CBD for your pet? CBD is everywhere, in everything, even local gas stations. You’ve probably heard someone mention CBD, especially if you live with a chronic condition like pain or anxiety, or if you follow Kim Kardashian, who had a relaxing CBD-themed baby shower to introduce her fourth child with husband Kanye West.
As some states have been ratifying the laws around medical and recreational cannabis, the market has enjoyed an influx of readily available CBD, including CBD oil for your pet to treat pain, anxiety, and a number of other ailments.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. From things like CBN to CBG and a dense amount of terpenes in each strain.
Much like the use of CBD in humans, not a lot is known about how CBD oil for dogs works. According to the American Kennel Club, there have been no formal studies on how it affects dogs, only the customers that continue to purchase these products for their animal.
Quoting Mark Verdino MD and senior Vice President and veterinary staff at North Shore Animal League America.
“Does it actually help with pain, or does it just make them not care? We don’t know, but they seem to be less reactive to low-level pain stimuli, for example, arthritis and things like that, when they take the product. And certain anxieties, they seem less reactive to certain things.”
So CBD is non-psychoactive but has some of the same benefits as THC. This means you can take advantage of the benefits for your pet without the worry they will have the “high” associated with THC.
“The psychotic ingredient in it that makes people high is not present at CBD oil, and they’re not entirely sure how the CBD, the Cannabidiol, actually works to do the things that they’re claiming that it does,” says Verdino. “We don’t know, but they seem to be less reactive to low-level pain stimuli, so like arthritis and things like that, when they take the product. And certain anxieties, they seem less reactive to certain things.”
The doctor actually shared that he even uses CBD for his own dog, a senior who gets jumpy in the evenings, with the use of CBD he seems to calm down.
“At night time when the lights are dimmed down, it’s dark out, they don’t see it well in the dark, and he gets a little spooked. And when I give him the CBD, he seems to just go to sleep.”
The question is, how just is this working. Verdino says,
“So is it helping with the anxiety, or is it just making him drowsy? I don’t know, but it seems to help. So we have a symptom, and it helps with that symptom.”
Could there be risks? At the moment, we don’t know. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD for use in dogs (or humans) and has not issued dosing recommendations, repeatable companies such as Infinite CBD do have a dosing regiment for humans and animals, for humans, it’s 1mg per 10LBS of weight and .25mg for every LBS of weight for animals. They also say that going up to around 500mg in humans will make you drowsy
Verdino says if you choose to give your dog CBD, “I recommend people use a pet-specific product just so that they know that the concentration is appropriate, that there’s nothing else in it too… because look, this is a fairly unregulated industry.” Products include tinctures with a dropper that is easy to use to fill a pill pouch, such as Infinite CBD’s Dropper or HolistaPet who we are currently trying to get some of their fine products in our store.
With good reason too, as many CBD products are in a gummy form.
“There’s really nothing to prevent a CBD company from making it flavored with an artificial sweetener like Xylitol, which is toxic for animals”, I would also avoid these products myself. “I would definitely choose a veterinary-specific product, and I would choose one that seems to be from a more reputable manufacturer,” Says Verdino.
Bottom line? CBD products for dogs – whether oil or in a treat – have been shown to help with issues like pain and anxiety, but too few studies are available to conclusively say they will help. Talk with your vet about your dog’s issues and take the doctor’s recommendations with a grain of salt considering the studies for this plant haven’t really kicked off until 2018. We know more about every other substance on earth than this plant simply because it threatened the timber industry and now the pharmaceutical industry.