It isn’t long that CBD’s love took over America, and soon it became available everywhere. Now you can find it online, at next-door grocery stores, cosmetic departments, and restaurants in the form of edibles, oils, tablets, and tinctures. CBD is seriously everywhere. But now CBD’s mania has gone one step further, and ‘CBD and pets’ is a thing now.
CBD is now not just a buddy of humans. Pets are also becoming its active consumers, and CBD products for dogs are filling up the racks of the pet corner in the grocery stores. If you haven’t heard about it before, you might be wondering if it is okay to give your furry friends CBD products> Or you might be thinking that I should also try it but don’t know if it works or not.
In either case, we have come up with everything you need to know about deciding whether you should give your pet CBD products or not.
What is CBD?
CBD – short for cannabidiol – is an ingredient derived from the marijuana plant. Yes, marijuana, you heard it right. But CBD doesn’t cause anything that is ‘associated with marijuana consumption.’ Unlike THC, the psychoactive ingredient responsible for causing signature marijuana high, CBD doesn’t contain any psychoactive properties.
In fact, its proponents claim that this compound contains healing properties as it helps them treat their various health conditions, including sleeping disorders, joint pains, epilepsy, and various other health issues.
But does it mean that it is okay for pets as well?
It isn’t that simple to answer this question. Let’s dissect this question and see what we can find out.
It will Not Make Your Dog High
One thing we know for sure is that CBD will not make your pet high. The reason is simple: CBD contains components that don’t react with the brain receptors that cause someone high. However, it does react with many other brain receptors, including cannabinoid receptors that give it therapeutic properties.
Health Benefits for Pets
There are not many clinical trials of CBD. But as some states are legalizing CBD for medical purposes, we are hearing some news of clinical trials on humans. But the evidence of the effects of CBD is collected more from animal trials. Like, studies have found that CBD may contain anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, depression relieving, stress pacifying, and neuroprotective properties that help in treating various related health issues in pets.
Is it Legal?
Marijuana is considered a schedule 1 drug – just like heroin and LSD – so FDA has not officially legalized its usage in any form. Despite these legal limitations on the federal level, some states are legalizing it. A part of this legalization is because the CBD included in these products is derived from industrial hemp that has more flexible laws because it contains little concentration of THC. So basically, giving the CBD to your pet is legal, and you can find these products from anywhere online and see yourself how it works.