You may have noticed a new product on the shelves at your local pet boutique or even at your vet’s office: CBD oil for dogs. In fact, you may have even heard about it from a friend as word of mouth about the success of this natural product to benefit a number of different common issues in our pets is spreading like wildfire.
But is there anything to this Green Rush gone to the dogs or is it just clever marketing hype? Let’s take a closer look.
The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabidiol
Turns out that there is actually a great deal of research that has been done on cannabis in the last few decades. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the early 1990’s began a snowballing of medical research into the properties of compounds found in cannabis, known as cannabinoids.
Turns out, the ECS has been shown to regulate a wide variety of biological systems in mammals.1 For example, research shows it plays a role in helping to regulate mood, sleep, digestion, skin growth and lubrication, pain, inflammation, and more.
It turns out that the ECS, so critical for regulating a variety of the body’s functions, is activated by the many cannabinoids found in hemp, a non-psychoactive subspecies in the cannabis family. Chief among them is cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, which is found in high concentrations in the hemp plant which is now a legal agricultural product in the U.S. thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.
A recent clinical trial has shown promise that a full spectrum CBD oil may enhance the treatment of seizures in dogs (see here) with drug resistant forms of epilepsy.2 And, many studies have actually begun to show that CBD may have the ability to enhance traditional cancer treatments because it may have tumor shrinking and immune boosting properties as well as playing a role in disrupting the spread of cancer through complex signaling of the ECS.3 In addition, dozens of scientific studies have repeatedly identified this safe and natural compound may reduce anxiety (see here), improve digestion and skin health, improve mobility in our senior or disabled pets, and help reduce pain and inflammation across a variety of disorders.4-7
your dog, also partner with animal rescue organizations to demonstrate a commitment to animal welfare. What a great way to put your money towards a good cause!
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190521101450.htm. Accessed October 15, 2019.