While the FDA has not classified CBD as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The scientific research being conducted, however, has shown that CBD does appear to be appropriately safe at certain doses.
Unlike many other drugs that have been used recreationally, there are no major side effects from using CBD. CBD has a very good overall safety profile. What most misinformed consumers assume about CBD is that it warrants a psychoactive response after consumption. This is often assumed because of the associations CBD has to that of cannabis plants.
Introducing CBD to Your Pets
CBD is the only known natural compound that can activate the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in a mammals body. Two-way communication between the brain and body is activated when the ECS is turned on. This allows the body to communicate with the brain rather than having the brain guess what the body needs.
In other words, the body can actually signal to the brain that it needs additional immune system support to help defend and regulate the overall health and homeostasis of an organism.
Whether your pet is in great health or suffering from an illness/ injury, having them exposed to the workings of CBD will allow them to reach their optimal level of health
CBD oil is a safe and nutritive supplement that supports many things like:
- Healthy Aging
- Joint Mobility
- Ease of Certain Anxieties
- Pain and Inflammation Management
- Healthy Digestion and more
Pets suffering from anxiety or fear often engage in disobedient and destructive behavior that can wreak havoc on your sanity and possessions. CBD helps balance out these tendencies to promote relaxation.
Knowing when your pet is in pain can be a difficult task. Often times your pet can develop inflammation, arthritis and other ailments leaving them with limited energy and decreased mood. CBD can offer highly effective relief to pets in pain or feeling ill.
At this point, I’m sure you realize some of the benefits CBD can provide for your pets but does it come with a price? In order to understand whether CBD oil is safe for your pets, it’s important to debunk some myths and misconceptions many consumers have about CBD.
Myths Around CBD
- CBD gets you high
The psychoactive properties in cannabis come from THC, not CBD so it is therefore not possible to get high off consuming any CBD-based products. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-toxic so it will not get you “high” or leave you in a euphoric state.
2. Synthetic CBD and Hemp-derived CBD are equally effective
Synthetic CBD mimics CBD but doesn’t make up for all the plant-derived compounds that work synergistically together to increase efficacy and bioavailability. This makes it similar to an isolated CBD pharmaceutical. Synthetic full spectrum CBD simply doesn’t exist.
3. Hemp-derived CBD isn’t as good as Marijuana-derived CBD
CBD extracted from hemp and cannabis plants are the same. CBD is CBD no matter the source. Hemp does naturally contain less THC than that of a marijuana plant making it a safer choice for CBD oil extraction.
4. CBD is the same as medical Marijuana
There are two types of CBD:
- Hemp-derived CBD
- Marijuana-derived CBD
Hemp and cannabis are different varieties of the same plant species. Hemp-derived CBD is simply not cannabis
Potential Side Effects of High Dosage CBD
The reported side effects after using CBD oil are normally mild and include: dry mouth, drowsiness, lowered blood pressure, stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and appetite disruption. However, it is important to note that the participants in these case studies were given EXTREMELY high doses of CBD. Rarely were users using normal or smaller dose sizes.
Research has shown that CBD oil affects the production of saliva. An extreme dose of CBD oil has led people to report having a dry mouth. In this respect, the side effects of CBD oil for dogs would rather lead to an increase in thirst.
Lower Blood Pressure
High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. While the drop is relatively small, this can cause a temporary feeling of light-headedness.
CBD is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks in dogs due to its calming effect. One side effect of taking high doses of CBD oil is a slight increase in drowsiness. This side effect however, could be more of a positive as increased drowsiness before bed or during times of stress will allow your pet to settle down and fall asleep faster than it would without CBD.
Inhibition of Drug Metabolism
High doses of CBD can inhibit the production of some liver enzymes which then further interfere with the metabolism of some drugs. This is one of the potential side effects for cats and dogs, so make sure you talk to your vet before giving your pet CBD if they are currently taking any medication.
Terpene Profile Research
Terpenes are the building blocks of essential oils from within the cannabis plant that is responsible for the fragrance and flavor of the strain. They are also responsible for many of the different effects. For example, one terpene might promote a more relaxed, blissful state in comparison to another that provides a mildly alerting effect that can help with focus.
An article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology states that “The cannabinoid-terpenoid interaction could produce synergy with respect to the treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections”. What this means is that terpenes play an important role in the medical effect of the plant.
If you are unsure about what terpenes are in the CBD product you are using then try doing some research on brands with different terpene profiles. These different profiles can have an effect on how your pet reacts to the CBD product you are giving them and could therefore, help you determine which CBD products to gravitate to and which ones to stay away from.
The bottom line is that too much of anything is never healthy. For first time users, it is always wise to start small and gradually increase the dosage as you monitor the effects that are taking place. If your pet is frequently feeling the undesired side effects of CBD oil then I’d recommend reducing the dosage to an amount that will give your pet the benefits you are looking for.
For a CBD oil to be deemed UNSAFE for your pet, a high concentration of THC or unregulated, toxic solvents would have to be present in the bottle. An extremely high dosage of CBD could also bring on undesired side effects so it is important to experiment at first and find an optimal dosage for your pet. There is no one size fits all for dosing, it just simply doesn’t exist so make sure you do your research before buying a product and then experiment in small doses to accurately find the optimal dosage that is right for your pet.
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