The use of CBD dog treats and other products is becoming increasingly popular, and as an increasing number of states flirt with legalization, research into the field is growing.
CBD’s positive health benefits on humans is well-understood, but we’re only just beginning to see serious research efforts about how the compound impacts animals. We have a lot of anecdotal evidence, but until recently, there have been relatively few scientific studies that support or refute the body of anecdotal evidence.
Happily, that’s beginning to change, and the early research results are encouraging.
A recent study coming out of Colorado State University (Colorado researchers studying CBD oil in dogs) confirmed that CBD dog treats are safe and have few, if any side effects, but their tests did confirm that the quality of the treats on the market today vary widely in their quality, underscoring the importance of due diligence and careful research on the part of pet owners before buying the treats of a given company and giving them to their pets.
An unrelated study recently conducted by UC Davis corroborated these findings. Their research was interesting in that it did unearth some side effects, but on closer examination of the data, it was found that the side effects could be traced to the fact that some pet owners were giving their pets CBD-related products designed for human consumption. The reason this proved to be problematic is simply that human dosage is vastly different (and significantly higher) than the dosage recommended for pets.
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In addition to these most recent studies, additional research has confirmed what legions of pet owners and veterinarians have known and been saying for years. Just as CBD-related products have a raft of benefits where human health conditions are concerned, they seem to be broadly effective on those same conditions where pets are concerned.
As to particulars, the list of conditions CBD dog treats can effectively treat is long and growing. At present, it includes:
- Cancer (evidence suggests that CBD dog treats will slow the development of tumors, and in some cases, even reverse it)
- Pain management (including pain caused by arthritis)
- Anxiety (CBD dog treats have a notable calming effect on both humans and animals)
- PTSD (related to anxiety, as mentioned above, but PTSD also comes with a host of other symptoms apart from anxiety, and CBD dog treats seem to be effective at minimizing symptoms across the board)
- Reduces the symptoms of nausea (helpful in its own right, but also when used in conjunction with certain medical treatments (chemotherapy, for example) which often cause nausea as a side effect)
- Promotes and improves cardiovascular health by reducing the damage to blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and slowing heart rate slightly
- Is an effective treatment for seizures (including seizures caused by epilepsy)
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On top of that, CBD dog treats have anti-inflammatory properties and CBD itself is a powerful antioxidant and is actually more beneficial than vitamins C and E in that regard.
The bottom line then, is that the current state of research provides an important confirmation and adds legitimacy to the claims that pet owners and holistic Vets have been making all along, and that’s a very good thing!