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CBD For Pets - What We Know So FarSalem-News.com
Since 2012, there has been more in-depth research on the prospect of medical marijuana for pets.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The immense popularity of the naturally occurring compound CBD, is not just limited to humans alone. The cannabis extracted chemical is buzzing great value in the niche of medicinal care of pets.
Just like in humans, the CBD oil is known to have beneficial medical effects on pets, especially older dogs who suffer from the similar problems of anxiety and seizures. But the benefits are not just limited to anxiety alone, rather, people are now giving CBD oil to their pets for many purposes.
Almost all mammals have an endocannabinoid system that can greatly benefit from the usage of CBD oils and products. However, there are some complications when it comes to their dosage administration and THC concentrations.
Any source containing higher than 0.3% THC is considered harmful for pets as THC is the compound that is responsible for the euphoric “high” effect, that general marijuana is known to impart.
After the legalization of recreational marijuana and other hemp-based derivatives in Colorado in 2012, many veterinary professionals started doing more in-depth research on the prospect of medical marijuana for pets.
Around 2013-2014, a well-known veterinarian, Stephanie McGrath showed that very few studies were done about humans at that time, let alone pets and mammals. So there was little knowledge to build on.
But before long, CBD products became popular and local stores had them on their shelves. People were reaching out to find the best CBD gummies salethey could get, and the research had to be sped up.
Since then, new information regarding CBD oils for pets has come to the surface. Below we have summarized all the things that we know so far.
Nature and administration:
CBD does not contain the chemical compound THC, which is responsible for having a psychoactive effect on the body. CBD products, the pure ones, of course, are non-psychoactive and hence propose a positive incentive to be used for pets.
When talking about how CBD must be administered to pets especially dogs, McGrath found out that CBD oils had the best pharmacokinetic profile, meaning they got absorbed more, stayed more, and effected more in the bloodstream.
Capsules and creams were not as effective with cream coming at the last in terms of a good profile.
Biological working mechanism:
It is still unclear exactly how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system of dogs and other pets and whether it could behave the same way as it does for humans.
What we know so far is that CBD is metabolized by the liver, the same way it is done in humans.
Various searches have been done since 2013 that have shown the possible benefits pets could get after using CBD products.
A study in 2018 confirmed that CBD can increase activity and comfort in dogs who are suffering from osteoarthritis.
One study showed that CBD could treat epileptic dogs by reducing the number of seizures.
Although well-peered, these studies are still quite preliminary and require further research for anything to be proven for sure. McGrath among other vets is currently working on CBD’s possible ability to treat post-traumatic pain in cats and dogs.
According to WHO, CBD in its pure form, containing no THC concentrations, is said to be safe for animals.
In 2018, however, subsequent studies showed an increase in the liver enzyme, Alkaline Phisohate ALP, during CBD dosages and treatments.
But the experiments performed by McGrath where the liver functioning of these animals were tested, came out that no failure or harm was done so it is still vague that whether the effect of elevated ALP is somewhat benign or misleading to begin with.
All these studies and talks reveal that there is no super-alarming or critically adverse effect of these CBD products on animals and pets yet. But on the other hand, the lack of information and little research done in this niche is still a caution to owners and users to be careful in deciding the type of treatments they adopt for their pets.
Source: Salem-News.com Special Features Dept.
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