CBD has been proven to be beneficial for both human and pets. Although there is a lack of in-depth research, current pre-clinical studies and anecdotal evidence have been positive.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD has a lot of therapeutic properties and does not get you high like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means you would not experience any “high” from using it.
Jeffrey Powers, the vice chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, credited the use of CBD with helping distress in dogs. Powers has a 10-year-old St. Bernard named Ella who suffers distress when hearing loud noises like the rumble of thunder or pop of fireworks. Ella starts to pant heavily and pace around. However, after using CBD, Power observed that Ella is calm even in the face of distressing sounds.
HoPower is not legally allowed to prescribe or recommend the use of CBD.
Expectations About CBD
Researchers are still exploring the proper way to use CBD for pets. Stephanie McGrath a veterinarian and assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is conducting studies on how CBD is metabolized by dogs.
This study is trying to figure out whether the compound poses health threats and after the initial research, McGrath started two clinical trials. One is for dogs suffering from epilepsy and the other is dogs with osteoarthritis. The early finding lacks data about the effectiveness but the ongoing research has presented positive outcomes so far.
Talking About CBD With your Vet
Because CBD is still new to the world of veterinary practice, your vet won’t necessarily recommend it to pet owners. However, you can bring up the subject and veterinarians will answer your questions regarding the use of CBD for pets. If the clinic around your area is not knowledgeable about CBD you can visit veterinarycannabis.org for help.
Carefully Choosing CBD
The CBD market is not regulated so you cannot trust every product that you find. It is important to carefully inspect the label for the ingredients. To ensure the product is safe, look for CBD products that follow Good Manufacturing Practices or check for the seal of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC).
Also, pay attention to the level of THC in CBD products. By checking the lab results, you can view the level of THC and other contents that the CBD product. Failure to present third-party lab results raises a red flag.
Careful with the Dosage
Most CBD products come with simple instructions for proper dosage. However, the advisable dosage may differ depending on the weight, physical condition, and age of your pet. Start with low-level dosage first and monitor your pet for a few days. You can increase the dosage if you do not observe the desired effect.