If you’re here reading this, you may already know there are many benefits to humans using hemp derived CBD products. But, did you know that dogs can also see health and wellness advantages from hemp products in the same way that humans can, and for the same reason?
In this article, we will gain a better understanding of what hemp oil products are, how they interact with dog’s systems, and what dog owners are using CBD to treat.
Introduction to Hemp and CBD
Cannabis plants contain 60+, naturally occurring, active compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of these compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. It is important to note that CBD is a different component than Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the cannabinoid that creates the “high” feeling from marijuana. While THC can be dangerous for animals, CBD has considerable benefits according to most pet owners who give their animals CBD products and – aside from a slight drowsy reaction or increased appetite – most report no side effects from giving their dogs CBD oil. How do cannabinoids interact with dog’s systems and why do cannabinoids cause different effects? To answer this question, we must introduce the endocannabinoid system.
Dog’s Endocannabinoid Cannabinoid System
In the 60’s chemist, Dr. Ralph Mechoulam, Ph.D. isolated the CBD and THC cannabinoids and it was later discovered the endocannabinoid system has receptors that exist in canines as well as humans. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is essentially a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of processes including pain sensation, appetite, sleep, mood, and memory. The system consists of a group of molecules known cannabinoid receptors.
Endocannabinoids are the molecules that act as chemical messengers that bind to cannabinoid cell receptors and tell the body to do certain things. Dogs and other animals naturally produce endocannabinoids with the help of consuming foods like fatty acids found in nuts and fish. The 60 cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis also have the ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors. Although different cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) cause different effects, it is all through the same system that similar molecular messages are sent throughout the body. Put more simply, the molecules found in cannabis plants aid in a dog’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for many vital functions.
For example, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential acids that dogs don’t naturally produce enough of but which are important for healthy skin, fur, and general well-being. Most dog foods contain these essential fatty acids but CBD oil is rich in these essential acids, providing a healthy supplement to their diet. What other benefits can dogs reap from hemp derived, CBD oil?
Uses of CBD Oil
Although there has been no clinical research done on the effects of hemp for animals and we cannot make official medical claims, The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association did a study called “Consumers’ Perceptions Of Hemp Products For Animals” wherein they performed an anonymous survey of 632 pet owners who buy hemp products for their animals1.
The peer-review survey came to some telling conclusions. Among others, the study found:
Aside from the anecdotal medical benefits of hemp, there are dietary considerations as well.
While most veterinarians are reticent to sing the praises of CBD oil because of a lack of clinical research, anecdotal information can be cited to indicate CBD for dogs is an effective treatment for many of the same ailments humans struggle with.
The Healing Vet 2 – “Dr. Edward” – has witnessed in his practice many incidents of how CBD oil has worked to help his four-legged patients. Located in Australia, Dr. Edward has more than 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and prefers a holistic approach to animal care.
One dog owner says, “CBD Oil really makes a difference! We’ve been giving this to our dog for a couple of months now. We’re very impressed. So glad we found CBD!”
If you are looking for a natural way to help your dog, CBD Oil is a fantastic choice.
Kogan, L, Hellyer, P, & Robinson, N. (2016). CONSUMERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HEMP PRODUCTS FOR ANIMALS
The Healing Vet. (2017). About