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CBD Oil For Dogs: The Benefits

By now you’ve probably heard about the many health benefits of CBD Oil for humans, but did you know that the cannabinoid can have positive effects for dogs, too? CBD oil for dogs can help with anxiety, noise phobias, digestive concerns, arthritis symptoms and cancerous tumors.

And guess what? Recent research suggests that dogs may have a higher number of cannabinoid receptors in their brains than humans. This means that the beneficial effects of CBD can be even more powerful when the compound is used by your dog. But it also indicates that dogs may be more sensitive to CBD and other cannabis compounds, so using the right dose is important.

What is Cbd Oil? Can I give CBD oil to my dog?

CBD is a cannabinoid that’s found in the Cannabis sativa species. Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, CBD does not produce any mind-altering effects. CBD, and other cannabinoids, work by modulating the behavior of receptors in the brain and throughout the body.

As more research is conducted on CBD oil, it becomes clear that this powerful compound comes with a range of health benefits, from fighting anxiety and relieving pain, to treating Seizures.

Studies on CBD for dogs, specifically, is minimal at this time, but human studies show promising effects. There are also many anecdotal report of CBD benefitting dogs and other pets. Here’s a rundown of the potential benefits of CBD oil for dogs.

1. Reduces Anxiety

Studies involving humans and animals show that CBD oil helps to reduce anxiety and may be effective for panic disorders and PTSD. This is due to the compounds anxiolytic-like effects. If your dog experiences anxiety when he’s left alone, has noise phobias or has trouble interacting with humans or other dogs, CBD may be helpful.

2. Relieves Pain

CBD has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can be used to ease pain, muscle and joint issues and symptoms of arthritis. Research out of Cornell University shows that when dogs with osteoarthritis received 2 milligrams of CBD per kilogram of body weight every 12 hours, they displayed a clinically significant reduction in pain and an increase in activity.
 
Using CBD oil for dogs also helps to decrease the production of inflammatory cytokines that can lead to pain, swelling, autoimmune disease and hypersensitivities.
 

3. Has Anti-Tumor Effects

 
Research suggests that CBD oil has anti-tumor properties and may help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Many studies indicate that CBD and other cannabinoids are able to induce apoptosis (cell death) and inhibit tumor cell growth and metastasis.
 

4. Treats Seizures

 
Human studies show that CBD is effective in treating seizures and epilepsy. And did you know that canine epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs? And many of the medications used to treat epilepsy is dogs cause serious side effects. That’s why the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation kicked off a new clinical trial analyzing the effects of CBD on canine epilepsy.
 
We know that CBD works as an effective anti-convulsant in humans (including children), and if it works similarly in dogs, the compound can be extremely beneficial for thousands of dogs and their owners.
 

5. Fights Diabetes

 
Human and animal studies show that cannabinoids have a positive impact on glucose levels and insulin resistance. We also know that CBD is able to reduce plasma levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines that can induce hyperglycemia and insulin resistance.
 

6. Relieves Nausea and Digestive Issues

 
CBD has pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects. It can also suppress vomiting and help to restore the health of your dog’s gut by reducing inflammation. If your dog suffers from nausea, vomiting, IBD or infections effecting the digestive system, CBD may serve as a potential therapeutic agent.
CBD Oil Benefits for Dogs

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