I’ve got a Weimaraner. Her name is Zelda. I tell her I love her more than anything else in the world on a daily basis.
Is that weird?
To people who aren’t dog lovers… yes. I’m certain it is. But to those who have “that dog” in their life, the understanding runs deep. Really deep when something goes wrong and the possibility of losing your dog too early happens.
This was the case with Zelda, more than once in her now 13.5 year old life. She had a neck injury. One where the vet recommended surgery. A $10,000 surgery and there was no guarantees. She went from difficulty raising her head and dragging one of her front paws to fine using CBD oil, acupuncture and turmeric without surgery when she was 10 years old.
Then at 11 years old came the tumor on her spleen. It was removed and turned out to be benign. Now at 13 ½ sure, she’s slowing down but she still gets out and runs on the beach with a big smile on her face. She eats. She sleeps and she’s by my side no matter what.
And I’ve got CBD to thank.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis, the plant we often associate with marijuana.
In fact, it is one of over 113 “cannabinoids” found in the cannabis plant, many of which are also being investigated for their potential health benefits.
Now, keep this in mind:
CBD won’t get your pet “high”.
Unlike THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, CBD is completely non psychoactive and safe to be used on pets.
CBD also has no known toxicity level, and is incapable of causing an overdose.
In fact, the CBD found in cannabis pet supplements is usually sourced from hemp, a variety of cannabis that naturally contains extremely low concentrations of THC.
How Does CBD Interact With the Body?
CBD interacts with the body via the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
Here are some basics on how this system works.
The ECS is a biological system found in all mammals, and is involved in managing a wide variety of biological processes, including memory, sleep, immune response, and more.
It mainly consists of two types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).
These receptors are built to interact with endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced by the brain).
However, they can also interact with plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD, which in turn cause a variety of responses throughout the body.
When it comes to CBD, many of these responses are very beneficial.
The endocannabinoid system is essentially the system that processes cannabinoids introduced into the body.
Note that most of these findings come from studies on lab animals (like rats) or clinical trials on humans.
Nonetheless, the effects of CBD are similar in humans, dogs, cats, and other pets.
This is because, just like humans, dogs and cats also have an endocannabinoid system that functions much in the same way as the human ECS.
In Zelda’s case, being the Weimaraner that she is, CBD also helps with her anxiety as well. Knowing the facts about CB1 and CB2 receptors really made the reason CBD has changed her life for the better crystal clear.
Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets is derived from hemp oil, so it contains no or very small traces of THC. Because of this, hemp-based CBD products for humans and animals are legal in all 50 states.
The bottom line is, CBD oil could be a healthy (or even life-saving) supplement for your dog. More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse and marked health benefits and they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.