7 Myths (And One Truth) About CBD For Pets
Haters gonna hate! And when it comes to CBD oil, they frequently do. Unfortunately, not everybody is happy to see the CBD industry flourishing. Pharmaceutical companies and people who think the “devil’s lettuce” is taking over are quick to warn you against its many risks. We took a closer look at these supposed hazards and discovered seven myths, and one truth, about CBD for pets.
1. CBD will get my pet high
The type of cannabidiol (CBD) that is extracted for use in treats and oil for canine consumption derives from hemp. This is the male plant in the cannabis family and has been used for centuries in building materials, jewelry, biofuels and more. It’s seriously a super plant! The hemp that is legally allowed to be grown in the United States contains less than 0.3% THC, which is the part of the cannabis plant that gets a user stoned. Higher concentrations of THC are more commonly found in the female member of the plant family, also known as marijuana. The low levels of THC found in hemp (and therefore CBD oil for pets) is not enough to get a pup high (and that includes your tiny Chihuahua).
2. CBD will knock my pet out
Many people immediately associate all things cannabis with becoming dopey and sleepy, but CBD itself does not actually contain any sedative properties. It’s usually the other compounds inside the cannabis product (like THC) that have this effect. CBD works by affecting the endocannabinoid system in your dog’s body. Connected to the central nervous system, it regulates the immune responses and can have a drastic influence on how a dog is feeling and what symptoms they are suffering from. CBD oil helps your dog feel better at the source; sleepiness is only occasionally a side effect, and only occurs in some dogs.
3. Dogs can overdose on CBD
CBD is extracted from a natural plant and has very few side effects. There are countless first-hand reports of canines enjoying the positive benefits of CBD, from helping with anxiety over fireworks to relieving the amount and severity of epileptic seizures, but there have been no known reports of fatal overdoses in dogs from CBD or CBD oil. Although the studies have been performed in humans rather than dogs, the National Cancer Institute has noted that “because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
4. CBD comes from pot plants
CBD oil can be produced from different plants in the cannabis family. You can extract it from marijuana plants with higher levels of THC, but this is not the CBD oil that should be administered to your beloved pooch. The CBD oil used on pets is extracted from hemp plants and has many different applications; just don’t roll it up in a joint.
5. CBD is illegal because pot is illegal!
Marijuana can be purchased for recreational use in 10 states and has been decriminalized in a further 23, so it’s not really illegal like it once was. Even if it were illegal across the board, it still wouldn’t be a problem for dogs looking to get some relief through CBD. The Hemp Farming Act passed in 2018 federally removed strains of the cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC (that is, not enough for any psychoactive effect) from the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances. In doing so, they opened up the world of CBD to all 50 states in America.
6. CBD cures cancer
The short answer is probably not, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t help in other ways. The fact is that, at this point, there’s simply not enough research into the subject to abandon proven treatments for cancer in pets. What is known about CBD oil is that it has been used to alleviate the symptoms of cancer in canines, including pain and loss of appetite.
7. “I gave my dog CBD once and nothing happened, it’s a scam!”
All dogs are different, and yours might need more than the recommended dosage that’s printed on the side of a packet of hemp treats. It might not work the first time or with the first few treats, because you’re still trying to find the right levels of CBD for your dog. Stick with it and you’ll see the benefits soon enough.
And Finally, The Truth: CBD can help your pet’s quality of life
Ever since CBD became readily available, dogs all over the US have been using CBD to treat itchy skin, anxiety, and nausea on a daily basis. Every day it seems that a new use for CBD comes to the fore. Dogs suffering from serious illnesses like cancer, cardiac issues, and epilepsy have successfully used CBD oil to calm their symptoms. Maybe it’s time to put your dog’s pills away and try a natural remedy that’s been proven to improve lives with just a small dose (or more) with dinner.