If you are a pet owner, you must be equipped with a source of quick, non-toxic pain relief solution for your pets at all times. And while some people are comfortable with prescription medications, a safer and often more effective option is Cannabidiol or CBD-infused pet treats.
CBD is having a major moment right now, be it in skincare, medicine, psychotherapy, and other spectrums, but you must be aware of how exactly it helps your precious pets, and why you should invest in CBD-infused treats for them. Let’s find out:
What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant and it’s derived directly from hemp, and luckily does not have the strong, mind-controlling properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). To put it simply, CBD pet treats cannot provide a ‘high’ to your pet since CBD is non-psychoactive. But it does help soothe severe pain or neuropathic issues, ease anxiety and even treat seizures. The CBD treats should be a great go-to option if your pet suffers from chronic pain.
What’s the difference between CBD and marijuana?
While both the compounds stem from the cannabis Sativa plant, there’s a core difference in each of their concentrations and functions.
Marijuana is derived from the flower (i.e the buds, leaves, and sometimes the resin) of the cannabis plant and possesses a particularly high blend of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the sense of high, we usually associate with cannabis.
Whereas, hemp is the top part of the plant, comprising of branches and leaves and contains cannabidiol or CBD; they activate receptor points in our endocannabinoid system and thus have the ability to moderate physiological strains like pain or anxiety.
What does CBD do exactly?
CBD engages with the endocannabinoid system, which is a form of biological programming found in animals and humans, that plays a crucial role in the central nervous system. The ECS plays a role in regulating moods, pain, hunger or some cognitive functions.
In humans too, CBD supplements work the same way; you may have heard of the popularity of CBD oils when it comes to pain relief or anxiety medications.
What are the benefits of CBD treats for your pets?
CBD pet treats can be a great way to introduce your pet to a non-toxic alternative to traditional medicine, especially when they are vulnerable. Here are just some ways CBD pet treats can help your furry friends and make them feel better:
A potent painkiller
CBD-infused treats can be en extremely functional painkillers for your dogs and can help them tackle bodily pains, tics or even serious tremors, which are quite common in some animals.
Almost two decades ago, a study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology proved that the endocannabinoid system was a key catalyst when it comes to pain. Studies have also shown that CBD can halt the absorption of anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter that helps ‘dampen’ pain signals in the brain.
They are relaxing
It has been proved via research done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that CBD reduces pain or anxiety in animals. Not only do their heart rates improve but they also display lesser behavioral symptoms of stress or phobia. It is important to understand that CBD treats are at their core, a relaxing stimulant that can help calm your pets for a substantial period.
If you own dogs you must have observed how excessive noise, abandonment, commotion, travel anxiety affects them; it not only causes them stress but they may also have physical manifestations of their anxieties like excessive barking, irritability, or even tremors. CBD soothes the otherwise unpleasant strains which they go through physically or physiologically.
CBD is anti-inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory painkillers help your pets relieve joint pains, stiffness, arthritis, and other ailments which are forms of inflammation. Did you know conditions like arthritis, irritable bowel disease are also basically forms of chronic inflammation?
It can help tackle cancer
Since CBD is so anti-inflammatory, it helps bring down the inflammation caused by cancer and may even stop the development of a tumor. A study conducted at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2011 argued that CBD can cause ‘programmed cell death’ which effectively stops cancer from spreading.
Another study done by the University of Naples Federico II in Italy showed that CBD can help rats fight colon cancer by stopping the malignant tumors from growing and spreading further.
CBD is antiemetic
One of the most helpful properties of CBD-infused treats is that they have antiemetic qualities which means they can help your pets deal with vomiting and nausea. Dogs, especially are more vulnerable to motion sickness, and keeping some CBD pet treats handy can help you when you’re traveling.
Studies suggest that CBD stimulates the 5-HT1A receptors, which are responsible for minimizing your pet’s anxiety. This helps your pets fight off their vomiting reflex and also substantially reduces bouts of nausea. Though using CBD as an antiemetic supplement may lead to side-effects, they are not as serious as the ones caused by traditional medicine.
CBD is an agent of homeostasis
As a pet owner, you always want your pet to have a sound balance in physical and mental energies, and you should be able to promote a more active lifestyle. Homeostasis refers to a balance or an equilibrium between bodily functions; CBD boosts this by maintaining a balance between different parts of the body.
What about the dosage?
While it is always advisable to consult a veterinarian before you offer CBD treats to your pets, it is not hard to determine the right dose for your pet size. If your cat or dog suffers from chronic pain, you can give them 1- 5 mg of treats for every 10 pounds of body weight and you can repeat the dosage every 10 hours or so. Be careful to not exceed the medium range of dosage (3 mg per 10 pounds) without a doctor’s consult.