CBD For Dogs: The Next Big Step in Veternary Medicine
Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the many cannabinoids identified in cannabis, is believed to have many potential medical applications. Unlike other cannabinoids like THC, it is completely safe and does not have a psychoactive effect. Recently, the use of CBD to treat a variety of medical conditions in dogs and other pets took off, and many CBD-rich edible treats are being made for the canines. Since veterinary CBD (as a drug) has not been legalized yet, no company has claimed about its therapeutic action. However, it’s an open secret that these edibles can effectively treat pain, inflammation, cancer-related ailments and may be used as palliative drugs.
No pet owner likes to watch his beloved canine suffer unbearable pain caused by severe arthritis or the final stage of a tumor. Such painful ailments prevent the dogs from eating which results in muscle wasting. Till now, most terminal diseases in pet dogs were treated only with synthetic drugs despite the fact that they may cause serious side effects such as kidney and liver damage. But, veterinarians continue to prescribe them because the medicinal use of CBD for dogs is not yet legal. However, most pet owners are unwilling to wait till cannabidiol medications become legal and are buying CBD-laced edibles to alleviate their canines’ suffering. The feedback collected from hundreds of pet owners proves CBD’s effectiveness in pacifying anxious dogs, especially in cases such as anxiety while traveling in cars or during social visits.
How Does CBD Act?
Scientific studies have confirmed the presence of an endocannabinoid system in all animals. These endocannabinoids act on certain receptors found throughout the body and control several physiological functions. During an illness, the activation of these receptors using phytocannabinoids like CBD helps to treat the underlying problem.
Pharmacokinetics of CBD in Dogs:
Dogs metabolize CBDs in a different way as compared to humans, so a majority of information about the therapeutic effects of CBD in humans is of no use. In canines, two cannabinoids namely 2-AG and anandamide activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors inside the brain and other body parts, respectively. The CBD, which acts an agonist to these receptors, binds to them for a long time, evoking a therapeutic response without toxic side effects. Also, orally consumed cannabidiols are metabolized by a dog’s liver and passed out safely via urine.
Response From Pet Owners:
A study conducted by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) showed that 60% to 95% of pet owners have vouched for the health benefits of CBD-rich edible treats. Their testimonies suggest that CBDs can treat medical conditions including pain, seizures, phobias, nausea, digestive problems, inflammation, and tumors. Cannabinoids can also be helpful in alleviating the neuropathic pain caused by osteoarthritis.
The American Medical Association (AMA) is pressurizing the Federal government to legalize cannabinoid-based drug formulations and to promote veterinary studies on the benefits of CBD for dogs. Overall, CBD is a miraculous compound, not just for humans, but also for their four-legged companions. Though it is not a cure-all drug, it certainly eases your dog’s suffering and may extend its life, in some case. More important, it drastically reduces the need to euthanize a pet with a terminal illness.