We love our pets and don’t want to see them sick. One form of treatment that has been getting popular among pet lovers is the use of Cannabidiol (CBD). Research shows that CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. Pets including dogs, cats, fishes, birds, and reptiles also have an endocannabinoid system which works with CBD. The use of CBD products will restore balance and increase homeostasis in your pets.
According to research, many pet-related diseases are caused by Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD), a condition which can be treated using CBD. Although CBD has many benefits, pet owners are concerned about its safety. If you are considering giving your furry friends CBD, then you have to be sure it is of high-quality.
According to federal laws, CBD should be manufactured with industrial hemp. CBD is entirely different from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound in marijuana that gets people high. It is legal for hemp to contain 0.3 percent of THC. It does not have any intoxicating effect at this level.
The use of CBD for pets is gaining popularity, and there are many vendors selling CBD pet products from different brands. CBD for pets is usually sold in forms that pets will love such as edible treats. You can also get CBD for your pets in tincture form.
The American Veterinary Medical Association is yet to take a stand on how medical marijuana and CBD could affect pets. However, studies have revealed that CBD could help pets with anxiety, bacterial infections, epilepsy, inflammation, spasms, cancer, pain, and nausea.
The Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA) reportedly approves the extra-label use of human drugs as veterinary medicine. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has also authorized the extralabel use of drugs meant for humans on animal.
“Actual use or intended use of a drug in an animal in a manner that is not in accordance with the approved labeling. This includes, but is not limited to, use in species not listed in the labelling, use for indications (disease and other conditions) not listed in the labelling, use at dosage levels, frequencies, or routes of administration other than those stated in the labelling, and deviation from labelled withdrawal time based on these different uses,” an FDA statement defining extra-label reads.
If you are considering using CBD to treat your pets, then you should first consult with your veterinarian to ensure that it does not interfere with any other medication. It is essential that you ask your vet about dosage level when you want to give your pet CBD. If you get the green light from your vet, then starting with low doses is the safest approach.
If your pet is suffering from seizures, then higher doses may be ideal. However, but if it anxiety that is ailing your pet, then lower doses of CBD may be a better choice. Whatever the case, CBD is not toxic and there are only minor side effects from overdosing on it.