Cannabis is often used as a medicine for humans who  suffer from seizures or who have chronic medical conditions, but did you know that dogs can use it as well? More and more dog owners are turning to CBD because this cannabis derivatives is completely legal and non-psychoactive, treats arthritis, chronic pain conditions, and even help with anxiety. Some are using it as a cancer treatment too. Although it’s important to be realistic about the impact that any drug could have on late stage cancers.

CBD is a cannabinoid that is found in both hemp and marijuana. It is one of, quite literally, dozens of such cannabinoids the difference between CBD and others, however, is that CBD has significant therapeutic effects, without getting you high. THC, for example, is highly psychoactive, and while it does also have anti-inflammatory effects, it also affects your thinking, response times and perception.

Marijuana contains around 15 percent THC, while hemp has a much lower level of THC is less than one third of a percent, which means that it won’t intoxicate a person or a dog.

CBD binds with receptors in the brain and the nervous system, and also has an impact on the immune system. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and it also relaxes muscles and helps to prevent tumors and seizures. It also helps to increase a dog’s appetites, and can reduce anxiety and aggression. It is a powerful substance, and it can be a boon for a pet that is suffering from a chronic condition. CBD can help with arthritis, soothe compromised immune systems, reduce stress responses, and help with digestive issues.

There are some trials ongoing to see if it can help with sprains, ligament strains and broken bones. Certainly, it is an interesting option for veterinarians to use as a post-op care aid, because it can help to reduce swelling and stiffness, allowing a dog to get active more quickly so that it doesn’t have to worry about pain or side-effects.

CBD is a powerful medication, and it is something that both humans and dogs can benefit from. Since it is not psychoactive, it is not controlled in the way that marijuana is and this means that it can be bought over the counter in most parts of the world. It’s important to read the labels carefully on any CBD Product before buying it, though, to make sure you know how strong it is. While it is unlikely that you would notice any ill-effects from taking too much, CBD is expensive, and if you use too little your dog won’t benefit, and too much means ‘dripping away’ the oil for no extra benefit. Indeed, the strong taste means your dog may be reluctant to actually take it at all. Finding the right balance is important if you want the health benefits for your beloved family pet. Your vet may well be able to advise you on the right dose for the size of dog you have.