The Newest Pet Care Trend: CBD Oil

CBD oil, the subject of intense debate for years, is now becoming more popular in veterinary treatments.  Users are seeking it out for their pets in treatments for pain, anxiety, allergies, or symptoms from cancer treatments when traditional medicines are falling short.  Learn ten fast facts about this latest craze in the pet world, and dispel the urban legends about this latest greatest treatment for what ails your pet:

  1. Most CBD Oils Are Not from Marijuana: While they are associated with marijuana because of the name (cannabinoid oil), most CBD oils are usually made from hemp.  Hemp has virtually no THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) but a great amount of CBD (cannabinoids), the chemical which has the most therapeutic properties.
  2. Not All CBD Oils Are Created Equal:  With the boom in marketing for CBD oil, there has been a sudden increase in companies claiming to have the real deal.  Unfortunately, the FDA has had to create a warning system for companies marketing CBD oil with incorrect ingredient labelling.  If you are looking to purchase, check the FDA database to see if your preferred company is on the warning list1.
  3. No THC Means No Hallucinations:  While marijuana naturally has high levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical, hemp products do not.  This means your pet won’t have any hallucinations, but may be more relaxed than usual.
  4. Cannabinoids Work with The Body:  Cannabinoids, found in hemp but also naturally occurring in other plants, influence the body’s nervous system and affects how it reports pain, nausea, extreme emotions.  In some studies, it is even reported to stop the growth of some cancer cells3.
  5. CBD Oil Is Used in Many Illnesses: Vets are using CBD oil to treat the symptoms of many illnesses.  Seizures, nausea, pain from arthritis, symptoms from cancer and some digestive issues all have seen improvement after pets were given medical CBD oil.
  6. CBD Oils Are Safer Than Other Medications:  There are no known overdoses of hemp CBD oil, making it an ideal alternative to many strong medications now in a veterinarian’s medicine cabinet.  Rimadyl, prescribed for arthritis and pain relief, is reported to cause deaths in pets using the medication4.  CBD is reported to provide the same pain relief with none of the danger.
  7. Hemp and Marijuana Are Not the Only CBD Sources: Six other plants, some commonly found in North America, also are a good source of cannabinoids and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.  Black pepper, cacao, and coneflowers are just a few of the lesser known plants offering similar benefits.
  8. Hemp CBD Oil Is Legal Without a License in Michigan: While it is still illegal to farm hemp in Michigan (for now), it is not illegal to import its by-products.  This means you do not need a special license when looking for hemp-based CBD oil for our pet, but choose a medical grade distributor for quality.  
  9. There Are Many Delivery Methods Available: Your pooch or kitty has a wide variety forms of consumption if you choose to treat them with CBD oil.  Treats, tinctures, oils, capsules, or even skin applications with therapeutic CBD levels.
  10. CBD Oil Is Scientifically Proven to Be Effective in Pain Relief: For those who don’t want to trust a new treatment without proof, know that there have been extensive studies on medical CBD use.  They have proven that dogs experiencing pain from cancer treatments and still have pain, despite mainstream medications, have found relief with oil containing both THC and CBD.

While the subject of a lot of discussion and debate among Michiganders, it is also a scientifically proven alternative to harsh chemicals currently used in the veterinary world.  If your pet suffers from nausea, seizures, anxiety, skin-ailments or any number of other issues, speak with your vet today to see if CBD oil has a place in your pets’ routine.








Blog author Lauren Pescarus is an admitted Cat Person who admires all pets from afar.  She lives at home in Romania with her husband, and loves to buy things for the pets she will soon convince her lucky spouse to bring home.  For more information about Lauren’s writing services, follow this LINK.


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