If you remember, I mentioned hemp oil as a natural alternative to traditional treatment for cancer in dogs, or as a preventative measure. But many do question the validity, especially with some countries still considering CBD illegal. So, the question I would like to give an answer to today is this: Is CBD Good For Dogs? Let’s find out together.
What Is CBD
Before trying to find out once and for all if CBD is good for dogs, I feel I need to try and clarify what CBD is. If you already know, or if you feel you need to add to my explanation below, by all means do leave your comment further below.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the cannabis compound found in hemp plants. Yes, CBD is cannabis!!!
Both marijuana and hemp come from the same plant. But hemp, which CBD derives from, is found in the higher stems of the plant. On the other hand, the marijuana is found in the flower of the cannabis. I am showing you here a picture from the website Herb, which sums up the difference most masterfully:
It is deemed that where hemp contains only less that 3% of the THC compound, which is the one used for the purpose of getting ‘high’ or having psychotic effects, marijuana contains between 5-35% of THC, depending on the quality of the plant.
So, to put it bluntly, marijuana is deemed to be a drug, hemp is deemed to be a herb with all the beneficial effects that derive from using herbs in general, from cosmetic to homeopathic employments.
Good For Humans, Good For Dogs
This said, why is the employment of CBD and hemp oil becoming so popular?
Well, for starters hemp fibres have been found to be very strong. For this reason industrial cultivation of hemp is now been encouraged, in order to manufacture paper, textile and cordage, plastic and bio fuel – yes, just like in the olden days.
But most recently hemp has been decrimalised by many countries and its properties have been recognised as healing and promoting well-being for people.
More precisely, the oil derived from the hemp seeds have started being used in the manufacturing of soaps and other beauty and cosmetic products, as well as a supplement to our daily diet.
But why is hemp good for us?
Hemp seeds are a very good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. These are the same fatty acids contained in avocado, for example, which is considered one of the ‘super foods’ our diets should include.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are the ones that may be fatty and pile up the calories, but they also help reduce high levels of cholesterol. But they are also those acids which provide the so important omeg-3 and omega-6 fats, which our body cannot produce.
Hemp seeds contain all this.
For this reason hemp extracts, and particularly hemp oil, are employed in a so many different aspects of our well-being:
- weight control – they don’t’ have as many calories as the ‘super food’ avocado after all
- reduce the risk of heart disease by keeping cholesterol levels at bay
- reduce the effect of eczema and help with other skin diseases
- they are a great source of proteins
- are used for their anti-aging effects
- help reduce the symptoms of PMS and menopause
- promote good digestion.
Why Is CBD Good For Dogs
Not everything that is good for humans is equally good for our canine friends. We know for a fact, for instance, that food consumed by humans should not be shared with our dogs – as much as they may beg for it – as their liver and other absorbing organs are not chemically ‘built’ to process fats, salt and other elements found in human food.
CBD is one of the few exceptions. CBD is good for dogs!
Let me tell you how it works.
What I found out from a company called CTFO – whose products I shall introduce in my next post, so stay tuned! – is that humans and other mammals have special cannabinoid receptors stored in their brain, in the central nervous system and in peripheral organs, especially the immune cells, and which react exactly the same and can therefore be used for similar conditions.
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Hemp oil and its derivative can be employed in a number of conditions affecting your dog, and it can be used as preventative treatment too. The list is long, so make yourself comfortable. Here I go:
- loss of appetite
- arthritis and joint pain
- fatty tumours
- chronic pain
- digestive problems
- skin problems
- muscle spasm
CBD Helps Canine Cancer
I wanted to speak about the benefit effects of CBD on dogs affected by cancer, as this subject is of particular interest to me, given the fact that my Indy had anal melanoma removed twice. If you want to read more about our little ordeal, click on the two links here:
Don’t get me wrong, CBD does not cure cancer in dogs. Nor in humans unfortunately, for all that matters.
But what CBD does, in first instance, is help manage the pain.
However, along with its palliative effect, CBD is used in dogs to manage the symptoms of cancer treatment. In other words, and contrary to common belief, CBD works with more conventional cancer treatments, not against them.
- CBD To Help With Cancer Treatment Symptoms
In addition to surgery, vets often suggest for your dog to go through a course a palliative chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
I cannot talk about radiotherapy as such, as Indy did not have to go through it. But as far as chemotherapy goes, we were explained there are different types of chemotherapy.
We opted for the metronomic chemotherapy for two reasons: it has a better rate of success with the type of cancer that Indy had, but it also has no side effects.
However, even with more conventional chemotherapy, due to the fact that the ultimate goal is to prolong life without impeaching on your dog’s quality of life, canine chemotherapy is not as strong as the course of chemotherapy humans undergo, which is aimed to actually ‘kill’ the cancerous cells.
For this reason, canine chemotherapy side effects are not as debilitating as the ones we humans often suffer from when having to undergo treatment.
This said, a dog undergoing chemotherapy can feel ‘under the weather’ a few days after receiving the session. And, although the feeling of unwell being does not last for more than a couple of days, it is definitely not nice to see your dog suffer. It does affect his or her quality of life.
In the same way as with humans, that’s where CBD comes to the rescue. Because CBD can work as anti-inflammatory in managing pain. And it can keep nauseous feelings at bay by working on your dog’s gastrointestinal system. By aiding your dog to feel less nauseous, it helps him or her keep their appetite.
Finally, CBD can assist in reducing fur loss, and at the same time, it can combat the growth of cancerous cells.
- CBD To Help Prevent The Spreading Of Cancer
Yes, you read this correct: CBD can help reduce the growth of cancer cells (!!!). Let me tell in layman’s terms how this is possible.
If you remember, earlier I mentioned how all mammals, including dogs, have a system of cannabinoid receptors which strengthen the immune system, helping attack cancer cells and slowing down their growth . CBD products, such as hemp oil for instance, act as supplement to ‘feeding’ our body and our dog’s body with the necessary supply of CBD to keep the endocannabinoid system going, and to enable the natural receptors from blocking blood supply to the cancerous cells, and to prevent their growth, till the cells die out.
Research is still undergoing to give a more official weight to the killing effect of CBD on cancers. But is becoming more widely spread and accepted the theory that CBD will improve your dog’s quality of life whilst battling cancer, and sometimes it can prolong her or his life too!
I give Indy CBD
Yes, it’s taken me a little while, but I am finally sold to the idea that, whilst we are eventually gonna have to come to term with the fact that Indy’s cancer is gonna be back, CBD helps Indy battling it and slowing its growth. And I am sold to the fact that CBD does not work against Indy’s metronomic chemotherapy, but in conjunction this therapy, aiming at exactly the same goal: to stop the blood supply to the cancerous cells, in order for them to stop growing, and hopefully to die.
For now I intend to start feeding Indy some CBD based natural treats. But I am going to talk about some really exciting products for dogs in my next article.
So, if you are interested in finding out more, bookmark this website to discover more soon.
And by all means, you are welcome to leave your comment below, to share you experience of giving CBD to your dog. Let us know if it has had successful results on you dog, whether suffering from cancer or from other ailments. Or indeed do share your concerns. I shall do my very best to respond to you as soon as possible.