What is this CBD Oil that I keep hearing about?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. It primarily acts on the the brain and body.
Cannabis is extraordinary in that it is a complex plant that is identified in the Cannabaceae family. This means that it doesn’t get the user “high” but rather provides a plethora of benefits that range from treating anxiety to helping reduce inflammation and arthritic pain.
There seems to be so many benefits for CDB use, that it can often feel like it is a panacea. Many are skeptical but it really is a miraculous solution.
CBD is the plant’s second most abundant cannabinoid; first place goes to THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which generates marijuana’s distinctive high.
Over the years, humans have domesticated, developed and cultivated multiple strains of cannabis and used them for a variety of purposes.
Today, generally speaking, the two you’ll hear the most about are hemp, which is legally defined as cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% of the psychoactive THC, and marijuana (strictly speaking, a product rather than a plant type), which has more than 0.3% THC. Many CBD products for dogs are sourced from hemp.
To get a bit more technical, whole-plant or full-spectrum hemp extracts are considered to be the most therapeutically effective. In this form, CBD works in conjunction with other cannabinoids to produce what’s called the entourage effect: the result of numerous types of cannabinoids, each with a specific function, working together.
CBD Oil for Dogs
One of the most promising new veterinary drug therapies is cannabinoid oil also known as CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabis has been used throughout history and is now gaining wider acceptance both medically and legally.
Although the evidence is overwhelmingly positive, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your veterinarian (see below) and ask about the benefits of CBD oil and whether they believe it is a remedy for your dog’s ailments and overall general health.
CBD might very well prove to be a life-improving medication for dogs. Sniff and Barkens now works with one of the most advanced organic botanical producers of CBD oil. Please see our blog posts about the Sniff and Barkens’ farm.
It is clear that more work has been done to discover CBD’s effects on people than on animals—for example, at least 132 original studies have focused on CBD’s human-safety profile—but that tide seems to be turning.
In the future, we’ll look into questions of CBD and the law, delve into the role veterinarians can play in your decisions and provide a glossary of terms to help guide you through this evolving landscape.
Research is confirming CBD’s effectiveness in reducing or eliminating epileptic seizures, but until more work is done to support the growing body of anecdotal evidence, it’s difficult to say exactly what CBD can be effectively used to treat. Based on what has been reported, however, it can be helpful in relieving both acute and chronic canine pain and inflammation, anxiety, stress, noise phobia, vomiting, and chronic skin and gastrointestinal problems. There are suggestions that it may also have an anticancer property. CBD’s side effects, which are few, include sleepiness and an overactive appetite.
Your Veterinarian may be a bit cautious
Unfortunately veterinarians are prohibited from administering, prescribing, dispensing or, in some cases, even discussing hemp-based CBD with their patients.
For example, in both California and Colorado, medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal. But the California Veterinary Medical Association takes the position that, unless the state explicitly allows the use of CBD or medical marijuana for animals, veterinarians must follow federal law.
Vets who ignore this put themselves at risk of losing their license. Colorado veterinarians are not allowed to prescribe these products, but can discuss them and their use with their clients “as part of a companion animal’s therapeutic regimen … consistent with a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.”
To sum it up …
Although the regulatory environment is still in flux, it is clear that CBD has beneficial effects for both people and pets. There is a lot of evolving research that continues to prove the efficacy of the solution. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a message and look through our FAQ pages to get a better understanding.
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