Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has a range of medical applications and uses for humans, and there is growing anecdotal evidence that it can also be used on pets. Despite the widespread popularity and increasing availability of medical marijuana products, however, it is important for pet owners to thoroughly understand CBD oil before using it to treat their pets.
Basics of CBD Oil
CBD oil is an essential oil derived from hemp and marijuana plants. The plants’ buds, flowers, stalks, and seeds are typically used to formulate the oil, though the exact parts used for a specific blend of oil depends on the exact plants used and the extraction method. Plants low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are preferred for producing CBD oil, since THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive “high” effects of marijuana, effects that are not desired with CBD oil. The climate and conditions of plant growth and care also affect the quality, concentration, and purity of the oil produced. When choosing CBD oil to use on pets, the highest quality, purest, most reputable oil is best in order to avoid any potential difficulties or complications with tainted or mislabeled oils.
Using CBD Oil on Pets
There is very little scientific research documenting how CBD oil definitively effects pets, but as more pet owners try this alternative treatment, more anecdotal evidence and testimonials are advocating how effective it can be. Conscientious pet owners will review as much data and evidence as possible before choosing to use CBD oil on their pets, and will continually look for updated information on the few scientific studies that are underway.
With those limitations in mind, CBD oil has already been noted as helpful to alleviate problems such as…
- Anxiety, stress, and depression
- Noise phobias related to thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.
- Appetite loss
- Arthritis and joint swelling
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Skin conditions such as hot spots, rashes, etc.
- Hypersensitive allergies
- General pain and stiffness
Your Pet’s CBD Oil Treatment
How any individual pet reacts to CBD oil will depend on a number of factors, including the species and breed of pet, as well as…
- General health
- Severity of condition being treated
- Oil strength and purity
It can be difficult to determine the correct CBD oil dosage for your pet, and you should start with small, gentle doses to avoid any potential side effects. It is important to consult your veterinarian before starting any treatment, particularly if your pet is already on different medications or treatments. In some cases, CBD oil has reduced the effectiveness of other medications, and if this is a risk with your pet, other dosages may need adjustment to avoid any problems.
CBD oil can be administered to pets in several ways. Small drops could be placed on the tongue, under the tongue, or along the sensitive tissues of the mouth, including the inner cheek or gum line, for quick absorption. The oil can also be absorbed through the skin. Some manufacturers are also creating specialized pet treats fortified with CBD oil in pre-measured doses with flavorings such as bacon, peanut butter, and apple to make it easier to give your pet the medication.
It may take several days or weeks to see significant improvement in your pet’s health once CBD oil treatment has begun, and not all pets will respond in the same way. Monitor your pet closely for changes in behavior, temperament, or health, and discontinue treatment if there are no positive changes in the animal’s health or if any adverse reactions are noted.
It can be tempting to treat your pet with CBD oil, and proper treatment may be beneficial. By understanding the uses of CBD oil for pets and how to administer the treatment effectively, you can help relieve chronic conditions and discomfort to improve your pet’s quality of life for many happy years to come.