Let’s start with the basics. Phytocannabinoids are the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis and hemp plants. What’s a cannabinoid, you ask? Well, to put it simply they are the chemical compounds produced by cannabis flowers that scientists and doctors have discovered can be useful for treating a variety of ailments, from nausea to arthritis. Now, there are two cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but the one that seems to have the most health benefits is the CBD. Still with us so far? Ok good!
It is essential for anyone to have a restful sleep at night to renew their energy that they can use the next day. Unfortunately, some people can hardly sleep at night no matter how they want to. Suffering from insomnia can be a serious condition because it can weaken your immune system. Though sleeping pills can be of great help, it may not be that healthy for you to depend on this medicine whenever you want to fall asleep.
I am not a veterinarian or canine/animal nutritionist. I am a blogger, and all information shared is based on my personal experience with my four dogs and research about raw feeding, canine health, and nutrition that I do for my four dogs. Please do not use content from this blog in place of veterinarian care. I do not offer coaching or consultations; the most I can do is share my personal experience.
Marijuana, of course, is only one product of cannabis. Sources vary on the exact number, but cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of among 60 to over 100 distinct chemical compounds — called cannabinoids as a group — that can be derived from the plant. Acting on receptors in the brain, cannabidiol has proven effective in alleviating symptoms of human nervous system disorders, from multiple sclerosis to epilepsy.
Yes, they do! The reason you won’t find CBD on the label is that CBD is not the best term to describe these products anymore. There are hundreds of different molecules in hemp that all contribute to the overall therapeutic effects. So many companies are now calling these products Full Spectrum Hemp, Hemp extract, or Phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) Oil instead of CBD hemp.
Cannabis-based products help mitigate some of the symptoms associated with cancer such as nausea, loss of appetite, or chronic pain. No owner wants to see their pet deal with the side effects that come with a cancer diagnosis. Pet parents are seeing great results with CBD products because it’s helping their pets feel more comfortable during these difficult times.
CBD is not toxic, not habit forming and not psychoactive. Although CBD is derived from the hemp plant, it is not marijuana and does not get your pet “Stoned” or “Intoxicated”. CBD does not interfere or interact negatively with any of your pet’s ongoing medications or drugs. CBD possesses many healing properties and is safe to use. Elderly or aging pets benefit the most from the effects of CBD.
Researchers have shown that CBD carries many potential health benefits. These health benefits include; Reducing inflammation & pain, improving circulation, promoting bone growth, reducing stress levels and anxiety, reducing nausea and stimulating the appetite, increasing cognitive functions, lowering blood sugar levels, reducing seizures, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and improving overall wellness and health for your pet.
However, there are veterinarians that support THC-free hemp supplements for animals. Miami-based veterinarian Dr. Patricia Khuly, VMD, has recommended hemp supplements to her patients, and has even made homemade versions using hemp oil for her pets. “I find they can be somewhat effective as part of a well rounded chronic pain protocol,” she tells Leafly—though she has never used them for pet anxiety or improving fur and skin. “Hemp oil sounds interesting for use in the same way fish oil would be implemented for these other indications,” she adds, “especially for my vegan clients who prefer to source non-animal based products for their pets.” She would like to see more research first, though.