CBD has become quite popular in treating various health issues in humans. But did you know that it can also provide health-boosting benefits to your dogs--especially those who suffer from chronic illnesses? Here’s what you need to know about CBD and how it can help increase the health and wellness of your beloved pooch.
What is CBD?
CBD, also known as cannabinoids, is one of many compounds that are found in the cannabis or hemp plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis. Many times, when people think of cannabis, they think of marijuana and the “high” that can come from ingesting it. While this can certainly happen, it’s important to understand that it is the THC compound, not the CBD compound, that is responsible for creating that sensation. Unlike THC, CBD is not a psychoactive stimulus. Instead, it can provide your dog with a calming feeling while also providing pain-relieving sensations without harming them with potential intoxicating effects.
In a nutshell, CBD is a safe and effective, non-addictive therapeutic substance.
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How CBD Can Help Your Dog
CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, which is a group of receptors throughout the body--and the benefits are numerous. There are two types of receptors (CB1 and CB2) that are located throughout the body.
CBD has been known to:
- Relieve inflammation
- Alleviate chronic pain (body aches, joint pain)
- Reduce the viability of tumor cells
- Aid with treating side-effects of cancer
- Promote cardiovascular health
- Protect the nervous system
- Minimize symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Manage appetite loss and digestive problems
- Calm skin irritations
- Reduce the severity of seizures
Safely Choosing and Using CBD Products
CBD products come in a variety of forms. For dogs, the most popular choices tend to be edibles, oil, tinctures, topicals, and capsules. When it comes to oil, it’s important to remember that not all CBD oils are the same. Opt for an organic, high-quality product. Also, make sure that you only use a non-THC CBD oil. CBD is safe for pets as long as it does not contain THC. If by any chance your dog has ingested THC, call your vet immediately.
CBD for dogs is exactly the same as the CBD used for humans. The only difference is the dosage. The doses of CBD will vary depending on the size of your dog. While most products will have the recommended dosage on them, it’s a good idea to start with the lowest amount possible to see how your dog reacts to the substance. After you’ve observed your pet for a week, gradually increase the dosage until the desired effect is seen.
Ready to boost your dog’s health with CBD? Come visit Central Pet to learn more about CBD and purchase CBD items for your pet. Our staff is happy to walk you through all of the CBD products that we carry and answer any questions that you may have.