Canines and Cannabis



Canines and cannabis are becoming an exceedingly popular interest with pet owners. If you ever owned a pet, you know the special bond that forms between the pet and the owner. We would do anything for our fur babies. Now, thanks to research, we are finding more and more ways to pamper and care for our pets. The more we are learning about the benefits that are available for our furry friends, the more we see it as becoming a huge market with pet owners. Most dog owners show they spend between $1400 – $4300 to care for their canines over a one-year period.

Since a dog can average a lifespan of 12 years, that would be $34,200 spent on food, health, and other necessities per year. With so many people owning dogs, the pet industry now runs over one trillion dollars per year for pet care.

Over the years, research has been conducted on the benefits of CBD for dogs. There are three major factors that you need to consider if you want to give your dog CBD. Check the potency in the oil, capsule, or treat you are using. Obviously, you can’t just purchase any CBD and give it to a dog. The size and weight of your dog is another key factor to consider.

Smaller dogs could suffer harm by receiving the same dosage of a larger dog. You want to make sure the CBD of choice is something that was produced for specifically for pets. I think most pet owners will agree that the more you invest in your dogs health and wellness, the longer life span you will have him with you.

The amount of CBD used is also a component when you are using the CBD to treat a certain ailment. Always do your research and consult with your dog’s veterinarian before starting a plan of treatment for any illness. Human CBD oils and pet CBD oils are manufactured in much the same way.

CBD is still CBD. The extraction process is more or less the same. However, when designed specifically for pets, it is important to formulate appropriate milligram doses that will produce optimal effects for your canine.

Just like humans, pets have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for establishing and maintaining a variety of physiological processes. Dogs (and indeed all mammals) have a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout their body, just like we do. These receptors can be activated by both naturally occurring endocannabinoid (such as 2AG and anandamide), as well as external cannabinoids like CBD. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are more abundant in the immune system.

It’s also important to consider THC concentration. Many regular CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, and in some cases, this can be too much for pets. Canines can be especially sensitive to THC. Therefore, if you do plan to give your pet a dose of your own CBD oil, it’s important to make sure that it’s completely THC-free.

How Does CBD Work for Canines?

CBD is believed to exert its beneficial effects by interacting with these receptors. Although the cannabinoid has little binding affinity to receptors, it still imparts a powerful indirect impact. Since our pets have an endocannabinoid system just like we do, it makes sense that the benefits of CBD for pets are mostly the same as they are for us humans.

The Benefits of CBD for Your Pet

Researchers say that more extensive studies are necessary to determine any long-term effects of CBD on dogs’ livers but found no immediate threat of liver toxicity.

There’s also a ton of anecdotal evidence from pet parents from online forums, social media and other channels about the benefits they’ve seen in their dogs from CBD use. It’s also important to note that no reports of major side effects or negative health concerns from pet parents or veterinarians have been noted when using CBD oils or treats for their pets.

According to Dr. Klein, with the American Kennel Club, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits. There is a wealth of information on the internet about the benefits for CBD used for pets. As with anything effecting the health and wellness of your fur baby, check with your doctor before introducing anything new into his/her routine.

Do Not Confuse CBD and THC

The recreational and medicinal marijuana industry is growing, but it is a separate beast from the CBD industry. It’s especially significant to pet parents because, while THC IS NOT recommended for pets, CBD can benefit your furry family members. I think this is very important to point. Not all CBD products are created equal. Shop wisely. Make sure your pet CBD does not contain the THC that is so harmful to pets.

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