Is CBD Safe For Our Pets?
While there is plenty of anecdotal data to get us pet parents thinking CBD is a good thing for our four-legged family member, we don’t have much to go on when it comes to dosing, safety and efficacy information.
The good news is, the limited research that has been done, shows CBD is safe for our pets to consume, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. And, regular dosing has been found to support their endocannabinoid systems by offering relief of inflammation, anxiety, and much more.
With the Hemp Farm Bill soon to be law (let’s keep our fingers crossed), hemp will no longer be considered a schedule 1 drug, which will make hemp more available for scientific research here in the US.
Like humans, dogs have cannabinoid receptors, which means there is a scientific basis to think that CBD could help the same ailments for dogs as it does for humans. To this effort, a few studies have been conducted and the results are positive.
- Published in the ‘Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’ was a survey of 632 people. 72% reported using or having used a hemp product for their dog, 64% felt it help their pets.
- A recent study found that CBD (cannabidiol) oil can increase comfort and activity in dogs with Osteoarthritis (OA) and multi-joint pain. This study conducted at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine determined that a 2mg/kg of CBD oil, twice daily, can help increase comfort and activity levels in dogs with OA. 8/28/18 – Published by American Veterinarian; written by Kerry Lengyel.
- Dr. Stephanie McGrath, Veterinary Neurologist at CSU, conducted a recent study at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and found the use of CBD “to be beneficial for dogs with epilepsy.” Her team also conducted 2 additional clinical trials in canine epilepsy and osteoarthritis, and although no results are available yet for the arthritis study, the epilepsy results are promising; 89% of dogs in these clinical trials show a reduction in the frequency of seizures. 9/3/18 – Published by The Collegian; written by Charlotte Lang
The key is to purchase full-spectrum CBD oil extracted from Hemp (.03% or less THC); lab tested to ensure it is free of any harmful residues left by the extraction process and free from all contaminants and to confirm potency.
Be a good pet parent and check out the Phyto Animal Health’s Vitality CBD oil for dogs, cats, and horses. Your pet will thank you and maybe even cuddle up with you tonight.