CBD and Its Benefits for Pets

By Laura Wilkie
April 5, 2021

CBD isn’t just making giant strides amongst human populations; its impact is also felt in the pet world and amongst pet parents. Today, an increasing number of pet parents are adopting CBD for their pets and you should too.

In today’s piece we shall be talking about the benefits of pet CBD and how they can be applied to your favorite furry friend. But first, let’s refresh our minds on what CBD is about and how it is able to help your dog or cat or horse, live better.

CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract of the flowers and buds of the cannabis (marijuana or hemp plants). Asides CBD, there are over 100 other cannabinoid extracts and terpenes that can be obtained from the plant. Unlike its sister extract the “famous” tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not cause a high. Rather, the substance has been noted to offer an enormous therapeutic benefit for both humans and pets across vast clinical barriers.

You would find CBD in various forms but the most common is the CBD oil or CBD Oil tinctures. CBD oil is quite different from hemp oil. Although both are derived from the same plant, they are products of different parts of the plant.

CBD Oil and Hemp Oil

CBD oil is derived from the leaves, flowers and sometimes stems of mature cannabis plants that have a max of 0.3% THC content. In contrast, hemp oils are made from cannabis seeds, which contain little to no CBD (or THC, for that matter). While hemp seeds don’t share the same therapeutic characteristics as CBD, hemp oils have their own unique nutritional benefits. Many pet owners use hemp oil as a nutritional supplement because it’s vitamin and mineral-rich.

How can CBD Benefit My Pet

Like humans, your pet dog, cat or horse possesses an endocannabinoid system. This system is in many wags responsible for the optimal functioning of the members of your pet’s body system, it controls systems across the Central Nervous System and cell systems in your pet’s body.

CBD is able to interact with this system positively to support it to perform optimally that way, it is able to help it fight diseases, repair broken or damaged systems and also provide an overall optimal functioning of your pet’s body system.

CBD can be consumed in oils or infused into your pet’s treats with many pet owners extolling its efficacy in the treatment of many pet conditions and in maintaining an overall super functioning healthy body.

Some of the symptoms that CBD has been noted to provide relieve from for pets include; 

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Arthritis & joint pain
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Digestion problems 
  • Nausea
  • Symptoms from cancer

CBD is also able to benefit your pets in the areas of;

Skin Health: CBD can help to treat all skin diseases that may affect your pet including eczema, rashes and hives, pruritus (itchy skin), sweet itch (summer eczema),and or insect bites. It is able to repair skin damage and restore coat shine.

A daily dose of CBD oil and the application of CBD oil on affected skin would result in an even, lush coat without blemish or damage.

Digestive Health: Research has shown that CBD is beneficial to your pet’s digestive health. Regular use of CBD can reverse digestive problems including chronic digestive issues like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), or the sudden onset of symptoms of allergies including diarrhea and/or vomiting. For pets with very low appetite, CBD can cause an increase in their appetite and also help in the digestive process.

Mental Health: Pets dealing with separation, anxiety or depression can benefit immensely from CBD. In fact, this is one of the most applicable reasons many pets owners have turned to CBD. The substance is able to induce calm and reset anxiety behavior.

In What Ways can We Find Pet CBD Products

Pet CBD products come in various forms. You can find them in Oils and tinctures, as edibles, or as skincare products.

Though each is designed for a different purpose, they all function together towards improving the health and overall wellbeing of your pet. No matter which pet product you choose or the purpose for using CBD, you would find it a dependable partner for the healthy wellbeing of your pet.

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