Deciding whether to get CBD (an abbreviation for cannabidiol) for your pooch can feel daunting for some because of its association with “Weed." CBD is one of over 80 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which are derived from the cannabis (marijuana) plant. No, it’s nothing like the more famous and psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that can get you high. Instead, CBD shares important metabolic pathways with ibuprofen and Rimadyl, which are drugs veterinarians often prescribed to dogs to reduce inflammation.
CBD-based products may improve your dog’s quality of life when used with other therapies to treat a variety of conditions: pain management, arthritis, anxiety, seizures, and even cancer. Because of the lack of research, most vets can only speculate and depend on anecdotal testimonies. As more evidence comes out, it should certify its benefits, as opposed to finding any detrimental side effects.
Dogs should never have products containing THC, and there really won’t be any confusion when you go to purchase CBD. Even if THC is legal in your state, THC products cannot be purchased anywhere other than dispensaries. The real challenge is navigating the ever-growing number of CBD options at your local grocery/pet store. Just like any other supplements, you may have to do a little research, to begin with, to find brands and products which are trustworthy. You can find many brand reviews online, and talking to your vet or other pet owners who use CBD products could also be helpful in your decision-making process.
Another challenge is figuring out which CBD delivery system (tinctures, chew treats, topical, etc.) your dog will accept. It might take some good old trial and error to see if your doggy would prefer to munch it as a treat, have it mixed with food from a liquid dropper, or have it in a chewy treat form. Regardless, CBD should not be a scary thing, and it is likely to become a mainstay therapy in helping doggies live full and healthy lives.