Is CBD safe for pets?
It’s a great question; is CBD safe for pets? the answer is Yes, however, we cannot create a pet range. Why? let’s look into it.
Interestingly, the Veterinary world is the only space in the UK you can refer to CBD Oil as ‘Medicine’.
CBD is a Medicine
CBD for Pets is classed as a ‘Veterinary Medicinal Product’ currently no one in the UK is licenced for Animal CBD products.
Subsequently, only a Vet could prescribe it, That is if indeed a licenced product existed.
At present, Big Chief Hemp is unable to craft you an animal CBD Oil product.
But let’s look at the idea of CBD for your pets.
Endocannabinoids Naturally occurring Receptors present in every Mammal
Let’s consider how CBD works with your endocannabinoid system (ECS for short).
Endocannabinoids also referred to as ‘endogenous cannabinoids’, are a bunch of neurotransmitters.
They send out signals to regulate the body. We have CB1 and CB2 receptors receiving the signals.
Cannabinoid receptors are present in your brain and body and these are the most abundant receptors in the human brain.
The ECS regulates a whole host of operations within your body such as:
- serotonin levels
- immune responses
It’s the master controller of your bodily functions
everything with a spine
CBD does work for our pets in the same way it works for humans. CBD is safe for Dogs, Cats horses etc. In a much lower dose for our house pets.
In a lab, mice were administered huge doses of CBD. It presented problems to the liver in a mouse (however, it was given a Huge dose).
As recently as the 1940s it was a large staple of their diet, most of our livestock consumed hemp.
Most farm animals would be fed on straw and hemp as most farmers had to grow the crop.
Cannabinoid receptors are the most abundant receptors in the brain
In the reign of King Henry, the 8th. A law was passed in 1535. The law decreed ‘for every 60 acres farmers owned, at least a quarter of an acre has to be dedicated to the sowing of hemp.
Such was the huge demand for hemp bi-products, rope and sails.
It seems, there was such an abundance of hemp, it makes perfect sense animals and humans consumed it as part of their diet. Hemp was such a valuable commodity; it was used as currency to pay debts.
Cannabinoids have been consumed for centuries.
Is CBD Oil safe
At present, we don’t have much scientific evidence for CBD and pets, but we do have one or two studies.
In addition, we have anecdotal evidence from owners. They report
- pain relief
- relief from arthritis
- an increase in appetite
- less anxiety in their furry friends.
This is almost proven by the UK science world.
There is a theory, that CBD Oils will treat most conditions in pets the same as it does for humans such as epilepsy and IBS pain.
A study: Safety of CBD Oil with our pets
A study in Colorado ‘Seeking the Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs.
It was a randomised, placebo-controlled experiment. An owner and veterinarian double-blind, cross-over trial.
Twenty-two dogs had been X-rayed and confirmed to have osteoarthritis.
The dogs; depending on their size were given 2mg and 8mg doses over a 24hour period.
Our scientists observed an increase in activity and a decrease in pain. The news is looking good!
we currently use NSAID's
So CBD would be a gentle alternative for the stomach.
We currently use NSAIDs (Ibuprofen) to treat osteoarthritis but this is known to have awful effects on our dog’s tummy and affects their kidney function.
In addition to reporting the good stuff, Side effects have been reported, as well as benefits.
- It may cause drowsiness in dogs.
- Dry mouths have also been reported.
- High doses have temporarily lowered blood pressure.
If your pets are using prescribed medication by their Vet. It is best to avoid CBD.
CBD can interfere with the medication, the reason being, that the medications may use the same pathways.
Always consult your Vet before you give your pets CBD.
Is CBD safe for pets? The answer is yes