The trend of using CBD products for pets is becoming more popular by the day owing to the various potential benefits your pet can experience from it. While initial studies regarding CBD have been focused on its benefits for humans, the applications for pet health have also been identified in the process as we share certain similarities with our precious four-legged companions.
Similar to humans, animals also have an endocannabinoid system that is a major part of the body’s nervous system. The ECS manages and regulates several basic functions and bodily processes such as appetite and sleep.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant and is often confused with marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects on the body. CBD interacts with the ECS and activates the cannabinoid receptors that interact with neurotransmitters to reduce chronic pain and inflammation.
Here is a detailed list of some of the major potential benefits of CBD products for your pet’s health:
It Has Powerful Painkilling Properties
Studies show that the endocannabinoid system plays a huge role in pain control. Clinical and preclinical studies have suggested that cannabis extracts can be quite useful at treating diverse diseases, especially those related to chronic or acute pain. Today, CBD has become quite popular for its therapeutic and pain-relieving properties. CBD also has several anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the pet’s body, resulting in reduced pain sensations.
CBD Is A Known Anticonvulsant
One of the biggest potential benefits of CBD products is their ability to help control tremors, tics, seizures, and spasms. Multiple studies have been conducted to prove the efficacy of CBD as an anticonvulsant and its ability to reduce the likelihood of seizures and convulsions among people with epilepsy. The amazing story of Charlotte Figi made headlines all over the world in 2013 when CBD-rich cannabis was used to manage her 300 weekly seizures. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted to find out how CBD helps manage seizures and tremors in both pets and humans.
CBD Products May Reduce Stress And Anxiety
Animals, much like humans, are prone to experiencing stress and anxiety at times. Various factors and situations that cause anxiety in pets, such as dogs, including phobias, separation from their owner, traveling in vehicles, and loud noises. Common symptoms that indicate a pet might be feeling anxious and stressed include persistent barking, aggression, chewing, defecating and urinating inside the house, and tremors. CBD has been shown to help reduce and manage symptoms of anxiety and stress, and can induce calmness and relaxation in your pet without getting them ‘high.’
CBD May Be Used To Treat Skin Conditions
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, which means it can be effective against various skin conditions. Certain behavioral traits in your pets, such as excessive licking or scratching, red skin, rashes, and hair loss, might suggest they have a skin condition that is causing them extreme discomfort. CBD can help calm down the inflammation and reduce the severity of the skin condition allowing the skin to heal without causing your pet too much stress. However, bear in mind that most acute skin conditions require proper professional care, and you should always consult the vet before using any CBD products to treat serious skin conditions.
Using CBD Products Might Help Wounds Heal Faster
Pets are quite vulnerable to wounds and often hurt themselves on walks or while running around the house and bumping into furniture and décor. Treating animal wounds as quickly as possible is essential before they become inflamed or infected, causing serious distress to your pet. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of CBD can also be used to accelerate the healing process of any bruises or cuts by soothing the surrounding skin and reducing inflammation.
CBD Products May Reduce Nausea And Improve Appetite
Recent studies have shown that CBD can be used to reduce and manage symptoms of cancer, such as insomnia, nausea, and decreased appetite. Similarly, it can help combat these issues when experienced by your pet. Animals can experience a loss of appetite for various reasons, such as poor digestion or poor immune system. Since CBD interacts with and triggers the body’s ECS, it can help reduce the feelings of nausea and regulate appetite, resulting in your fur babies regaining their desire to eat.
CBD Might Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases
When pets grow older, they are also prone to suffering from various neurodegenerative diseases — cases of dogs and cats experiencing various spine and nerve diseases along with degenerative myelopathy are quite common. CBD products may help reduce neuroinflammation, DNA damage, and autoimmune prevention, which protects your pet’s brain from toxins that can increase the likelihood of neurodegenerative disorders.
There have also been many further claims of CBD products helping the body’s immune system and ensuring your pet’s health. However, further research is required to conclusively prove these claims. But in light of positive developments in the field of CBD with each passing day, it is safe to say that CBD has a huge potential for treating, managing, and curing common health issues for both humans and pets!
About The Author
The author, Maisie Jones, is one of the leading experts on CBD products and has been actively working with various research groups to conclusively prove the various benefits of CBD products. She is also working in collaboration with Fur Babies Health to create natural and organic CBD products for pet’s health that are verified for potency through 3rd party lab testing. She also contributes to various blogs to inform pet owners regarding the potential health benefits of natural CBD products.
The statements made regarding CBD or CBD-based products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of CBD products for pets has not been conclusively confirmed by FDA-approved research. The products are not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease. All information presented in this blog may contain errors or omissions and is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from authorized healthcare practitioners. The author of the blog cannot be held responsible and/or liable for any errors or omissions. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any CBD product for your pet. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.