Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the lesser-known child of the cannabis sativa plant; its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC is the active ingredient in pot that catapults users’ “high.” With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first introduced around 750 B.C., though there are other estimates dated back long before too.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), THC activates the brain's reward system by signaling the release of the brain chemical dopamine- Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mood and pleasure. By triggering a higher-than-normal release of dopamine, THC causes people to experience feelings of euphoria. THC is often administered by smoking marijuana, but it can also be found as an ingredient in capsules, edibles, and oils.
CBD vs. THC
How is CBD Legal?
Cannabis containing 0.3% or less of THC is hemp. Although last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp under federal law, it also preserved the FDA's oversight of products derived from cannabis.
CBD for Anxiety & Stress
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder the National Institute of Drug Abuse found that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats.
Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety and physiological symptoms, such as increased heart rate, also improved.
CBD for Pets
Like humans, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system that allows them to benefit from CBD oil. This system allows the active ingredients in hemp to help relieve many symptoms. CBD can ease several conditions your pup may suffer from either occasionally or chronically, including:
- Separation Anxiety and stress
- Moderate to severe pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Arthritis & joint pain
- Digestion problems
- Symptoms from cancer
Some dog owners report it also can help treat seizures but scientific studies are still underway to confirm this benefit. We recommend talking to your vet before starting treatment for this or any other of the claimed benefits to make sure CBD is safe for your pup.