Medical marijuana has been legalized in a few countries and states all over the world. After many studies, it has been found that the CBD component in the plant has medicinal purposes. Making it an effective natural holistic product that can relief symptoms from cancer, stress, seizures, acute pain, and arthritis.
Because cannabinoid products have been so successful in human testing, vets and scientists have discovered that CBD oil and treats have the same benefits too.
Even though cannabinoids have to undergo a lot of other tests, the extent of recent studies have proven that CBD oil can help relieve symptoms on a variety of medical ailments.
If you’re still a cannabinoid newbie, here is everything you need to know about it and why you can consider it for your pet.
CANNABIS VS HEMP VS MARIJUANA
There are loads of different names associated with the plant cannabis. Individuals use the terms ganja, weed, cannabis, hemp, marijuana, and joint interchangeably to actually describe a number of different things.
It’s important to understand the difference to know exactly what goes into CBD oil products that you might consider giving your dog. Cannabis is the name that describes a plant family that includes the plant marijuana and hemp.
This plant remains illegal in many countries. It can only be grown in humid environments. The distribution and sale of the plant is illegal.
Hemp is a species that is identified by sturdy and tall stalks, usually a bright green with 7 leaves. It has low levels of THC and high levels of cannabinoids like CBD. Cannabinoids are the properties used to create a variety of medical products like CBD oil and dog treats.
Hemp is a natural product that can be used to create a variety of things, from clothing to relaxing oils. It can grow in most areas.
WHAT IS THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical construction found in cannabis plants which has psychoactive properties. A marijuana plant’s flowers can contain THC levels of up to 14%. Compared to a hemp plant’s THC content that is only 0.05%-1%.
HEMP OIL VS MARIJUANA OIL
The main difference between the two is that hemp oil contains a higher concentration of CBD oil (about 18-27%). Compared to marijuana oil that contains only 10-15%.
Because of the high cannabinoid count, hemp oil (also known as CBD oil) assists with relaxation, soothing of pain, calming nerves and anxiety, as well as help with symptoms like vomiting and nausea. Marijuana oil is used by humans for recreational and psychoactive purposes and shouldn’t be given to dogs or any animals.
IS A HIGH LEVEL OF THC GOOD FOR MY DOG?
The most straight-forward answer to that question is ‘no’. Accredited and certified hemp dispensaries are allowed to sell products that have less than 0.3% of THC. Visit the official Holistapet site to get an idea of legal and high-quality products.
When dogs accidentally digest too much THC, they will suffer from extreme symptoms.
WHY IS CBD GOOD FOR DOGS?
CBD reacts with a dog’s endocannabinoid system (EDS), this system is the same within humans. Our EDS system is the one that has an effect on sleep patterns, hunger, pain association, immune system and many other nerve system reactions.
CBD reacts with two receptors named CB1 and CBD2. Once the receptors react, they can have a great positive outcome and affect a variety of neurotransmitters.
Read more about the EDS system here: https://www.healthline.com/health/endocannabinoid-system
Pets can’t communicate when they are in pain. Sometimes serious illnesses can go undetected for a great amount of time. Once a dog has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, the only way to manage these illnesses is by giving them a variety of vet prescribed drugs.
Many dogs have negative side effects associated with chemical drugs, and that’s why many owners have started using the natural alternative – CBD.
It has many benefits and can help with a variety of uncomfortable canine ailments such as:
- Diseases that causes inflammation like arthritis, irritable bowel disease, and other digestive system inflammation
- Acute pain from hip dysplasia, arthritis, or intervertebral disc disease amongst others
- Relieving symptoms of pet anxiety and stress
- Reduces frequency of seizures and epileptic fits
Watch this video about a woman who tested CBD oil on her dog for a week and witness the positive response of her canine.
The more we learn about the cannabis plant, the more evident it is becoming that humans as well as pets can benefit from it greatly.