Cannabidiol (CBD) for dogs continues to gain popularity, especially as the CBD and hemp industries make further legal strides. People all over the world use CBD for their dogs and other pets for a variety of reasons with the ultimate goal of improving their overall well-being. But as CBD usage becomes more widespread, an abundance of misinformation has surfaced. So what does the research actually say about CBD oil for dogs? Have there been successful tests? What are the effects or the benefits of CBD for pets? Below, we break down some of the available research to address these questions and improve your knowledge around CBD and its many uses.
First, how does CBD for dogs work?
CBD works for dogs in almost exactly the same way that it works for humans. Like humans, dogs have an endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of cannabinoid receptors, which help to facilitate homeostasis, or the state of steady physical, internal, and chemical wellbeing, in the dog’s body. The endocannabinoid system helps monitor and regulate several functions, such as pain response, anxiety, inflammation, mood, appetite, and more. When the CBD is ingested, chemical compounds and proteins bind to these receptors, which causes the endocannabinoid system to respond. Dogs with arthritis, decreased appetite, anxiety, and some types of pain can benefit from a CBD-stimulated endocannabinoid system.
Can CBD aid emotional health in dogs?
Accumulating evidence points to CBD being an effective way to help treat our pets’ anxiety. Whether it’s caused by separation, aging or is fear-related (loud noises like fireworks or thunder, strange people, visual stimuli or new, strange or uncomfortable environments), disproportionate levels of anxiety can become a disorder. CBD may make a big difference in the way your pet responds to their environment. An increasing amount of research is leading veterinarians and pet experts to offer CBD, included consistently in a pet’s diet, to help with the way that pets experience and absorb negative energy.
Studying the effects of CBD oil in dogs with arthritis
In a study of the pharmacokinetics (the study of administered substances within the body), safety, and clinical efficacy of CBD treatments in dogs with osteoarthritis (OA), a group consisting mainly of veterinary clinical scientists from Cornell University delivered some important results. The objectives of the study were aimed to determine and assess the safety and efficacy of CBD oil for dogs through a placebo-controlled study with a small sample size of “patients.” Their statistical analysis demonstrated that the administered CBD enabled a significant increase in comfort and activity in the home environment for the dogs with OA. Additionally, they were able to assess a favorable decrease in pain.
During the course of this study, there appeared to be “no observed side effects of the treatment” in the dogs involved, but short-term effects yielded very positive results.
Studying the effects of CBD oil in dogs experiencing seizures
In another study assessing the effects of oral CBD administered to dogs experiencing seizures, the dogs were split into two groups. One group was given CBD-infused oil and the other group received a placebo oil. The clinical veterinarians studied the seizure activity and adverse effects between the two groups.
Dogs in the CBD group showed a significant reduction in seizures, a median reduction of around 33%, when compared to the dogs in the placebo group. Additionally, no negative behavioral side effects were reported by the owners during or after the experiment. In the conclusion, this experiment called for further research to determine if increased levels of CBD would correlate to an even further reduction in seizure activity.
Though research is mildly scarce when it comes to CBD for dogs and other pets, what has been studied has yielded promising results. These studies are integral to the success of the CBD industry, and more importantly, to the well-being of our furry friends.
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