Updated: Jun 9, 2022
*DISCLAIMER* Anecdotal Article
10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW
1. CBD From Hemp Without THC Is Not Psychoactive
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis. It’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your pet won’t get “high” from CBD oil … they'll get the relaxation without the intoxication.
And speaking of relaxation …
2. Reduces Anxiety
Does your pet suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, research shows it can:
Reduce anxiety caused by public speaking
Reduce anxiety in both healthy people and people with anxiety disorders
Be effective for panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders
So, if your pet is suffering from anxiety, CBD from hemp oil would be a great way to keep him relaxed when he’s uncomfortable.
3. Can Help Prevent & Fight Cancer
Research shows CBD oil and other cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis have an anti-tumor effect. It has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increase tumor cell death. CBD oil:
Helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death
Kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy
Has anti-tumor properties that slow and inhibit glioma cell growth
Can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment
4. Can Help Manage Seizures And Epilepsy
Estimates suggest that up to 5% of cats and dogs suffer from seizures. Most animals with seizure disorders are given drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. Sure, these drugs may help control the seizures. But they can be extremely harmful to your pet’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.
CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months.
In another study, 84% of children with drug-resistant epilepsy had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
5. Relieves Pain
The cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp have also been shown to work well for pain. So well, in fact, that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for reducing:
Pain (including neuropathy and nerve-related pain)
The impact of inflammation on oxidative stress (which causes degeneration and premature aging)
Inflammation in acute pancreatitis
Intestinal inflammation (associated with irritable bowel disease)
6. Helps With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease. CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
7. Reduces Chronic Inflammation And Autoimmune Disease
CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, a major cause of autoimmune diseases. CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant research shows is more powerful than vitamins C and E.
8. Can Protect The Nervous System And Help With Neurodegenerative Diseases
CBD shows a lot of promise for degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues. It’s also been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This is thanks to its ability to protect the brain cells from toxicity. For older pets, CBD can protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.
9. Increases Appetite And Helps With Nausea
If you have trouble getting your furry friend to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite. Studies show that CBD for pets can help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.
10. Promotes Cardiovascular Health
CBD has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can:
reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates
protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries
reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety
Thistle Therapies is proud to have treated many dogs, cats, a bird, a guinea pig, and even 2 horses! We can create custom formulations for pets, just like we do for humans, and the tinctures come in either chicken or bacon flavor!