Can Dogs Benefit From CBD Oil

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid which can be extracted from both hemp and cannabis plants. It is known to have a number of health benefits for humans, promoting better wellbeing and helping humans to feel calmer and sleep better. It can help to reduce inflammation and relieve chronic pain. It does all those things while being non-toxic, and non-addictive.

The many benefits of CBD have led to people wondering if it would have beneficial applications for pets, including cats and dogs. To date, there is limited evidence for either argument. Clinical trials into the use of CBD oil for dogs are limited, and because of this most vets would be reluctant to prescribe CBD. They are required to treat their client’s beloved pets with treatments that have a sound evidence base behind them. Many, if pushed, will acknowledge that CBD is safe, however, and will encourage its use as a home remedy.

Dogs and THC (the psychoactive part of marijuana) do not get on, so do not ever give your dog edibles or allow them to get near your medical marijuana stash. CBD is not psychoactive, and there has been no recorded toxic events in pets. Using a couple of drops of CBD oil in wet pet food could be beneficial for a dog that is nervous or anxious, or one that has been diagnosed with arthritis and is not doing well on conventional treatments.

Whatever you do, make sure that you keep up to date with the shots your dog needs and that you take it to the vet if it appears unwell. If an ailment is not getting better on its own then it is vital that you seek professional medical advice. Do not try to manage medical conditions on your own. That is what the vet is for.