You may have noticed all the hype surrounding CBD oils. Whether through your friends or veterinarians, or you read about it somewhere, the amazing health benefits of CBD oils are certainly worth noting when considering natural remedies for your fur babies. But how exactly does CBD benefit your pet?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the main cannabinoids (of over 100) found in the cannabis sativa plant. Sure - the word “cannabis” has for a long time carried a negative stigma, but thanks to CBD, one of its most popular cannabinoids due to its non-psychoactive effects (unlike its counterpart, THC) and the mounting scientific evidence of its therapeutic effects, it is finally skyrocketing in reputation and attracting the attention it deserves in the medical world, wellness and food industries.
Scientists are continually encouraged to research and explore its full benefits. Whilst clinical studies on CBD have mainly been on humans, CBD has shown to be just as effective in pets and has become a well-regarded area of clinical research in the veterinary industry.
Why CBD oil?
Pharmaceuticals are almost always available when our fur baby’s well-being is compromised, but often these pharmaceuticals can cause significant side effects. For pet parents, natural supplements and remedies that help support their pet’s health and well-being can be a heaven-sent.
CBD's high safety profile makes it an ideal choice as a gentle supplement that can really work wonders for your pet.
Hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil for dogs and cats:
CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant, whilst hemp seed oil is made from the hemp seeds and are rich in nutrients, as it provides a complete source of protein, are high in omega-3 fatty acids and contain many antioxidants, but do not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids
How does CBD work?
Animals produce natural cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids, which binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors and other receptors such as the serotonin, vanilloid and dopamine. Endocannabinoids regulates your pet’s brain, digestion, organs, nervous system and immune systems.
CBD molecules (phytocannabinoids) are very similar in structure and exert a similar effect at these receptors.
Benefits of CBD oil for dogs and cats
Due to the interactions at multiple receptor sites throughout the body, CBD oil have many positive effects on dogs and cats:
Dogs and cats can often suffer from anxiety, stress or even phobias, such as, separation from their owners, fear of fireworks, travelling and being in unfamiliar environments.
CBD oil can be effective in curing a variety of mental conditions and is a great way to help relieve these symptoms, as it stabilises their mood and helps them feel calm and relaxed.
Seizures in pets can be difficult to treat and sometimes fatal.
One of the best-known use of CBD oil for dogs and cats is its ability to help control seizures, tremors and spasms and even reduce them in the long run, due to being a natural anticonvulsant.
It is often that our dogs and cats will suffer from pain relating to injury, nerve or joint. CBD oil can be effective in relieving the pain by reducing the efficiency of anandamide absorption in their bodies (chemical responsible for sensing pain).
As our fur babies grow older, they may suffer from certain nerve damage which can cause arthritis and problems with mobility.
CBD oil helps reduce the rate of deterioration of some important cells in their body and can help ease the discomfort, pain, stiffness and mobility problems.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, CBD oil can be used to treat a variety of conditions.
It interacts with the immune system of our pet’s body to reduce chemicals which causes inflammation and can be effective in helping with pain caused by inflammation.
We all know that some dogs and cats have weaker stomachs than others, whether due to travelling or illness. As they age, they can also suffer from weaker digestive health which prevents them from being able to eat certain foods and thereby lack on some important nutrients that can greatly affect their overall health.
CBD oil can help your pet’s body be less reactive to feelings of nausea or vomiting and can also improve their digestive health.
Much like humans, dogs and cats can also develop allergies from the food they eat, their environment, insect bites or even medication. CBD oil is a great way to help boost their immune system by reducing and relieving the symptoms.
CBD can help your dog or cat relax and sleep when they are feeling restlessness due to pain, anxiety or illness. This is because CBD helps relax their body and supports their overall immune health, thereby giving your pet a more restful sleep.
Quite often, our dogs and cats may suffer from nausea or vomiting and a lack of appetite due to old age, sensitive stomach, underlying illness or general discomfort.
CBD oil has been shown to be successful in stimulating their appetite and relieving the sensation of nausea and vomiting.
According to some studies, CBD is believed to help slow down the growth of tumour and cancer cells. CBD can also be useful as secondary support for pets with symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments (ie chemotherapy) by improving their immune system and helping with discomfort, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
CBD oil is a great choice not just to treat illnesses, but also as a daily supplement to promote overall health and well-being of our beloved pets. CBD oil helps stimulate the endocannabinoid system for natural cannabinoids to work more effectively and in turn help your pet’s body rebalance to homeostasis.