Plenty of recent CBD studies indicate the health benefits of CBD for pets. Science Daily cites a new 2019 study from Colorado State University where Dr. McGrath and colleagues found that 89% of dogs treated in this study with CBD oil, had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
He adds that “The CBD product used in the study was derived from a hemp plant, which has 0.3% or less of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC. The compound is not considered marijuana and can be used for research purposes based on the 2014 United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill,” via Science Daily.
These findings highlight the medical benefits of CBD hemp oil on seizures. They also show that there is a correlation between how much CBD oil is used and the degree of seizure reduction.
“In addition to the distinct reduction of seizures in the group of dogs that received CBD oil, McGrath saw a significant association between the degree of seizure reduction and the amount of CBD concentration in the dog's blood.”
Harvard Health Blog says that CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation stemming from arthritis. That said, another interesting CBD study on the pharmacokinetics of CBD administration found that “CBD induces antidepressant-like effects comparable to those of imipramine. These effects of CBD were probably mediated by activation of 5-HT1A receptors,” via PubMed- NCBI.
These CBD products are selling today because the federal government has not yet established standards for CBD pet products, to help pet parents understand if it will work on their pets, and how much to give. That said, it’s important to consider only purchasing veterinary-approved CBD pet products or CBD products that are sold by reputable and longstanding pet companies with a history behind them.
As usual, it’s necessary to consult with your veterinarian before going out and purchasing any CBD oil for dogs. This is to ensure that a full diagnosis is made first and foremost, and secondly, that the correct health condition is treated either with traditional pharmaceuticals or a combination of both pharmaceuticals and CBD. CBD pet products are not a reason to forego veterinary treatment and care.