How CBD Can Help Our Furry Friends

The laws are murky, the research isn’t conclusive, and the side effects are unknown, but some people don’t have any doubt: CBD helps their pets.

Cannabidiol, an extract of hemp—a close relation of marijuana that lacks its high—is being included in treats to calm anxious pets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Business is good. Therabis sells a 60-count bag of Calm and Quiet dog treats for $35 to $55, and recommends giving two chews “before stressful situations.”

CBD treats are popular for older dogs and cats with mobility problems, as well. A New Jersey woman said 9-year-old Moose has stopped his sudden shaking and hiding under furniture since she’s been giving him biscuits with CBD. “It takes the edge off his anxiety,” she says.

Humans have found similar benefits. A customer at CBD Kratom in Chicago told CBS she uses CBD to treat chronic pain. “We’re seeing it in everything from the taffies to gummies and caramels to coffee, pet treats, shampoos, bath balms,” she said.

Others take it for arthritis, anxiety, and depression. The legality of it all is difficult to figure out. The FDA says CBD products cannot be added to dietary supplements or food, for humans or pets, sold across state lines. But state rules seem to leave room.

Even the FDA’s primer is inconclusive, the Journal points out, saying: “Is it legal for me to sell CBD products? It depends.” There’s also much that isn’t known about the medical case for CBD, including the optimal dosages. “A lot of the information we have is anecdotal,” says Gail Golab of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “We’re not just assuming a product is safe because we haven’t heard differently.”

Edited via Newser…

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4 Responses to How CBD Can Help Our Furry Friends

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I think that if were extracted from turnips nobody would question it, but our culture, such as it is, the word hemp is like the mark of Cain. I’ve tried it not long ago at a time of high stress and I think it sort of works a bit and no there’s no sensation associated with it. I don’t think it has as much effect on pain as Aspirin but it’s hard to know how high the concentration of CBD actually is. Since dogs can’t let you know how much or if it helps, I’d be reluctant to experiment on mine.

  2. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    There are at least two forms of CBD. One form can be bought from Amazon and other places for just about $20 dollars an ounce. Another form, one more potent, costs $80 an ounce and cannot be bought in states that have not legalized marijuana. It does not, like the first example, make you high. This is what I use for my older dog, Aadi, who suffers from arthritis.

  3. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Does it appear to work for him?
    The type I tried was expensive as hell but I don’t have arthritis. Stress from my father’s illness was making it hard to sleep and it worked for that. I’m more likely to experiment with myself than with the dogs though.

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