If you are following the news in the health industry, you have probably heard or read about the CBD oil. It is an oil that has been extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant.
According to numerous studies, it can positively affect our body due to altering the function of the endocannabinoid system. As a result, a lot of people started using it as a supplement and some even rely on homemade CBD oil from their homegrown cannabis plants in a grow tent or indoor garden.
Apart from being beneficial to people, CBD oil can also positively affect dogs. It’s because dogs, humans, and all other mammals have an endocannabinoid system.
Therefore, if CBD can help humans deal with various health conditions, it can do the same for all mammals. But, if you still have some doubts in terms of how it can help your dog, here are 7 reasons you should give CBD to your dog.
1. To Reduce Anxiety
Yes, it’s true, dogs can be anxious just like humans are. Their anxiety can be a result of separation or loud sounds. According to findings, CBD oil can help people reduce general anxiety, panic disorders, PTSD, and anxiety caused by public speaking.
Having in mind that both, humans and dogs, have an endocannabinoid system, it is assumed that CBD can affect them the same or in a similar way. Therefore, if your dog suffers from some type of anxiety, you should definitely consider giving it a CBD oil.
2. To Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Dogs, especially older dogs, tend to feel pain and inflammation. They are usually caused by a certain health condition such as arthritis, irritable bowel disease or bacteria.
Fortunately, CBD oil can help with that. According to what has been found, it can reduce pain by changing the function of the neurotransmitters responsible for transmitting pain signals through the body.
Additionally, it can reduce inflammation by reducing the production and secretion of inflammatory cytokines and inflammatory macrophages and fighting free radicals due to its antioxidative properties.
CBD oil can help with general inflammation, intestinal inflammation, chronic pain, nerve-related pain, and others. What makes CBD oil a great pain-killer is that it can help without harming your dog’s liver, stomach, or kidneys like drugs do. So, if your dog has any of these problems, you should consider using CBD to treat them.
3. To Reduce Seizures
Around 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. They are usually treated with conventional drugs, such as potassium bromide and phenobarbital. Although these drugs help control seizures, they can also harm your dog, referring to their livers, kidneys, and stomach.
But, that’s not the case with CBD oil because it is a natural remedy that is safe to use when taken in the right dosage. As it’s known, CBD oil can help reduce the frequency of seizures, as well as treat severe epilepsy, such as the drug-resistant one. According to a study, 7 of 8 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy had their condition improved in 4-5 months.
4. To Reduce Nausea and Increase Appetite
Many dogs, especially the old ones, have a lack of appetite and nausea. This can be caused by their age or certain health conditions, such as intestinal parasites, a bacterial infection in their digestive tract, toys or other small stuff in their digestive tract, or even toxins.
Regardless of the cause, CBD oil can help with nausea and vomiting. It can also increase appetite by affecting the endocannabinoid system, which, among the other things, is also responsible for regulating appetite and feeding behavior.
5. To Support a Healthy Heart
Apart from improving the function of the body and promoting homeostasis, CBD oil can also benefit the heart. According to the numerous studies conducted on this topic, it has been found that CBD oil can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are symptoms of stress and anxiety.
It can also protect the blood vessels from damage, reduce the damage from irregular heart rate and damaged blood vessels, and dilate the arteries. In that way, it prevents any unwanted heart-related problem and supports the function of the heart and the cardiovascular system.
6. To Protect the Brain
As dogs get older, their brain loses its power and its function decreases. Although this is normal, it’s sad to see your furry friend suffering from a brain-related problem or neurodegenerative disease. In order to support healthy aging to your dog, you should consider giving CBD oil.
According to what has been found, CBD can protect the brain from cell death, which is caused by toxins and free radicals. It is believed that it can also help with degenerative myelopathy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, sclerosis, and other spine and nerve problems. All of these benefits are a result of the powerful antioxidative properties of CBD oil.
7. To Help Fight Cancer
There has been substantial research done on this topic, mostly because it is somewhat controversial. However, CBD oil, as well as a couple of other substances that are commonly found in hemp and cannabis have been shown to have an anti-tumor effect.
First, it will slow down, then completely stop the cancer cells from growing. Cannabinoids reduce the proliferation, invasion, and migration of numerous cancers, and two of the tumors, where cannabinoids have shown excellent results, are breast cancer and prostate cancer. This will prevent the tumor from spreading.
After this, it will help the immune system and its killer cells to kill the cancer cells. CBD oil blocks the cancer cells’ ability to produce energy, and in turn, destroys them.
The glioma cell growth is also slowed down as well. And to add to this, if your dog is currently undergoing conventional cancer treatment, CBD oil can help increase the efficacy of said treatment.
This is backed by the fact that we have several medicines that are used as a treatment for cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy, which are based on cannabinoids. They help combat nausea, pain, vomiting and lack of appetite.
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