Cannabidiol (CBD) for dogs and cats has a growing consumer demand, but what’s it really all about?
Here in Fort Collins, Colorado we’re home to one of the leading veterinary programs in the United States (Go Rams!). Colorado State University has recently completed a study for dogs with seizures and have overwhelmingly positive things to say about it.
A trial of sixteen different dogs was conducted, with nine getting CBD and seven receiving placebos. “There was a significant reduction in seizure activity,” said CSU researcher Dr. Stephanie McGrath.
Though this represents a small controlled study, the industry (and many pet owners) are excited to see the early research. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming in the community, and this validates the countless number of stories we hear on daily basis.
McGrath noted that the higher the CBD content in the animal’s blood stream, the great reduction of seizures. Additionally, even though 90% of the dogs who received CBD had a reduction in seizures, it did not quite meet the 50% effectiveness level in reduction. This requires more research into CBD and pet seizures.
“I do feel like the results of the pilot study at least give us some hope.” – Dr. McGrath.
Other veterinarians are already taking notice of the benefit that CBD can have on cats and dogs. “I give it to my dog twice a day, every day, for arthritis,” said Dr. Allison Jenkins of Highlands Animal Clinic. “[For] some of my anxiety and seizure patients … it makes a huge difference.”
But what about products that contain THC?
We know that all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, but they don’t work the same way as in humans.
Imagine you were given THC for the first time without any knowledge. You would have no idea that your mental state was about to change – something that could cause panic, anxiety, nausea, and more without you knowing. That’s horrible! No one should be given an intoxicating amount of product without their fullest consent.
Furthermore, the half life of THC in an animal is much longer, with the metabolism taking longer. This means an animal that gets unknowingly intoxicated from THC will be much more intense and last much longer.
However, just like we see in humans, trace amounts of THC in a full spectrum oil product can produce a greater response in the endocannabinoid system. CBD typically enhances the production of endocannabinoids like anandamide and 2-AG, while THC has a direct response on the CB1 receptors, in addition to other pathways in the brain and body.
So what do I do for my cat or dog?
We’re not medical doctors, and we cannot give medical advice. CBD is still not regulated by the FDA, nor has it had double blind placebo studies conducted on a statistically large sample under tight regulation.
So what can we tell you?
CBD is often used in small amounts until the desired effects are achieved. Many find that 5 milligrams per 10-15 pounds of animal weight per day can be effective as a suggested serving.
We offer both full spectrum (minor THC) and isolate products (zero THC) in our pet lineup, and we encourage you to speak with your veterinarian before using them with your animals.
CBD can be a cytochrome P450 inhibitor, meaning that the metabolism of other drugs can be slowed, causing more active ingredient to be available for longer in the blood stream. This is a serious concern for pets who may be on other medications.
Are you ready to try CBD for your loved one? Is your four legged friend showing their age, unable to get up the stairs or feeling lethargic? We’ve heard countless stories of cats, dogs, horses, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and more having success with the use of our products, and we want to provide the highest integrity to protect your little bundles of joy.
We developed our products to be the highest grade so that we can use them on our own pets. We lab test everything and only use the highest grade ingredients possible.
So what are you waiting for? Get your cat or dog the relief they need today!