One of the questions that may cross the mind of pet owners regarding using cannabidiol (CBD) is whether it will get their pets high. Nobody wants their dog to be intoxicated. Since CBD is derived from cannabis
There are about 113 cannabinoids in the hemp and cannabis plant. CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most popular. THC is the primary compound responsible for making you feel intoxicated when you use marijuana. CBD is an entirely different compound, and it is non-psychoactive. Moreover, most CBD products on the market today are derived from industrial hemp. Hemp contains about 0.3 to 3.5 percent of THC.
Thinking CBD will get you high is one of the most common misconceptions about this compound. However, it is untrue. Although CBD products may contain some traces of THC, it will not get you high. Instead, if you give CBD to your dog, you will notice that the animal becomes calmer. This is not because it is “high.” Instead, CBD works with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body to increase the level of serotonin. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters produced by the brain. It is responsible for making you feel calm and happy. Low levels of serotonin in the body have been associated with depression and anxiety.
So, the answer is that CBD will not make your dog intoxicated. Instead, it will improve the health of your furry buddy. Here are some benefits of CBD for dogs:
Arthritis: CBD is effective against arthritis in dogs because it has anti-inflammatory effects and also provides relief from pain. The pain associated with arthritis is usually due to swelling in the joints. Not only does CBD fight inflammation and thereby reduces swelling. It also interacts with the neurotransmitters responsible for pain. What’s more, CBD will improve your dog’s appetite and put the animal in a better mood, which is a prerequisite for good health.
Anxiety: Just like humans, dogs are prone to experiencing stress. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to increase the production of serotonin in the body. This makes your dog calm and less nervous.
Seizures: It may come as a surprise to some that dogs can also experience seizures. People who have dogs that are prone to seizures know how heartbreaking it can be to watch your pet suffer. While there are many effective medications for this condition, they usually have serious side effects. CBD is one of the best solutions for treating seizures in dogs. It can reduce the frequency of seizures and generally boost the immune system of your pet.
Appetite: Yes, just like humans, dogs can lose appetite. There are many reasons why your dog may not be eating including digestive issues, anxiety and more. CBD does not increase your dog’s appetite by giving it the munchies. No! This compound improves the metabolism of your pet and thereby boosts its appetite.
Cancer: CBD is also effective against cancer. This compound has been found to reduce the growth of tumors and boosts the development of healthy cells. Since it also improves appetite and boosts the immune system, it indirectly contributes to restoring good health to your pet.