Based on anecdotal evidence from dog owners, CBD oil can ease pain and has numerous health benefits.
However, there is little scientific evidence to support this.
To establish whether these claims are true, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is sponsoring a research.
The Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will assess the effects of CBD in dogs with incurable epilepsy.
If you are a dog owner whose dog has been diagnosed with a painful terminal illness such as cancer, you can administer cannabis oil to your dog to make its final years more comfortable.
Read on to learn more about cannabis oil and its benefits.
What is CBD?
CBD oil is derived from hemp, a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species.
The flower from the plant has glands called trichomes which can be separated and the oil can then be extracted in the desired ratio.
Hemp has less than 0.3 percent of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive compound that gives the feeling of being high.
Instead, it is because of the oil’s high cannabidiol (CBD) content which is responsible for the supposed health benefits.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Not much is known about how CBD oil works to provide health benefits.
However, scientists do know that CBD in the oil interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system.
These regions of the brain are responsible for maintaining the body’s balance and health.
Along with increased appetite and better cardiac health, CBD oil also gives the following health benefits:
1. Eases Anxiety
As mentioned before, most CBD oils have little to no THC and are not extracted from the marijuana plant.
Your dog will not get high off the oil. Instead, this will ease anxieties and cause it to calm down.
2. Fights Cancer
When administered, CBD can have the following anti-cancer effects:
- Aids the body’s white blood cells in destroying cancer cells.
- Hinders the metabolism of cancer cells.
- Limits and diminishes the growth of glioma cells.
- Makes it easier for anti-cancer drugs to work.
3. Treats Epilepsy
Dogs suffering from epilepsy are often treated with drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide which can damage the kidneys.
Sometimes, they do not even work.
One study found that 7 out of 8 dogs who suffered from drug-resistant epilepsy saw improvement in their condition only after 4 to 5 months of regular CBD intake.
4. Alleviates Pain
CBD is so good at relieving pain that scientists have begun considering it a new class of drugs which specifically treats chronic pain.
CBD is very effective at reducing:
- Neuropathic and nerve related pain.
- The impact of inflammation on oxidative stress.
- Inflammation from pancreatitis.
- Inflammation from irritable bowel disease.
5. Reduces Risk of Neurodegenerative Disease
CBD protects brain cells in patients suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
As a result, there is evidence that it may help treat dogs with spinal and nerve related issues.
CBD prevents brain cell death caused by free radicals in senior dogs.
What Kind Of CBD Oil Should You Choose For Your Dog?
For the oil to really work, you have to get the right kind of oil. Here’s a list of criteria the oil you buy has to fulfill:
- It has to be organic otherwise you are buying oil that contains pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals, and other harmful chemicals.
- Ask the seller to give you a lab analysis to make sure the CBD content of the oil is just right.
- Keep an eye out for the THC content to ensure that it isn’t too high.
- Don’t be a cheapskate! The purer the oil and the better the quality, the pricier it is. The cheapest bottle may be full of additives and have low amounts of CBD.
- Buy CBD as a tincture so it is easier for you to control the dosage you give your dog.
Potential Risks Associated With CBD Oil
Ingesting high THC levels can be a cause for concern if there is an overdose.
If something like that happens, your dog may not be able to stand or eat.
There are some brands that market themselves as CBD but have a high THC content so it is very important to do your research.
This can go on for days. If you are suspicious that such a thing has happened, take your dog to the vet immediately.
Fortunately, CBD oil already has low THC levels and there are very few cases of an overdose. In fact, CBD has far less toxicity than chocolate.
It is important to remember that CBD oil isn’t a cure-all despite it being touted as such. Always be careful about the amount you are administering.
Before you give your dog CBD oil, make sure to get a vet’s opinion.
How Do you Give CBD Oil to your Dog?
Dosing is essential if you want your dog to reap the full benefits of the oil.
Dosing depends on two factors:
- The condition your dog is suffering from
- Your dog’s size
In general, you should give your dog between 2-4 drops of oil taken 2-4 times daily. High-quality products often have the recommended dosage listed.
If you are unsure about the dosage, ask your vet.
Dogs who are picky about flavors may not like the strong taste of CBD oil. In that case, place the oil underneath its tongue.
You can also give your dog a treat for taking its medicines. That way it may start looking forward to medicine time.
How Do you Obtain CBD Oil?
This depends on the laws of the state you live in. For e.g. in California, one must get a medical cannabis card from their doctor.
Unfortunately, veterinarians cannot provide this service.
CBD is legal in 50 states and do not need a medical marijuana card.
Dog owners who want to obtain this oil should first ask the vet about this problem.
In regions where you cannot get access to medical marijuana, consider buying hemp products.
Although there isn’t much scientific evidence regarding this, CBD oil is a very promising solution.
If medications or drugs don’t alleviate the painful symptoms of terminal illness, consider giving it a try.
What makes this even better is that there is a very low chance of toxicity involved with taking the oil.