CBD for Fido
We’ve entered a new era. Cannabis is no longer demonized by society. The plant’s rich medicinal value is finally being recognized. CBD, a cannabinoid, is being hailed as a medical miracle. People are eagerly gobbling up every infused product that they can get their hands on.
The same benefits prized by human beings affect animals. An anxious, wild cat or dog might relax after consuming CBD. Hordes of pet owners swear that the cannabinoid has transformed their pet’s behavior.
Okay, you realize that people are medicating their pets with CBD. You might even know someone who’s doing it. But is it safe?
The short answer is yes. CBD lovers tout its perks far and wide because they’re mind-bogglingly good.
The American Veterinarian Association released a pamphlet in January titled “Cannabis: What Veterinarians Need to Know.” Cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, which means the association can’t officially recommend its members prescribe it. However, because it’s clear that pet owners aren’t waiting for the law to change to start experimenting, vets are being proactive.
The pamphlet notes: “Since there is little evidence-based information about the use of cannabis in pets… AVMA offers the following current information to attempt to clear up confusion…”
Research is lagging behind people’s interest. Even human studies examining CBD have been scant. For decades scientists have been battling outdated laws. This year, Congress legalized hemp, a source of CBD, nationwide. Consumers can now purchase CBD products without fear of repercussion from the law.
Figuring out the right dosage for your pet is tricky. The same rules that apply to humans apply to animals. Start small and work your way up.
You shouldn’t dose your pet on a whim. It’s not going to appreciate your actions. Give your pet CBD when it needs it. Owners say that their animals respond when they’re in pain. An injured or sickly pet could benefit from CBD.
This 2019 study mentions that controlled studies are still needed to determine whether or not CBD regulates anxiety, if you’ve seen the numerous case studies around the internet, or tried it for yourself, perhaps you’ve already came to your own conclusion about what CBD does, and does not do?
When you introduce CBD to your furry friend, be patient. It might take an hour for the cannabinoid to be effective. If you’re trying to solve a serious, long-running issue, try dosing your pet a few times before you make a decision. Interested in trying CBD? Fill out the form on our animal health page to find out about our new CBD dog treats.