Should You Give CBD to Your Pet?

July 24, 2019

Alex Cohen, Nicole Ellis (CPDT-KA), and Dr. Patrick Mahaney

The opportunity to spread my message of holistic veterinary medicine through various media outlets is something in which I partake whenever possible.  Therefore, I was enthused to receive the request to appear on Spectrum News SoCal 1’s Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen to discuss the use of CBD in pets.

For full disclosure, prior to this request, I was unaware of the show, as Spectrum is not my cable provider and I’m fairly dedicated to CBS News.  Yet, less than a week before my scheduled appearance I was on the treadmill at my gym and glanced up to see Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen playing on the overhead monitors.  This struck me as a positive sign that the universe was looking out for my best interests and I realized that I better make sure that I put my best efforts into this appearance.
Getting back on topic, if you are not aware there are many potential health benefits that portions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant can provide for our pets.  Generally, pet owners select products having CBD (cannabidiol) which comes from industrial or pharmaceutical/medical-grade hemp, which has less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and will not create a sensation of being high in your canine or feline companion.
CBD is non-psychoactive (mind-altering) and can have antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-convulsant (seizure-reducing), anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-relieving), sedating, and other effects.
THC has psychoactive qualities, including inducing euphoria (excitement, happiness, etc.), as well as having analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-emetic (reduces nausea and vomiting), anti-inflammatory, and other medicinal properties.
Phytocannabinoids (CBD, THC) cross the blood-brain-barrier, which is how they produce psychoactive and non-psychoactive effects directly in the brain.  There are also phytocannabinoid receptors in numerous organ systems, so beneficial effects can be experienced all over the body and not just in the brain.
CBD for pets is available in medical and/or recreational dispensaries, in some pet stores, on-line, and elsewhere.
It’s important to use CBD for your pet in an educated and informed manner so that appropriate dosing occurs and realistic expectations as to the desired effect can be made.
Learn more via my segment with dog trainer Nicole Ellis (CPDT-KA) on this Spectrum News SoCal 1 Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen segment Should You Give CBD to Your Pet?
Do you give CBD to your pet?  Feel free to share your perspective in the below Comments section.
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