You may be wondering how anyone in their right mind can give cannabis to an animal? Well, in this special CannaCon edition of #FarmsNotPharms, we swan dive with a twist into the rabbit hole known as the wonderful world of cannabis as it pertains to the application for some our favorite furry friends! Though, before I outline the 7 Easy Steps, let’s answer 3 frequently asked questions.
The benefits I’ve seen working with CBD for pets are profound. Better attitude/mood, digestion, Inflammatory relief, and especially for larger and older dogs. Also, anxiety relief and definitely for rescues, tiny yappers, or door rushers. Plus I find that when dogs eat my oil their coat gets softer, and are overall happier, so it becomes easier to acclimate new pack members! Though as we all know, a happy animal is one that gets lots of exercise, beneficial nutrients, and healthy water!
WHY WOULD I EVER GIVE MY PET POT?
Whenever people wonder why cannabis is considered beneficial, my answer is always the same; we all have an Endocannabinoid system ! This blessing of a discovery has proven to help our body regulate our immune system, neurological system, digestive system, and more! All vertebrates, including spiders, have an Endocannabinoid system and we have known this since at least the 1980s thanks to the research of many, including Dr. Raphael Mechoulam who also identified Anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid (created only in our body). Believe it or not, the US Government has publicly supported the medical benefits of cannabis since patenting 6630507 which actually references 12 other U.S. patents related to cannabis dating back to 1942!
CBD is just one of over a 100 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, and it’s completely non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. I have personal experience using CBD with humans, animals (& their owners), and of course myself and my own wolf-dog Barkely who was lucky enough to benefit from cannabis throughout the second half of his incredible life and I must say, he inspired so many others to take the high road! Often while hiking, or at the dog park, many asked if he was still a puppy, and I attribute much of that to cannabis oils and a healthy diet.
**CO2 = industry standard extraction process for CBD oil, yet in my experience does not create an optimal product. In my opinion, the inferiority of CO2 extract is the very reason companies have to add flavoring or sweeteners, and/or other nano-enhanced gimmicks to their oil. Terpenes are the key. Terpenes are found to help cannabinoids surpass the blood brain barrier, and work together in concert, called the entourage effect. Retaining terps naturally without having to re-add them offers the precise chemical make-up the plant was created with, using no man made alterations to compromise the efficacy of our work, especially when we are talking about caring for the most important thing we know; life.
It also helps the dog in the following ways :
Yes, the consumption of CBD oil may help in reducing the inflammation and skin itching . Because of inflammation, dilated blood vessels and increased cytokines can stimulate itchiness. Luckily this process may be curbed by hemp oil.
CBD oil may help treat painful allergic skin reactions by reducing inflammation to relieve your dog from discomfort. A study in 2012 revealed that CBD works by decreasing skin itchiness and heals it gradually.
Yes, CBD oil may be helpful in alleviating allergy discomfort . CBD is mainly useful in strengthening the immune system and easing your dog from pain and discomfort. It may also stop the immune system from producing allergic effects.
With allergy symptoms, a dog often suffers from soreness and swelling of the skin that can result in tremendous discomfort and pain. CBD oil helps in naturally easing the pain with its anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD oil for dogs is a form of oil that has isolated a particular part of the cannabis plant. This plant is home to hundreds of different compounds. The hemp oil that is produced from it isolates the compounds that are important for the medical benefits of marijuana.
Food allergies particularly can cause stomach related symptoms. However, sometimes any allergy can affect your dog’s tummy. You should lookout for signs of vomiting or diarrhea that can’t be explained by anything else they may have eaten. This can be a sign that your dog has an allergy to something.
While those are usually the most prominent symptoms, there are some other symptoms that you might notice. These include:
What is CBD oil for dogs?
It is important to understand that CBD Oil is in no way psychoactive . It gives people and animals some of the medical benefits of the plant, without any of the psychoactive effects. This makes it perfectly safe for use by both animals and people.
One of the most visible symptoms of dog allergies is skin problems. Dog allergies can cause areas of a dog’s skin to become inflamed and itchy. This can cause discomfort for your pet. If you notice your dog is scratching a certain spot a lot, be sure to check if the skin is inflamed because of an allergy.
CBD oil can also help to ease your dog’s pain when they’re suffering from allergies. It is a natural anti-inflammatory compound; this means that it will naturally ease to help the pain of swelling or soreness in the skin. This will go a long way to keep your dog in a good mood despite their allergies!
Those allergies are quite wide-ranging but they can affect a lot of dogs. The treatment and symptoms of your dog’s allergy will depend upon if it is an environmental allergy or a food allergy. The specific cause of the allergy will vary. Some common dog allergies include: