CBD for animals: what we know (effects and precautions)
To see the number of light cannabis products flooding the market, the question of the merits of their use sometimes burns the lips. After e-liquids for electronic cigarettes, cosmetics and even food, here we are now faced with thecannabis administration, and especially cannabidiol, to our pets. Therefore the CBD for animals, wellness trend or opportunity real? The team of Weedy takes stock of what we know about effects real on our dogs, cats and other four-legged friends, as well as usual precautions.
Why consider CBD for animals?
Le CBD is a molecule naturally present in cannabis. More specifically, we speak in this case of cannabinoid. Widely consumed by humans for millennia, cannabis as a whole has relatively well known effects. However, we must distinguish the THC, psychoactive substance considered in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and in many other countries as a amazing, from CBD.
These two molecules, although very different, both act on the human body by activating the endocannabinoid system (SEC), a communication system involved in the operation of the immune system and nervous system. However, SEC is not only present in humans, but also in all vertebrates, as well as many other animals. Dogs, cats and most pets are therefore also cannabidiol reagents, like other cannabinoids.
Taking CBD for animals can therefore potentially act on each aspect treated by ESA (mood, motor skills, sleep, appetite in particular). CBD could therefore have a role to play in the event ofepilepsy, ofanxiety, stress or ofOsteoarthritis, and whether its consumer is human, canine or feline.
CBD and THC: effects of cannabinoids on animals
As in humans, animal SEC consists of cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, located in different parts of the body, and also acting on different aspects of the body. The CBD and THC thus act similarly on the CB2 sensors, operating mainly on the immune system. On the contrary, they interact very differently with CB1 sensors, acting on the nervous system. This is particularly why the THC is responsible for gliding effects, completely absent when consuming CBD.
We will clarify here for all practical purposes that, for these reasons, theTHC administration to an animal is, in addition toprohibited by law, strictly not recommended. This does not mean that THC is completely irrelevant to the medical world. Its psychotropic effects are however totally unsuitable for animals. Only CBD, a legal substance, is therefore considered here.
CBD for animals, what the scientific community says
The veterinary study led by Cornell University published in 2018 focuses on effects of CBD on canine osteoarthritis. The results showed a increased activity as well as a significant reduction in pain in dogs that have consumed CBD oil. In addition, no significant side effects were noted. A typical dosage was also able to be determined thanks to this study, which opted for a dose of 2mg of CBD per kilo, twice a day.
other scientific studies exist, they are however still only few. More and more detailed results would still be needed to draw general conclusions about the benefits of CBD in our four-legged friends. However, soothing effects similar to those encountered in humans seem to be confirmed.
Can I give CBD to my dog or cat?
The observation of positive effects of CBD in animals confirms the idea that cannabidiol is a molecule that can be useful to both humans and animals. Theno side effects known is also a reassuring argument, arguing a little more in favor of CBD. However, the lack of perspective on results, as well as the relatively small amount of scientific research available caution.
We have to put the pros and cons of taking CBD for pets correlated with what we know of medical alternatives recognized. The effectiveness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen in particular) is no longer to be demonstrated. However, they act in the short term and prove unnecessary for the treatment of chronic pain. Even more alarming, they are accompanied by significant side effects in many animals, especially when taken regularly.
CBD therefore seems a potential alternative serious about chemical treatments. It remains to encourage the establishment of in-depth scientific studies that may soon allow our dogs and cats to benefit from treatments recognized and adapted to their needs, safely.
What form of CBD for animals?
It goes without saying that it is absolutely not recommended (in addition to being irresponsible) to make a dog or a cat smoke CBD. Even though the product is legal, the practice is otherwise completely prohibited for humans. The ingestion of CBD flowers or other processed products is also not recommended. Do not panic, however, if your animal takes the urge to chew on a hemp plant: not decarboxylated, cannabis, even illegal, does not get you high. The CBD oils nevertheless impose themselves as the easiest and most gentle grip on animals. The dose of CBD is thus more easy to administer and stress associated with limited intake.
Precautions before giving CBD to an animal
In France, CBD is a completely legal molecule. However, it is in no way recognized as medical treatment. It is therefore important to keep in mind that, if CBD can help relieve our animals, it is not not considered a medicine. If you plan to give cannabidiol to your dog, cat or any other pet, it should therefore be done with full knowledge of the facts, and above all without relying on chance.
Each animal, each physical or brain disorder is different. The dosage, take mode and frequency, type of product (CBD oil, capsules, etc.) are all elements to take into account. Before taking action, always plan to speak to an animal health professional first. Your veterinary is for this your reference contact person. He will be able to inform you about your animal's metabolism and advise you on the best treatment options for his specific case. He can also give you professional advice on CBD.
Be careful also to take CBD for animals already taking medication, for any pathology whatsoever. Some Drugs interactions potential have already been demonstrated in humans, and could also be confirmed for veterinary treatments. The risks are not then linked to the side effects of CBD, which does not imply any a priori. However, it is possible that cannabinoids block the effects of conventional drugs, or on the contrary increase their effects, with a risk of overdose. Here again, consult a veterinarian who knows your animal well and its health is inevitable!
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