While CBD oil may seem like a relatively new trend, hemp, from which CBD is derived, is known as the world’s oldest fiber, used in weavings 10,000 years ago.
Several years ago, Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., discovered the effect of cannabidiol as it interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found that the chemical compound has been known to treat psychosis, anxiety and depression disorders; suppress seizure activity; reduce nausea and vomiting; and combat inflammation, among other ailments. Humans are now realizing the positive effects CBD has on animals.
“There was a time when I was spending $400 a month on opioids to keep my senior miniature pinscher’s ailments under control,” says Craig Zaffe, founder of CBD Oils of Long Island, who’s seen the benefits. firsthand. “Side effects included dementia and blindness. To prolong her life, I tried CBD oil and in just 2 1⁄2 weeks she was off all medications and her quality of life improved immensely. She went back to being a puppy at the ripe old age of 14.”
Much like humans, animals cannot tolerate THC, the chemical that gives hemp its psychoactive properties. This makes CBD an excellent alternative to medical marijuana, providing the same benefits without the high.
Due to the lack of regulatory approval of CBD in animals, many veterinarians are often leery of suggesting CBD as a treatment. But other vets across the globe are reporting treatment success for all types of animals, from elephants suffering from depression after losing a mate, to cats with arthritis and dogs with Fourth of July anxiety.
“One of the most common products on the market for pets is a tincture (dropper),” says Zaffe, noting that CBD products are purchased without a prescription. “Dosing goes by the size of the animal, therefore, you should always check with your veterinarian before starting your pet on any CBD product.”
Zaffe adds that pet parents should educate themselves before making any CBD purchase.
“Now that CBD oil has become mainstream, there are many companies selling poor-quality products,” he says. “As an organic landscaper since 1973 with a passion for holistic healthcare management, I started my own company in 2016 to ensure I am providing the best hemp-based products on the market. Read websites and ask questions. At a minimum, be sure any CBD product you purchase is third-party tested and 100 percent organic.”