CBD is an exploding industry, thanks to the mounting scientific data that proves its effectiveness and, more importantly, safety, in treating a variety of health conditions. By 2024, in fact, the the best estimates by industry forecasters estimate that CBD could be a $20 billion product by 2024.
While the FDA waffles on approving its use, despite the impressive recent string of scientific inquiry into its use therapeutically that shows promise, many people have taken their health into their own hands. CBD is now sold in many retails outlets in a number of forms, including in cosmetics, in foods, and, even, in products for pets.
Across Multiple Species
CBD works in largely the same way across species. That is why results from rat studies are transferrable to humans. Any animal with an endocannabinoid system, which nearly all animals do, including your pet, can benefit in the same way from CBD as a human.
So what could CBD do for your pet? Chances are, CBD could help your pet’s health in cases of chronic health conditions. It’s important to note that the FDA has not approved CBD for either human or animal use, so keep that important caveat in mind.
However, despite the FDA’s reluctance to endorse CBD for medicinal purposes, the research shows that the compound actually has a number of noteworthy, potentially positive health effects on humans and their pets alike. Here is what the latest evidence suggests.
CBD for Dogs
CBD oil is now marketed across the US specifically for dogs. Products come in both tincture form (for adding drops to your dog’s food) or as CBD-infused doggy treats. When you are selecting the right CBD product for your dog, pay extra attention to the non-CBD ingredients list.\
If it contains additives, unnecessary preservatives, or is grain-based (wheat or soy), you may want to overlook that product in favor of an all-natural one without harmful additives. Manufacturers sell all-organic CBD products for dogs that can better protect their health.
Dogs need much less CBD to achieve the same therapeutic effects than humans. The typical dose for a medium-sized dog should be around 5 milligrams. Make sure the product you choose specifies the CBD content per serving.
CBD for Horses
CBD for horses is a legitimate medicine that can help with a variety of health conditions common to the animals. Among the many health problems that CBD can potentially help treat in your horse, some common examples are:
- Cushing’s Disease (Cushing’s Syndrome)
- Equine Herpesvirus.
- Lockjaw (Tetanus
Conventional medicines often do not work, require extremely high (and frequently unsafe) doses to achieve results, and can threaten your horse’s health with dependency and side effects. CBD, on the other hand, has no established safe limit. The World Health Organization, a leading global bureaucracy widely regarded as authoritative, has said of CBD that it is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”
CBD for Cats
Many cat owners have become interested in CBD for their cats, particularly for its anxiety-soothing effects on overly skittish cats. Studies have shown that CBD produces substantial results in anxious people, allowing them to feel more relaxed and comfortable throughout the day. Theoretically, the same benefits extend to cats.
CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD for Your Pet
CBD is packaged in two different forms called “isolate” and “full-spectrum”. Many new users may be unfamiliar with these terms and what implications they might have for themselves or their pets.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the more than 100 cannabinoid compounds that are naturally occurring in the marijuana plant. CBD and THC (the cannabinoid that gets users “high”) are the two most well-known cannabinoids, but there are actually many more. In fact, researchers are still busy identifying all the cannabinoids in the plant. Manufacturers that produce full-spectrum CBD leave all these cannabinoids intact.
Isolate, on the other hand, is entirely composed of CBD. All the other compounds have been removed. Isolate is a less common form of CBD, but it is preferred by some users who wish to filter out the other compounds in favor of CBD alone.
How do you choose which one is right for your pet? Each has its benefits and drawbacks, but full-spectrum is thought to generally exert more potent physiological effects because of the synergistic activity of all the compounds working together in their natural ratios. However, certain conditions like epilepsy might require more concentrated dosages of CBD alone, so if you are treating seizures in your pet, you may go for isolate products.
Companies that target pets for their marketing often produce both isolate and full-spectrum forms of CBD to meet consumer demands.
If your pet is experiencing chronic health problems such as pain, anxiety, depression, or nervous system disorders, consider CBD as an alternative to costly and potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.