Like humans, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body including the
- Immune Cells
Because pets assimilate CBD similarly as humans, scientific evidence indicates CBD could be a reliable therapy for many conditions in pets.
Sharing the same metabolic pathways as prescription drugs, naturally occurring plant derived CBD has been found to calm inflammation and relieve pain in pets.
CBD cannabinoids bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system to restore balance in the body. With such a wide range of receptors, CBD has the potential to greatly improve quality of life from skin conditions to anxiety to possibly treating seizures and cancer in pets
In one study, 80% of participants reported improved mobility and pain relief when dogs were given doses ranging from 2 – 8 mg of CBD oil per kg of body weight.
Breed, size, and weight will help determine dosage of CBD for your pet. Always start at the lowest recommended dosage and gradually increase.
Broad spectrum CBD oil is preferred over CBD isolate as it contains other beneficial cannabinoids which work together with CBD.
The hemp and CBD market for pets is taking off with many companies producing a range of products in the form of treats, oils, and creams. Concentration of CBD in products varies by company, and should be clearly stated on the label.
Reputable companies will provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) usually on the label, but one can also check their website. The COA ensures their products are tested for heavy metals such as lead or pesticides, and microbes such as salmonella or E. coli.
Hemp is considered a nutritional supplement that is full of omega fatty acids and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). These support allergies, mobility, skin, digestive and weight management in your pets.
CBD itself is safe for pets, but be aware that some pets may have an adverse reaction, especially if given high doses to start.
Symptoms that would indicate your pet may be reacting adversely would include:
- Excessive panting
- Loss of balance
- Dripping urine
Check that the product doesn’t contain any THC, which is derived from Cannabis marijuana and which can be harmful for pets due to its psychoactive interactions. Always seek veterinary advice if you’re concerned.
Though the benefits of Hemp and CBD are still being discovered, there’s enough evidence of its healing properties to make it an option for treating your pets.
Bleu Organic has also joined the green movement for pets to offer the best to our dearly beloved fur-babies in the way of natural alternatives. Our USDA Certified Organic CBD Oil Pet Tincture and Beef Flavored Pet Chews are THC-free and third-party lab tested for purity and potency to ensure your peace of mind.