Is CBD Oil A Miracle Medicine For Pets?
There’s no doubt that CBD oil use, for people and pets, is on the rise.
Due to its ability to help treat a vast array of illnesses, and with little to no real side-effects, it comes as no surprise that it is routinely called a ‘miracle’ medicine.
CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike cannabis, it will not have a ‘high’. There is no euphoric effect. The effect it does have, however, is considered to have significant medical benefits.
The wide range of problems that CBD oil has been shown to help, according to the National Centre of Biotechnology Information, includes:
- Chronic pain
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disorder
- Migraine cluster and other headaches
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Allergies or asthma
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Lung conditions
- Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s disease
But that’s for people. We want to know if CBD oil helps our pets?
There are many studies on the multiple benefits of CBD oil use for people. But for our lovely pet family there is, as yet, very little.
What little there is certainly looks extremely promising and if the CBD oil use benefits in people are anything to go by our pets may get as many benefits from its use as we do.
A study by Cornell University into the use of CBD in dogs with arthritis indicates to may be beneficial in relieving pain.
Another study, this time by Colorado State University, which looked at the ‘efficacy of CBD for treatment of epilepsy in dogs’ was found to be ‘very promising’ according to neurologist Dr Stephanie McGrath.
Some Veterinarians already recommend CBD for its potential therapeutic quality. The internationally recognised, Dr Tim Shu, founder of VETCBD, believes it can provide relief from a wide variety of physiological and neurological conditions.
He said: “It’s helpful for pain, especially chronic pain like we see in arthritis. “It has anti-anxiety properties which are beneficial for animals suffering from separation or noise anxiety.”
Dr Shu added that CBD oil has ‘well-known anti-nausea and appetite stimulating properties which benefit animals suffering from diseases which cause nausea or appetite loss such as kidney disease, chronic gastrointestinal conditions and cancer’.
CBD And Dogs
Unfortunately, for cat lovers, snake lovers, and various other pet lovers, the only real research and treatment using CBD has been on dogs.
For dog owners this is great news of course. What is even better news is the apparent effectiveness of CBD on our little canine buddies woes and ailments.
CBD has been shown to be effective in helping with pain management, arthritis, anxiety, and seizures.
The Colorado study by Dr McGrath saw CBD having a success rate of 89% in the reduction in the frequency of seizures with dogs with epilepsy. Such was the success of the study that McGrath called it ‘promising’ and ‘exciting’.
She believes that CBD could, in the future, be seen as ‘an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs’.
Like with people, CBD use in pets appears to have a wide and varied potential.
Side-Effects Of CBD In Dogs
Like any medical treatment there is always a possibility for an adverse reaction or side-effect. Thankfully, with CBD oil, even in dogs, these are fairly minimal.
According to Dr Shu ‘the potential side effects of CBD are rare and very mild. ‘GI upset and fatigue.’
With a potential for side effects that are ‘rare and very mild’ and a massive potential to be able to treat a whole array of illnesses, it could safely be argued that CBD oil is a miracle medicine for pets, well, dogs for sure. Why don’t you do your dog a favour the next time it is ill and give this increasingly popular treatment a go.