CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is becoming increasingly popular as an all-natural supplement for humans and animals alike. For the past few years, CBD has gained immense popularity in the pet industry with pet owners around the world turning to it for its wide-ranging therapeutic benefits for their fur babies. But with little to no research on the effects of CBD in pets, it’s hard to know just how safe it is.
CBD is a natural plant extract from the cannabis plant. It contains only trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that makes marijuana psychoactive, so it won’t make your dog stoned. In fact, nearly all CBD products are derived from hemp and contain less than 0.3 percent THC, so that means your dog will not get high on it either.
What’s more, CBD is non-toxic and has few to no side effects for dogs. Studies typically show that the most common side effects experienced by dogs given CBD are tiredness, increased thirst and increased appetite. However, it is important to note that each dog’s reaction to CBD is different. As such, it is important to consult with your veterinarian before starting your pup on a CBD regimen.
In general, CBD is considered safe for dogs and many pet owners report seeing positive results. Commonly reported benefits of CBD for dogs include decreased anxiety and stress, as well as reduced inflammation and pain. CBD is thought to work by helping to regulate the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate functions such as sleep, appetite, and mood.
That being said, it is important to make sure that you only purchase CBD products that are specifically manufactured for pets. Human-grade CBD products may contain ingredients that are not safe for dogs, such as chocolate or xylitol.
While CBD is generally considered safe for dogs, it is important to keep in mind that each animal is different. As with any new medication or supplement, it is best to consult with your veterinarian before starting your pet on a CBD regimen. By doing so, you can ensure that the product you choose is not only safe, but also the best fit for your pet’s needs.