CBD For Dogs
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, seems to be everywhere around us. At one point or another, you probably heard someone mention CBD products or know someone that takes them, especially if they have a chronic condition.
However, did you know that this chemical which is found naturally in cannabis, holds endless benefits for not only humans but your pets? This is big news for pet owners who are dealing with their dogs going through cancer, separation anxiety, and arthritic pain. Don’t believe us? Let us show you how.
What is CBD for Dogs Used For?
Even though research on CBD use in animals is still in the early stages, there have been countless studies showing that CBD helps treat numerous conditions such as pain, cancer, arthritis, and anxiety. Better yet, these studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that these benefits apply to dogs.
Although more research needs to be conducted, early results show that dogs can feel the endless benefits of CBD products because of the way cannabinoids interact with the dog’s endocannabinoid receptors located in the peripheral and central nervous systems, which allows their body to maintain balance and stay in a normal healthy state.
Yet, to fully understand what CBD can do for your furry companion, let’s take a look at some of the ways CBD products are used today when it comes to improving your dog’s health.
Benefits of CBD for Dogs with Cancer
Before jumping into the numerous benefits of CBD products, it is imperative to be clear about one thing- CBD alone cannot cure cancer in dogs. However, this does not mean that CBD is not incredibly beneficial for those dogs dealing with this dreadful disease. Numerous studies indicate that CBD oil can make a difference in cancer treatment efficacy and provide dogs with a better quality of life during the cancer treatment process.
Depending on the type of cancer your canine has, your vet or veterinary oncologist may recommend various treatment plans that include surgery, chemotherapy, auxiliary medications, and CBD oil. This CBD oil is often incorporated with cancer treatments because studies have found that:
- CBD oil supports anti-tumor medication by effectively enhancing the tumor-shrinking mechanisms of radiation therapy while also providing its own tumor-shrinking properties.
- CBD oil helps reduce pain and inflammation and enhances other pain medications, allowing vets to prescribe fewer drugs without compromising the dog’s comfort. This is big news, especially since pain management is always a part of cancer treatment plans for dogs.
- CBD oil helps with nausea, which is a common side effect of cancer treatment in canines. The integration of cannabis-based oils can improve a dog’s nausea and appetite, allowing them to get the nourishment they need.
Benefits of CBD for Dogs with Arthritis
Arthritis in older dogs is incredibly common, especially with larger breeds. In fact, it is estimated that arthritis affects at least 20% of all dogs older than one. If you believe your dog may be experiencing arthritis, but are not sure, watch out for the following signs:
- Difficulty jumping
- Difficulty climbing stairs
- Difficulty standing
- Difficulty getting around
If you notice any of these issues, you need to consult with a veterinarian promptly. Creating an early treatment plan is crucial in slowing the damage of this degenerative condition to your dog’s joints and providing them the relief they need. Fortunately, more and more vets are guiding pet owners to try out CBD oil to help relieve arthritis issues in their dogs because of their natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Yet, what makes this supplement even more beneficial is it reduces the effects of arthritis without the downside that other pain relievers cause.
What is The Entourage Effect?
The best way to think of full spectrum HEMP oil is it gives you:
The FULL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EFFECT!
Imagine listening to one instrument being played vs listening to a full orchestra symphony- the music of both will be beautiful but its much more likely the symphony orchestra will move you, it makes you feel something inside that is beautiful and profound.
FULL OR BROAD SPECTRUM OIL
The effect of ISOLATE is like a single instrument. It will make a noise. It might even make you feel something great, but it won’t last as long, and it won’t “hit” you in the same way.
In essence, Full Spectrum HEMP OIL means the Cannabis oil will contain a high percentage of the compounds, as well as the terpenes found in the plant in its natural state.
Keep in mind cannabis contains 100’s of therapeutic bioactive compounds. This spectrum of molecules contains not only the cannabinoids and terpenes full of the medicinal qualities people seek, but also a plethora of other lesser-known but equally important elements such as flavonoids, phenolic amides, and sterols.
The majority of these cannabinoids and terpenes are found in the trichomes, the glandular stalks and bulbous heads that exist on the cannabis plant. Terpenes are the essential oils that give cannabis its different flavors and aromas and help to shape the healing qualities of each concentrate.
When the plant is extracted for “Full Spectrum,” the properties and components that are part of that – such as terpenes and Cannabinoids , for example – are still existent. The molecules of the “whole plant” remain intact in the processed extracted oil. In this extraction process, there is little to no loss of any of the other compounds hence allowing for what is called the “full entourage effect,” which is derived from the whole plant extraction method.
On the other hand we have Isolate production. Isolate extraction requires that Hemp Oil is processed until it forms crystallized powder resulting in a single molecular compound of strictly Cannabinoids – there are absolutely no other molecular compounds found in the powder.
Full Spectrum HEMP Oil vs Isolate: What is better?
The debate that seems to arise in the industry is the medicinal values of one versus the other. Although it may seem counterintuitive, research so far indicates that full-spectrum hemp oil is more effective than isolate for most ailments.
According to a study done at the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem, the effectiveness of isolated hemp versus full-spectrum hemp extract concluded that Cannabinoidsisolate yields a “bell-curve” of effectiveness. Studies proved that the isolate becomes less effective over time, while full-spectrum hemp continued to be effective in providing pain relief. See study here .
CBD Oil for Dogs (and Other Beloved Furry Friends)
CBD for dogs? Good news, animal lovers. Ned’s full spectrum hemp oil is not just for humans—it’s great for human’s best friend as well. Dogs, cats, people, or anything with an endocannabinoid system can benefit from Ned’s cannabinoid- and terpene-rich CBD hemp oil derived from organically grown hemp flowers.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s rules prevent us from telling you explicitly that our full-spectrum hemp oil can diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease in humans, canines, or felines. However, we can share with you what our happy Ned customers’ pups are reporting:
(Thanks for your feedback, Carrie and Shelley! We work hard to ensure our customers and their pets are happy. Drop us a line sometime!)
Pet Owners Lead the Way
As it turns out, formal veterinary research seems to be lagging slightly behind pet owners’ desire to improve the lives of their furry friends. A survey published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Association reported that 64.3% of dog owners and 66% of cat owners believe that hemp products helped their pets “either moderately or a great deal.”
Like Carrie and Shelley, the dedicated dog owners in the study used these products for conditions such as canine seizures, cancer, anxiety, and arthritis. Cat owners indicated that they were trying to help their feline friends through cancer, anxiety, and arthritis.
How does Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Work for Dogs and Other Pets?
While currently there is no formal, published study that shows how CBD affects dogs or cats, science has shown that cannabinoids, such as those found in hemp oil, interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems. These systems work to maintain homeostasis in the body, keeping it balanced and healthy.
Due to this lack of formal research about the clinical use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine, veterinarian proponents of cannabis look to anecdotal evidence of effectiveness, or they extrapolate from human medicine. Fortunately for us pet owners, there is growing scientific interest in the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids to treat illnesses in animals.
In 2018, the American Veterinarian reported that there is promise in viewing the endocannabinoid system as a “therapeutic target” during central nervous system inflammation in dogs. In addition, the journal also provided consumer guidelines for how to choose the best cannabis product for your pets.
Top of the list is to ensure that the CBD hemp oil is third-party tested and its company provides a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each batch of product.
Here at Ned, we agree wholeheartedly. We are committed to transparency and provide COAs for each product batch. You can learn how to read them here to ensure your beloved family pet is ingesting pure, clean, healthful oil.
Which Ned Products are Best for Pets?
We recommend that you use our Ned full spectrum hemp oil for practical reasons—the fur can prevent absorption of a topical. The 300mg bottle is a good place to start for your pets.
As far as dosing, you can start at 1mg for every 10 pounds of your pet’s weight and dose one to two times per day. You can dose up or down depending on how it seems to be working. To get the full benefits of the CBD hemp oil, it is best to squirt it directly into your pet’s mouth. If this is not an option, you can mix it directly into their food or favorite treat.
In addition to active cannabinoids, our Ned 300mg Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is loaded with a broad spectrum of natural nutrients, such as terpenes, flavonoids, and trichomes. Check with your vet, try it out on your furry friend, and let us know how it goes!