Dogs an humans are susceptible to many of the same health changes and challenges throughout life. Surely they age much faster and live far shorter lives, and of course, they walk on all fours and all. But just like us, our best friends are burdened over the years with things like cancer, arthritis, fading eye health, and the list goes on. In fact, as it concerns cancer, dogs over 10 years old are actually nearly 50% likely to develop some form of cancer.
So if dogs suffer from many of the same illnesses and health concerns as humans as they age wouldn't it also make sense that some of their treatments might mirror our own as well? The short answer is, yes, some common treatments for anything from depression to arthritis can be applied to both humans and canines. While this isn’t a hard and fast rule across the board, you’d actually find with a little bit of research that many of the symptoms treated by CBD — a naturally occurring-cannabinoid constituent of cannabis — is in fact also used to treat dogs. See, CBD is a non psychoactive compound that interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a biological system found in all mammals, responsible for managing a range of biological processes from memory function to immune responses and even sleep. Because humans and their canine pets share this same system, it can be used for many of the same benefits in treatment. For example:
As a Painkiller and Anti-Inflammatory
Watching your dog suffer through arthritis symptoms is painful, for lack of a better word. Or maybe a better word might actually be heartbreaking because no dog lover enjoys seeing their pet lose the pep they once had as a puppy, slowed down by joint pain and inflammation. There is a solid body of research that shows CBD can minimize the symptoms and possibly even slow the progression of arthritis.
For Stress Relief
Anxiety and depression disorders can affect dogs just as they can humans. Anxiety, in particular, is one thing many people find hard to manage in their dogs. Whether it’s separation anxiety and the fear of being left behind, or just a dog’s misunderstanding of the unknown, we all know that our pets can act up uncontrollably at times. CBD has become a common way to manage some of these symptoms in dogs.
A 2011 study reported “Considerable evidence demonstrates that manipulation of the endocannabinoid system regulates nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals…Recently, evidence from animal experiments suggests that cannabinoids may be especially useful in treating the more difficult to control symptoms of nausea and anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients, which are less well controlled by the currently available conventional pharmaceutical agents.”
As a Cancer Treatment
CBD does not treat cancer directly and nobody claims that it’s a cure for any form of it. However, CBD is effective in managing inflammation, decreasing pain, managing seizures, and stimulating the appetite — all associated with some of the painful side effects of chemotherapy. And if you’ve ever cared for a dog with cancer, you know it can be heartbreaking to watch them struggle through the treatment process.