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What are the health benefits of CBD for pets?

Although the American Veterinary Medical Association takes no official stance concerning CBD oil as a nutritional supplement, many vets and pet 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 June 2018 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 CBD has numerous applications for pets is because all mammals have endocannabinoid systems 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.   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.