CBD for animals
As we mentioned in an earlier blog post - CBD isn’t just for people.
Now, we’re not sure when some genius made the connection that “if it works on people, it must work on animals,” but it made us nervous at first. Humans and animals are very different, and while there are some similarities (which have formed the basis of modern medicine) there are not enough for normal people like us to go try something on our beloved fur babies without knowing how much to give. We also think there’s a lot of information online that is worryingly misleading.
It's important to note that almost any webpage that says hemp-based CBD oil can fight cancer, reverse brain disease, or any other extreme claim, is based on little to no scientific research at all. Most information purporting miraculous health benefits to animals is likely to be made up, so be wary of what you trust online, and always consult your vet before giving any kind of medication, or unknown substance to your pet. This is especially important if your pet is on other medications because you can detrimentally affect your pet’s livers and kidneys, where CBD is metabolized. Your vet will carefully consider your pet’s size, weight, and activity levels before recommending any home dosing.
There are currently no FDA approved CBD products for animals. This means that companies may sell products that have not undergone rigorous testing and safety measures. It’s therefore a good idea to find companies that openly support research, and can provide a certificate of analysis for every product they sell. Also: ask your vet before you buy anything!
Now for some good news: in 2018, a study found that CBD can help increase comfort and movement in dogs with osteoarthritis. Similarly, in 2019, Dr. McGrath published a study showing CBD may help reduce the number of epileptic seizures in dogs. We’ve also seen reports that CBD helps with calming anxiety in animals. While CBD may appear to be safe, some canine studies have shown there is an increase in the liver enzyme alkaline phosphatase (ALP) during CBD treatment—meaning it’s not safe for animals suffering from any liver dysfunction. Again, always ask your vet before trying CBD products on any animal.
Another important thing to consider is the delivery system. We’ve mentioned in earlier blogs that vaping and smoking are the most effective methods for CBD absorption, but since animals can’t do that, tinctures are probably the best . Tinctures for pets come in various flavors to aid in palatability, and their droppers make it easier to measure out a consistent dosage.
Speaking of tinctures, Instagram star and animal activist extraordinaire, Juniper the fox, uses Bacon CBD oil to calm her anxiety—apparently to great effect! So, if you like wholesome content, and hilarious videos, give her a follow!