Here at CBDTakeOut, one of our main goals is providing our clients with the latest information and the best possible CBD-infused medicines. Intended to soothe the daily lives for themselves and for their loved ones, the benefits of CBD are no longer confined to just humans. We are now seeing increased numbers of CBD products specifically designed for one of mankind’s most indispensable and ancient best friends: your Dog.
Sometimes in our daily grind of activity after activity, we might look at our canine pal and wish we could trade places, and rightfully so. It also just so happens that dogs have the same functioning Endocannabinoid system as humans do, and therefore with great new legal products their comfort level (thanks to CBD!) now has the potential to improve significantly.
As with anything concerning your or your pet’s health, we at CBDTakeOut believe that ample information, research, and discussion should be undertaken before any real conclusions are to be made. Keep reading as we discuss some substantial data regarding the effects of cannabidiol on dogs with disorders, the various forms of administrable CBD studied, and the general contemporary veterinary views on the subject.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Simply put, Cannabinoids are nature’s healing compounds. They are the compounds present within properly grown cannabis that have the ability to relieve many painful symptoms and other body function issues. Cannabinoids align with the natural endocannabinoids that exist within the body’s Endocannabinoid system.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid system was discovered by researchers as being the internal network that is responsible for interpreting the specific effects of cannabis; just as in humans, it also has been found to play a large role in the functioning of various parts of the canine body.
“In order for the Endocannabinoid System to function, the body utilizes compounds called cannabinoids. Some of these natural chemical compounds are produced within the body (endo-cannabinoids), but we can also supplement them from plants (phyto-cannabinoids), like CBD found in hemp oil.” (via Purfurred)
“Hemp interacts with your pet’s endocannabinoid system; the central regulatory system known to affect bodily processes such as digestion, mood and sleep. In the realm of veterinary science, hemp is one of the most exciting and promising therapies being studied today.” (via Therabis)
(Infographic source: https://treatibles.com/the-science/)
Geriatric canines, just like geriatric humans go through various deteriorations and bodily transformations as they climb in age. Osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as OA or DJD (degenerative joint disease) is the progressive and permanent deterioration of the cartilage surrounding the body’s joints. This, in turn makes the body stiffer, slower, and noticeable pain makes your older canine pal less active, withdrawn and sometimes outright incapacitated.
With CBD, healthy solutions are possible. In a recent study conducted by Cornell and Colorado State University researchers, osteoarthritic dogs were given a 4wk regimen of CBD oil compared to a placebo treatment. The overwhelming conclusion as offered by the scientists was that CBD decreased pain and increased activity, as reported by veterinarians. Importantly, no side effects were reported by owners after the study was complete.
Whether induced from trauma, disease, or during birthing, canine epilepsy is one of the most difficult afflictions to endure and also to witness. During seizures affected dogs may stiffen, convulse, fall over, and even urinate and defecate. Certainly, this debilitating experience has negative effects for the animal as well as for the owners. Fortunately, with the passing of the recent Hemp Bill, research possibilities regarding epilepsy treatment with CBD seem to be endless.
How can we prove that the canine endocannabinoid system does indeed retain substantial levels of CBD? In a word: Plasma. Italian researchers conducted a study in 2017, entitled: “Simple and Fast Gas-chromatography Mass Spectrometry Assay to Assess Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol in Dogs Treated with Medical Cannabis for Canine Epilepsy”; a study that makes an overarching assertion that THC/CBD levels are indeed measurably present (and therefore manageable) in canine plasma throughout the research cycle.
Effects of Different Applications of CBD
In a study funded in full by the Applied Basic Science Corporation (who provided the medication), researchers at Colorado State University sought out to assess the different ways by which CBD was effectively or ineffectively administered to canines. Here, again, we have the focus on plasma as carrying agent that can be measured in regards to CBD retention.
The biggest takeaway of this study, it seems, is that transdermal application is the least effective when it comes to sustaining a presence within plasma for prolonged periods of time:
Although bioavailability could not be determined in this cohort of dogs, we demonstrated that the CBD-infused transdermal cream did not reach similar plasma concentrations as the other 2 formulations. In general, transdermal absorption may be incomplete because of diffusion barriers, such as thickness of the skin of the pinnae or absorptivity of the CBD-infused transdermal cream. Since CBD is highly lipophilic, it accumulates within the stratum corneum of human and rodent skin and does not penetrate deeper skin layers.
Based on this, oral administration of CBD is the most effective for canines. Thankfully, with many edible products already on the market, you can take care of your pooch in the best of ways.
US Veterinarians & CBD
But how, it should be asked, do the country’s Vets feel about this seemingly unstoppable force known as CBD? The sentiment is currently at a mixed status. A survey was taken using the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to “gauge US veterinarians’ knowledge level, views and experiences related to the use of cannabinoids in the medical treatment of dogs.” Established practitioners in legal states were the most adamant about the inherent possibilities of the substance, but stressed that they were unfortunately not given enough guidance in order to really have confidence in it’:
These same groups also felt that marijuana and CBD should not remain classified as Schedule I drugs. Most participants agreed that both marijuana and CBD products offer benefits for humans and expressed support for use of CBD products for animals.
Fortunately, with the newly lifted restrictions, we will see more and more research and hopefully then more and more empirical evidence of the healing powers of CBD.
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