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Pets and Cannabis

Ever since the dawn of time, man with exception to his family and friends have always been attached or have a soft spot for pets, be it dogs, cats, birds or any domestic animal. This love for pets especially dogs has stood the test of time, making it as man’s best friend. In this light, researchers are of the opinion that this relationship we share with certain domestic animals can have a positive health benefit in our lives.

Thanks to the legalization of marijuana in some states in the US for both medical and recreational purposes, there has been a considerable influx of pet parents paying marijuana-engineered visits to children’s hospitals as well as calls to poison control centers. Like humans, pets are known to be just as vulnerable and can easily fall sick if not treated with care.

When they do, many pet parent(s) in collaboration with their Veterinarian seek to cannabis or marijuana-induced products to serve as a panacea for their pets. Taking to mind the recent increase of CBD products not for humans but for pets as well in the market, lots of people are now preferring CBD oil or cannabidiol as a panacea for the wellbeing of their dogs.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or known simply as CBD is a potent property found in marijuana and hemp. On the other hand, this component is void of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which of course is the sole compound in the cannabis plant potent enough to give the high feeling. It should be noted that a wide array of CBD products can be traced from the hemp rather than marijuana.


How Does CBD Benefit Pets (Dogs, Cats, etc)

Over the years, CBD researchers concluded that the oil has the ability to treat anxiety, nausea, stress, seizures, back pain, symptoms of cancer as well as some other conditions affecting the wellbeing of our most cherished pet (dogs, cats, etc). During treatment, the cannabinoids are bound to get in contact with the endocannabinoid system, which happens to be a sequence of receptors running all over the body. While in the body, the cannabinoids work together with the body’s receptors to ease nausea, anxiety, pain, etc.

Medical cannabis unlike some traditional over the counter prescription drugs for pain in some pets, especially dogs has no significant or life-threatening effects if the dosage is wrong. In addition, the CBD has no devastating effect on the liver, kidney or GI (gastrointestinal) tract. It is not even potent enough to produce a high in pets. Amongst other things, the CBD can treat the following conditions in pets.

  • Chronic pain
  • Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions
  • Aggression
  • Acute pain
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of appetite or anorexia
  • Neurological disorders


Dog parents administering the human CBD oil to dogs is very safe according to researchers. This is simply down to the fact that their systems and ours look much alike and are beneficial in similar ways. As discussed earlier, dog parents should be aware of the fact that too much CBD is likely to make them lethargic and, although rare, they can have diarrhea. Reasons why it is recommended that, rather than administering the human CBD oil to dogs, dogs parents are often advised to try out pet-specific CBD oil and products. With this, guessing about the required dosage for CBD is taken out of the equation, it is much more likely that you will not give them too much.


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