As time goes on and more people are coming to understand the harm that comes from synthetic pharmaceuticals, there is a bigger push to find alternatives for healing. Interestingly enough, we have learned the alternatives have been around since the beginning of time which is why the CBD industry is beginning to boom! The more we learn, the more we realize the benefits derived from CBD products have been suppressed from us because “The Powers That Think They Be” could stand to not only lose a fortune in profits but also the power they’ve held over us for decades, if not, centuries.
While the interest in finding and going back to natural remedies for ourselves is accelerating, have we stopped to think about who else may benefit from our discoveries? Have we stopped to think that perhaps these amazing discoveries could quite possibly be an excellent alternative for our fur babies as well? That the synthetic “medicines” created for them from the time they get their first “vaccinations” to treating problems such as anxiety or seizures that our pets suffer from just as their humans do could be treated with the same natural remedies?
Well, lo and behold, they most certainly can!
Keep in mind, according to CBD experts, veterinarians cannot legally prescribe CBD for pets, nor can they “legally” bring up the topic as a method of treatment. However, they CAN answer any questions you may have to reduce any potential harm to your pet. The good news is there is nothing that can stop you from treating your pets if you live in a state that has legalized CBD on your own.
And so, without further ado, let’s answer the most basic question first…”Can CBD get my pet high?”
As stated in previous articles, CBD is the non-intoxicating component of both hemp and cannabis sativa plants. Unlike THC, CBD cannot get you OR your pets high if dosed appropriately. That being said, CBD can influence brain activity in pets which can lead to some of the potential benefits, such as a reduction in stress and anxiety. Studies have also shown that CBD products have a large safety margin for both cats and dogs. Multiple veterinary studies published have shown that, even if your pets are given high levels of CBD, they experienced no major adverse effects.
This poses another question, “How much CBD should you give your pets?”
As with humans, the right dose can vary depending on the symptoms you’re trying to treat. Because of this, you may need to experiment in order to find the correct amount and how often to disperse it. An example would be to start with a dose in the middle range and expect to see results within 30-60 minutes. If, by this time, there is no change, that would be an indication to increase the dosage.
So, how CAN your pet benefit from CBD?
The first thing to know is CBD works with your pet’s natural endocannabinoid system just as it does for humans. This could explain why CBD also treats a variety of the same issues that you, yourself, may experience including:
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Skin Health
- Nausea and Appetite
- Sleep & So Much More
*It’s important to note that, also like humans, every pet is different and not all cats and dogs will see the same results using CBD Products.
What types of CBD products are available for pets?
As we all know, our fur babies don’t take kindly to taking medication in the same way their humans do. So how do we administer something like CBD into their daily regimen?
Well, also just like their humans, pets love edibles, do they not? There are a variety of infused treats and tinctures out there designed specifically for cats and dogs. While either can be used, treats seem to be what they love most! For treating skin irritations or targeting specific areas of muscle and joint pains, topicals are available for your pets as well.
In the end, we just need to remember while we are in the pursuit of the best natural remedies for our own health and well-being, our fur babies’ health is just as important…they can, and most often will, benefit from all things nature intended the same as we do!