CAN I GIVE MY DOG CBD?
Many of us are either cannabidiol (CBD) users, or are thinking of giving it to our fur children. But a lot of you are curious about whether if it’s safe to give your dog any CBD product. Due to the higher toxicity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in dogs compared to humans, many cannabis products sold for dogs list cannabidiol (CBD) instead of THC as the main active ingredient. Research suggests that CBD has much lower toxicity and higher tolerability than THC in both humans and non-humans.
Most vets will agree that you should not give your dog an intoxicating amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Due to a plethora of reasons, but the quick and dirty version is that dogs will not enjoy THC the same way you might (or do), and it can actually be dangerous. So is CBD better? Maybe. And that’s about the best information you’ll get out of most vets.
The safety and risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD and has not issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help bring and maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
In addition, here are 3 things you may have not known about giving CBD to dogs:
- CBD can treat seizures and epilepsy. It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.
- CBD helps with inflammatory bowel disease. Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut mobility in inflammatory disease.
- CBD increases appetite and helps with nausea. If you have some trouble getting your dog to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite and carries this extra benefit, in addition to controlling cancer.
As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information floating around online. Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup so please consult with your veterinarian before supplementing your dogs with CBD and always consider risk vs benefit.
As an online informational resource, Releaf Apothecary is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.
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