CBD has become very popular over the last couple of years and while it is only one of
the 100+ compounds that have been identified in the Cannabis Sativa L plant, some
are still wary to administer it to their pets. Full Spectrum CBD oil, unlike CBD isolate
products, includes a wide range of cannabinoids present in the cannabis or hemp
plant. Depending on the condition and what you are looking to achieve, it can
provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids work together in what
is known as the entourage effect, which essentially is the many different kinds of
cannabinoids working together for the optimal outcome.
Full spectrum CBD also contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids,
protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber. When referring to CBD in the
hemp plant, it’s important to understand that hemp contains a large number of
cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compound is cannabidiolic acid
(CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, firms must decarboxylate the
oil. This process heats the oil and changes CBDa into CBD.
CBD from cannabis is only legal in medical or recreational states, while CBD hemp
oil is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 US Farm Bill.
The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes has been shown to
increase the healing properties of each.
While CBD only is somewhat effective, the whole plant extract not only provided
faster and better relief, but the effects also lasted longer. This is why an increasing
number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full spectrum CBD oil as a rule.
The entourage effect is the main reason behind the efficacy of whole plant extracts.
There are over 100 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these
compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to
provide far better performance than any single compound alone, and that includes
Terpenes are chemicals that give the cannabis plant its unique scent. Even in tiny
amounts, terpenes work extremely well with cannabinoids to heal the body. Here are
some well-known terpenes:
Limonene: This stress reliever also helps boost your mood. It may also assist with
Pinene: It could potentially improve your memory and boost alertness. It is also anti-
Linalool: This has a sedative effect and works to help patients with depression,
insomnia, and stress.
Caryophyllene: This terpene is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps
relieve the symptoms of pain. It is also useful against insomnia.
Humulene: This is another pain-relieving terpene which has antibacterial properties
and also works as an appetite suppressant.
CBD is not toxic for dogs, not habit forming and not psychoactive. Although CBD is
derived from the hemp plant, it is not marijuana and does not get your dog “high”
or “stoned”. CBD does not interfere or interact negatively with any of your pet’s
ongoing medications or drugs. CBD possesses many healing properties and is safe to
use. Elderly or aging dogs or dramatically ill dogs benefit the most from the effects of CBD.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
It’s a proven fact that all mammals, people and pet’s alike, have an Endocannabinoid
System. That means that your dog can enjoy the same amazing healing properties of
CBD just as people do. The Endocannabinoid System is a huge network comprised of
many cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. This crucial system is used
by the body to help maintain homeostasis.
CBD and Its Benefits for Dogs
Researchers have shown that CBD carries many potential health benefits. These
health benefits include; Reducing inflammation, helping with arthritis, improving
circulation, promoting bone growth, reducing stress levels and anxiety, reducing
nausea and stimulating the appetite, increasing cognitive functions, lowering blood
sugar levels, reducing seizures, inhibiting cancer cell growth, to name a few.
Is CBD Safe for Dogs?
Yes! CBD is most definitely safe for dogs, just as it is for humans. CBD is non-toxic
and non-psychoactive. There have been no reports of dogs overdosing on CBD.
Recent studies have revealed the potential side effects of CBD for dogs. Dry mouth
and drowsiness tend to be the most common, and I have experienced this firsthand
with my dog, Chachi. Aside from that, there are no serious or potentially
dangerous side effects associated with CBD use.