Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the most popular compounds of cannabis. This chemical compound is typically extracted and sold as oils, tinctures, sprays and even as drinks. The popularity of CBD can be traced to its medicinal benefits. Researchers have discovered that CBD interacts with the body in ways that other medications cannot. This cannabis chemical compound is not only good for human beings, and even animals can enjoy its benefits. Now many pet owners across the world have begun using CBD products to treat their sick pets.
Although using CBD to treat pets was illegal for a long time, it is now legal in all states across the United States. This development is thanks to the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill into law in late 2018. This law makes the growing of industrial hemp legal across all US states. CBD is typically extracted from industrial hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis plant. The industrial hemp plant is different from marijuana because it does not contain large amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. It is THC that is responsible for the feeling of being high that people experience when they ingest or smoke marijuana. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp plants cultivated in the country must contain at most 0.3 percent THC; anything beyond this is against the law and therefore illegal.
CBD can be used to treat a range of illnesses in people and pets. Some examples of these illnesses are; anxiety, loss of appetites, depression, chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, vomiting, and seizures caused by epilepsy. As research continues into CBD, scientists are continually revealing new illnesses that it can cure.
CBD and Dogs
It would interest many people to know that CBD is safe for dogs even in high doses and it posses no adverse effects even when it is taken over a long period of time. CBD can help dogs suffering from seizures. Research has shown that CBD can drastically reduce the number of seizures that dogs suffering from epilepsy experience.
CBD is non-toxic for dogs and as you already know it will not get them high. Even dogs suffering from chronic pain can find relief from CBD.
It is advisable for people to consult their vets before buying and giving their sick dogs CBD. Your vet is in the best position to recommend the best product for your dog. There are many CBD products on the market, and it can get confusing to choose.
Another important thing to remember is that unlike CBD, THC is toxic for dogs. And people you be extremely careful, so their pets do not eat any products containing THC. There have been reports of pets eating products that contain THC and getting seriously sick. When dogs ingest THC, it can cause uncontrolled shaking, vomiting, crying, muscle stiffness and even heart attacks. Vets have advised that people keep their THC products in places that they are sure their pets cannot reach.