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CBD & Pets

April Morris

Posted on December 24 2018

CBD & Pets
As pet parents, our fur babies depend on us for most of their day-to-day needs –– Water, food, and their overall health. And much like humans, our pets also suffer from illnesses, disorders, aches and pains.
 
Today, Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming more popular and available to the masses. As more scientific and medical studies are published, researchers have discovered several health-promoting benefits of CBD. CBD is a compound molecule derived from hemp. And while it’s been proven to helps humans, many are now asking if CBD can help our beloved pets.
 
Believe it or not, you can give CBD to your pets. Based on several studies and with new research, doctors, scientists, and even pet owners are seeing benefits of CBD with their furry friends.
 
 
How CBD works
 
CBD is a non-psychoactive (doesn’t get you high) constituent from the cannabis plant; more specifically, hemp. The way CBD works within the body is by influencing the many receptors and ion channels through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  From humans to our beloved fur babies, the ECS is found in all species that have a vertebrae. The role that the ECS plays is promoting communication and balance, a “homeostasis” if you will, keeping everything as it should be.
 
So when CBD is metabolized within the body, it influences and communicates a homeostatic balance. From pain and aches, to fear and anxiety, when something is out of balance within the ECS, CBD promotes a normal, healthy balance and influences things to stay as they should be.
 
 
Benefits of CBD for pets
 
CBD helps in treating a number of ailments that our furry friends suffer from. Among chronic conditions, it’s been shown to help with nerve pain, anxiety, arthritis, stress responses (storm phobia), compromised immune systems, digestive issues, and aggression. CBD can even be administered for ailments such as bone breaks, torn ligaments, sprains and strains.
 
Conventional drugs are usually prescribed to help treat many of these ailments and conditions. But the side effects of these drugs can cause many additional health issues. Pets who are prescribed conventional drugs may be perfect candidates for CBD. Not only does CBD achieve therapeutic effects, it can also help in either reducing doses of conventional drugs or can even eliminate them all together.
 
For example, in 2016, the co-founder and CE of Applied Basic Science Corporation (ABSC), S. David Moche, started funding cannabis research on dogs. Then in 2016, two placebo controlled, double-blind trials were started on dogs that suffered from epilepsy. In this study, each client-owned dog goes through a 12-week program of a dose of 5mg/kg CBD or the placebo. Though this study is still being conducted, researchers hope to have final results by the end of this year (2018). However, a number of pet owners have already started purchasing CBD for their dogs, upon completing the 12-week program. “We have people weeping with happiness over the reduction of seizures. One owner has taken her dog off the classical drugs and is only giving him our tincture,” said Moche.
 
Now, from several studies, veterinarians and pet owners are seeing the effects CBD has on cancer, organ disease, and chronic pain. And due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it’s even used after operations to reduce pain, stiffness, strains, and swelling.
 
 
What Does HealthNaturally Offer?
 
We here at HealthNaturally have many customers who use our Hemp Oil Drops for your fur babies. You can drop straight under their tongue, on a yummy treat or in their food. When it comes to topical use, we have many customers who use our Hemp Oil Skin Salve on their animal’s paws, noses and skin irritations.
 
To date, CBD has helped several dogs and cats with anxiety, pain, illness, and seizures. Owners are even reporting amazing results in their horses with the use of CBD.  And as more studies are conducted, more benefits are coming to light.

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