If you are a pet owner, you know very well how hard it may be at times to keep your animal healthy and happy. While you want to do the best for the animal you share your life with, you might be confused by the signals it may be sending at times. Indeed, it might be hard to know, at times, if your pet is only unwell, tired, or experiencing serious health issues. Also, it may be difficult to choose from a large variety of products on the market when it comes to boosting the health of the animal.
One of the substances to consider when looking for healthy products for your pets is called CBD. CBD stands for cannabidiol which is a chemical found in cannabis plants. It belongs to the group of cannabinoids substances and it is similar to THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance used to suppress pain. Likewise, cannabidiol has a number of medical benefits while at the same time it lacks the psychoactive features of THC.
The medical effects of cannabidiol
Cannabidiol is used in the pharmaceutical industry to produce medicine for a number of different diseases, for example, epilepsy and diabetes. Likewise, it has been proven that cannabidiol can treat psychiatric issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and social phobias. At the same time, not all the medical effects of cannabidiol have been proven and used yet.
Humans are not the only ones who can benefit from the effects of cannabidiol. Animals also have the endocannabinoid system and their bodies react to this substance. It has been proven that mammals, as well as fish and mollusks, respond positively to cannabidiol. CBD can thus be used as a supportive agent for the treatment of pain or inflammation. It can also treat problems such as post-traumatic stress, skin diseases, and excessive hair loss.
Cannabidiol is not only for animals with serious diseases and problems, however. It can also be used simply to improve the vitality of the domestic animal or even support veterinary treatment. It can be served as a food supplement as well as a supplementary medicine.
Hemp oil and your pet
Cannabidiol is suitable for any animal. A form of the substance depends on the animal, as there is tea, oil or seeds available. Oil is the primary and most used product made of cannabidiol. It is often referred to as hemp oil or CBD oil. Seeds can be considered if you want to treat dogs or cats. For a horse, hemp tea can be mixed into the granules for easy dosage.
Domestic animals can be very selective, especially when it comes to taking medicines. The advantage of cannabidiol is that it has a pleasant smell and attracts animals, which means that the animal is very likely to find it tasty. When served in the form of an oil, you can add drops of it to your pet’s food or drop it on a treat.
How to dose hemp oil
There are two ways of dosing the hemp oil. One depends on the weight of the animal, while the other depends on whether the oil is used solely as prevention and dietary supplement, or as medicine for treating diseases.
As a dietary supplement and prevention, it is recommended to start with 2% CBD hemp oil, 1 drop 1-2 times a day. For larger animals, dos the oil 1-2 times a day in 2-3 drops. After a week of taking cannabidiol, you should see the results of supportive treatment. You can then increase the cannabis oil dosage as needed. If you want to solve problems with hair or skin of the animal, cannabis oil with a combination of hemp seeds is a suitable product.
If you are dealing with a more serious disease in your animal, it is advisable to choose the cannabis oil in combination with other products – cannabis oil and seeds (to start the endocannabinoid system). Learn here about the most common diseases your pets can get. If you are considering using a cannabidiol product for more serious illnesses, we recommend starting with a lower dose of 5% CBD oil or even 10% cannabis oil. The dosage is individual, according to the individual symptoms of the disease.