Can a dog be put on CBD oil for dogs? It is not as strange as it sounds because this is one of the most promising new medications being used to treat certain types of diseases in both humans and animals. Currently, there has only been a formal study on the effects CBD has on dogs. What researchers do know is that CBD acts with the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC receptors found in the brain, which help to keep it in a balanced and normal condition. The CBD is not the same as THC, so it would not get the same high as pot or even heroin. However, CBD has been shown to relieve symptoms and pain associated with seizures, chronic pain, depression, nausea, chronic anxiety and other brain-related problems.
If this sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. There are companies in the US, such as Garden of Life, that are taking CBD and preparing to launch a health supplement that is made from the oil extracted from nuleaf. This is similar to the Blue Ribbon Group leaf for dogs and is still undergoing clinical trials, but CBD-like chemicals have shown promise in numerous studies. Not all CBD is created equal though. Most of it is extracted from nuleaf or hemp, which contain the highest levels of CBD and little else.
This means that any dog dosage sizes, if any, should be based on the amount of CBD oil (which is typically less than one hundred milligrams per a twenty-four ounce dog bottle) that is present in the pet’s food. Adding a trace amount of CBD will not significantly alter the dog’s normal diet. Holistapet, one of the top pet nutrition manufacturers in Canada, tests all of their pet foods for CBD levels and offers a variety of different breeds of dog. They also make specialized diets for small dogs and large breed dogs that contain a high level of CBD.
So, what are the effects of CBD in dogs? The most common, albeit controversial side effect of CBD is its ability to alter brain chemistry, resulting in unpredictable behavior, sometimes ranging from a hyperactive or anxious dog to an over-excited, manic dog. Since there is currently no known cure for ADHD or other types of behavioral problems, this may be a risk worth taking if your dog is suffering from the disorder.
On the plus side, CBD has been proven to reduce the symptoms of depression in human beings. There are currently clinical trials going on to test full-spectrum oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other mood disorders. If the results of these studies are anything to go by, CBD extract type compounds could become a real contender for treating mood disorders like depression in the future.
While CBD is mostly found in herbal supplements, it can also be found in prescription form in a few brands of lab tested medicine for animals. The FDA does not approve the sale of CBD for humans, so any supplement you buy for your dog must be lab tested and manufactured under FDA standards. To find out if the supplement your dog is consuming is truly CBD oil, check the label for a statement stating that the supplement is manufactured under FDA guidelines. Lab tested oils that do not say they are lab tested usually have incomplete or inaccurate information. Most reputable pet stores will be able to tell you whether or not a product is CBD oil, and will be able to order it from a reliable and recognized supplier.