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Is CBD Safe for Me and My Pets?

Is CBD Safe for Me and My Pets?

Is CBD Safe for Me and My Pets?

CBD is one of the most popular new supplements on the market, but there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what it can do, how you should take it, and whether it’s safe to use. It can be difficult to sort through everything you read and figure out what is best for you and your pets. 

What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid that is formally known as cannabidiol. It is distilled from industrial hemp, which is naturally low in the other well-known cannabinoid, THC. THC is also known as tetrahydrocannabinol and is the cannabinoid that produces the high that you would expect from marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD creates a mild sedative effect on people who use it, which is what makes it so popular for many people and pet owners

What are the Pros and Cons of CBD?

Pros:

·  Helps with anxiety and depression

For humans, this is incredibly helpful for long term struggles. For pets, it’s more helpful to use it when a pet is going to be anxious due to a storm, separation or travel.

·  Can Help Reduce Inflammation & Pain

CBD has been found to both human and animal bodies to reduce the amount of inflammation that they are dealing with. This can help with joint and muscle pain. 

·  Can Help Moisturize Skin

CBD can help your skin to reach the right levels of moisturization, whatever that means for your particular skin type. When ingested, it helps your body to reduce the amount of sebum that it produces. This makes it easier to control the amount of oil on your skin and add whatever you need to to have healthy skin. You can also use infused oils or lotions to help your patches of dry skin or hot spots.

·  Non-addictive and easily accessible

Cons:

·  Can Strain Liver

CBD is metabolized in the liver, which can put additional strain on your liver if you aren’t careful.

·  Can Cause Problems with Other Medications

It can also interact with other medications like anticonvulsants in a way that you do not want.

·  Can result in Allergic Reaction

Like any supplement, you or your pet could be allergic to CBD. Try it out on a small patch of skin before ingesting it or try it on a small patch of your pet's skin before use

·  Not a lot of research into the long term effects

Because it was illegal to sell until recently, there is a limited amount of research into how it affects people in the long-term, let alone their pets. 

How can Humans and Pets take CBD?

There are a wide variety of ways that you can take CBD yourself or give it to your pets. The simplest and most effective method to take CBD is to put a few drops of the oil underneath your tongue and let it soak in that way. You can also include it in foods, drinks, or your vaping liquid. As for your pets, it’s best to include the oils in their food or water for ease of dosage, though you’ll need to make sure that they eat or drink the entire bowl to get the dosage that they would need to get the effects you want. 

A Note about THC and Pets

When it comes to giving your pet CBD products, you need to make sure that there is little to no THC in the product. THC will get your pet high which will needlessly stress your pet out. They don’t understand that getting high is supposed to be fun and will just be scared. Make sure that you are using CBD products for them to be their happiest, healthiest selves, not to amuse yourself. If you aren’t sure if the THC content is appropriate for your animals, you can request a certificate of analysis from the company. This will allow you to know exactly what you are giving your pet you can then take that to your vet to make sure that it is safe to use. 

About the author. Jamie Westbrook is a professional researcher for the CBD Awareness Project. When he's not working, he likes hiking and bird-watching.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the CBD Awareness Project, and not Driving with Dogs.

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