backing off the phenobarbital. Hes like a puppy again. Very playful.

Maryk
Maryk

January 24, 2018

My lily started having seizure’s at a little over a year old she’s been on potassium bromide for almost a year but she still had seizure’s once a month ,we just started the first dose of keppra and its made her very drowsy ,any advise or help would be appreciated ,

Josh
Josh

January 05, 2018

Most of these comments are fake. There is no way everyone who has written comments writes with this level of grammar and every comment starts identical plus the date stamps are all similar. Please remove your fake comments

Lou
Lou

December 21, 2017

Our 115 lb newfie has had seizures for the last 7 years. He is currenty on keppra, zonisimide, potassium bromide. The seizures started out grand mal and clustered and through many meds and levels they would get fewer down to once a month, then after time started getting more frequent and more violent but all levels were good so we did some searching and like many of you would try anything to bring some qulaiyy back to your baby’s life so we found canna companion and almost immediately the seizures became very mild. This was approx 2 years ago and we are now takinv him to a hoilstic vet which brought on diet changes ( we are prepping his food) looking at possible accupuncture. Ran into a vendor that sells cbd and have started that as well. Have been advised to make sure the product comes from local souces not overseas for affectiveness. Ine of the most important things we’ve learned from our new vet is to try local honey pre or post seizure ( a little by syringe or tounge depressor) on the lips or in mouth brings him right out or prevents it altogether. Try this for sure it works! No one had ever told us this before after years of treatment and many doses of valium to him. Since we tried the honey he hasn’t had ANY valium at all, so simple and right there on the shelf this the entire time. We tell everyone we know so pass it on! Good Luck to all of you in search of the answers.

Heather Simpson
Heather Simpson

December 17, 2017

*sorry….I hit the post comment button by mistake.

Can the CBD/hemp oil be used along with phenobarb and bromide??
I would like to see him off the phenobarb altogether!
Please help…

Heather Simpson
Heather Simpson

December 17, 2017

My 3yr old doxel has been diagnosed with epilepsy for a year now. He is on phenobarb and bromide. The does have been upped/altered over time. Unfortunately, he still has a seizure once a month, sometimes twice. I will say, though, the seizures have gone from grand mal to small mal.
I recently got a sample of hemp oil and have given him 4 doses so far since Dec. 15. He had a seizure in the 12th and today(17th).
I know we can’t cure epilepsy, but we can control it. I would like to see him only having a seizure every 3-6 months.
Can the CBD oil

Rita LaRose
Rita LaRose

December 09, 2017

I have a 8 year old Shih Tzu that started having seizures about a year and a half ago. He is on Keppra and another med. The Keppra alone was not controlling his seizures so his vet started him on a second med. He is so sedated and falls down when walking all the time. You can look at him and see he is drugged up. I am so upset because this dog is my world. If there is anything that will help with his seizures and not be a threat to his health (e.g. liver damage, sedation) I’m all for trying it.

Lisa espinoza
Lisa espinoza

October 28, 2017

Ive had my dog on cannapet it seem to help but the coustumer service really sucks

Kathy
Kathy

October 26, 2017

I also have a mixed breed dog about 25 pounds. He started having seizures about a year and a half ago. He was a stray, not certain if his age, but he was young when he came to us. He’s on phenobarbital and zonisamide. Still has clusters of seizures. I’m trying cbd oil from a local market today to see if we can stop this round of seizures. There is a Vet that has a site I think it’s canna-pet. They will do a free consult about your dog or talk to your current vet about proper course of treatment. I also found a local “holistic” vet in Indianapolis who is familiar with seizures and cbd oil. I just can’t get in for two weeks. There are people out there who can answer questions. Search for holistic vets, health food stores, etc. you might get lucky. The person I spoke to today said similar things as to what’s on this webpage. As for tapering off the other, I guess I will have to wait until my vet visit in two weeks.

Deb
Deb

October 10, 2017

Does anyone actually get answers on here? I too would really appreciate any help. Our Husky just started on phenobarbitol, and I hate watching him! I really want to try a holistic approach.

CAROL SHAFFER
CAROL SHAFFER

September 30, 2017

My 3 year old mutt starting having seizures a month ago…She had one 15 days later 2 more less than 3 hours apart and another one 2 weeks later. she is on phenobarbitol…I too hate giving her meds and worry about what it’s doing to her liver and body as a whole, but I am fearful of the affects of what seizures can do long term and the risk of her harming herself during one. We started with one dose of pheno, but that was devastating to her personality when she wasn’t practically comatose she was tripping over herself, running into walls, and sliding down the stairs. We decreased the dose and that seemed to do better but then she had her fourth seizure in 4 weeks. We were given no choice but to up the dose since the med level after blood work wasn’t even in the therapeutic levels. She’s only 3 and so vivacious…I feel like she’s a lab experiment at this point. Has anyone had success? I would love to get her on a more homeopathic natural treatment and off meds. I want to stop the seizures but give her a happy, healthy life that is full of longevity.

John Lemon
John Lemon

September 10, 2017

Our 100 lb doodle has been on phenobarbitol, topiramate and a variety of other drugs for 6 years and his siezures are clustering and only 2 weeks apart
The results of his seizures are now having devistating effects on his cognitive awareness. We are in Canada where canibas is becoming leagalized but no vet seems to beleive we should try it. Surely anything is worth a try

Leah Snider
Leah Snider

September 04, 2017

My 14 yr old cat has been having frequent seizures. Where can I find CBD oil. Marijuana is illegal in Oklahoma.

Sherri
Sherri

August 16, 2017

My 6 yr old yorkie has been on phenobarbital for 3 yrs…he takes it twice a day and for awhile it was working and he had no seizures but he has started having them again. I’ve been worried about what the meds are doing to his liver and now I’ve also got to worry about him harming his self while having a seizure if I’m not at home. He also suffers from food and seasonal allergies and none of the allergy meds work on him…he licks his feet and scratches all the time. If I start him on the pure CBD oil can he still take the phenobarbital? I’m afraid if I take him off the meds he may have many more seizures but would love to get him on something safer for him that works. I’d like to keep him with me as long as possible.

Heather Simpson
Heather Simpson

August 16, 2017

My Maggie has the worst of seizures grand mal from epilepsy and is on meds that do not seem to be working. She has clusters of three or four at a time which is so heartbreaking. I have been reading and researching, trying to find some guidance in what kind of cbd oils, how much and a good legit products for her. Any recommendations? Thanks for any advice! Heather

Marti Beresford
Marti Beresford

August 09, 2017

Should you taper the phenobarbital while administering the cannabis oil?

Vicki grisko
Vicki grisko

March 20, 2017

I’ve done a lot of research on this product. My 3 year old Roxie has seizures the vet has her on 3 different Ned’s and I hate what it could be doing to her body . But I also hate seeing her have the seizures. I’m interested in trying the pure CBD oil.

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