As perceptions of the use of marijuana change, new scientific evidence has come to light about the specific medicinal properties of CBD. From oils to tinctures to pet treats and more, it’s easy to see that there’s something remarkable about the health and wellness benefits of CBD. But what is CBD?
Origins of CBD
For thousands of years and across cultures, people have used Cannabis, a Central-Asian, annual flowering plant for its unique industrial and medicinal properties. Cannabis has over 100 unique compounds, or cannabinoids that mimic naturally occurring compounds found in the human body. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is found in the plant cannabis. CBD is one of two major compounds found in the plant, the other major compound is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the key psychoactive portion of the cannabis plant.
The Body and CBD
Both human and animals both have what is called the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS which receives and processes signals from cannabinoids via receptors throughout the body. In fact, all mammals have an ECS and can produce endocannabinoids that are central to a stable environment and numerous therapeutic functions in the body. Both humans and animals can receive and produce cannabinoids. Ones that are naturally found in the body are called endocannabinoids, whereas ones that can be used in the body from plants are called phytocannabinoids. CBD is a phytocannabinoid that interacts with the body and Systems that impact pain, inflammation, appetite and mood to name a few.
A Safe and Effective Treatment
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning the compound will not create a “high” sensation in users. According to the Harvard Health Blog, the World Health Organization states that there has been no evidence of public health concerns as a result of the use of pure CBD.
As a treatment, CBD is a natural method that has shown effectiveness in treating some emotional, mental and physical conditions in humans and animals alike, such as epilepsy, insomnia, pain and arthritis. As a result, CBD has become a widely used health and wellness supplement in pet care in recent years and has been infused into dog and pet treats, distilled into tinctures and added to topical treatments.
Several studies in humans and animals have evaluated CBD to treat pain, inflammation, anxiety, and epilepsy, making CBD a safe option for those seeking natural options while caring for pets. The World Health Organization recently reviewed the literature and concluded that CBD doesn’t exhibit effects that would lead to dependence or abuse, leading many pet owners to feel confident in giving their furry friends an CBD pet treat from Emisha.
Anti-Anxiety CBD Treatments
CBD is a common natural remedy to help both humans and pets with anxiety with doses determined by seasoned professionals to help ease symptoms of anxiety and also help with insomnia.
Anti-Inflammatory CBD Treatments
Many causes of chronic pain begin or are associated with the presence of inflammation in the body. For this, CBD treatments are used as an organic natural remedy to decrease the presence of inflammation.
A study cited in the Harvard Health Journal found that CBD inhibited inflammatory and neuropathic pain. For example, patients found lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis when CBD tinctures were applied topically to the affected area.
Other Conditions Treated by CBD
In addition to the leading two conditions that are treated with CBD, several other conditions in both humans and animals can be treated by the powerful natural compound, including:
Finding the Right Amount of CBD for Your Pet
Dosage is very subjective and is highly dependent on many factors of your pet’s health. Balancing safety and effectiveness is key to having results with any health enhancer. Veterinarian medical schools are currently studying safe and effective doses of hemp CBD for numerous conditions. A recent study in Frontier Vets, found 2 mg/kg or 1.1 mg/lb of CBD as an effective dose to provide therapeutic benefits. The good news is each Emisha CBD Dog Treat has 2 mg of CBD, which is the dose suggested by researchers to provide therapeutic benefits. While we recommend consulting a veterinarian (especially a holistic veterinarian), other factors that determine dosage include:
- Health conditions that affect the absorption of CBD, like liver and kidney conditions.
- Dog weight and size
- Your pet’s lifestyle and activity levels
- Other medications that your pet is taking
- Quality of CBD oil, which is often a result of the way the oil was processed
It’s important to start with a low dose of CBD and take note of your animal’s behavior. From there, you and your veterinarian will be able to determine when it’s right to increase the dose of CBD to end up with the optimal amount to achieve your health and wellness goals.
Since some CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, it’s important to pay attention to other compounds in your treatment option. When reading the label, make sure that you check that any CBD you administer to your beloved furry companion contains less than .03% of THC. This amount of THC is not toxic to pets, allowing just the health and wellness properties of the CBD to take effect in your pet.
Natural Pet Care Remedies
At Emisha, we offer broad spectrum, premium CBD products for you, your dog, cat, horse and more! Try one of our health-enhancing favorites like delicious, bacon-flavor 2 mg dog treats today!