CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in the hemp plant, a plant that belongs to the cannabis family. The special thing about hemp is that in contrast to the cannabis, it doesn’t contain THC, which may be toxic to animals depending on the dose, but is pretty harmless to humans. You can read more detailed information here.
Just so you know, THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) is what gives cannabis and marijuana their trippy hallucinogenic qualities whereas cannabidiol contains few to no THC. In fact, cannabidiol products like dog treats, oil, ointment, and creams, usually contain less than 0.3% THC. If they surpass this amount, they’ll be inflicting the law, making it illegal to use or consume.
Cannabidiol has become pretty famous recently because of its therapeutic properties. Although there are still doubts about whether CBD is actually capable of helping people with a variety of symptoms, and is even less researched when it comes to animals, people are still using it to treat a great variety of problems.
These problems include anxiety, pain, inflammation, insomnia, and even epilepsy.
Is It Safe For Cats?
Although there’s little to no research proving if CBD is safe for cats, there are still testimonials from users claiming that CBD is not only safe but effective as well. Of course, we are here to talk about the many benefits of cannabidiol products and the possible side effects. Whether you decide to use it or not, is up to you.
Talking about its legality, most states allow the use of it for therapeutic purposes. As long as the hemp was farmed in a legal farm, and contains less than 0.3% THC, it’ll be legal. Still, I recommend further research to know if cannabidiol is legal at your state or not. Also, thanks to its low levels of THC, it’s rather harmless for animals, and side-effects are quite rare, but still possible.
You can read more information on this website: https://www.thesprucepets.com/is-cbd-oil-good-for-cats-4686100.
Why Would I Want To Use It?
Well, CBD has become famous for two things: helping your pet deal with pain, and anxiety.
For example, some dog owners use it to support their dogs and help them cope with the stress that comes from fireworks when there’s a celebration nearby, on when new years are close. Others use it to help their pets with the stress that comes from a trip, and being inside a kennel.
I, myself, used it to help my dog cope with its separation anxiety, and it was rather effective.
Most pet owners purchase this kind of product to help their pets deal with the pain that comes from several diseases. In senior dogs, cannabidiol can be a rather effective way to help them with joint pain, and in some cases, it can even help them recover some of their mobility.
If your cat is sick, and suffering from pain, it can help them relieve some of it. In fact, there are hospitals that are starting to use cannabidiol to help their patients deal with the pain that comes from therapies and accidents and even chemotherapies.
It’s also a great alternative to help someone get to sleep, no matter if it’s a pet or a person. Sometimes I use CBD products to sleep, considering that I suffer from insomnia. And it has helped me quite a lot.
Still… What Makes CBD So Great?
Well, the main reason why people prefer to use it instead of using drugs is simple: side-effects are less nasty than the ones drugs usually cause. For example, most side-effects just include diarrhea, dry mouth and lips, drowsiness, and in some extreme cases, vomiting and loss of appetite. But these side effects are rather rare. In fact, in a study researching how effective CBD is to help people with epilepsy, they found that less than 12% of the participants suffered from side-effects, and they all reduced their epileptic seizures by 34%.
Where Can I Get Some?
You can check sites like the Holistapet official page. There I got the dog treats for my dog which really came in handy. Of course, there are other options, and you can always research for other places online.
Of course, research if it’s legal for therapeutic uses where you live!
In regards to the dose to give your dog, a personal recommendation is always to stick with a really small dose at the beginning, no matter whether you are using cat treats or oil. Start with a small dose, then keep increasing it until it works.
Of course, if you see some side-effects, like the ones we mentioned earlier, you should reduce the dose. That’s the best method to find the perfect balance.