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If you are a pet owner, especially the owner of a pet with health issues, chances are you’ve heard the buzz about the positive effects of CBD oil. Perhaps you’ve read up on it and learned that CBD is believed to have a variety of medicinal and therapeutic properties. In contrast to THC, cannabis’s other primary component, you may have read that CBD will not get users high. Both of these statements are accurate. On the other hand, maybe you discovered and are hoping for answers. Either way, it’s great to have you here as we strive to share the best information available regarding CBD products and our four legged friends.

In spite of the magnitude of this rapidly growing industry, research and sanctioned studies on the long range effects of CBD oil in pets is lacking. It is important to understand that as the medical community and lawmakers race to formally document both success stories and possible cautions regarding CBD products, pet owners everywhere are already using this merchandise in the hopes of improving the lives of their companions. A quick search of the internet will yield a multitude of links to individual pet owners sharing their personal experiences with CBD products. Although online information can be inaccurate or misleading, these owner testimonials often provide details from actual CBD usage and the results. It’s not a bad place to start if you seek specific examples.

In November of 2017, the World Health Organization published one of the first and most comprehensive reports to date on the use of CBD in both humans and pets. The conclusions, although limited, were very encouraging. According to the WHO, CBD oil appears to be safe and well tolerated in pets. In 2018, an additional study was conducted by veterinarian Stephanie McGrath. As one of the pioneering researchers in the field of veterinarian cannabis, McGrath tracked the absorption of CBD as it moved through the system of healthy dogs. Her findings were positive, especially because she determined that animal absorption of CBD mimicked the research recorded on CBD’s absorption in humans. This is noteworthy because human CBD studies far outnumber animal CBD studies. When evidence is lacking in the animal world, parallels can be drawn from human results. Veterinary research is ongoing, but Dr. McGrath’s preliminary results are promising. This is particularly true in the areas of osteoarthritis and epilepsy where there are limited drugs available to treat pets with these conditions.  Most of the existing prescribed medications for these ailments are accompanied by potentially serious side effects. According to McGrath, “I feel really comfortable at this point, given all of our clinical trials and our initial research, that it’s a safe product.”

Anxiety in pets is a common issue voiced by dog and cat owners alike. Separation anxiety, stress over thunderstorms and fear of fireworks top the list of prompts for animal tension. The central nervous system, the brain and the organs in our pets have cannabinoid receptors which produce serotonin. Serotonin has an overall calming, mood stabilizing effect in both humans and animals. CBD products connect with these receptors and stimulate the body to produce serotonin thereby relaxing your pet and relieving anxiety.

Take these steps if you are considering CBD products for your pet:

  1. Talk to your vet. Legally, your veterinarian can not start a discussion with you regarding CBD. However, if you start the conversation, most doctors are willing to discuss the subject. It is important to start with your pet’s doctor because he knows the medical history of your animal. In addition, he can also alert you to any possible conflicts that CBD may have with medications that your pet is currently taking.
  2. Find a reputable, quality controlled supplier. Congratulations! You’ve already completed this step. Farmulated premium CBD is 3rd party tested, all natural and THC free.
  3. Start slowly with small doses and keep track of your pet’s progress. Use a notebook to record the products you use and the results that you observe. This information will make it easy for you to track progress and make adjustments if necessary.
  4. Observe your pet. As with any substance that is given to your pets for the first time, keep an eye on them for any adverse reactions.

Responsible pet owners are generally motivated by the love they have for their animals. If you are investigating CBD products, chances are you are doing so in an attempt to improve or enhance the life of your pet. Hopefully, this information has helped in your quest to determine if CBD products are the answer.

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