The short answer is an emphatic “Yes”
Cannabis has been used therapeutically for centuries around the world. Prior to 1937, cannabis was among the top three prescribed remedies and widely used in veterinarian medicine. There are tens of thousands of published studies on the therapeutic value of cannabinoids and the US government holds the patent on cannabinoids for their neuroprotective and anti-oxidant properties.
Even the DEA Law Judge Francis Young (1988) went on record stating “Cannabis is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” Sadly, as a result of prohibition, we have lost more than 80 years of information.
Where is the stance on CBD safety and pets today?
The good news? The negative and highly stigmatized position about this plant is changing. A quick internet search for pets and CBD will yield some pretty hefty results from traditional media outlets showing this positive turn. That said, our caveat is that not all CBD products are created equally (or safely), nor are all products exactly how they are marketed. Knowing what you are purchasing for your pet is key to safety and success, and that’s where we come in.
What ailments can CBD help my pet through?
Many of the same health issues we see human treating with CBD can also work successfully for pets. Most commonly we see clients who have animals with severe joint pain, diabetes, cancer, GI issues and anxiety. With our veterinarian endorsed dosing protocol, you can find just the right solution for your furry family member and help them feel better.
Can animals experience any side effects of CBD?
Yes. We always suggest to our clients to choose a CBD product that has just two ingredients: the cannabis oil and the carrier oil. A common undesired effect are digestive issues or diarrhea. If at first you see some issues in their digestion note the carrier oil type and give another option a try. To learn more, here is a helpful article from One Minute Cannabist that digs a bit further.
We recommend only a handful of brands but can help you evaluate any product you are interested in purchasing. If you have more questions about CBD products and your pets be sure to schedule a Virtual Visit and certified cannabis advisor will guide you through the process.