Since cannabidiol (CBD) has become so popular in the United States, many people have been finding the wonderful benefits it has on the human body. A lot of these benefits may include helping with things like anxiety, inflammation, pain, and much more. CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system to achieve homeostasis.
The endocannabinoid system controls the body’s physiological processes like mood, appetite, memory, focus, and much more. This system already naturally produces cannabinoids within our bodies, but CBD helps keep everything in balance.
So if CBD has so many benefits for humans, does it work for animals like dogs? Short answer, yes. Any animal that has a vertebra has an endocannabinoid system. When a dog consumes CBD, it will work with its endocannabinoid system to provide the same benefits it does with humans. Dogs can easily consume CBD either through tasty CBD dog treats or even CBD oil for pets.
This article will go over the top reasons for how CBD can be beneficial for our beloved dogs.
Has your dog even gotten very anxious and sad just because you’re leaving the house? Through research, CBD has anti-anxiety properties that may help with your dog’s separation anxiety. Just a few CBD dog treats or a couple of drops of CBD oil 10 minutes before you are about to leave can help your furry friend relax.
A lot of older dogs can get the same type of arthritis and pain that humans do. This, of course, can cause your dog much discomfort because your dog’s joints and muscles are very inflamed from arthritis. CBD also has anti-inflammation properties that may reduce the inflammation and pain that is caused by arthritis.
The life of being a dog can get very rough! Sometimes our pets can experience pain. CBD has been shown through research that it can significantly reduce pain. So giving your dog even a few drops of CBD oil can help relieve their pain very much.
Epilepsy and Seizures
It’s not uncommon for a dog to get diagnosed with epilepsy. Many dogs can experience scary seizures that worry us as pet owners. Research shows that 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. There are medications that can help out with your dog’s seizures, but many of them can be very damaging to their organs. CBD can be a natural alternative with no negative side effects. There have been studies done on epilepsy patients using CBD and over 80% of them reported that CBD significantly reduced their seizures.
Sometimes your dog does not have an appetite and they’re having trouble eating. Research done by the National Cancer Institute has reported that CBD can really help increase a person’s appetite. This works the same for dogs so giving them some CBD before their meals can help them eat.
Our dogs can get nauseous from little things like riding in a car. Studies have shown that giving your dog CBD can get rid of nausea that can cause vomiting.
As discussed at the beginning of this article, when CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, it helps achieve homeostasis. Our dogs can experience a lot of the same problems we have as humans so CBD can help keep their physiological processes balanced.
In some unfortunate situations, our dogs can develop cancer. Usually, the treatment will be chemotherapy, but chemotherapy can have some big negative side effects. These side effects can include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Research has shown that CBD has some anti-cancerous effects on the body. CBD can help slow the growth of cancer and tumors. It is reported that CBD can work this way because it increases the absorption rate of chemotherapy agents. It also protects healthy cells at the same time.
In recent studies, CBD has been shown to help with neurodegenerative diseases and even protect the nervous system. Many dogs can experience spine issues that mess with their nervous systems. CBD has antioxidative properties that can protect the central nervous system and brain from neurotoxicity. It is especially beneficial for senior dogs that are aging because CBD can prevent cell death in the brain caused by toxins.
Is your dog very active and sometimes restless? Sleep is definitely essential for your dog’s physiological processes working smoothly because they are all regulated by your body’s endocannabinoid system. CBD has shown it can help with the much-needed sleep your dog needs.
More research still needs to be done to discover more in-depth about the benefits CBD has to offer, however, reviews from many dog owners can confirm its intended benefits are working. Since CBD works with a body’s endocannabinoid system for humans and any animal with vertebrae, you can use it for all the same benefits it provides for humans. When searching for CBD products for your dog, make sure to always look for lab test reports (COA’s). This should be easily available to find and look at on any credible CBD company’s website.
This will ensure that you are using a safe and real CBD product. Also, it is good to keep an eye out for QR codes on a CBD product’s packaging. Scanning the QR code with your smartphone’s camera should bring you to the company’s lab test results page. Another thing to keep in mind is the dosage. For smaller sized dogs, they only need a little bit of CBD around 1-10mg depending on their weight, usually 40 pounds and under.
For larger sized dogs around 50 pounds or more, a higher dosage would be better and more effective to get the desired results. The best method to start with dosage is “low and slow”. This means to start with a lower dosage and slowly increase the dosage until you get the desired effects you want. Finding the correct dosage is called “finding your sweet spot” which is the perfect dosage your body’s endocannabinoid system needs.