What do I Need to Know About CBD Oil for Dogs?
What Is CBD Oil
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. In most cases, CBD oil does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives cannabis (weed) its psychoactive effect. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from weed.
How Does CBD Oil Work
In dogs body there is a messenger system called the endocannabinoid system. It helps regulate sleep, appetite, pain, the immune system and more. CBD impacts the activity of the messengers in this system and stimulates the nervous, digestive and immune systems, as well as the brain. The good thing is the endocannabinoids in CBD are very similar to the ones found in dogs body.
Four Ways Dogs can Benefit from CBD
- Joint Problems
If a dog is suffering from joint pain and has been prescribed NSAIDs or other pain meds like Gabapentin, then these meds can cause deterioration in joints, soft tissues and can damage dog’s liver and kidney.
CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that doesn’t carry the same risk of side effects as drugs. It works by binding to CB1 receptors in the brain. These receptors stimulate the immune system to reduce inflammation.
CBD also binds to CB2 receptors found in the nervous and immune systems. When this happens, the body may produce more cannabinoids naturally. This helps reduce inflammation even more and reduce the pain associated with it.
- Seizures and Epilepsy
It is estimated that about 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Researchers at Colorado State University studied CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs. A whopping 89% of dogs that received the CBD had a reduction in seizures. CBD also reduces the frequency and severity of seizures because of how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
Anxiety is a common reason dog owners turn to CBD. CBD can work quickly if given directly by mouth when your dog gets stressed. It usually only takes 5 to 20 minutes to work. But, CBD appears to be most beneficial for anxiety when given over a period of time. So if your dog is prone to stress, a daily dose might be best.
The endocannabinoid system is also found in the skin and that’s good news for dogs with allergies. It means CBD can help relieve dry and itchy skin as well as promote the growth of new healthy skin cells.
You can give CBD internally for allergies, or use it externally for hot spots or interdigital cysts.