Written by Stacey Detlor
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has a wide array of health benefits not just for you but for your furry friend as well. Although the compound Cannabidiol itself has many health benefits, these therapeutic benefits can be enhanced even further with the addition of different terpenes. Terpenes are simple hydrocarbons that change and alter how the Cannabidiol compound interacts in the body. Terpenes can mimic other cannabinoids giving you the same therapeutic benefits of a full spectrum oil without the need for THC-the active compound known to cause a “high or buzz.” This is also often times referred to as the “entourage effect.” By adding or subtracting different terpenes we can be much more specific in treating ailments. You would not want to take a Tylenol if you were feeling anxious or a Xanax if you were having joint pains. It is the same principle in treating specific conditions in pets.
Often times people think that CBD will only help older pets but what we have seen through research is that it can actually be very beneficial to pets of all ages, beginning with birth.
Pregnancy can take quite a toll on the body from widening hips, stomach issues, stress on joints and hips and CBD is known to help with these issues and more. We experienced this first hand when our rescue accidentally became pregnant. We gave her CBD throughout her pregnancy and during the birthing process to help with joint pain, inflammation, intestinal issues and to help build the endocrine system in her eleven healthy developing puppies.
Furthermore, CBD has been known to help with pain and inflammation in teething to the anxiousness that comes along with crate training. As the pet gets older we have seen a therapeutic benefit from the CBD with separation anxieties, lightning and thunderstorms, fireworks, anxiousness with long car rides or routine vet trips. It also helps pups that do not enjoy getting a bath, nails clipped, or other maintenance. In older dogs we see a huge benefit in hip and joint inflammation, often times allowing older dogs to use stairs or hop on the couch with ease. It also helps with gastrointestinal disorders, certain allergies, skin conditions and help reduce aggressive behaviors.