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One of the most difficult parts of owning a pet is seeing your furry friend in pain or distress. Animals can suffer many of the same ailments as humans, including anxiety, arthritis, cancer, epilepsy as well as sleep problems. If you have ever seen your furry companion suffer and have felt completely helpless, you may want to consider looking into cannabis oil to help your pet.
Buddie has been specially formulated to assist in a variety of conditions and is available in CBD, CBG, and a combination CBD & THC. Dogs and cats can develop many of the same health and wellness concerns as any other member of your family. If you’ve experienced positive results using cannabis oil products, you may wonder whether your furry family member may experience similar results. The answer is a resounding YES! Like you, your pet has a built-in regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system – and it is geared to respond to the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis in the same way your system does.
Knowing that your four-legged companion could benefit from the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis just as much as you could, there are some important factors that you need to consider before deciding to embark on this journey with your furry one. Since all Buddie products are made from organically grown, medical-grade cannabis, you can rest assured that your best friend will get only the finest quality oil. Extraction via the supercritical Co² method ensures that there are no harmful residual chemicals in the oils and since canine and feline digestion is not the same as ours, Buddie products are formulated with a coconut oil carrier liquid that is easier for them to digest. In fact, coconut oil, given in moderation, can aid digestion.
What are the benefits of cannabis oil for pets? Let’s take it step-by-step:
Cannabis oil works for your pet in the same way it works for you, by interacting with the receptors of the largest regulatory system in the body: The Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This essential communication system is a complex network of messengers and receptors responsible for helping to regulate nearly every crucial function, including the processes responsible for pain perception, immune system function, inflammation, emotional responses, digestion, and more.
The communication between the messengers and receptors of the ECS keeps essential functions working as they should. If the effects of illness, injury, or stress create a demand for the ECS messengers that exceeds the current supply, communication can stall and essential balance is lost.
That is where medical cannabis comes into the picture. The cannabinoids found in cannabis flowers, of which there are more than 113 potentially beneficial ones, function as the messengers of the endocannabinoid system. Cannabis mimics the effects of the cannabinoids made by the body (endocannabinoids) and relays urgent messages to the ECS receptors. Supporting the ECS with cannabis could help restore balance to crucial functions essential for health and wellness.
Now that you know all about the science part, let’s discuss the various options:
CBD is one of many cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. Most people will hear the word “cannabis” and immediately assume that it will have a psychoactive effect on their pets. You need not worry. Buddie CBD products are formulated from full extract cannabis flowers, with only a small amount of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) present. We need THC to achieve the Entourage Effect that was mentioned before, but since the amount is so small, your pet will not get high!
So, what exactly are the benefits of CBD Oil for your pet?
Relieves anxiety and stress
Anxiety and stress can be as debilitating for your pet as they can be for you. Having to watch your best friend deal with anxiety and the symptoms of stress can be heart-wrenching. Fortunately, research has shown that CBD, a completely natural compound, can offer fast and effective relief from anxiety and stress for your furry friend, without producing unwanted side effects.
How does this work?
CBD induces the endocannabinoid system to increase the availability of serotonin, the “feel-good chemical” that their bodies produce. While some pets display “learned” fears – think of PTSD in humans – they also react to environmental triggers, and CBD can help to reduce the stress and anxiety that these fears cause. Tentative research has pointed out that the use of CBD can assist your furry friend to “unlearn” these fears so that they are unafraid when confronted by the same circumstances in the future.
Anti-inflammatory and mild pain reliever
CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that target cannabinoid receptors, which makes for a great way to alleviate pain from inflammation. NSAIDs often have some nasty side effects, especially if used long-term, while CBD used in the correct dosage has no known side effects and is completely safe to be used, even for long periods.
Assist in managing seizures caused by epileptic illness
For humans, it can be a frightening experience seeing your best friend have a seizure, but CBD oil can have a positive effect on your pet’s seizure activity. While CBD produces no known side effects, it is always wise to discuss this option with your vet, before discontinuing any prescription medication. The results of a Pilot Study have shown that CBD reduced seizures in 89% of those who participated!
Known as the mother of all cannabinoids, CBG, or Cannabigerol is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. Just like CBD, CBG won’t get your furry friend high and has its own unique health benefits.
While there haven’t been any studies on CBG’s effects in dogs and cats yet, there have been a few preclinical studies indicating that CBG has the following benefits:
Given these properties, CBG is especially beneficial for your best friend if they show an unhealthy inflammatory response or struggle with joint discomfort – especially if it relates to age. CBG has been found to be safe for pets and does not produce the high that is often associated with cannabis. Its gentle mental effects and lack of side effects mean that many pet parents are beginning to give their animals CBG – and the results that they are seeing are overwhelmingly positive.
THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and when used judiciously, can be of enormous benefit to our pets. For example, the pet with severe pain that is uncontrolled by traditional medication or CBD-products; cancer patients suffering from the effects of the disease as well as the side-effects of traditional chemotherapy drugs; or the pet with severe inappetence that will not take food willingly. These are all situations where THC may be helpful, and the benefits may outweigh any potential risks.
How can you use THC for your pet?
If you believe that your furry family member would benefit from the addition of THC for any of the above reasons, talk to your veterinarian. There are safe ways to get the medical benefits of THC for your pets: The cannabis mantra of “start low and go slow” is especially relevant when using THC products for your bestie. Micro-dosing is one safe way to administer THC to your pet. Buddie’s 1:1 oil is specially formulated to give your pet the best of both CBD and THC, while micro-dosing enables you to deliver a safe dosage of THC, with CBD negating some of the unwanted side-effects associated with THC. It is important to note that you need to give your furry friend time to build a tolerance to minimize the adverse effects.
THC Benefits for your pet:
Possible side-effects in high doses:
It is important to note that THC is NOT recommended for pets with heart conditions.