CBD oil is becoming a hot topic in the pet world. It seems as though, everywhere you turn, there’s anecdotal evidence for CBD oil doing wonders for our four legged friends.
So… is it true? Let’s take a look at what science has to say about it all…
CBD oil may increase mobility in the joints
In humans, CBD oil has been shown to reduce inflammation. So it’s not all that surprising that it could have the same effect in dogs, too. Research shows that CBD oil can increase activity in dogs with osteoarthritis, suggesting that their joints feel more mobile.
CBD oil might reduce pain
The same study found that, along with improved mobility, dogs with osteoarthritis also seemed to be in less pain when they were treated with CBD oil. CBD oil could be a fantastic, natural alternative for dogs that experience bad reactions to usual NSAIDS.
CBD oil could ease stress and anxiety
In one study, shelter dogs that were treated with CBD oil were less aggressive towards humans than those given a placebo, suggesting they felt calmer and more at ease. CBD oil may help if a dog has separation anxiety, or is reactive to other dogs on walks.
CBD oil may stop itching
Researchers think the body’s endocannabinoid system can protect against allergic inflammatory disorders. In dogs, these disorders can cause horrible symptoms such as itching and scratching. CBD oil could help trigger this protective system into action.
CBD oil could reduce the risk of seizures
There’s evidence to suggest that CBD oil might reduce the frequency of seizures in dogs. With idiopathic epilepsy being the most common neurological condition diagnosed in dogs (affecting 6% of the entire canine population) this is great news!
The Big Question: Is it Safe?
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest canine news, you might have heard about an increase in reports of ‘marijuana poisoning’ in dogs. In a lot of cases, this translates to ‘my dog accidentally ate a pot brownie I left out on the kitchen counter’. Majijuana poisoning in dogs usually refers to ingestion of ‘weed’ which contains both CBD and THC. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that gives you the high.
CBD oil contains just CBD (the exception is full spectrum oils, which legally have to contain such a low amount of THC that it doesn’t have any psychoactive effect at all). Studies have found that CBD oils are as safe as a placebo. Poor reactions to cannabis products have, so far, only really been found in dogs treated with both CBD and THC.
What to Look For
If you’re thinking about CBD oil for your dog, here are some things to consider:
- Ingredients: As a general rule, the fewer ingredients the better. Look for a product that’s just CBD and a natural carrier oil. Always check the ingredients and make sure not to buy anything with chocolate flavourings or xylitol.
- Concentration: Never give your dog CBD oil if you are unsure of the concentration, or if you’re unsure about how much THC is in the product. THC should be less than 0.3%, and ideally a lot lower to reduce the risk of side effects.
- Form: CBD oil comes in oil tinctures, and capsules. The tinctures are often better, as it means you can administer exactly the right dose to your dog as needed.