Is CBD oil safe for dogs and what are the side effects?
CBD (cannabidiol) oil is now legal across the USA and Europe following the many studies into the health benefits of CBD oil. Various studies in both animals and humans have concluded that not only are there significant benefits, but also only mild side effects.
CBD is produced from hemp and cannabis plants, but it will not get your dog high! The compound that gives that feeling is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but the percentage present in CBD oil is not enough to give the psychoactive effect associated with marijuana.
As with any pet product, speak to your vet, particularly if your dog is currently on any medication that may react with the CBD.
Benefits for dogs
CBD oil has many benefits for your pets, from pain relief for older dogs to treating cancer. Scientific studies have been carried out using pets and other animals to establish the benefits. One study, by the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, is investigating the effects of CBD oil on dogs.
CBD oil provides pain relief
The pain relief benefits of CBD are very well documented when used in humans. Scientific studies are ongoing to allow CBD oils to be listed as a new class of drug. As with humans, CBD can help reduce pain and inflammation in animals and give your dog a better life. Many older dogs and some breeds in particular suffer from joint damage and arthritis. Using CBD oil can reduce these symptoms in a more healthy, holistic way.
CBD oil helps seizures and epilepsy
Epilepsy is more common in dogs than I thought, with around 5% of animals suffering from seizures. CBD has been shown to reduce the instances of seizures in both human and dog related studies. This was particularly true when the patient was resistant to treatment through normal drugs such as phenobarbitone. Extended use of phenobarbitone can cause liver damage, so regular blood testing is required during its use. Colorado State University are currently studying the effects in dogs and have found positive results. If you happen to live in the area, you can enrol your dog in the study for free.
CBD oil helps reduce anxiety
Many dogs suffer from anxiety. Perhaps separation from their owners or maybe due to noise. CBD oil can be effective in calming your dog in a more natural way. For example, sedatives are not allowed to be used in animals when travelling across borders, as the animals will be checked. Since CBD acts as a calming agent and has no sedative effects this makes it perfect for use when moving country with your pets.
CBD oil helps prevent cancer
CBD oil has two uses in the treatment of cancer. It has been shown to reduce the size of cancerous tumours and prevent cancer cells from growing. The oil can also be used as pain relief when traditional treatments are being used.
CBD oil could be a healthy and safe alternative to the current range of medicines used by veterinarians for dogs and other pets.
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
One of the biggest benefits of switching to CBD oil over prescription drugs is that the side effects are known to be very mild. In most cases, there are little or no side effects, but some to watch out for are;
- Changes in appetite
- Change in weight.
How much CBD oil should your dog take?
Your CBD oil supplier should provide you with dosing guidelines. For dogs, these will be by weight and will depend on the strength of the oil. As a rough guide, 0.5mg to 1 mg per kg is a good starting point, but monitor for the first month and adjust as required. Speak to your vet and get his advice, particularly if your dog is on prescription drugs.
What is the best CBD oil for your dog?
Checking the quality of your CBD oil is very important, from initial plant growth right through to the final product. Hemp is most commonly used for CBD oil production as it contains very low levels of THC initially.
Hemp and cannabis plants should be grown organically, with no use of pesticides or harmful chemicals.
The extraction process should aim to collect the maximum amount of CBD, while removing as much of the THC as possible.
Very importantly, each batch of CBD oil should be tested for purity and quality.At nHance Life, we meet all these standards and more to produce CBD oil of only the highest quality. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee will refund your money if you are not totally happy. Just return the product within 30 days.