By: Linda Jarret
No one wants to see his or her pet in pain. You feel helpless as your fur baby looks up at you. You can see in their eyes that they are hurting, but where?
The pain seems to be internal, and your veterinarian prescribed pain medication for your furry friend, but you are weary of administering drugs to your baby. You prefer a more natural, holistic approach for your pet, but you’re not sure what alternative will work for your pet’s needs.
When you are dealing with four-legged family members that are in pain, your stress level rises and, like it or not, this can be passed onto your pet. Now your buddy not only is in physical pain, but they are reflecting your own stress as well, and neither of you can rest easily.
If you can relate to these issues, Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, could be the answer.
CBD is found in cannabis plants, and this natural component is found to be most potent in hemp plants. Many pet parents may ask themselves what the difference is between hemp and marijuana plants, as both plants are in the cannabis family. While marijuana has a low concentration of CBD but a significant amount of tetra-hydrocannabinol (THC) (which gives it its psychoactive properties), hemp contains virtually no THC and a significant amount of CBD. CBD is known to provide amazing benefits to humans and animals, and it has no known toxicity levels or serious side effects that may come with prescription drugs.
CBD oil derived from hemp lacks the psychoactive properties that are often associated with the marijuana plant, so it can be given for relaxation and therapeutic purposes without any of the side effects that one might associate with marijuana or THC.
So, you might wonder, what are the main differences between hemp and marijuana?
The core agricultural differences between marijuana and hemp are largely in their genetic parentage and cultivation environment.
Early civilizations grew tall, sturdy plants from which they made a variety of foods, oils, and textiles, such as rope and fabrics. They bred these plants with other plants having the same characteristics leading to the type of cannabis we now know as hemp.
Other plants were found to have psychoactive properties and were bred solely for medical and religious purposes, which led to the unique variety of cannabis now known as marijuana.
Cannabis is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated crops. Throughout history, humans have grown different varieties of cannabis for industrial and medical uses.
Research studies and clinical trials have concluded many benefits of CBD both for human beings and animals. They are helpful in reducing pain, as well as aiding in the management of movement disorders, depression, and anxiety. CBD has also been shown to improve cognition and mental health.
Scientists, physicians, and veterinary experts are paying more attention to CBD, and have found therapeutic benefits in its use mainly for dogs and cats.
Keep reading to gain some insight on some benefits that CBD may offer to your pet.
-CBD oil reduces anxiety, a psychological state characterized by behavior, mood, and emotional changes, which can often lead to physical symptoms (such as shaking) in pets. You have probably noticed these changes in your pet when going to the vet’s office, or when you pull a suitcase out of the closet!
-CBD helps with pain treatment, and is gaining popularity as an alternative to pharmacological pain medications. While there is no risk of getting a lethal dose, it is advisable to follow the recommended guidelines featured on CBD product labels.
-CBD aids in decreasing chronic inflammation and combating autoimmune disease, and is more potent than Vitamin C and E.
-CBD can both stimulate appetite and speed healing after surgery or during illness, and quell nausea.
-CBD can overcome Irritable Bowel Syndrome which can cause long-lasting inflammations and outbreaks throughout the life of your pet.
-CBD can reduce the severity of seizures in dogs significantly without causing harmful effects on the dog’s organs. Moreover, CBD also works very well in drug-resistant epilepsy.
Changes generally occur within 5-30 minutes.
We hope this information helps you in understanding CBD and how it can help your fur baby.