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Did you know it’s not just us humans who can benefit from CBD, but your loved furry friends too…
🌱🌿 CBD for Pets: 🌿🌱
What You Might Not Know…
The results seem to be in…researchers are turning their attention to this herb and, so far, they’re finding there’s lots to like. And just as CBD has helped humans, your pet can reap the same health-boosting (and even life-saving) benefits.
Let’s look at the 10 things you might not know about this often misunderstood herb and the research that shows its promise in helping pets with a variety of common health issues …
1. CBD Is Not Psychoactive:
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis and it’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties.
Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your pet won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.
And speaking of relaxation…
2. CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety:
Does your pet suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias?
CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, it’s been found to:
- Reduce anxiety caused by public speaking
- Reduce anxiety in both healthy people and people with anxiety disorders
- Be effective for panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders
3. CBD Can Fights Cancer:
CBD and other substances found in hemp and cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.
CBD helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death.
CBD kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy.
CBD’s anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth.
CBD can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.
4. CBD Can Treat Seizures And Epilepsy:
It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most pets with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your pet’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.
CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.
And a survey of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy found that 84% of the children taking CBD had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
5. CBD Relieves Pain:
The cannabinoids in CBD work so well for pain that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain.
Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
- Decreasing pain (including neuropathy and nerve-related pain)
- Decreasing the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress (which causes degeneration and premature aging)
- Decreasing inflammation in acute pancreatitis
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing intestinal inflammation (associated with irritable bowel disease)
6. CBD Can Help With Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease.
CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
7. CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease:
CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.
CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation.
CBD is also a powerful antioxidant that’s shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E.
8. CBD Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases:
For pets suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It’s been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity.
For senior pets, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.
9. CBD Increases Appetite And Helps With Nausea:
If you have trouble getting your pet to eat, CBD may help.
The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite and carries this extra benefit, in addition to controlling cancer.
In animal studies, CBD has also been shown to help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.
10. CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health:
Just as veterinarian Dr Bassingthwaighte discovered, CBD has been linked to heart health.
Studies show it can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.
🌿🌱 Choosing a good CBD Oil for your pet:
Most CBD Oil is derived from hemp oil, so it contains little or no THC. The bottom line is CBD Oil is a healthy herb for your pet.
More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to the diverse and marked health benefits and they feel good knowing there isn’t any side effects.
Not all CBD Oils are the same, you want a high quality CBD Oil that works, so here are a few things to look for:
· Make sure the product is organic, if it isn’t organic your CBD Oil will contain pesticides, fungicides and possibly solvents.
· Don’t go for the cheap option. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. Don’t price shop, make sure your CBD Oil is free of additives and has a high percentage of CBD.
· Get the Lab Analysis: Ask for a lab analysis of the amount of CBD in the product. Many CBD Oils contain low percentage of CBD. The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
· Buy CBD as a tincture: You can buy CBD in treats but the best form to buy is in tincture form. This way, you can adjust your pet’s amount drop by drop, to make sure, he or she gets the most benefit.
Start your pet off slowly, don’t let what the naysayers tell you about CBD not being a great option for your pet, the research is being done and the results are very promising.
PLEASE NOTE: CBD is neither a medicine nor a cure for any illness and by no means do we make any medical claims. CBD can help to maintain and support your health and a healthy lifestyle.
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