Like it or not, there’s a stigma associated with drugs, even relatively mild ones like marijuana, and that stigma follows spin-off products associated with them. Take CBD oil and hemp treats, for example. Both of these categories of products have enjoyed robust growth as marijuana has become legal in a growing number of states, but a lot of people still have misgivings about them, and a lot of that stems from the stigma of being associated with marijuana.
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Here’s the reality: CBD or hemp pet treats and oils don’t really have much in common with marijuana at all, and they certainly won’t make you or your pet high. That’s because CBD is not psychoactive like THC is (which is the cannabinoid that gives you the “high”).
Even knowing this, some people still have misgivings. Although the body of research on the topic of CBD is still quite small, here’s a quick summary of what we know:
Hemp Treats: Potential Side Effects
- It’s literally impossible for either humans or animals to overdose on CBD oil or pet treats, although if you or your pet were to eat too many, you may find yourself with a slightly upset stomach, which is true if you eat too much of anything!
- As mentioned, hemp treats have no psychoactive properties, and are not addictive in any way.
- CBD oils do have a calming effect, and this effect varies in its intensity from one animal to the next. At sufficiently high doses, you may notice that you and/or your pet becomes somewhat lethargic. Should that happen, simply reduce the dosage.
- It can cause dry mouth in both humans and pets. If you notice your pet drinking more water than usual after you give them hemp treats, this is likely the reason why.
- In humans with Parkinson’s disease, high doses of CBD or hemp oil can cause a slight increase in hand tremors. Dogs and cats can get the disease, but it is quite rare, so this will almost never be an issue. Also note that in humans, Parkinson’s disease tends to affect the elderly, while in dogs in particular (and cats to a lesser extent), it tends to affect the young, when it is seen at all.
- Extremely high doses of CBD or hemp can result in a slight drop in blood pressure in both humans and animals. This can also lead to a feeling of lightheadedness.
- Also in extremely high doses, CBD or hemp can cause mild drowsiness. It’s not generally sufficient to count it as a sleep aid, but in a few cases you could consider it as such. Since pets aren’t known for operating heavy machinery, this normally isn’t an issue either.
And that’s it. That’s the complete list of side-effects and potential side effects caused by taking CBD oil and hemp treats, even in very high doses. Compare that list to just about any prescription medication on the market today. It’s not even a contest. In fact, it can be downright depressing when you see that the magic pill you’re getting for yourself or your pet fixes one thing, but has a list of side effects as long as your arm.