Cannabidiol or CBD is a molecule derived from cannabis plants. It is a cannabinoid like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, but CBD does not have intoxicating effects. Much research has been conducted on CBD and its effects in humans for conditions such as anxiety, cognition, pain, and movement disorders. Although studies have yet to establish CBD’s effectiveness for these conditions, many people believe that it is effective in the relief of pain and inflammation. Dogs and humans both have an endocannabinoid system that presumably responds to CBD oil in the same way, beginning the question: Is there a difference between pet CBD oil and human CBD oil?
What Does the Research Say?
Within the past decade, there have been several studies exploring the effects of CBD in dogs, particularly for conditions such as epilepsy and the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Currently, there are no registered veterinary medical products derived from CBD-rich hemp products. As with human CBD oil products, there are various over-the-counter products available asserting the effectiveness of CBD oil, especially for pain relief, inflammation, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety.
Isn’t What’s Good for the Human Also Good for the Pet?
You may be wondering if it’s necessary to buy CBD products specially formulated for pets. Here are some things to consider:
- THC: Some human CBD could have added THC, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. The importance of THC-free CBD for pets cannot be overstated.
- Xylitol: There are other ingredients in human CBD products that are potentially toxic for pets, including Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can cause hypoglycemia, leading to seizures, trembling, and even death for your fur baby.
- Essential oils: Oil extracts from food flavorings such as citrus, peppermint, and cinnamon, can be dangerous for canines, whether ingested or taken topically.
- Unnecessary fillers and additives: Many products for human ingestion contain products affecting texture, shelf life, and more. What may be harmless to you, may be dangerous for a pet.
What Else Should I Consider?
A pet CBD product might be flavored in a way to make it more palatable for dogs and other animals. Pets are often smaller or larger than humans, so consider the concentration of CBD in a product. Pet-specific CBD products usually come in doses that are easier to adjust based on size. Talk to a veterinarian before you start a CBD regimen for your pet.
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