Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a hot topic all over the news, Facebook, and various other media sources. CBD oil is an extract from the hemp plant that, by definition, contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the active ingredient of marijuana at an average of 9%, that makes it a class 1 substance and the topic of many laws and legal debates.
The veterinary community has seen an increase in the use of CBD oil in pets begun researching and discussing its use, safety, and efficacy. Today, I would like to give you a brief overview of this new product, what we understand (and do not understand) about it and the safety points you need to know.
First, a little about what CBD oil does within the body. CBD oil affects the endocannabinoid receptors within the nervous system and helps to regulate nerve function. CBD oil does not enhance or dull nerves and sensation but helps to make them as “normal” as possible, similar to the effects of acupuncture. Therefore, CBD oil is suspected and discussed in helping with pain, seizures, anxiety disorders and more.
There are many questions surrounding CBD oil, like does it work? Is it safe for our pets? What dose do we use? Where do you get it? And many more. It is important to note; the FDA does not regulate the production or safety of CBD oil. Therefore, there is no guarantee or quality assurance program that the CBD oil you find is safe for human or pet consumption. Many of these products come from overseas and have been found to contain toxic pesticides and/or heavy metals in high doses. The FDA also tested numerous pet CBD products and found them to not contain the THC levels promised and/or contained other products not listed.
Stay tuned for next week’s continuation of CBD oil.