With the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products spreading across the country and across the world, more and more people are starting to experiment with CBD. There are individuals who are taking CBD as a supplement for optimizing their health. Others are taking CBD as one of the methods they use to manage pain.
Others still are giving their pets CBD as a health supplement and pain management supplement. Giving pets CBD supplements seem to be the trends these days. However, there are questions that arise from the practice of giving CBD to pets. One of such pertinent question is whether CBD is safe for pets.
What Research Shows
Research on the effects of CBD on animals has been conducted, proving that cannabinoids have no toxicity to animals. Over a wide dose spectrum, CBD did not affect the heart rate, the gastrointestinal transit, the blood pressure, the glucose levels, the body temperature, the pH, and the sodium and potassium levels. Importantly, the results did not change even after a 14-days treatment.
As such, this shows that CBD is safe to give your pets. It does not have renowned adverse effects.
It Is Not A Psychoactive Ingredient
One of the safety concerns with giving pets cannabis products is the potential psychotic effects that cannabis has built a reputation off. You should note that just as CBD is toxic, it is not psychoactive. This means you do not have to worry about your pet experiencing psychoactive effects of any kind. This is especially the case when it comes to CBD products derived from hemp as this plant contains less than 3% THC, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant.
Precautions To Take
While studies have shown CBD to be non-toxic to common pets such as dogs, cats, rodents, and reptiles, it is still important to ensure that you introduce CBD to your pet in the right manner. For starters, begin with small doses and if you do not see any negative impacts to giving your pet CBD, you can slowly increase the dosage.
Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that CBD does not influence and sometimes alter the function of some enzymes produced by the liver. This may inadvertently affect the breakdown and the metabolism of medications. As such, if your pet is under certain medications, consult your vet to ensure giving your pet CBD will not adversely affect how the medicine functions.