Perspective | Cannabis
The ABCs of CBD
By, Katy Cable/TWR/A 5min. “HIGH”
April 20th is WEED DAY, and a national holiday for cannabis culture. The date supposedly comes from what adds up to the numerical code for marijuana. In honor of the big day, I thought I would tell you everything you wanted to know about CBD but were afraid to ask. Or couldn’t find a vet to ask!
Several years ago, before it was even a “thing,” I wrote a blog about the astounding results I was seeing in dogs using CBD oil to keep them calm during the 4th of July fireworks. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. Arthritic pets, pets with seizures, anxiety, psychosis, depression, end-of-life issues, trauma, even cancer, and metabolic diseases were all seeing unbelievable results from CBD oil.
In a very short amount of time, CBD and hemp products have gone from underground to the hot new thing! What was once only a handful of established companies selling CBD pet products, is now a booming market with everyone including Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog in the CBD business.
If all this “buzz” (-pun intended 😜) about CBD/Hemp products has you confused and apprehensive, let me clarify all the important things you need to know.
When I first heard the words “HEMP”, “CBD” & “CANNABIS”, the thing that came to mind was getting “high” and I got scared. I would never want to turn my little pugs into “pot-heads” and have these CBD’s cause more excessive sleeping and binge snacking. Even worse, what if it became the new “gateway” drug leading to opiates and heroin. I was extremely reluctant and apprehensive about using them.
Once I turned to my trusted, holistic/integrated vets for some clarification, I realized I was way off base. These vets have been using CBD’s successfully for some time and straightened out my misconceptions.
What is CBD anyway? All mammals have an endocannabinoid system which is located in the brain and central nervous system. It’s crucial for establishing and maintaining health. Among its many functions are regulating memory, metabolism, immunity, sleep, mood, appetite, and pain sensation. CBD’s (short for cannabinoids) act on any imbalance in these various receptors in the body. They create balance and provide the support needed for relaxing, repairing, or restoring any deficiencies in the body.
There are many varieties of cannabis plants with hemp and marijuana being two popular ones. These plants contain, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a “psychoactive” cannabinoid that produces the “high.” Dogs naturally have an abundance of receptors in their brains and are therefore extremely sensitive to THC. So much so that should your pet get into your stash of edibles it could make them gravely ill.
That put the fear of God into me about ever giving my pet CBD’s until I was informed these CBD’s were NON-PSYCHOACTIVE, meaning they contain NO THC. They are 100% non-toxic and safe. So, you get all the relaxation without intoxication. And now they’ve become a mainstream health-boosting miracle worker.
HOW CBD’s CAN HELP YOU & YOUR DOG! -THE ABC’s
ANXIETY: CBD Has Been Extensively Studied For Its Amazing Effect On Stress, Anxiety And Noise Phobias. I couldn’t believe how great it worked on dogs who would typically go off the charts ballistic on the 4th of July. With CBD they were calm and content. It also worked miracles on Olive. Although she has no issues with the 4th of July, car rides and nail trims were a whole different story. These caused such extreme stress and anxiety she would vomit, drool, and shake even after trying nearly every anti-anxiety drug and natural supplement. Now after taking CBD, she relaxes and has no problem.
I have also witnessed amazing results with frantic barking dogs in shelters or suffering separation anxiety.
It’s the perfect remedy for anxious dogs visiting the vet, having nail trims, or dental procedures! And it’s not just for your pets. CBD’s can be a tremendous help for those suffering from panic disorders, PTSD, and anxiety. Best of all there are NO SIDE EFFECTS.
APPETITE: I know many cancer patients taking medical marijuana to increase appetite and now CBD’s are found to also work wonderfully. Not only with cancer but for many illnesses and aging. So if you’re having trouble getting your pet to eat, try some CBD to help stimulate their appetite.
ANTIOXIDANT: With natural antibiotic properties, CBD is shown to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins C, D, and E. CBD protects the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins. It’s a great anti-aging supplement.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies and a wide range of autoimmune conditions.
CBD Can Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases: For dogs suffering from spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. CBD fights free radicals that cause aging and help repair dying brain cells.
CBD Can Treat Seizures And Epilepsy: I know so many pugs (and other breeds of dogs) suffering from seizures. Most dogs are put on strong drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases. CBD has been working well in about 15 dogs I personally know. Dogs went from such frequent seizures they were considering euthanizing until CBD cut the frequency from hourly to monthly! I am SO excited about this and hope more people will look into this option for their pets suffering from seizures.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION/PAIN RELIEVER: CBD inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation. I’ve seen over 20 dogs unable to walk without assistance or limping after an injury or over-exertion, bounce back quickly after using CBD. It works so well for pain that scientists are considering them a new class of drugs for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
CANCER: With its anti-tumor effect, CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death. This is HUGE! Cancer is the #1 threat facing our pets with 2 out of 3 dogs getting cancer in their lifetime. How exciting to have this promising new option that is affordable and doesn’t have the horrible side effects of most conventional treatments.
CBD’s Are Legal, Safe & Non-Toxic: Because CBD oil for pets is derived from hemp oil and contains no THC, all 50 states have now approved the use of hemp-based CBD for human and animal products. With so many studies showing the health benefits of CBD, the most encouraging result is that CBD is completely safe, even when taken in high doses and over extended periods of time. CBD is non-toxic and animals don’t appear to build up a tolerance.
Choosing A High Quality CBD Oil
I’m sure you’re excited to race out and purchase some of this magic CBD oil but I urge you to do your research first! With any product that has this kind of interest, you must be very mindful. Not all CBD oils are the same and with minimal regulation, you must be extremely careful. Here are a few things to look for:
- Check the sourcing: Only use companies that farm without the use of pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
- Get the analysis: Ask the manufacturer for a lab analysis of the amount of CBD in the product as well as to provide a certificate of analysis. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of poor quality CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is no THC in the product.
- Don’t shop based only on the price: This isn’t where you want to be pinching pennies. Don’t bargain hunt with CBD. It’s plain and simple, the higher the quality and purity, the more expensive it usually is. Make sure the quality is human grade, organically grown, and has good ratios of CBD.
- For serious/chronic conditions use CBD in a dropper: You can buy CBD in treats but I recommend you use a dropper bottle first. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop to make sure he gets the most benefit. Then you can supplement with treats or use treats sparingly and adjust your pet’s dosage. You also will have the advantage of using the drops topically which is great for sore joints, abrasions, and injuries. CBD is absorbed far more quickly when given this way.
While there are several excellent CBD companies that I trust and use exclusively. Currently, my favorite is PAWS EFFECT. They also own KINO, which is their line of amazing human CBD beauty products. I use their Kukui Nut, white gardenia CBD lotion and their Recover cream daily for managing my own autoimmune disease (Hashimotos’s.) They also have CBD bath bombs which I LOVE! All products use only the highest quality, human-grade, ingredients. All products are grown, sourced in Hawaii, and made in the USA. Their treats are grain & gluten-free. Products are also vegan, non-GMO, and certified organic. They use medical-grade hemp which is put through three rounds of extensive testing for purity and potency by an outside 3rd party medical lab. From growing to the final product, you can be sure you’re getting a premium product. I love supporting this wonderful family-owned business. I encourage you to visit The Pet Shoppe on my website to get a 10% discount and some free samples. Or just to learn more.
I now enjoy CBD myself when flying (no anxiety
and no hangover!🤪) and I give CBD treats to Olive as a healthy snack. I also give them to friends who are trying to use more natural pain relief methods for everything from chronic pain management to mensural cramps. I hope if you try it out you’ll keep me posted on your own results. Pugs and kisses! 😘🐾💕
🐾Katy Cable is an actress appearing in “Back To The Future” and starring in the TV series: “Safe At Home” & “ Fired Up!” In addition to her dog health & lifestyle blog/vlog: The Weekly Runt, (https://www.weeklyrunt.com/) she’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Thrive Global, & The Huffington Post. Cable lives at the beach with her husband, Rick, and her rescue Pug, Olive.🐾
Originally published at https://www.weeklyrunt.com.