What Is CBD Oil?
CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, which is also used to produce hemp and marijuana. It's extracted from the resin of cannabis buds and flowers and usually diluted with another oil such as coconut oil.
The major difference between CBD and marijuana is that it only contains trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound that probably comes to mind when you think of marijuana. That means you won't get high from using CBD.
Marijuana and CBD work by acting on the body's endocannabinoid system. This system's main job is to maintain homeostasis and help the body adapt to outside stressors.
There are two main types of cannabinoids-endo (produced naturally within the body) and phyto (produced from a plant). CBD is one type of a phytocannabinoid. Phytocannabinoids mimic endocannabinoids, so they can act like a supplement, giving you a boost beyond what your body can produce.
Receptors for cannabinoids are found in the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems. Because cannabinoids interact with almost every system in our bodies, they're often touted as a cure-all. While they're not truly able to heal everything, they do regulate neurotransmitter function, inflammation, mitochondrial function, and metabolism.
How Would CBD Benefit My Pet?
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? Do you find yourself comforting your highly terrified dog during storms or fireworks? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, it's been found to:
CBD Can Help Fight Cancer
- CBD helps the immune system's killer cells to cause cancer cell death.
- CBD kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy.
- CBD's anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth.
- CBD can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.
CBD Can Treat And Help Epilepsy
It's estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog's liver, organs and overall quality of life. Most of all, the drugs don't work in all cases.
And a survey of children with
found that 84% of the children taking CBD had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
Helps Control Pain
The cannabinoids in CBD work so well for pain that scientists are considering it as a
new class of drug
for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
CBD Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease
CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of
that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity.
It can also suppress something called
, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.
CBD Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Neuro- degenerative diseases.
Helps relieve inflammation and pain from the following:
- Hip dysplasia
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments
- Recovery from surgery
CBD Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Nuero-Degenerative Disease
For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It's been shown to help patients with
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity.
CBD Promotes Heart Health
Just as veterinarian Dr. Bassingthwaighte discovered, CBD has been linked to heart health.
Studies show it can reduce the damage from
damaged blood vessels
and irregular heart rates,
protect blood vessels
from damage and dilate the arteries, and
reduce heart rate and blood pressure
associated with stress and anxiety.
CBD Can Help With Skin Conditions And Allergies
If you have a dog who's licking and scratching himself all the time, he might have a
skin condition or be suffering from allergies.
Dogs can be allergic to something specific or they can suffer from a chronic disease. So they either have problems when they come into contact with an allergen, or they have a chronic disease like atopic dermatitis.
Atopic dermatitis is better known as eczema, and is a common skin disease in dogs. The cause is usually hereditary.
There are various treatments currently available, but most
are difficult to resolve. So the next best thing is to heal the affected skin, and try and reduce the number of symptoms.
Traditional treatments like corticosteroids can be effective in managing skin conditions in dogs. But these steroid hormones have some really nasty side effects. If you have to treat a skin condition for your dog's entire life, this is not a good option.
The good news is that
CBD can help.
have concluded that CBD can help
relieve itchy and dry skin
. It can also promote the growth of healthy skin.
Because CBD is very well tolerated, it can be a better long-term option in treating your dog's ongoing skin problems.
have said that CBD could be a key ingredient in future skin medications.
What's great about the pet products available right now is that you can buy balms and sprays, not only oil. You can apply these products right on the problem areas or administer the oil internally.
Bonus: CBD Oil Is Legal And Healthy!
With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that
CBD appears to be safe
, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time.
CBD can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your holistic vet before using CBD.
Most CBD oil for dogs and other pets is
derived from hemp oil
, so it contains no or very small traces of THC. Because of this, hemp-based CBD products for humans and animals are legal in all 50 states.
The bottom line is, CBD oil could be a healthy (or even life-saving) herb for your dog. More and more pet owners and holistic vets are drawn to its diverse and marked health benefits and they feel good knowing the side effects are mild and animals don't appear to build up a tolerance.
CBD Products We Carry Here At Bark Avenue:
- Pet Releaf
- Canna Companion
- Super Snouts
- Many Treats That Include CBD!
The Bark Avenue Team
Sources - Parsley Health.com,
Dogs Naturally Magazine 2018
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