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Phytocannabinoids & Pet Health

Phytocannabinoids & Pet Health

How Do Phytocannabinoids Benefit Pets?

Pet owners are increasingly turning to daily CBD supplements to support the health and wellbeing of their four-legged family members. Although the American Veterinary Medical Association takes no official stance concerning CBD oil as a nutritional supplement, many vets and pets owners believe that CBD oil can be administered as a supplement to help the many conditions animals may experience. A scientific report in the Spring 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) reviewed how 631 pet owners used cannabinoids with their pets. Commonly reported benefits of cannabinoids were; provided pain relief, aided with sleep, helped relieve anxiety, offered nervous system support, reduced inflammation, reduced seizures or convulsions, reduced vomiting or nausea, helped suppress muscle spasms, aided digestion, helped with thunderstorm or fireworks phobia, inhibited cell growth in tumors and cancer cells, and helped with skin conditions.

The Nov 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) report supports these findings by indicating CBD is safe and well tolerated in both humans and animals, and is not associated with any negative public health effects.

The reason phytocannabinoids (whole-plant CBD) have numerous applications for pets is because all mammals have endocannabinoid systems (ECS), critical to regulating a wide range of body processes, including the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, endocrine glands, brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen, bones, muscles, blood vessels and cells, lymph cells, and fat cells. ECS is responsible for maintaining balance (homeostasis) within the mammalian body, regulating the body’s immune response and communication between cells, as well as appetite, sleep, metabolism, and mood.

Naturally occurring phytocannabinoids are important for the overall health of dogs, cats, rabbits and other mammals (including humans). Dogs are especially responsive to phytocannabinoids as they have the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brains and bodies compared to other mammals – even humans.

Are Hemp-Derived Phytocannabinoids safe for pets?

Yes, the November 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) report indicates CBD is safe and well tolerated in both humans and animals, and is not associated with any negative public health effects. Note that hemp derived phytocannabinoids (CBD) do not include psychoactive compounds and do not cause the high associated with cannabis. Hemp is classified as containing less than .3% of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Pet owners may add CBD to their pets’ meals as a daily supplement for chronic ailments as well as to promote general well-being. In addition to the dozens of cannabinoids in hemp, hemp oil is a great source of important nutrients, including vitamins A, B12, C, and E, minerals, omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll, and terpenes. Always talk to your veterinarian before adding any supplement to your pet’s regimen.

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Research shows CBD is safe and well tolerated for animals, and may be beneficial for numerous health conditions, including relief from seizures, anxiety, acute and chronic pain, arthritis, and skin issues. Anecdotal evidence also indicates phytocannabinoids may also be useful in increasing appetite, improving digestion, slowing tumor growth, and providing end of life comfort.

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