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.
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 decisions for their pets, the CBD Awareness Project offers two informational guides:
Dog Owners Guide to CBD
Cat Owners Guide to CBD
Each explains how CBD oil works in your pet’s brain, clinical study results for humans and what to consider if you buy products. And the biggest takeaways are to ONLY buy CBD products that are intended for dogs and cats; and NEVER use synthetic CBD for animals. Dogs that have ingested synthetic CBD oil have shown signs of: seizures, tremors and aggression.
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 beware of where you purchase products and their ingredients.
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.
According to the CBD Awareness Project, CBD is currently being used by pet parents for dogs deal with:
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Muscle spasms
- Poor sleep
- Poor appetite
(Please be aware the above list is not yet backed by medical research.)
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. What I started to learn then, and what I’ve learned now, is there’s potential for CBD can provide benefits for our pets. And with more research, we will one day we will have the proven facts.
The legal issues of CBD products for pets
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. It’s also important to separate CBD laws for humans vs. pets.
CBD is legal in all 50 states, but veterinarians are restricted as to what they can discuss with pet owners. Due to a clause in the 2018 Farm Bill Act, veterinarians cannot discuss, recommend or prescribe CBD products in 49 states. Only California has passed a law allowing vets to talk with their clients about the medical uses of CBD for pets.
There are two major reasons for this law:
- There is no regulatory body that governs CBD products. So there’s no way to be sure if a product contains what is says on the label.
- There is no clinical research data about the effects CBD use for pets. The benefits witnessed by pet owners is anecdotal at this point.