As you would expect, general Cannabis research and specific studies published on its various cannabinoid molecules logically includes their effects on the animals themselves used in the lab experiments on cannabinoids.
So countless observations by scientists about CBD and Pets have led them to determine and publish data on these animals’ behaviors and physical condition when provided pet-sized doses (and multiples of doses) of hemp dog products for instance.
My intention here is also to provide my first post in our new “CBD For Pets” Category. Not only will I be writing more posts on CBD and Pets, I will be writing CBD Pet Product Reviews, and recommending Pet Hemp Products in our Cannabis Animus Shop.
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Herbal remedies for pets
Cannabidiol (CBD) works by activating and healing the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in all mammals which includes you, me, and our pets. The ECS interacts with every system in our pet’s cardiovascular, immune, and digestive systems as well as affecting relaxation and cognitive brain functions. One of the most obvious areas of impact is that of anti-inflammatory qualities.
More specifically, the endocannabinoid system is regulated by CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in higher numbers in the brain. And notably more CB2 receptors are found within the immune and endocrine system.
In short, all mammals benefit from CBD pet products that balance and regenerate the cells of their Central and peripheral nervous systems.
As most of you know, CBD is short for ‘cannabidiol’ and is one of 85+ cannabinoids that are found in the Cannabis plant. A cannabinoid is one of many natural compounds that acts on ‘cannabinoid receptors’ in mammalian cells that alter the neurotransmitter release in the brain.
The cannabinoid CBD (or CBD hemp oil) is 100% natural-safe, 100% non-psychoactive, and 100% non-addictive for pets as it is with humans.
All mammals have been determined to have well-developed endocannabinoid systems with CB2 receptors and similar architecture to our human systems. Both of our physiologies, health, and general well-being has proven to respond equally well to ingesting CBD regularly.
Powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects relieve humans and our pets by triggering and feeding our peripheral nervous system with what our nature wants most – cannabidiol and its related cannabinoids which produce anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic effects in all mammals.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, very high doses up to 1500mg of CBD in humans over extended periods have no adverse affect on “physiological parameters” such as body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. The same can be said of the observations by scientists all over the world using animals in their studies on CBD.
Most CBD for pets is obtained from hemp oil which contains only traces of THC (not good for pets), and pets respond very similar to humans when given CBD or hemp oil. There also appears to be no development of any level of tolerance to CBD in pets. All 50 States allow the sale and purchase of Hemp oil and CBD for pets.
The National Cancer institute which is a division of the National Institutes of Health has made it clear that CBD has been shown to possess anti-cancer properties in numerous clinical and scientific studies. It has been shown that some of the cannabinoids in Cannabis (which includes “hemp”) does kill cancer cells.
As an additional mention, the NCI’s findings conclude that when CBD (and even raw Cannabis) is ingested during chemotherapy treatments, this combined treatment is more efficacious at killing cancer cells and marginal healthy cells have higher potential for survivability.
• Arthritis – Apparently, cats have less medication options when it comes to managing their arthritis pain. CBD is an obvious choice as a better alternative to prescription medication for inflammation. It works on our pets just like it does for us with improved joint mobility and less pain.
• Asthma – A common inflammatory condition with our cats often requires prescription inhalers that can be largely replaced by a simple, daily CBD oil regimen over time and with the supervision of your veterinarian.
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – CBD is even more important as a preventative supplement as well because it has such effective anti-inflammatory properties. This is the way to reverse the syndrome in cats as well as their owners.
• Pancreatitis – Often herbal remedies and digestive enzymes for pets with Pancreatitis have been found to be very helpful. Addition of CBD should be delivered in the gel cap form for this condition. Consult your veterinarian.
• Visible tumors and Skin problems are often improved even when other medications do not work.
• Aids Digestion and will relieve Nausea.
• Calming Effect from injury, anxiety, phobias from traumatic events.
The hemp rawhides are terrific for your dog’s dental and gum health, as are the biscuits that are available in different sizes for different CBD pet treats. Although dogs seem to have the most variety, we will soon see more cat food and CBD oil for cats that are high CBD hemp oil formulas. Some all natural pet products include CBD. Hemp oil for pets come in the following forms:
Hemp Dog Products:
• Oral Tinctures
• Squeeze bottles (my favorite)
• Oral Syringes
• Oral Sprays
• Gel Caps
• Crystalline Isolate
CBD Dog Treats:
• Hemp Rawhide Chews
• Licks• Biscuit Bones
• Similar Chews of All Sizes
The CBD and its fellow cannabinoids are found only in Cannabis, and these are the only compounds known to man that work with these receptors in our bodies as well as our pets. And yes, cats too have evolved requiring CBD in order to maintain proper health and a balanced nervous system.
In fact, one of the most far reaching discoveries is that when these ECS receptors are activated by CBD, they allow for ‘two way’ communication between a mammal’s multiple body systems (Immune, Hormone, Cardio, Pulmonary, etc.). The significance here is that scientists thought that the nervous system was operating on a one-way communication model. So this is key my fellow pet owners.
This is perhaps the main reason scientists believe cannabidiol is so effective on such a wide variety of health issues that all of us mammals face. Apparently, once upon a time, we all got plenty of CBD from the Cannabis we ate and from the animals we ate who also ate it in order to survive and reproduce well.
Since you know that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, it’s only a matter of adjusting the formulas and doses to fit your pet. What you do is simply add high CBD hemp oil to your pet’s food. That’s where different product variations and formulas can come in handy.
Based on my research and that of other pet owners with whom I have spoken that give CBD to their pets, the ‘drops’ are typically the most recommended style of container and delivery method. A newer style of squeeze bottle available in different sizes holds a convenient amount and more importantly deliver a measured drop(s).
When it comes to dosing, first, determine which Category is a fit your pet. From this schedule you can make a determination about what dose to begin with your pet:
• 5-6 drops per meal for pets up to 25lbs.up.
• 10-12 drops for pets 26 to 50lbs.
• 15-18 drops for pets over 50lbs.
Remember to always shake the contents well in order to get the CBD that is typically held in suspension with common organic oils such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and olive oil.
It is also recommended by veterinarians to remain consistent for two weeks before increasing the drops. If the symptoms are subsiding, then there’s probably no reason to increase your pet’s daily dosage.
Prior to Dr. Ralph Mechoulam’s discovery of the cancer curing properties of Cannabis (THC) and subsequently deep research into the science of CBD and the endocannabinoid system of all mammals, there were no CBD or hemp products for pets.
Nevertheless, hemp pet products are improved by the use of herbal remedies for pets that have a long history of use. Following are 7 herbs that have been used pre-CBD discovery:
1. Aloe Vera – Commonly used by us for digestion and gastrointestinal symptoms, we also use it for its antibacterial properties and skin health… same for our companion animals.
2. Calendula flowers are used to treat cuts and abrasions. It is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties can be used to create a tonic for an antiseptic wash or poultice for nasty open wounds.
3. Ginger can be used in the same way as calendula flowers, and also relieves your pet’s upset stomach.
4. Goldenseal also same as above, but can be used to clean and disinfect your pet’s weepy or infected eyes.
5. Milk Thistle promotes liver health, and can be used to cleanse the pet’s liver from prescription medications.
6. Valerian Root can be used to treat a hyperactive dog as well as a treatment to remove parasites.
7. Chamomile is also a natural relaxant for pets.
Scientific evidence from Cannabis research animals themselves ranging from mice and rats to monkeys demonstrates that the non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid, flavonoids, polyphenols, and terpene profiles extracted from the hemp plant (Cannabis ruderalis) appear to have a number of health benefits when used daily on companion animals as well.
As responsible pet owners, we hope you find the information provided above helpful in promoting more knowledge of the benefits of CBD and pets. And as a responsible author, I highly recommend you use this information to promote a higher level dialogue with your veterinarian and recommend regular visits.
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