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CBD for pets—Is The Peaceable Kingdom Arriving at Last?

The ins-and-outs of CBD products for pets.

By James van Maanen

Will that famous and much-loved painting by Edward Hicks (1780-1849) finally become some sort of reality? That would take a major evolutionary leap, of course, but for pet owners who would like to see their dogs, cats, and other animals calmer and/or in less pain, the introduction of CBD hemp oil products offers some hope and interesting possibilities.

Cannabidiol (or CBD), discovered in 1940, is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds, naturally occurring, that is found in the resinous flower of cannabis, the therapeutic properties of which are currently being tested and often confirmed by both scientists and the medical profession. CBD is closely related to, but also quite different from tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound that produces the “high” for which cannabis is justly famous. CBD, however, as shown by the evidence so far, offer zero “high” and seems both safe and non-addictive. Medicinal uses for CBD include treatment for certain types of epilepsy and various neurological disorders, and we humans are now increasingly using it for its calming effects, as a pain remedy, and more. Not surprisingly, we’ve also begun to give CBD to our beloved pets–for everything from anxiety and arthritis to pain and even seizures.


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