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Is CBD Good for Pets?

Is CBD Good for Pets?

Is CBD good for pets? You may have been asking yourself this question since CBD became part of the national conversation. After the recent legalization of marijuana in many places around the world, people have been asking about the benefits of CBD for pets.

The truth is that CBD can help pets who are suffering from illnesses, pain and anxiety, among other ailments. But is CBD good for pets also? Read on to find out…

Is CBD Good For Pets?

There are a couple different angles we can address this question from: is it good in the sense of not causing harm to your pet? Or is it good in the sense of benefitting the health of your pets too?

Let's tackle the first question first. There are a few mildly negative symptoms that can be caused by CBD, but they stop once the CBD doses cease.

Possible Negative Effects for CBD in Pets:

  • Lower blood pressure: large dosages of CBD can create a short dip in blood pressure. Even though the dip is slight, it can create brief feelings of light headedness.
  • Dry mouth: research shows CBD can reduce saliva production. For pets this would increase thirst.
  • Drowsiness: CBD is used to relieve anxiety, but a side effect of this can be some drowsiness especially when using higher doses.

So, can CBD benefit the health of your pet? Here's what we know:

  • There's no scientific data on the side effects, but there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects people.
  • There are currently no formal studies on how it affects pets. But scientists know that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which both help maintain balance in the body and keeps it in a healthy normal state.
  • The consensus among vets is that "at this time there's no scientifically backed up data on how to dose CBD for pets, only anecdotal data." Because CBD products aren't regulated right now, there's no way to ensure the efficacy for different conditions. Also there are no present studies on dosing for different species of pets. Long term effects are unknown.

As we can see, there's no real answer yet as to whether CBD can benefit your pet's health in other ways in the long term.

What Are The Risks Of CBD For Pets?

Besides the known side effects, are there any other risks to your pet that you should know about? Here are a few points to consider:  

  • CBD comes across as safe, even in higher dosages and over longer lengths of time.
  • Side effects are mild and animals don't appear to build up a tolerance.
  • The American Veterinary association sent a report to its members advising them on how to discuss cannabis with patients and also how to treat marijuana exposure in pets. In the breakdown of the document, the recommendations are only based off of results where pets suffered from toxicity. An interesting fact was that most instances of toxicity happened to puppies that were also involved with other toxic substances like chocolate and raisins. This seems to indicate that most cases of toxicity weren't related to CBD itself.

Conclusion

Key points:

  • The FDA doesn't regulate CBD products on the market, so consumers can't be sure they're giving their pets the dosage they think they are.
  • You also have to ensure that the CBD product is derived from the hemp plant, not marijuana, and that there's no THC in it that's actually toxic to pets.
  • There are many conflicting reports from the FDA, DEA, conflicting state laws and the conflicted vet community. Therefore there are lots of medical claims and questionable synthetic formulas out on the market.

CBD products can be good for your pets. But when searching for the right CBD product for your pet, make sure that you ask all of the important questions, including: what are the ingredient sources, as well as any available testing on the cannabis material, and where it was grown/produced.

In the online marketplace , it's largely a "buyer beware" environment, so people need to make sure that the product they're buying has been lab tested both for the content as well as any contaminants.