Scientific research has shown that cannabidiol does not operate, or at least operates very weakly, on the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Those two receptors are the ones most powerfully influenced by THC, which creates the cognitive changes associated with feeling “high” or “stoned.” In fact, the CBD found in dog treats counteracts and suppresses the effects of THC. Cannabidiol binds to different receptors that suppress pain, moderate body temperature, alleviate pain, and lessen anxiety, among other effects.
This article provides good info on the potential negative effects of THC on dogs (they metabolize it differently than humans). However, it fails to mention that dogs also metabolize CBD differently than humans. In addition, the first product on the list is from Canna-Pet. Canna-Pet was cited by the FDA for stating their products contained CBD when in fact they had very little or none when tested by the FDA. I’m not a big fan of the FDA and how it treats cannabis, but their lab methodology is reputable. Below is a link to FDA warning letters sent out by the FDA to companies that were misrepresenting the ingredients in their products. You’ll notice a number of pet brands were cited, including Canna-Pets.
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The American Veterinary Medical Association does not have an official stance on medical marijuana, but cannabis is not FDA-approved for pets. Furthermore, in any given state (even legal states with booming cannabis markets like Colorado), veterinarians are banned from writing prescriptions for cannabis products. In 2015, a bill introduced in the Nevada state legislature that would have allowed pet owners to feed medical marijuana to sick pets was shot down.