Four Legs and the Leaf

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Does your cat suffer from stress worthy of a spot on Freud’s couch?



Does your dog need an energy boost to shed the Scooby snack weight? Do any of your pets suffer from joint pain, hip dysplasia, cancer or epilepsy? Itchy skin or any other kind of inflammatory issues?

As the world slowly comes round to the idea of medical cannabis, the list of potential benefactors is extending to include those with four legs. Dogs and cats, like humans and other vertebrates, have endocannabinoid systems. CBD interacts with the receptors in these systems to help support the overall wellbeing of pets and target specific medical conditions.

You may already know the remarkable story of 6-year-old Charlotte Figi, whose severe epilepsy was treated with CBD to the point of reducing her 300 seizures a week to just 2 or 3 a month. But a recent study has showed extremely promising results for using CBD oil to treat dogs with epilepsy too.

A neurologist at a veterinary hospital in Colorado in the USA conducted an experiment on a group of dogs who suffered from the condition, some being treated with CBD oil and others receiving a placebo.

He found that 89% of the dogs treated with CBD oil showed a significant reduction in seizures after a period of sustained use. He also found that the greater the level of CBD in a dog's system, the greater the seizure reduction was.

Another study at Cornell University in 2017 showed that dogs with osteoarthritis also benefited from a dose of CBD in their diet. Administered twice daily, veterinary scientists observed a significant decrease in pain and an increase in the animals’ comfort, and ability for movement and activity.

Even anteaters are getting in on the benefits of cannabis to treat this chronic condition. Keepers at a North Carolina zoo have been mixing CBD oil into the diet of Eury, a geriatric anteater they refer to as ’Grumpy Old Man’, to treat the severe joint pain that has been a result of his aging. 

And seeing as most of his species only live to around 10-15 years, at 19 years old it seems the effect on this guy has been pretty significant. He is still mobile and active, up to his usual antics of satisfying his fetish for stinky footwear by sticking his tongue down visitors’ shoes.

Of course, CBD has long been known to assist humans in treating arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. So it stands to reason that CBD would help with another common affliction shared by pets and humans - anxiety.

While evidence is largely anecdotal due to the short supply of research out there on CBD (even for humans), the stories are promising. Pet parents are becoming wise to the steadily expanding range of CBD oils, supplements, chews and balms out there for pets, helping to ease those stresses set off by an absent owner, fireworks or the vacuum cleaner.

Last month a ”for-good” startup called Cuddly even launched a CBD box containing an assortment of these kinds of products, “to help promote rest and relaxation” for pets and their parents. 

The boxes, sold to raise funds for shelter animals across the world, are the result of a collaboration with a company called MyJane who make similar boxes for women. Included in them are things like a relaxing lavender Kush Queen bath bomb to make tub time more tolerable, and chicken and bacon flavoured CBD pet travel sprays.

Even the most famous advocate and consumer of cannabis in the world, Willie Nelson, has combined his love of the good leaf with his love for animals and recently launched a CBD pet line called Willie’s Rescue. The specifics of what the product range will include have not been released yet, but what is known is that it will target cats, dogs and horses, and a percentage of proceeds will also go to animal rescue shelters.

“As longtime animal advocates and pet owners, our family believes that the hemp plant has benefited our own animals,” Willie and his wife Annie explain in a statement. “We want you and your best friends to experience the potential benefits of hemp together.” 

Unfortunately, due to the relative lack of research available on the subject of CBD and animals, there are still some concerned pet parents out there and some vets who are reluctant to officially prescribe it to their patients. It is recommended that animals already on medication avoid CBD until further studies have been done, and that owners do their homework to be certain that what they’re buying contain absolutely no potentially dangerous additives and no THC.

But anyone looking to purchase our Select CBD Pet Drops for their animals - fear not. Stringent testing standards ensure the range (including Salmon, Chicken, Bacon, Peanut Butter and Unflavoured options) is pesticide and solvent-free, testing at 0.0% THC to ensure your four-legged family members are totally safe, and able to benefit from CBD just as much as you can.

 

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  • great read – thank you for sharing! :)

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