- CBD for Pets Yes the Data says it works !
When your pet gets sick, you give up everything and try to find them the best possible medicine or treatment available. Right? You diligently bring your dog to the Vet, pay the egregious bill, and do whatever the Vet says……
I do the exact same thing.
A friend of mine had a beautiful Black Lab. When she was diagnosed with cancer and hip dysplasia a few years ago, it wasn’t long before he was frustrated with the lack of solutions for his “best 4-legged friend”. Then he found CBD and began using it with his dog, to help address the symptoms, with amazing results.
These are the 7 main benefits of CBD for pets. Before We Start: Lets briefly review CBD. If you are a regular follower of my blog, just skip over this section.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis. One of an estimated 100 Cannabidiols found in the plant.
CBD will NOT GET YOUR PET HIGH — Unlike THC, the more well known, “psychoactive compound in marijuana”, CBD, typically sourced from Hemp, is non psychoactive and safe to be used on pets. The product has to be 3/10 of 1% or less THC to be called CBD (in most states). CBD also has no known toxicity level, and research clearly suggests “is virtually incapable of causing an overdose”.
How Does CBD Interact With the Body?
CBD interacts with the body via the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
While I have gone into great detail on previous posts, and on my show NYCBD with Jeffrey Hill (on 710 WOR radio in NYC at 8AM every Sunday. Also available on Iheart Radio, and Itunes as a podcast, and available on Instagram — @NYCBDOFFICIAL. Below are some basics on how this system works.
The ECS is a biological system found in humans and dogs and cats. It is involved in managing a wide variety of biological processes, including memory, sleep, immune response, and more.
It mainly consists of two types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). These receptors are built to interact with endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced by the brain). However, they can also interact with plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD,which in turn cause a variety of responses throughout the body.
When it comes to CBD, many of these responses are very beneficial.
The endocannabinoid system is essentially the system that processes cannabinoids introduced into the body. The effects of CBD are similar in humans, dogs, cats, and other pets. This is because, just like humans, dogs and cats also have an endocannabinoid system that functions much in the same way as the human ECS.
Plus, many of the conditions we’ll list below (like anxiety, arthritis, pain, and convulsions) manifest much in the same way in pets as they do in humans.
Lets review some data
1. CBD is a Powerful Painkiller
In 1997, a study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology showed that the endocannabinoid system was deeply involved in managing pain. Today, CBD has become renowned for its painkilling properties.
First, of all, studies have shown that CBD can temporarily stop the absorption of anandamide, a chemical that helps dampen pain signals in the brain.
This temporary increase in anandamide can have various effects, one of them being reduced pain sensations. Secondly, CBD has been shown to be a powerful anti inflammatory.
By reducing the inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis, for example, CBD is also able to reduce the painful symptoms caused by the condition.
2. CBD is a Known Anticonvulsant
Perhaps one of the best-known medicinal uses for CBD is its ability to help controls seizures, tremors, tics, and spasms. That’s because CBD is a natural anticonvulsant.
News of CBD’s natural anticonvulsant properties first broke in 2013 with the story of Charlotte Figi. of Charlotte’s Web and CW Hemp.
Since then, numerous studies have provided lots of clinical data that CBD can help manage a wide variety of tremors, spasms, and tics.
Other data, have also shown that both CBD and THC can help manage spasticity caused by Multiple Sclerosis, and research also suggests that CBD can help manage the tics and tremors caused by Tourette’s syndrome.
3. CBD is Anti-Inflammatory
As I mentioned earlier, CBD is renowned as an anti-inflammatory
CBD’s anti inflammatory effects are believed to be linked to its ability to interact with receptors in immune cells. CBD interacts with CB2 receptors, which are generally located inside immune cells. By activating these receptors, CBD is able to create a wide variety of immune responses.
One of these responses is to fight inflammation. Conditions like arthritis, MS, irritable bowel disease, and many others, are characterized by chronic inflammation. In some cases, this inflammation can be caused by a malfunctioning of the immune system, causing it to attack healthy cells.
By helping lower inflammation, CBD can help reduce pain and other symptoms of conditions like IBD, arthritis, and more.
4. CBD Reduces Anxiety and Stress
In fact, many studies have shown that CBD can help manage the symptoms of a variety of mental conditions, including anxiety. Much like humans, pets can also suffer from anxiety, stress or even specific phobias.
Several months ago, there was a thunder and lightning storm and my dog, Jing, went under the bed for safety as fast as she could….She stayed there shaking for an hour.
While the exact source of anxiety may differ in pets, it can cause stress and specific physical reactions just like in humans. Some common forms of anxiety affecting dogs include separation anxiety, noise anxiety, travel anxiety, and even specific phobias.
Some common symptoms of anxiety in dogs include:
- Persistent barking
- Chewing (furniture, shoes, rubbish, etc)
- Urinating and defecating (usually inside the house or crate)
CBD has been shown to help reduce feelings of anxiety and thereby reduce these symptoms. Since the storm several months ago whenever Alexa tells me a storm is coming, I put a few drops of full spectrum CBD in Jing’s food with excellent results..She typically sleeps right through the storm, and NO SHAKING.
How it does so, however, isn’t completely clear. Typical anxiety medications tend to target a type of seratonin receptor in the body known as 5-HT1A.
By targetting these receptors, anti anxiety medications can help temporarily boost seratonin levels in the brain. This can then lead to improvements in mood and help temporarily reduce feelings of anxiety or fear.
5. CBD is an Antiemetic
Nausea and vomiting are really common symptoms.
Both in humans and dogs, nausea and vomiting are serious symptoms, often leading to a decreased appetite, rapid weight loss, dehydration, fatigue, and more.
There are plenty of antiemetic medications on the market, and some of the most common given to dogs and cats include acepromazine, chlorpromazine, aminopentamide, and more.
These drugs, while often effective in controlling nausea and vomiting, can cause a wide variety of side effects, including:
- Strong sedation
- Lowered seizure thresholds for animals with epilepsy
- Excessive drooling
There is a strong body of evidence that shows that CBD is a successful antiemetic, controlling both nausea and vomiting while also stimulating appetite.
6. CBD May Slow Tumor Growth
Cancer and malicious tumors are common in pets and, in many cases, prove to be fatal. Until now, there is no known cure for cancer, and treatment usually focuses on slowing the growth of a tumor while reducing pain and other symptoms.
The most common treatment for cancer and tumors in pets is chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, like with humans, chemotherapy can produce a wide variety of side effects. However, new research shows that cannabinoids like CBD can have unique anticancer effects, too. In fact, a growing body of research is beginning to explore just how cannabinoids can help slow the growth and spread of cancer and even reduce the size of tumors.
Research from Complutense University, Madrid, has also shown that CBD and other cannabinoids can enhance the effect of traditional chemotherapy. Researchers suggest it does so by increasing the rate by which cancer cells absorb chemotherapy agents, while simultaneously protecting healthy cells.
7. CBD Promotes Homeostasis
Homeostasis can best be described as the proper functioning of the body. It occurs when our bodies are in balance, and ensures all our biological systems function to the best of their ability. However, sometimes this balance gets out of line, and that’s when disease and illness strike.