Is CBD safe for my four-legged friend?
Is CBD safe for my 4-legged friend?
While there is no definitive scientific answer to this question, CBD does have many benefits for not only you, but for your pet as well. Just like the human body, the body of a dog also contains an endocannabinoid system. It is within this system that the cannabinoids attach and help to maintain a homeostasis environment.
The endocannabinoid system has three components: receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids. These parts function regardless of whether someone uses CBD or not.
Here is an overview of each component:
Receptors exist throughout the body and are a substance to which endocannabinoids bind.
Enzymes appear in many forms, but only two types of enzymes break down endocannabinoids: and
Endocannabinoids complement the body by keeping internal functions running smoothly.
Understanding the effects of CBD involves examining the relationship between the receptors and endocannabinoids.
There are two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are responsible for governing coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other functions. The CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system, influencing pain, and inflammation.
After the enzymes break down the cannabinoids, the endocannabinoids look to bind with receptors. Researchers believe that CBD does not directly attach itself to the receptor but influences it in some way. Activating these receptors is what allows for many of the health benefits that people associate with the compound.
CBD can also influence non-cannabinoid receptors. According to Teaera Roland of Lotus Health, CBD modulates the 5ht serotonin receptor, which can treat psychotic disorders. It can also affect the TRPV1 receptor, which is responsible for pain and inflammation.
Now that you know the science behind it, let’s get to the part that you want to know in English!
Research has been done and has shown that a dog who suffers from seizures can benefit from the effects of CBD.
Maybe you have an older dog with arthritis; CBD is known to help calm inflammation.
Do you have a dog that gets anxious? Maybe from the sound of fireworks or other loud noises? Do they have separation anxiety? CBD can help to lessen this anxiety.
Maybe your dog is hyperactive? CBD can help to calm and soothe them so they can go throughout their day at a normal pace.
Is your dog suffering from an upset stomach? Again, CBD can help to alleviate this.
While there are many ways to administer CBD to your four-legged friend, I have found the best way is to apply a few drops to their food in the morning and at night. You can also find quality CBD treats for them to give throughout the day. (You are in luck; we make these too!)
Always check with your vet before administering anything new to your dog.
Links to Study Results:
- Forbes article on the CBD and Dog Arthritis study done at Cornell University: https://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2018/12/13/cornell-university-research-could-help-hemp-entrepreneurs-and-make-dogs-feel-better/#2f65985783c2
- The actual published Cornell University CBD and Dog Arthritis study: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00165/full
- Colorado State University release on the preliminary data from the (pilot) study looking at CBD as a treatment for Epilepsy in dogs: https://cvmbs.source.colostate.edu/preliminary-data-from-cbd-clinical-trials-promising/
- CBS News story on the CBD and Epilepsy (pilot) study done at Colorado State University: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/07/16/csu-cbd-oil-dogs/