Have you ever done any research on CBD, especially with regard to dogs? Did you find yourself wondering if the hype tallies with reality on the ground? Did you ask yourself if giving your pet this oil is safe or if it indeed has any value with regards to the treatment of pain, anxiety, etc.? You may even have pondered how suitable it is for elderly dogs. The truth is that there is so much about CBD out there that could confuse a person just hearing about it.
If indeed you have done any research on it, you would have been informed that it is an extract from the cannabis plant. You equally would have read or heard that it is non-psychoactive, and that is true. You can go here for more information. The cannabis plant, also known as marijuana, actually has a psychoactive component within it. This psychoactive component has been identified and is simply known as THC.
More on THC
So, your CBD is not psychoactive because, in the cause of extraction, it is not extracted alongside THC. This is the reason why despite coming from marijuana, your CBD cannot get your dog high. You should note though, that not all producers of this oil see to it that your oil is free of THC. There are those who think that your oil will not be as potent as it should be without traces of THC. Having this in mind, you will need decide for yourself what you want by asking producers what their oil actually contains.
But should it really matter if your dog is on THC? Some think that apart from it being outright dangerous to dogs, dogs are not likely to have the same level of appreciation for it as some humans do. So, you will likely find no vet recommending THC for your dog, like they will do for CBD. It may therefore not be wrong to assert that the reason why CBD has suddenly gained so much fame has to do with the reported medical benefits it offers without the ‘high’ associated with cannabis.
Do Your Own Due Diligence
With all you have heard about CBD oil for dogs, you will need go about it wisely. There is no regulation on it yet; and because of this, all sorts of people are into it with all sorts of claims. There is actually a need that you carry out your own searches and be less dependent on what others tell you, especially what you are told online. Marketers will always create a hype about what they want to sell to you, it is yours to do your own due diligence to be sure that claims can be substantiated. For some recommendations, you can read this article here: www.jpost.com/health-science/pet-owners-treating-sick-dogs-with-cbd-oil-579013.
In this regard, reviews also come very helpful. Look for reviews, third party reviews on what you want to buy. Do not just read the positive reviews, equally read the negative ones. You may want to go the extra mile to know more about the company offering the product you want to buy. You may want to know if they have had any infringement with the law, especially as it concerns what you want to buy. Has any dog parent sued them for false claims? Again, you may want to know if they have amongst their staff a veterinarian or if they have one consulting.
Natural Is Not Same As Harmless
You should not take things for granted simply because you have been told that the CBD oil you are purchasing for your dog is natural. It is natural simply means the primary raw material is natural; in this case, a plant. But you have to keep in mind that there are other factors involved. First, the planting of the plant may have exposed it to chemicals that may be quite harmful to your dog. So, you need to make sure that you don’t have in your oil, traces of insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals that may have been used during planting or storage.
Another thing you should be mindful of is that your CBD oil is extracted through a process. There are actually a number of ways to extract CBD from the plant. One of the commonest and cheapest ways involve the use of butane and hexane. The danger in using these is their tendency to leave residues. These residues are usually very toxic. You need to know all these, so that you don’t get carried away by the “natural product” tag and end up with something that harms your dog. For more on how to identify a good product, go to website’s that discuss this in detail.
Finally, you will do well to carry your vet along with whatever you want to introduce your dog to. Your vet would be in a better position to know what dosage to advice and what drugs to avoid while your dog is on CBD. Again, your vet will equally know what to do if your dog reacts adversely to it.
Below is a list of ailments for which you can treat your dog with CBD oil:
- Loss of appetite.
….and many more.
The above are just some of the more common examples. This is a product that you will come to rely on for your pet’s wellbeing.