Despite the recent surge in popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) oil for humans, many pet owners are still unsure about the potential benefits of cbd oil for dogs. In this article, we will explore the findings from a case study conducted by an experienced veterinarian on using cbd oil to treat various ailments in his canine patients.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant and contains no more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana). It’s known for its calming effects that help reduce stress and anxiety without causing any intoxicating or psychoactive side effects. In addition, research has shown that CBD can be used to treat inflammation, arthritis, seizures, and other health conditions.
How does CBD oil work?
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system through specific receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors regulate important functions such as mood, sleep cycles, appetite and more. When these receptors interact with CBD molecules, they can help relieve symptoms associated with pain management, inflammation reduction and more.
Can vets prescribe CBD oil for dogs?
Yes – veterinarians can legally prescribe veterinary products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids such as CBD to their patients. However, it’s important that dog owners speak to their vet before giving their pet any type of supplement or medication to ensure it won’t interfere with any existing treatments or cause any adverse reactions.
Case Study: Treating arthritis in dogs with CBD oil
In a recent case study conducted by Dr Ben Muddiman, two arthritic dogs were treated with a combination of glucosamine supplements and CBD drops added directly to their food twice a day for 12 weeks. At the end of this period, both dogs showed significant improvements in mobility and discomfort compared to baseline measurements taken before treatment began. In addition, no side effects were observed during this time, further supporting the safety profile associated with using CBD oil as an effective treatment option for managing arthritic symptoms in dogs.
Are there any possible side effects?
As with all medications there is always a risk associated with taking them, however when it comes to CBD oil there have been very few reported side effects to date; most commonly being mild sedation or drowsiness at higher doses, but nothing too serious or concerning overall. In addition, some pets may experience increased hunger or thirst due to appetite stimulation caused by cannabinoid receptor activation in the brain, so owners should monitor closely if these occur after starting CBD oil treatment for their pup(s).
Overall, it appears that CBD oil can be safely used as a natural alternative to treat certain ailments in dogs, including arthritis, without worrying about significant side effects occurring as long as proper dosage instructions are followed according to each individual pet’s needs/weight etc. That said, it’s always best to speak to your vet beforehand so they can advise you on what would work best based on their professional opinion & experience working specifically within canine medicine!