We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp products more for our own consumption. – John Adams
If you’ve been following marijuana legalization laws at all, then you probably already know what CBD or hemp products are. If you don’t, here’s a quick intro before turning to the subject of your pets: is CBD or Hemp right for your pet?
Most people know about THC. That’s the stuff in marijuana that actually makes you high. It’s got powerful psychoactive properties, and is the reason the drug is still illegal in far too many states.
Research About CBD or Hemp Products:
There has been some research ongoing for decades, but in recent years, the study of marijuana’s effectiveness against a variety of medical conditions has intensified, and as it has, we’ve discovered that the number of diseases the drug can impact is absolutely enormous. Hardly a month goes by that a new disease or condition doesn’t get added to the list. It is, in every sense of the word, a wonder drug, so the next logical question is why?
What is it about marijuana that makes it such an effective treatment for so many different ailments? Is it all in people’s’ heads? Do they get high, then somehow convince themselves that they’re feeling better?
The short answer to that is no: Cannabidiol Effects
As it turns out, the compound in marijuana that does the bulk of the “heavy lifting” where its medicinal aspects are concerned is called Cannabidiol, or CBD for short. Interestingly, while there’s compelling evidence that the combination of THC and CBD working together provides maximum impact, it also invites psychoactive impacts, which law enforcement, and some members of the medical community take a dim view of.
On its own though, CBD is still quite potent, and there have been numerous studies bearing out that products made with high concentrations of CBD are effective at treating a variety of conditions from helping to control seizures, to reducing inflammation, and more. This has given rise to an enormous number of holistic products, ranging from edibles to spray on oils, lotions, and the like.
You can check the Endocannabinoid System in Pets for more information.
While it’s true that there haven’t been many studies on CBD’s effects on pets, historically, we’ve seen that treatments that work on humans almost always work on animals too, and there’s a growing amount of anecdotal evidence that bears this out.
In the end then, it depends on what your pet is suffering from. If he has some kind of anxiety disorder, the aches and pains that come with old age, chronic pain from a former injury, arthritis, or suffers from seizures, then yes, your pet could absolutely benefit from some form of CBD treatment or hemp products.
The next question is what kind of pet do you have?
Obviously, using a topical spray on a dog with a long, thick coat is an uphill battle, but they make dog treats loaded with CBD, and this is the ideal delivery system for dogs.
For most other pets, getting some kind of digestible liquid and simply mixing it with their water supply would be the easiest way to get the medicine into their systems, and for some pets (lizards, hairless dogs and cats, etc.), the spray on oil might be the best approach.
If your beloved pet is suffering, don’t think that you’ve got to rely on overpriced, conventional medicine to make him feel better. There are other alternatives that are cheaper, safer, and have fewer side-effects, including CBD or hemp products!