If you enjoy staying up on the latest trends in the holistic world of medical advancements, you likely heard of CBD. CBD has been making headway for its incredible benefits for humans of all ages.
From remarkably eliminating the need for anti-anxiety medications to reducing cancer cell growth to treating children and adults who suffer from seizures, CBD is finally beginning to get the respect that it deserves. However, what you may not realize is that CBD oil for dogs and cats is also making great strides in the ways we are able to treat our four-legged family members.
However, with great power comes great responsibility. There are still misconceptions surrounding the incredible herb that leads some people to be unsure about its potential. Questions circulate the Internet at a rapid speed leaving pet owners confused at what exactly CBD is.
In this article, we hope to shed light on all of the ways in which CBD can help Fido, and leave nothing more up to the imagination (or miscommunication). So sit back, relax, and let’s discuss the wondrous world of CBD oil for dogs.
What is CBD Oil for Dogs
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol CBD oil is a liquid substance derived from the cannabis plant. Due to the fact that the cannabidiol oil comes from a plant, CBD oil is all natural and nontoxic making CBD a go-to in terms of a medicinal substitute for otherwise harsh conventional medications. CBD oil for dogs is a conversation that is quickly (and thankfully) growing by the day, but how exactly does it all work?
Breaking Down the Myths and Facts of CBD Oil
With its popularity rising at a swift speed, there are quite a few misconceptions about CBD oil that are also coming to light. In terms of CBD oil for dogs, many pet owners may have concerns regarding exactly what this stuff is.
Will CBD make the dog feel high? How safe is it? Is it weed? Where can I buy marijuana for my dog… Or is it even marijuana? How is this stuff legal??
In order for as many pet owners to benefit from CBD oil for dogs, we hope to shed light on these growing misconceptions and explain just why so many dog owners are turning to the oil rather than harsh conventional medications.
We will do our best to make this brief. We know that you’re interested in all of the ways that CBD can help your dogs. However, we think that it is essential to know how it all works so that you can spread the knowledge of this incredible herb.
The Cannabis Plant Vs. The Marijuana Plant Vs. The Hemp Plant
First things first. The cannabis plants, or Cannabis Sativa L., is an umbrella term that people often use to talk about its two main species. Cannabis plants are made up of over 80 different cannabinoids. Two species of the cannabis plant are the marijuana plant and the hemp plant. Here lies the cause for one of the biggest misconceptions behind CBD oil for dogs.
While there are undoubtedly similarities between the two species of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, there are also many differences.
The hemp plant and the marijuana plant both have incredible medicinal properties. However, the marijuana plant is most recognized for its psychoactive effects. It is most commonly used for recreational purposes, aka getting high. Products and oils, including CBD oil, that is derived from the marijuana plant are only legal in states where medical marijuana is legalized.
On the other hand, the hemp plant and it’s associated products and oils, are legal in all 50 states. In fact, you may be familiar with products from the hemp plant. Hemp is already commonly used in fuel, food, and fibers. When people are talking about CBD oil for dogs, they were referring to CBD that is derived from the hemp plants. Additionally, hemp is the non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant, meaning that it will not give you or your dog any euphoric feeling.
How is this possible? It's a little factor called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC is one of the 80+ cannabinoids that is found in the cannabis plant. THC is one of the cannabinoids that is responsible for the "high" feeling that individuals experience when they ingest it. CBD derived from the hemp plant has less than 0.3% THC. In other words, your beloved pet will not get high. However, they will still reap all of the medicinal benefits that the cannabis plant has to offer! Pretty cool, right?
What is CBD Hemp Oil
When people refer to CBD oil for dogs, they are referring to CBD hemp oil. Again, hemp CBD oil has no more than 0.3% THC making it safe for your dog without any harmful effects. Because of the fact that CBD hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant, and hemp is legal in all 50 states, CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states. CBD derived from the marijuana plants also exists but is only legal where marijuana has been legalized.
CBD Health Benefits
Thanks for sticking with us. Now, let's get into all of the remarkable benefits of CBD oil.
Incredibly, the health benefits of CBD oil for pets is actually comparable to the health benefits found in humans. From not only easing and healing present conditions but also preventing illness is from occurring by promoting overall wellness, CBD products are truly a natural remedy worth talking about.
CBD Oil for Anxiety
Perhaps the largest topic studied thus far on CBD oil is its use for reducing and eliminating anxiety in both humans and animals.
In the past, veterinarians would often prescribe anti-anxiety medications in order to treat anxious dogs and cats. These mood-altering drugs have a slew of potentially harmful adverse effects. Now, pet owners who have a fur baby that suffers from different phobias or stresses of separation anxiety now have a natural alternative with CBD oil products.
With the appropriate dose of CBD oil, dogs can safely reap the benefits of feeling like they’re stressed free selves without the side effects of conventional medications.
Best CBD Oil for Anxiety
For pets who suffer from anxiety, we recommend CBD oil purity tinctures.
Honest Paws uses 100% pure full spectrum CBD hemp oil from hemp plants cultivated in Colorado. The CBD tinctures come with an easy to use dropper. The dropper allows pet owners to control the exact dosage of CBD product that their dog is receiving.
Bonus CBD Anxiety Facts
While this article is primarily about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs, it would be silly of us not to mention the benefits for pet owners. After all, you have to be healthy in order to keep your dog healthy.
Some of the benefits of CBD oil in humans include:
- Decreasing stress and anxiety associated with anxiety disorders
- Helps to lessen and diminish the anxiety associated with public speaking
- Managing panic disorders
- Aids in treatment for post-traumatic stress disorders
CBD Oil for Pain
CBD oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory that comes without the harmful adverse reactions associated with the typical NSAIDs that your vet may prescribe. What some pet owners may not know is that CBD oil has proven to be so effective in managing pain that scientists are considering it to be a new class of drug in order to treat chronic pain.
CBD oil works to reduce pain-related symptoms by:
- Reducing nerve-related pain
- Lessening neuropathy pain
- Decreasing the inflammation on oxidative stress
- Easing intestinal inflammation
- Reducing the pain that arises from inflammation
- Easing inflammation in acute pancreatitis
The best part, zero side effects! If you have ever done a quick Google search of the side effects associated with conventional medications, you know first hand how horrifyingly long the list is. Having the ability and choice to avoid such adverse effects is a wonderful thing for pet owners and their pets.
Best CBD Oil for Pain
If your pup is suffering from pain and associated inflammation, we recommend this CBD oil tincture.
The tinctures are a great and easy way to introduce CBD oil into Fido's life. The oil comes in three levels based on weight so that pet owners can choose what best suits their dog's individuals needs.
Like so many wonderful things in life, CBD oil works best with consistency. For this reason, we recommend for our readers to consider subscribing to their favorite CBD oil and/or CBD products. This way, pet owners can ensure that their beloved animals never miss out on all of the benefits of CBD has to offer.
CBD Oil for Seizures and Epilepsy Treatment
CBD oil for seizures and epilepsy treatment has proven effective in humans of all ages. Studies now show that CBD oil is also effective for treating dogs with epilepsy. Researchers found that up to 5% all dogs suffer from seizures. Conventional anti-seizure medication has proven to have many adverse reactions in dogs. If your dog suffers from seizures, you vet likely prescribed medications such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While medications such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide treat seizures, they also can do great harm to the liver and other vital organs.
Another troubling aspect of these conventional medications is that even when administered properly, they aren't guaranteed to work.
Cannabis oil proves not only to treat epilepsy and seizures effectively but also in cases where conventional medicine failed. That's right, all natural CBD oil effectively treats epilepsy in unique cases where phenobarbital and potassium bromide didn't work.
Reducing Chronic Inflammation & Autoimmune Disease
Additionally, CBD reduces chronic inflammation as well as autoimmune disease in pets (as well as their owners). Inflammatory cytokines are known to lead to hypersensitivities as well as allergies and autoimmunities. CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect on these ailments.
Healthy Heart Support
CBD also promotes healthy heart health by:
- Lessens harm from damaged blood vessels
- Decreases suffering from irregular heart rate
- Protects the arteries and blood vessels
- Reduces elevated heart rate and blood pressure often resulting from anxiety and stress
Fighting Cancer with CBD Oil
Studies show that CBD, along with other compounds found in cannabis and hemp, has the ability to prevent cancer cells from growing and remarkably have an anti-tumor effect.
By supporting an overall homeostasis within the body, CBD strengthens the immune system’s response in eliminating the formation and growth of cancer cells.
Furthermore, CBD compounds block the cancer cells from producing energy which therefore inhibits glioma cell growth.
Reducing Nausea and Boosting Overall Wellness
If your pup has to undergo conventional medication for cancer such as chemotherapy or radiation, CBD oil can supplement the treatment and help reduce the associated side effects. Both chemotherapy and radiation often cause the dog to experience severe nausea and loss of appetite. During such a critical time, weight loss is the last thing the dog needs. CBD oil helps to relieve these symptoms.
CBD for Allergy Relief
We briefly touched on the fact that CBD oil is a great all-natural remedy to ease allergies. Like humans, dogs can suffer from seasonal and environmental allergies as well as allergies to food and food allergens. Some vets may recommend Zyrtec or Benadryl to ease your pups symptoms. However, both Zyrtec and Benadryl, as well as all antihistamines, come with their fair share of potential adverse reactions. Thanks to CBD oil, we no longer have to medicate our furry friends with conventional drugs and therefore they no longer have to be subjected to the harsh side etffects.
How To Use CBD Oil for Dogs
The most efficient and easiest way to administer CBD oil for dogs is with the dropper that is included in the tincture package. Owners can use the dropper to administer the CBD oil straight into their dog's mouth. Most customers report that their dog has no qualms regarding the taste of the CBD oil. However, we understand that you might have a picky eater on your hands. If that’s the case, try mixing the CBD oil into their food or putting it on one of her favorite treats.
Where To Buy CBD Oil for Dogs
Now, we have some good news and bad news. With the rising popularity of CBD oil for dogs, there are a plethora of companies selling the herb. We think that this is great because the word is finally getting out about how great CBD is. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Not all CBD is created equally. There are certain things to look for when you’re purchasing CBD oil for dogs. There are many new brands on the market that do not meet the standards of what CBD has to offer.
When purchasing CBD oil, ensure that the product is lab tested, 100% natural, soy free, and non-GMO. Also, ask for a certificate of analysis. Any reputable company should easily be able to provide one. The bottom line is knowing what you’re purchasing. At Honest Paws, we believe health comes first. Our products speak for themselves. We believe that your pet deserves the very best which is why we have sourced the most exceptional, pure CBD oil, and all natural ingredients. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of manufacturing processes in order to ensure that your dog gets exactly what they deserve.
CBD Oil Dosage for Dogs
Additionally, we have more good news. Studies are continuing to prove that CBD oil is incredibly safe for not only human consumption but for your furry friends. However, experts are still determining the exact dosages of the product. The dosage is primarily determined by the size and weight of your dog. That’s why Honest Paws has three different levels for pet owners to choose from.
Even though CBD oil is incredibly safe, we always recommend starting off slowly when introducing a new product into your dog's life. The same applies for CBD oil. Trust us, before you know it your dog will be reaping all the benefits that CBD has to offer. There’s no need to rush the process.
Dog owners can start off with half the recommended dosage and gradually work their way up to the recommended amount. The great thing about CBD oil in tincture form is that pet parents have total control over exactly how much of the product that their dog is receiving.
CBD Dog Treats
More great news: CBD products also come in treat form!
Pet owners may opt to treat the dog’s specific ailments with our variety of CBD treats.
For dogs with anxiety, we recommend the calming CBD dog treats. Our Calming CBD dog treats are ideal for anxious pups in tense situations. They are made with 100% pure hemp oil and have a delicious roasted peanut butter flavor. These treats are great for dogs who are suffering from anxiety issues, phobias, the stresses of flying and traveling, and dogs that just can’t seem to get a good nights sleep.
Life is too short to live in pain. For dogs suffering from inflammation, joint and muscle pain, recovering from surgery, nausea issues, or recovering from extensive exercise, we recommend our tasty turmeric flavored CBD treats. The relief treats are perfect for dogs dealing with pain and discomfort and for pet parents who don’t want to subject there fur baby to the potentially harmful effects of conventional drugs.
Lastly, our creamy coconut flavored Restore CBD dog treats are perfect for dogs who are suffering from irritated, dry skin, cracked paws, allergies, and excessive shedding and/or dandruff. The Restore CBD dog treats are rich in omega 6 and essential fatty acids. They are made with 100% pure hemp oil and all natural coconut oil.
CBD Side Effects in Dogs
The side effects of CBD are virtually nonexistent. In some cases, lethargy and tiredness have been reported. However, these side effects can be quickly eliminated by simply reducing your dog's dosage.
Even though CBD is all natural and non-toxic, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to Fido. Therefore, we encourage pet parents to keep an eye on their dog during the introduction stage.
CBD Oil for Dogs: Bottom Line
At the end of the day, we know that you want what’s best for your dog. Here at Honest Paws, we are pet lovers and dog owners. So we know how hard it can be when problems arise. Even when you do everything you can as a pet owner; you stay up to date on the latest wellness information, you feed Fido a species appropriate raw food diet, and make sure they get plenty of mental and physical stimulation, sometimes health issues are still unavoidable.
Thankfully, holistic wellness is making great strides in allowing us to choose how we treat our animals. All natural medicinal alternatives are finally getting the recognition that they deserve, and we couldn’t be happier. Being able to have a choice of a non-toxic alternative over conventional medication means that we have control of our dog's well-being.
CBD oil for dogs is truly making a difference in the lives of humans and animals alike. Here at Honest Paws, we are over the moon that we get to have a small part in delivering the positive advancements to our readers. Give us a try, we are confident that your beloved four-legged family member will thank you.