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In today's world, anywhere you look, you’re bound to spot something that talks about marijuana and the components contained in it; CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).  

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CBD oil has been said to be a cure-all for everything from anxiety to depression. With the legalization of medical marijuana in over half the states, coupled with a rise in the number of states legalizing recreational marijuana, there has been an increase in CBD products such as oils, tablets and treats for pets in mainstream shops and retail chains.  In recent times, this trend has moved over to pets. With these developments, pet owners have been moved to ask: Since marijuana or CBD is helpful for some people, how can it help my pet? Endeavour to consult a medical health expert before using CBD oil.  


Background 

First and foremost, it is important to understand a breakdown of the properties associated with marijuana and CBD. Marijuana, otherwise called Cannabis Sativa, is a plant.  Both THC and CBD are contained in varying degrees in the cannabis plant. So many compounds are contained in the plant, but the one it is most noted for is THC. THC is a psychoactive substance.  Psychoactive is used to define a chemical that alters brain functions, and can also cause modifications in perception, mood, consciousness or behavior. On the other hand, CBD has been getting more and more attention in recent times for its potential therapeutic and pain management properties.  

Facts And Fiction 

Sadly, many questions are still left unanswered concerning the effects of marijuana and CBD in pets. However, the silver lining is that there is an on going research into these effects.  These researches are carried out to look at the potential benefits of CBD as a means of controlling pain from conditions like osteoarthritis, calming anxious pets and if it may help with treating epilepsy in dogs.   

Tangles With The Law 

The legality of the use of cannabis in people and pets have been slow in keeping up with public opinion, and differs from region to region. Most Drug Enforcement Agencies in the world still consider marijuana a Schedule I drug, meaning it is not approved for any medical use.    

Even in places where medical marijuana is legalized for people, it is not legalized for animals. Some companies have begun marketing products to pets as hemp-based products, just to mask the current legal status of marijuana and CBD for pets. Nevertheless, since these products have not been approved, they don't go through the same quality control measures as medications do. In the nearest future, these could prove to be a problem.  

The Way Forward  

With public opinion towards marijuana and CBD mostly being positive, states have begun to look more closely at the laws and are in the process of reconsidering them. In addition to the added attention CBD has received, more studies are underway in the hopes of discovering the potential effects and benefits, CBD and marijuana may hold for humans and pets. Most health professionals are recommending CBD oils and products for use in certain conditions, and the popularity of this growing trend is not slowing down any time soon.  

Buying CBD OIL  

CBD oils on the market today come in their numbers. Different brands come with different products for various purposes. It is important to choose a quality product from a brand you trust. 

We all have different responses to CBD oil, so it is also important to try out the oil yourself and note the positive and negative reactions.  

When buying a CBD product, take note of the following: 

  • CBD content  
  • Ingredients 
  • THC content 
  • Test Analysis  
  • Cost
  • Flavors Available 

Always dig deep, to be certain of the legal status of CBD oil in your region, state or locality before you make an order online or buying from a store. To be on the safe side, never travel with CBD oil. Purchase on arriving at your destination if you really need one.  

Like with any product, be reminded that you must consult your Doctor or veterinarian to determine if CBD products are right for you or your pet, and the correct dosage to be applied.  Just like every other drug recently discovered,

there exist tons of information online about CBD  and most of these information could be misleading. So, consulting with a professional should always be the first step. This becomes really important if either you or your pet is on another medication. Mixing medications and substances could be detrimental to the liver. Furthermore, just like any other medication or  a drug, one must be careful of an overdose. So remember to stick to the recommended dosage. Above all keep all CBD products safely up, away from a child and out of your pets reach.