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Is CBD The Future Of Dog Treats?

By: Tommy Fogelsong | May 10th, 2022

We all love our dogs and try to take care of them to our utmost ability. That's why it's important to stay up to date on the latest products to help our canines live their best lives. As advancements in science continue, many products exclusively used by humans in the past may also benefit our pets. This article will explore one specific advance in dog products, the addition of CBD in dog treats.

What is CBD?

Many of you have heard of CBD over the past years, but what is it? CBD or "Cannabidiol" is one of 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. If you are new to CBD, one of the many questions you may have is if this will make your dog high? The short answer is NO. CBD is void of the substance THC, which is the cannabinoid in cannabis responsible for giving users a sense of euphoria. CBD is a natural pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory substance, but that's not all. After years of studies and testing, CBD has been proven to relieve anxiety, help better and individuals sleep quality, assist in cancer recovery, reduce nausea, and more.

Is CBD safe for my dog?

Veterinary studies have found that dogs who received large doses of CBD experienced no major adverse effects. CBD usage on dogs is still relatively new, so as time persists, we will learn more about the long-term effects of CBD on dogs, but if dosed correctly, CBD can be a very valuable cannabinoid for our canines!

Always check with a veterinarian before administering CBD, especially alongside other medication.

How will CBD affect my dog?

CBD has many of the same effects on dogs on humans. Dogs given CBD may experience a reduction in pain, anxiety, seizures and convulsions. It may also grant immune system support (i.e., autoimmune disease, cancer), nervous system support, cardiovascular system support, gastrointestinal support, and give an overall calming effect.

Dogs have two main cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. These receptors regulate your dog's immune and central nervous system, affecting your dog's pain levels, inflammation, mood, and allergies. Dogs have the highest density of CB1 receptors compared to every other species, meaning they feel the effects of cannabinoids stronger than every other species (including humans).

Endocannabinoids (chemicals naturally produced in your dog's body) bind to the cannabinoid receptors in your dog's brain, especially when they are stressed or injured. CBD works very similarly by binding to cannabinoid receptors, producing positive effects on demand, instead of waiting for them to be produced naturally.

What are my options for giving my dog CBD?

CBD comes in both oil and pill forms. If you are looking for the easiest way to give your dog CBD, treat form is the easiest option (not to mention the most fun option for your dog!).

We will be reviewing different CBD treat options in the upcoming weeks, so if CBD treats and other great products for your canine interest you, check our page regularly and join our mailing list to get email updates when we post!

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