If your dog is suffering from anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, cancer symptoms, back pain, arthritis, stress, and nausea, hemp oil is a good alternative treatment. The cannabinoids provide relief by interacting with the endocannabinoid system wherein the receptors run through the body. As a result, nausea, anxiety, and pain are reduced.
Compared to traditional medical treatments, hemp oil for dogs doesn’t have any serious side effects given the proper dosage. It’s good for the liver, GI tract, and even kidney. More importantly, it doesn’t make your dog high because hemp oil doesn’t contain THC or the psychoactive component of hemp.
There are 80 cannabinoids in a hemp plant including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol. THC is the hallucinogenic component of the plant while CBD is the medical ingredient. Using cannabinoids together makes it more effective in treating health conditions than using them separately.
Benefits of Hemp Oil for Dogs
Hemp oil is safe for dogs. The question is, do you know how to administer this to your pet? Giving your dog the wrong dosage can lead to serious problems and risks. Therefore, knowing the proper dosage can prevent THC or CBD toxicity.
Hemp oil also balances the immune system of dogs while improving their bodily responses. It helps regulate homeostasis and keeps the nervous system in good condition. For dogs with chronic anxiety, this oil promotes emotional balance and relaxes the muscles especially when traveling.
Full spectrum hemp oil is the pure hemp extract containing terpenes, flavonoids, CBC, CBN, CBG, CBD, and THC. It comes in many forms such as salves, tinctures, balms, tablets, and capsules. This hemp product has been helpful in managing epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, and neurodegenerative diseases in humans as well as in dogs.
The following are some important things to know about hemp oil for dogs.
Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her writing career as a graduate student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been researching and writing about dogs for Canine Journal since 2015, specializing in dog health articles. But she also has written extensively about dog accessories, pet insurance, training, and many other dog subjects. Her work has appeared in several notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.
Many studies in humans show that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects and can help with anxiety, aggression, pain, seizures, muscle spasms and neurological disorders.
Dr. Erin Chu, a veterinary geneticist at Embark Veterinary, studied veterinary medicine and weighs in on her thoughts on CBD’s side effects and safety.
Many people think CBD oil and hemp oil are essentially the same, but they’re not.
Sally has never lived in a home without pets. Now, she and her two daughters, who live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, are proud pet parents of all rescued pets (one dog and four cats). If they had room, there would be many more! They can’t imagine life without a home full of their fun and loving furry companions.
Some dog owners report it also can help treat epileptic seizures but scientific studies are still underway to confirm this benefit. We recommend talking to your vet before starting treatment for this or any other of the claimed benefits to make sure CBD is safe for your pup.
One small study from Colorado State University found that healthy dogs overall tolerated CBD well, with reports of some mild diarrhea and slightly elevated serum ALP (liver enzyme) levels. Researchers say that more extensive studies are necessary to determine any long-term effects of CBD on dogs’ livers but found no immediate threat of liver toxicity.
Learn more about the CBD study funded by the Canine Health Foundation.
While there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.
According to Dr. Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.
CBD Products on the Market
The AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains what CBD oil is, what it does for dogs, and its safety concerns and potential side effects.
Why are we hearing so much about CBD oil now? Dr. Klein points to the legalization of marijuana in many places, which has triggered interest in potential health benefits of marijuana-related products. “We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years,” he says.
While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans. To minimize any potential side effects, make sure you are following the proper dosage.
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.