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The immense popularity surrounding the usage of CBD and its various products is not just limited to humans alone. Although most of the people are already using cbd oil for anxiety, brain health, and immune system boosting purposes, however, its use in the realm of medicinal practices for animals and pets is also increasing by huge amounts. The pharmaceutical products for pets and especially cats and dogs have spread quite widely after the discovery of CBD’s interaction with animals and most mammals.   

The most common problems that most older dogs and cats face are actually quite the same as humans. They have to face common problems of anxiety and seizure attacks. But the studies conducted recently in this filed have shown that CBD can actually help a lot more than that. Many more befits can be extracted from the usage of CBD oils and pictures for pets.  But the dosage, working interaction mechanisms, and administration of CBD amounts are still in question and will become more clear as more studies pile up.  The basic working of CBD for pets involves the theory that dogs mostly have the same endocannabinoid system or ECS as humans do so the interaction between CBD and this system is almost alike on various levels. Hence the impacts are mostly positive with regards to animals and pets. 

The legalization of recreational marijuana in 2012 for colorado has helped the industry quite a lot. As the hype reached most veterinary professionals, more studies started to come to the surface that shoed the in-depth analysis of CBD’s woking in pets and other animals. More on this below.

What do the studies say:

Many studies have been done after the well-known veterinarian, Stephanie McGrath pointed out the unavailability of any kind of solid research on the subject in 2013. Since then, scientists have found out many unanswered questions about CBD for pets. The findings are all related to different sects of pharmaceutical administration and dosage and require more analysis as time goes by.  Some of the recent findings are given below:

1. CBD oils work better:

CBD is a lipophilic molecule meaning it dissolves more daily into fats and lipids. veterinarian, Stephanie McGrath found out that CBD oils shoed the best pharmacokinetic profile among all other types of forage and consumption varieties. What this means is that they are more effective for pets as they get absorbed quickly, and offer long-lasting effects.  Capsules and creams have not shown good effectiveness profiles. 

2. THC can be harmful so pure CBD extracts should be used:

The only viable and FDA approved source of CBD is the hemp plant which contains less than 0.3% THC which can be harmful to the pets especially cats and dogs. The reason si that it causes a euphoria upon intake and is not recommended for pets. Thus CBD having low traces of THC is most suitable for usage on animals.

3. Dogs and cats also have an ECS as humans do:

The fact that the endocannabinoid system is found in both humans and pets mostly, the effective working ad interaction of CBD can be traced similarly to its working in humans. The results which are mostly positive by most pet owners suggest this theory to be true. 

4. The increased concentration of liver enzymes offer no harm:

WHO says that pure CBD having low traces of THC is safe for usage on animals. But a study conducted in 2018 suggested that it might cause an increase in the concentration of a liver enzyme called the alkaline phisohate or ALP. but Mcgrath conducted her own experiment which showed no actual harm as a result of this increased concentration. 

Some known medical benefits:

Although the complete knowledge about CBD’s working in an animal is still vague, some studies have already shown many medical benefits. These are:

  • Painkillers
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stress reliever
  • Antiemetic
  • Anticancer effects
  • Promoting homeostasis


Although some recent findings have vividly pointe doubt numerous medical benefits that CBD can offer to animals and pets, still kore research is needed on the matter to fully declare CBD; usage in the realm of veterinary professionals and animal pharmaceuticals. All in all, CBD does possess high potential in this area, and trying out a low dodge product can not give any harm. 

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