Have you used CBD oil for your dog? If so, you’re in good company! A recent poll found that nearly 60% of dog owners have used CBD products to help their dogs. This incredible statistic comes from a new organization that’s educating consumers and pet owners nationwide. The CBD Awareness Project separates fact from fiction regarding the effects of CBD products.
Their goal is to share the ever-growing body of scientific knowledge with people, so we can make intelligent choices.
What is CBD
CBD is short for cannabidiol and it comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant (marijuana). It’s one of over 100 naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the plant.
One of the most important facts about products made from CBD is they Do NOT contain the “psychoactive properties” found in marijuana. That means it won’t get your dog high.
When CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, a solvent like olive oil is used. And when the oil evaporates it takes with it the properties that would otherwise make your pet feel high.
CBD is becoming increasingly popular as a natural therapy to treat inflammation, muscle pain, depression, anxiety and more. And it’s considered safe to use, with few side effects being reported.
Products for pets are available in several forms:
- Edibles – that are baked into dog or cat treats
- Oils and creams – that are applied to the skin
- Oils – that can be added to food or water
- Capsules – that can be sprinkled over food
How the CBD Awareness Project separates fact from fiction
The CBD Awareness Project was launched to share the latest information and research data. Because CBD isn’t regulated, manufacturers of the supplement aren’t held to standards as far as quality control or claims made.
To counter this, the CBD Awareness Project helps separate fact from fiction.
“We feel as though CBD has the potential to be a very impactful remedy, but there’s not a lot of great information out there,” said Heather Davis, Managing Editor. “We’re here to connect the dots and provide consumers with information they can understand.
We provide unbiased reviews and informational resources. The intention of our site is not to push people to any particular brand, but to provide readers with knowledge to make decisions.”
Free Guides for dogs and cats
To help pet owners make good decisions for their pets, the CBD Awareness Project offers two informational guides:
Each explains how CBD oil works in your pet’s brain, dosage guidelines, clinical study results and how to safely buy products. And the biggest takeaway is to ONLY buy CBD products that are intended for dogs and cats.
One study found that products sold online for humans had about 20% of the psychoactive ingredient THC in them. THC can have a negative effect on dogs. So it’s best to buy CBD products through your veterinarian.
The Guide for dogs
To date, the FDA has only approved CBD as an effective treatment for epilepsy in humans. The research for dogs is still being compiled. However, more and more veterinarians are recommending it for their patients for a variety of ailments.
Dogs are actually more receptive to CBD than humans. The cannabinoid receptors in their brain can help regulate their responses to anxiety, pain and nausea. In fact, when a dog ingests CBD, it can decrease their responses to pain and stress, and even elevate their mood. CBD can also reduce inflammation, and in some cases lower cancer cell reproduction.
According to the CBD Awareness Project, CBD is used by pet parents to help dogs deal with:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Anxiety and excessive barking or whining (due to stress from vet or grooming appointments, scary thunderstorms or fireworks)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Muscle spasms
- Poor sleep
- Digestive and nervous system issues
- Poor appetite
It’s important to remember that dogs should only ingest or use CBD products that do not contain THC. Dogs are more sensitive to THC than humans, and even low-levels of this chemical can cause issues.
CBD and PR come head to head
CBD’s been a hot topic for dogs for a while now. And a few years ago, I actually got to participate in a news segment on the benefits that CBD can have for dogs.
While I got to share a lot of great information with the public in that interview, I also found myself intrigued by the aspects I didn’t know about CBD. That started me on a long path of information, that’s now taken me to the CBD Awareness Project.
What I started to learn then, and what I’ve learned now, is that CBD can have good benefits for our pets. And with more research, there’s no telling how much more benefit we’ll see.
Isn’t marijuana illegal?
The legal status of marijuana is in flux right now. THC has been legalized to varying extents in a majority of states. And while the legal debate over marijuana continues on a national level, it’s important to remember that CBD is not THC. This means that, regardless of marijuana’s legal status, CBD is not marijuana.
CBD is legal in all 50 states. Because CBD and THC both come from cannabis, which is the plant source for hemp and marijuana, there’s a lot of confusion about CBD, how it works, and what makes it different from THC.
This common confusion is exactly why the public has need for an organization like The CBD Awareness Project – to learn how to avoid the confusion.