Cannabidiol is one of the many active compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant, which has shown great results for controlling pain, anxiety, and seizures in humans, but is it safe for humans’ best friend?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has many of the same benefits as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it does not get you “high” like THC will. Which means if a dog takes CBD it will not feel as if it is “stoned.”
Have there been any formal studies?
The official answer is no.
There has been some research into dogs taking CBD and it is noted that they react less to low level pain stimuli, such as arthritis.
According to Mark Verdino, MD, senior vice president and chief of veterinary staff at North Shore Animal League America:
“Does it actually help with pain, or does it just make them not care? We don’t know, but they seem to be less reactive to low level pain stimuli, for example arthritis and things like that, when they take the product and certain anxieties, they seem less reactive to certain things.”
Currently, CBD use for pets is unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
That has not stopped many from trying to help their furry best friend and some have seen quite the success.
There is Facebook group that is full of stories of success.
One of the videos shared in the group is a dog being treated with CBD for seizures and moments later the seizure stops.
According to Dr. Tim Shu, founder and CEO of a pet cannabis company in California called VETCBD:
As long as it is taken with proper dosage, ““It doesn’t damage the kidney, liver, or GI tract. The dogs aren’t high or sedated.”
If it is taken with improper dosage, it can make your pet sick or even kill them.
Dorinda Phillips suffers from lupus and has been treating her illness with CBD.
Phillips had two dogs that she rescued.
One of the dogs, Hannah, suffered from anxiety and she did not think twice when a CBD sales representative gave her a complimentary bag of Happy Tails “Calming Treats” by Charleston Hemp Company.
She gave Hannah one in hopes it would ease her anxiety.
At first, it appeared to help as Hannah seemed calmer.
The following day she gave Hannah another dose as well as Phoebe, Hannah’s sister.
The next day Phillips knew something was wrong as she noticed both being dazed and ill.
She took them both to the vet, but Phoebe did not make it, as she had cardiac problems.
So before giving your furry loved ones CBD, seek official medical advice on if it is safe for your pet and how much of a dose is needed.