CBD products for humans and pets are a big trend right now, but is it all that it’s cracked up to be? If you’ve thought about giving your dog CBD products read on to learn more about CBD and its effectiveness.

What Is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound derived from Hemp plants. CBD is used to manage stress, maintain a sense of calm, and used as a medication for certain ailments. Unlike its counterpart THC tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties. This means that it will not give you a “high” effect.

Is CBD Safe For Dogs?

According to The Human Society of The United States, “Yes, CBD and hemp products are safe for pets. They can be especially effective at reducing pain. Veterinarians have seen CBD help dogs with chronic arthritis pain walk more comfortably, for example. Ongoing research suggests CBD might also help make seizures less intense and less frequent.”

However, despite CBD being technically safe for dogs to consume, the FDA has not approved any prescription or over-the-counter CBD products for use in animals. This means that CBD products that are currently on the market have not been tested for safety and effectiveness. Additionally, companies can make unsupported claims about their products’ effectiveness.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that while CBD may be safe for dogs, there just isn’t enough research and evidence to prove its effectiveness. If you are thinking about CBD for your dog, consult with your veterinarian first to find out if that is a necessary route to take, and do extensive research on CBD products you choose to feed your pet.

Written by Vincent M.

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