What’s The Future of Pet CBD Oil?
CBD oil is an amazing substance with a long list of potential health benefits for humans — and animals, for that matter. As CBD oil continues to steamroll into the mainstream, it’s all but inevitable that pet CBD oil will become both a common health supplement for pets and possibly even a therapeutic agent for the treatment of serious pet ailments.
Currently, the Federal government is preparing to hand off legislation to the president which legalizes hemp cultivation in the U.S. (it’s only partially legal at the moment), which will blow the hemp and CBD oil market wide open. It will hopefully eliminate any gray areas when it comes to the legality of CBD oil as a supplement and medicine for both humans and pets.
What does all this mean for the pets of America? Many believe that it will be good news. The truth is there are few supplements available for pet health that could have the kind of impact on overall wellness that pet CBD oil products could have.
CBD oil plays a role in achieving healthy homeostasis by a number of important mechanisms.
According to copious research being done to determine CBD’s potential health benefits, some of the conditions which may show improvement due to supplementation with CBD, include:
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing pain
- Regulating blood pressure
- Regulating blood sugar
- Reduction of seizures
- Reduction of anxiety and depression
- Regulating sleep cycles
- Reduction in allergy symptoms
- Treatment of skin problems
And that’s not a comprehensive list, as CBD oil can do so much more, potentially.
But, how does CBD oil do all these things for pets? Here are some of the more prominent pet CBD oil products that might show up in the world of pet healthcare in the near future:
CBD Pet Supplements
CBD for Arthritis In Pets
The potential for CBD oil as a treatment for pain in pets shows much promise. Research has been conducted suggesting that CBD can help reduce the pain and inflammation relating to inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis. In laboratory animal tests on animals with arthritis, CBD was administered to the subjects after the onset of symptoms, and in both forms of arthritis, the treatment effectively blocked the progression of the arthritis.
CBD for Pet Anxiety and Depression
Pet owners currently turn to a wide variety of over-the-counter products to mitigate symptoms of depression and anxiety. But the efficacy of over-the-counter preparations is questionable, and prescription medications can have unwanted side effects. One study on mice indicated that CBD oil could help to reduce fear memory, thus reducing anxiety levels significantly. Other studies indicate that CBD can mimic the effects of an endocannabinoid (produced by the body) known as anandamide which plays a significant role in reducing anxiety.
CBD for Pet Sleep
It seems that CBD has a modulating effect on sleep patterns. A report published out of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism comes right out and says in the title of the report that, “Endocannabinoid Signaling Regulates Sleep Stability.” The authors gathered findings from a series of sleep experiments with mice. Amazingly, the report finds that the magnitude of the sleep-inducing effects produced by cannabinoids are dependent on the time of day they are administered. Taken at night, they help with sleep. Taken during the day, they promote alertness.
CBD for Pet Skin Ailments
Pet skin ailments take a variety of forms, from allergies to psoriasis, eczema, or just plain dry skin. CBD appears to have therapeutic benefits for the majority of common pet skin ailments. A study carried out by the Department of Molecular Psychiatry, University of Bonn, Germany, looked at CBD’s effect on cutaneous contact hypersensitivity (again, skin allergies). Their report, entitled, “Attenuation of allergic contact dermatitis through the endocannabinoid system,” showed that mice which were lacking cannabinoid receptors displayed exacerbated allergic inflammation. In contrast, mice which had increased levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide displayed reduced allergic responses in the skin.
When it comes to CBD for pets, the coming explosion of consumer demand will inevitably result in more and more CBD oil products focused specifically on pet health.
As evidence of CBD’s wellness promoting properties continues to mount, more research is being conducted, funding is expanding, acceptance is broadening, and pet owners’ demand for CBD is growing.
The applications mentioned above are just a few of the over-the-counter applications. This discussion doesn’t even take into account the numerous quality-of-life-improving and potential life-saving properties of CBD oil. In fact, the U.S. FDA recently approved the first prescription medication based on CBD — a drug called Epidiolex — which is intended to treat epilepsy.
CBD is not only growing rapidly as a health supplement for pets; it’s fast becoming a popular treatment for diseases in pets such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more.