There is a huge amount of buzz these days about cannabis for pets in the media and how it can help them.
DogTo spoke with Marc Benevenga, the founder of Toronto’s CannaCanine, one of the segment’s online leading retailers, to help separate fact from fiction and advise us as to its best applications for your dog’s health.
Canna Canine: Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 compounds uniquely found in cannabis plants. These compounds, called cannabinoids, are naturally found in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties or effects. The hemp plant naturally contains a higher percentage of CBD and virtually no THC. CBD has therapeutic benefits such as pain relief, anxiety relief, and many other uses.
DogTo.ca: Generally speaking Marc, what are some of the health issues that CBD can be of benefit for dogs?
CBD can help provide relief from the following conditions:
- Chronic Pain
- Deteriorating Quality of Life
- Digestive Issues
- Fatty Tumors
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Joint & Mobility Issues
- Phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorm)
- Skin Problems
CBD helps to bring wellness and balance in dogs through a specific interaction with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), present in all mammals. The ECS is a network of cellular activators and receptors that regulate hundreds of physiological processes inside the body like mood, inflammation, pain, sleep, stress and more. CBD binds to specific receptors in the dog’s ECS and regulates anything that is out of balance.
Dog owners are increasingly looking to CBD products to provide natural and effective relief for their pets. Often prescribed medication can have debilitating side effects on dogs leaving them lethargic and dopey. Long term use of certain medication can even make a dog’s condition worst. One of the most popular uses for CBD is to help treat seizures in dogs. Vets may recommend certain drugs to help combat the seizures but these can also cause other health problems. Common prescribed medication for seizures include phenobarbital and potassium bromide. These can cause weight loss, fatigue, lethargy, nervousness and a lack of coordination. Dog owners who switch to CBD report the amazing benefits of it with no reported side effects. Their dogs are seizure free, and do not experience any of the debilitating side effects of seizure medication.
A survey published by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association reported that 64.3% of dog owners saw hemp products helping moderately to a great deal. Talk to any dog owner who has used CBD, and they will rave about the benefits of it. While evidence may be anecdotal, there are clinical trials and studies that have been conducted on the benefits of CBD in animals.
Dr. Stephanie McGrath is a veterinarian who specializes in neurology at Colorado State University. She is an advocate for CBD in veterinary medicine and is currently leading a clinical study on the treatment of epilepsy (which causes seizures) and osteoarthritis in dogs. While many dog owners already know the benefits of CBD for seizures and pain, these studies will help to further the knowledge and understanding of CBD.
DogTo.ca: What are some things to watch for in using CBD:
Canna Canine: Owners must be careful not to give their dog any product that contains too much THC as it can be deadly to dogs and even result in overdose. Dogs are more sensitive to THC than humans because they have more THC receptors in their ECS. Giving a dog anything with a large percentage of THC in it can prove toxic and event fatal. When dogs consume too much THC, a condition called static ataxia occurs. They become disoriented, lose coordination and balance. Often they become drowsy and will drool, even pass out. The same “high” you enjoy from your medicated edibles will not benefit your dogs.
CannaCanine offers CO2 extracted CBD oil from organic non-GMO hemp and gluten-free CBD treats. Using only two ingredients, hemp CBD oil and organic non-GMO MCT coconut oil. No artificial flavours, preservatives or additives are added to the CBD oil. The CBD oil is offered in two sizes, at 500 mg and 1000 mg.
CannaCanine is dedicated to canine health and wellness and is constantly updating its website with the latest news in CBD and canine health.
DogTo: Thank you Marc. Visit their store today to introduce your dog to the wonderful healing benefits of CBD. www.cannacanine.ca
Canna Canine: And for every CBD oil sold online, one is donated to Canine Haven rescue.
Note: CannaCanine is currently offering 30% off their entire store in celebration of Year of the Dog. Use the code YEAR at their e-store checkout to apply the discount.