Are CBD Products Beneficial for Pets?


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As more states legalize marijuna, cannabis, CBD, for pets has become a popular topic of discussion at veterinary conferences. I talk here on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with veterinary technician Stephen Cital, Founder & Executive Director at Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses about whether or not cannabis makes sense to give our pets.

Stephen Cital

There are countless products out there with CBD (Cannabidiol is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant) for pets. So, I speak with Cital about which are good or not? And what are they good for?

I you choose a CBD product, Cital says ask for a scientific analysis so you know exactly what truly is in the product. Then, what do you look for in that product? What should or should not be in that analysis? And how do you understand it? In part, the answer is to have a veterinary professional be a part of that process.  For example, is there THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)  in the product? THC is responsible for that “high” people feel on marijuna. A little bit can likely help relieve pain and/or anxiety. Too much will get your pet high, and perhaps actually cause more harm than good and negate affects you do want.

A veterinary professional can help you to choose the right product in the first place. But even that may be complicated. Some veterinary professionals remain uncomfortable with prescribing or supporting CBD products. Others are almost over-supporting the notion of using CBD products.

Cital notes that anecdotally on the right products, lots of pets are doing are better using CBD. Cital talks about s Cornell study about CBD product safety for dogs. Cital explains that CBD can also potentially help pets with seizures, for aging animals for pain and for anxiety and also pets with cancer, and potentially a variety of other medical conditions.