CBD and its use in treating pets
Hemp products that contain CBD are beneficial both for you and your four-legged friends, because research has shown great results in treatment of diseases your pets have to fight against: from immune system diseases, skin diseases, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, respiratory diseases and even more serious conditions such as cancer.
Who are hemp products for?
All those who care about their health, keep up with the times and modern health guidelines have already encountered various positive effects of CBD, as demonstrated by numerous health research. So in the event of problems, desire for a stronger immune system and a better quality of life, individuals often reach for hemp products that soon become part of their daily lives. Hemp products that contain CBD are prescribed by medical personnel in more advanced countries (examples are also found in Slovenia) for various children diseases, and veterinarians use it to treat various pet diseases.
Use of hemp products in pets
Hemp products that contain CBD have the same positive effects on humans as they do on dogs and cats; they, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system that takes care of balance in the body. That’s why many puppy or kitten owners use a CBD product, which is meant to be used by humans, to improve the quality of life of their furry or four-legged friends.
Although cannabis use has been banned for a very long time, it has to be explained that the reason for this was one of the cannabinoids, called THC, which causes intoxication and addiction. Today, free-market products contain only 0.2% of THC, which is a negligible amount and does not have psychotropic effects or cause intoxication and addiction. This is a well-known fact among the regular users of hemp products who use them to improve their own health as well as for treatment of their best friends’ problems, such as anxiety, skin problems or even cancer.
Where can I buy CBD producs?
Hemp products can be bought in most supermarkets, but these are usually products such as oil, flour, milk, which have many positive properties and no therapeutic effects. When choosing a product, we have to make sure it contains CBD; the most common item is CBD oil or resin that is extracted from industrial hemp with a specific extraction method to retain as many useful cannabinoids as possible.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD products?
Marijuana and industrial hemp come from the same plant called cannabis sativa. More THC is found in Indian hemp (indica), while CBD is found in industrial hemp. The cannabis plant contains over 140 compounds called cannabinoids and its primary cannabinoids are CBD and THC. CBD has a therapeutic effect, while THC is the cannabinoid that causes intoxication and addiction. In marijuana, the normal value of cannabinoid THC is between 10 and 15%. This value is much lower in industrial hemp, i.e. 0.03% or less, so the THC limit of 0, 2% also applies for free-market therapeutic products.
Use of THC in animals
THC is a cannabinoid that causes intoxication and gives you a feeling of “being high”. It’s hard to imagine making our pets – who are part of our lives – miserable by causing them fear and discomfort they may feel in a state of intoxication. We can’t explain to our four-legged friends that this state is only temporary, that it will pass or that it’s just a side effect of therapy that will help them with a certain medical problem. Therefore, we definitely don’t recommend giving your pets THC products; although they are not commercially available for sale, users often find them on the black market. However, products containing CBD are especially good for your four-legged friends. You should know that the allowed THC content is so low that it has no effect on humans or animals. Industrial hemp also has a higher CBD value than Indian cannabis, so it has a greater therapeutic effect.
How does CBD work?
Like humans, other mammals, which also includes our puppies and kittens, have specific cannabinoid receptors in their bodies. These receptors are called the endocannabinoid system and are primarily located in the brain, nervous system and immune cells. Cannabinoids in the body (in human and other mammals) have many positive properties, such as anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, they work against tumors, muscle spasms, anxiety, neurological problems, lack of appetite, and many skin diseases.
How can CBD help your cat or dog?
As already mentioned, our four-legged friends, like all other mammals, have endocannabinoid receptors in their bodies. Therapy with cannabinoid CBD that binds to endocannabinoid receptors helps your four-legged friend with chronic and acute problems. Studies suggest that CBD therapy helps your pet against arthritis, reduces stress and aggression, has a beneficial effect on the immune system and any digestive problems. CBD therapy also has great potential in diabetes, cancer and organ disease, and can also be effective in treating acute problems such as sprains, muscle tension, torn ligaments or bone fractures. However, we must not forget the role of the CBD in relieving pain and inflammation. One of the many advantages is that CBD, unlike conventional medicine, has no negative side effects.
How long should hemp therapy last?
We need to be aware that CBD products are hemp extract, so they could be classified as medicinal herbs or herbal preparations, which is also one of the reasons why results do not always show up immediately. It’s important to be patient in the treatment; for example, in treatment of certain diseases in humans, it may take up to 6 months to completely eliminate a certain problem. Of course, there’s a possibility your dog or cat will feel relieved after a few hours, but with more complex problems or inflammations, improvement may be visible after a few days or weeks. The time when you will notice positive effect depends on your four-legged friend and the illness he’s dealing with.
How much CBD does my dog need?
For people who decide for hemp treatment, individual therapy is prescribed; it’s different for each individual and it would be unusual if we changed that for our hairy friends. Our suggestion is that you call the manufacturer of the product and ask for advice. Every responsible hemp product company has a counseling office, whose experts will be able to advise you on the correct dosage in case of a specific problem. The quality of the products largely depends on the quality of the cannabis, so the results when using products from different manufacturers can vary greatly. But every manufacturer knows how good their products are and what therapy to advise. If the company where you purchased the product does not offer advice, we recommend that you start with lower doses, then slowly increase it so that your pet can get used to cannabidiol CBD. Increase the dose gradually every 4-5 days or until you notice therapeutic effects. If you notice any side effects, such as poor orientation, hyperactivity, increased calmness or vomiting, stop using it for a day or two and then proceed with a smaller dose. The ideal dose is when therapeutic effects are noticeable and with no visible side effects.
In this way you can treat your dog safely, legally and, above all, effectively with cannabis.
Using hemp product as a dietary supplement
What’s interesting is that in trying to take care of our health, we try to follow as many recommendations as possible to improve the quality of life. As a result, we regularly take care of a healthy diet and various nutritional supplements, including CBD or cannabis products. So why not give your four-legged friends the best quality of life and do something positive for their health as well? Bought dog food is certainly prepared in a way that gives the pets as much nutrients as possible, but as a preventive measure, it’s still advisable for them to take cannabis supplements to improve health and immune system. These are especially recommended for older dogs and cats that are already having trouble moving around or are out of energy. This can be noticed on their hair, which is usually shiny. Hemp supplements will have a positive effect on your pet’s well-being, prevent major hair loss, alleviate joint pain, enhance respiratory and cardiovascular function, improve digestion and help him build muscle and gain healthy weight.
Which hemp product should I choose?
When choosing the right product for your pet, you will be best advised by My Lovely Pets professional staff or the company you purchased the product from. Every responsible company that sells hemp products has trained staff to advise you on the most appropriate product for your four-legged friend, because therapy or dosage and product selection will vary according to the type of dog or cat and, of course, their problems.
In addition to trained consultants, the other major factor that plays a large role in product performance is the ingredient itself. This steers us to buy products on the free market, since otherwise it’s difficult to know the origin, production and quality of the ingredient, which largely affects the final results of the products. Make sure that the products are local, grown in controlled and natural environment, free of fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and harvested by hand. Products obtained from such hemp are of the highest quality and provide the best results, be it preventative or curative effects.
Today might be the right time to give your dog the best market has to offer for his quality of life and choose cannabis products.