Using CBD Oil For Pain Relief In Dogs
With the rapid legalisation of Marijuana and Hemp based products it shouldn’t surprise you that this very old remedy for a range of aliments is being increasingly used to help ease joint and muscular pain as well as an anti-nausea medication with few side effects.
What may surprise you is that there appears to be a resistance in using CBD oil with pets. However, it is only an appearance, with a recent study talking to US veterinarians saying that they were comfortable with their level of knowledge around CBD products and were happy to talk about benefits and treatment of different ailments with colleagues https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00338/full. Unfortunately, the medical professionals that you trust to help your pets aren’t as comfortable prescribing CBD use with clients, even in areas where it has been completely legalized. Although many are knowledgeable and are willing to discuss the pros and cons of using this non-psychoactive substance with your canine companion.
What does this mean for you as the one who loves their pet? You are going to need to do some research and broach the subject with your vet. CBD isn’t something that will cure your dog, but what it is able to do is cause immense pain relief, reduce seizures, and improve quality of life.
Know Your Ingredients
When cannabidiol is mentioned people often have the mistaken idea that this is the psychoactive drug cannabis that has been smoked to ‘get high’ through the ages. But if you have a look at a good informational pet page you’ll be able to get a solid list of ingredients that are included in any CBD product that is suitable for animals, particularly canines.
One of the more confusing aspects is that while cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and as no ‘high’ elements, it can be confused with the cannabinol (CBN) element, which has a minor ‘high’. However, it is primarily the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) element that is the true source of any psychoactive high. For any product to be sold as CBD oil is must contain less than 0.3% THC, and this is generally a product that has been created from a low psychoactive strain of the hemp plant rather than a strain of marijuana which has been breed for its enhanced THC content. However, they are all variations of Cannabis Sativa.
You should not use products that have been designed for humans without checking the ingredients carefully. For humans you will often find additional essential oils added to topical creams designed to reduce inflammation or muscular pain. Oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, pine or tea tree are common additives in creams designed to help with arthritic symptoms in adult humans, unfortunately these are highly toxic to dogs (see here). While some ingredients will be ok if applied topically but not if ingested, these should also be avoided as dogs are particularly good at licking off creams.
Uses for CBD Products in Canines
Although there is still much research to be done in order to determine the full extent of potential for hemp- or marijuana-based products, in both humans and different animal species, so far there is significant potential for using a CBD product to treat pain, anxiety and seizures.
The science is struggling to keep up with the changes in legislation, which is why you will often see hemp products saying that they are not for medical use, because unless they have gone through the appropriate FDA approval system, they can end up in a legal mess. Despite this, a 2019 study from Applied Basic Science Corporation has had very positive results proving the effectiveness of a treatment to reduce osteoarthritis-associated pain that involved the application of an oral CBD oil treatment for the first six weeks. While this is obviously not a cure for osteoarthritis, being able to reduce the pain levels that the furriest members of our families suffer from is important for everyone’s wellbeing.
The pain-relieving qualities of the oil have additional possible uses, and with humans have been found to of particular use for bone and joint pain which is otherwise very difficult to gain any release from, with positive benefit for cancer sufferers. Other than the pain relief an extra benefit is that there are few side effects and no shown long-term concerns.