CBD is a compound found in hemp/cannabis with a number of health benefits for your pet. Unlike THC, CBD does not get your pet “high”. CBD can have side effects for your pet such as dry mouth, drowsiness and dizziness that are relatively minor and subside with time. Overall, the benefits generally outweigh the side effects for most pet parents. Here are the top 8 benefits of CBD for pet ailments.
1. Reduces and prevents seizures and convulsions – One of the best known uses for CBD in both people and pets is the reduction and prevention of seizures, spasms and tremors.
2. Reduces inflammation – CBD has great anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat a variety of inflammation-related ailments in the body such as arthritis and digestive issues.
3. Reduces nausea and vomiting – CBD is effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in both people and animals.
4. Stimulates appetite – CBD is an effective appetite stimulant for animals who are struggling with their appetite for a variety of reasons.
5. Reduces stress and anxiety – CBD has a natural calming effect that reduces stress and anxiety for your pet. It is particularly useful for pets who have separation anxiety, fear of car rides/travel and pets that are afraid of thunderstorms.
6. Combats pain and discomfort – CBD has been shown to reduce pain from minor to severe in pets and people. In some cases, CBD is more effective at pain control than other forms of pain killers and treatments.
7. Slows tumor growth – Recent studies have suggested that CBD can help prevent the growth, development and spread of malignant tumors and cancer cells.
8. Promotes overall well being – CBD can help promote general health and well being in a number of ways such as improving immunity, improving heart health, reducing stress and reducing overall inflammation in the body.
These top 8 benefits of CBD for your pet aren’t the only benefits to be had. Many have noted improved skin condition, reduction of digestive issues and other benefits not on this list. Wondering if CBD might help your pet? Talk to your veterinarian about the benefits and risks of starting your pet on a CBD product.