If you’re up to date with the latest and greatest advancements in the world of holistic healing, then it’s likely that you’ve heard of CBD. The incredible herb is shocking experts, veterinarians, and people like you and I every day. From easing symptoms of inflammation to fighting cancer cells to managing anxiety, the benefits of CBD are remarkable and frankly, undeniable no matter what someone’s stance on it might be. For these reasons (among many others) it was only a matter of time before researchers began studying whether or not CBD could also have unbelievable benefits for our fur babies as well. We are here to tell you that studies are consistently finding that in fact, it can. CBD oil for dogs and CBD dog treats are now being used to treat ailments in our beloved four-legged friends, and the results are positively fascinating.
What is CBD?
So what exactly is this magical herb?
CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) is a substance that is found in the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant is an umbrella term that encompasses several species of plants including the hemp plant and the marijuana plant.
Here’s where a few general misunderstandings occur. First of all, products from the hemp plant are legal in all 50 states. In fact, they are likely already apart of your day to day life. Hemp is used in all sorts of ways, including fabrics, fibers, and fuel. Industrial hemp is used in manufacturing clothing as well as used in beauty products and health supplements. You may also see hemp milk on the shelves of your local grocery store. Hemp has an extremely low THC level. In fact, the THC level can be no higher than 0.3%. (THC - tetrahydrocannabinol - is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that people associate with “getting high”). Therefore, due to hemp’s very low THC level, it is safe for dogs and will not have any mind-altering effect on Fido.
Conversely, while the hemp plant and marijuana plant both fall under the same species of plant (the Cannabis Sativa L.), they share a number of differences including its genetic makeup, cultivation, and usage. The major difference that we want to make sure pet owners are aware of is the THC levels. The THC levels of CBD derived from the marijuana plant can have over 20% THC and can be incredibly toxic for your pup. Of course, CBD derived from the marijuana plant is only legal in states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal. Therefore, many pet owners won’t have the potential for mistaking the two. However, it is important to recognize that CBD products are not all cultivated and created equally (or even from the same plant).
In terms of the CBD that your precious pup will benefit from, we’re talking about the hemp plant.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD is an all natural, non-toxic way to combat a number of ailments. Once the liquid is extracted from the hemp plant, it can be used in a variety of ways. One of the most highly studied topics is the use of CBD for pain and anxiety, in both humans and their pets.
While is it a rather unlikely reality that conventional veterinarians will begin stocking their shelves of CBD oils, the herb has holistic veterinarians singing its praises (and rightfully so).
We’ll get into the benefits of CBD products momentarily but before we do, we want to answer one of the most common questions regarding cannabis for dogs.
Can Dogs Get High?
A huge misconception is that CBD dog treats and CBD oil for dogs will get your pooch higher than the moon. This isn’t the case. As we previously discussed, the CBD that you will purchase for Fido is derived from the hemp plant and will have less than 0.3% THC, thus making it safe.
However, if your pup were to ingest CBD oil or a CBD edible derived from the marijuana plant, it is possible for them to get “high,” but more likely for them to get violently ill. We hope it goes without saying that even if our readers use marijuana recreationally, it should be kept far out of reach of their dogs. Your pup will not benefit from oils or edibles derived from the marijuana plant so it’s best for them to stay far away!
CBD from the hemp plant is the only way to go for your dogs.
Benefits of CBD for Dogs
Now, let’s get down to the remarkable benefits that CBD is continuously being recognized for.
CBD Oil for Anxiety
One of the ways that hemp CBD oil can benefit dogs and humans is through managing anxiety. As humans, we know what its like to feel anxious, some of us more so than others. Depending on the severity of the anxiety, doctors may prescribe conventional anti-anxiety medications in order to help alleviate the associated symptoms. What pet owners may not realize is that their precious pup can also face a great deal of anxiety, whether it is in the form of separation anxiety or varying phobias.
Managing Pain with CBD
Hemp CBD has also been continuing to show how beneficial it can be in reducing and managing pain in both humans and dogs. The CBD hemp oil can also reduce pain associated inflammation.
It may surprise you to learn that scientists are actually beginning to consider it a new class of drug for chronic pain management.
Furthermore, CBD has shown to be effective in managing pain in the following ways:
- Reducing neuropathy pain
- Decreasing nerve-related pain
- Easing the inflammation associated with oxidative stress
- Diminishing inflammation in acute pancreatitis
- Lowering inflammation and pain associated with inflammation
- Decreasing intestinal inflammation
Fighting Cancer with CBD
It may surprise pet owners to hear that CBD hemp products are in fact being used to fight cancer. That's right. This miraculous herb has cancer-fighting properties that have shown to be effective in humans and their pets alike. How can this be possible? Here's what we know.
CBD, as well as hemp and cannabis, contain additional compounds that have an anti-tumor effect. Furthermore, studies show that CBD can actually stop cancer cells from growing.
- CBD promotes overall homeostasis in the body
- The herb promotes the immune system’s killer cells to reduce cancer cells
- CBD blocks cancer cells from being able to produce energy and inhibits glioma cell growth
If conventional cancer treatment is necessary, CBD can increase the efficiency of the medication as well as aid the body's healing while undergoing therapy
Easing the Symptoms of Cancer Medications
In some cases, the cancer is progressed to a degree that requires conventional treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. With chemotherapy and radiation come a slew of additional side effects such as nausea and loss of appetite. When your pup is battling a disease like cancer, the last thing that they need is to stop eating, as food is their main source of nutrition.
Here's another way that CBD can help. CBD hemp oil can reduce nausea, keep your dog's appetite consistent, and also boost the immune system during their time of need.
CBD for Treating Seizures and Epilepsy
If you stay up to date on recent news coverage on the incredible benefits of medicinal marijuana and CBD for humans, you may have seen stories on how the herb is serving individuals who suffer from epilepsy.
CBD hemp oil is also proving to help our fur babies who suffer from epilepsy. An estimated 5% of all dogs experience seizures. In the past, if your dog received a diagnosis of epilepsy, the diagnosis would also come with heavy medications such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide prescribed by your vet. While these medications do help manage seizures, they can also cause severe, sometimes irreversible damage to vital organs.
Additionally, some dogs are resistant to the harsh medications. In other words, pet owners may be administering the medication as directed without realizing that it's not even working.
Ready for this? CBD hemp oil has proven to be effective for dogs with epilepsy, even when the dog has been resistant to conventional medications. That's right. CBD is proving to work where harsh medications cannot.
Having this alternative option for the treatment of epilepsy is changing the lives of dogs and their human companions every day.
Preventing Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The benefits of CBD hemp oil don't stop there for our furry friends. Studies show that hemp CBD can help prevent inflammatory bowel disease. In cases where inflammatory bowel disease already exists, the herb has shown to greatly reduce the symptoms of the ailment and help prevent colitis from occurring. Additionally, CBD hemp oil can serve to restore gut motility in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease.
CBD Oil for Reducing Autoimmune Disease & Chronic Inflammation (& Associated Symptoms) (H3)
Studies are also finding that CBD hemp oil can be greatly beneficial in reducing autoimmune disease and easing chronic pain and inflammation, along with its associated symptoms.
Additionally, hemp CBD has shown to suppress a significant cause of autoimmune diseases known as Th17 dominance as well as have an anti-inflammatory effect on ailments such as hypersensitivities and allergies.
Furthermore, studies are continuing to demonstrate that CBD oil for dogs is a potent antioxidant. In fact, CBD hemp oil remarkably may be more potent than vitamin C and vitamin E. The antioxidant properties of CBD make it great for dogs with or without present health conditions.
Supporting Heart Health with CBD
As if you needed any more reason to love this magical herb, CBD hemp oil is also a powerful support system for your pup's cardiovascular system. Here are just a few ways that CBD hemp oil can help keep your fur baby's heart healthy:
- Diminishes harm from damaged blood vessels
- Decreases damage from irregular heart rate
- Shields the blood vessels and arteries from potential harm
- Decreases elevated heart rate and reduces elevated blood pressure associated with anxiety and stress
Types of CBD for Dogs
As more and more research comes out on the incredible benefits of CBD hemp oil, more products are being created as a way for our furry friends to reap all the greatness that the herb has to offer. We always recommend moving slowly when introducing a new product into your dog's life, no matter what the product is. This rule of thumb is no different for CBD oil. While CBD oil is all natural and non-toxic, it is still something new. It is best to go slowly, even starting with half the recommended dosage and increasing from there. Trust us, your pup will soon reap the benefits of this magical herb, there's no need to rush the process.
CBD Oil for Dogs
Pet parents may choose to begin introducing CBD into their dog's life through CBD oil. The CBD oil products typically come with a dropper and make it easy for pet owners to control the dosage of CBD oil that they are administering.
CBD hemp oil, available here, is based on your pup's weight and can be purchased in level 1, 2, or 3.
- Up to 25 pounds - Level 1
- 25 - 50 pounds - Level 2
- Over 50 pounds - Level 3
Most pet owners report that their furry friends do not have any problems with the taste of the hemp CBD oil. However, we understand that some of our readers may have a picky eater on their hands. In these cases, we recommend adding the CBD oil to your dog's food or to their favorite treat.
CBD Dog Treats
Once your pup becomes adjusted to the CBD oil (or cases of picky eaters), pet owners may opt for choosing from our options of dog-approved pet treats.
These cannabis dog treats are an easy way for pet owners to ensure that their fur baby is reaping all of the benefits that CBD has to offer through a yummy treat that your pup is sure to love.
We recommend these tasty peanut butter flavored CBD treats for dogs. Our peanut butter flavored calming pet treats are a great way to ease anxiety and promote a care-free, happy life. Our calming chews are also great for restless sleepers and pups who get a bit too excited in public. Trust us, these chews can really help avoid some embarrassing situations.
Additionally, you may want to check out our turmeric flavored treats that ease pain without risky surgeries or medications.
Our turmeric treats are also beneficial for the following dogs:
- Dogs who are recovering from surgery
- Preventing pain and inflammation
- Dogs with digestive and nausea issues
- Easing joint and muscle pain
- Recovering from extensive exercise
- Disease prevention
If your pup suffers from allergies and skin irritations, we recommend the Restore CBD dog treats. These coconut flavored treats are great for the treating and preventing the following ailments:
- Irritated skin
- Dry, itchy skin
- Cracked and damaged paw pads
- Dull, dry coats
- Reducing shedding dandruff
(*Coming Soon*) Our readers should keep an eye out for a new product that is about to hit our CBD shelves: CBD dog treats for joint support. These soft chews are ideal for the dog that is in need for extra joint support as well as helping manage the associated joint pain. Be sure to get on our email list so you can be one of the first to know about these great CBD chews.
CBD for Dogs: Knowing The Product
We want to briefly mention that with the rise of popularity of CBD products, pet owners will see a plethora of available products online. While we hope that you give Honest Paws a shot, if you decide to purchase elsewhere we want you to be aware of a few things, primarily: not all CBD is created equally.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Pet owners will likely find cheaper versions of CBD oil but this doesn't mean that the quality is still up to par. Be sure you are purchasing CBD oil products from a reputable company who source from USA grown hemp.
Also, make sure that the products are 100% natural, soy free, lab tested, and non-GMO. (AKA products from Honest Paws!)
If the oil is not 100% natural it is highly probable that it contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents. In other words, the oil can potentially do more harm than good if the product isn't high quality. Additionally, one of the primary reasons as to why CBD hemp products make for such a beneficial substitute for conventional medications is CBD's lack of chemicals. If the CBD isn't 100% natural and is potentially contaminated with pesticides, fungicides or solvents, it completely diminishes the positive aspects of the herb.
Another important part of choosing the right CBD product is making sure that it is lab tested. The manufacturer should be able to provide a certificate of analysis for the CBD product. You'll want this because of the fact that there are some companies that sell products that only contain very small traces of CBD and yet still sell it as a CBD product. It makes you wonder what else is in the liquid substance that you are putting in your dog's food if so little of it is actually CBD.
For more information on Honest Paws and what makes our CBD products the best, check us out here.
CBD Dosage for Pain
The good news is that CBD hemp oil is all natural and non-toxic. Therefore, time and time again it proves to be a safe and effective alternative for pets and humans alike. With that said, experts are still determining an exact dosage for each dog. The CBD products from Honest Paws vary by weight. Again, we recommend starting slowly, even beginning with half the recommended dosage will ensure that your fur baby can soon reap all the benefits that the herb has to offer without being overwhelmed by it all at once.
CBD Side Effects
The side effects associated with CBD vary from species to species. In humans, tiredness, weight changes, decreased or increased appetite, and diarrhea has been reported.
Luckily, the associated side effects of CBD oil and CBD dog treats are extremely mild and are likely not to occur at all. Lethargy and tiredness have been reported in some cases but most pet owners do not find any negative side effects from the CBD products. However, when it comes to your fur baby, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
CBD Dog Treats: Bottom Line
It can be challenging being a pet parent. You want what is best for your fur baby but sometimes it may seem impossible to figure out exactly what that is. Plus, dogs are notorious for hiding pain and ailments, so when something does arise it can be hard for pet owners not to go into a full-blown panic mode.
We understand the feeling. your animals mean the world to you. We are also pet lovers and owners so we get it, truly. That's why we are so confident in the incredible benefits of CBD for pets. We are all incredibly fortunate to be living in a time where we have alternatives to harsh, chemically based medications. The fact that we can choose all natural, non-toxic options means that we can ensure that our fur babies are happy and healthy without the potential adverse side effects that come along with conventional medications.
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