Pets have endocannabinoid systems too. That’s the conclusion of a Civilized.life article that reveals pet owners interest in CBD products for pets — your ever loyal and loving cat, dog or other other pets. Just as with humans, CBD reportedly has therapeutic properties with animals, just like CBD has with humans, including to help with anxiety, depression, nueroprotection and inflammation cited from a Surgical Neurology International’s study from 2018, cites the Civilized.life article.

It goes on to warn pet owners that CBD isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment according to Dr. Josh Soshow, a vet, operator of an Arizona animal hospital and co-founder of CompanionCBD, a pet CBD advocacy organization. 

Tread Carefully with CBD Pet Products

Dr. Soshow goes on to say that pet owners need to tailor your pet’s specific endocannabinoid system, and not blindly follow the whims and directions of companies trying to cash in on the CBD craze by offering products that might not be beneficial to your pet. 

“From a functional point of view, it’s a complex system which manages our basic functions…” Dr. Snosnow continues, “such as our ability to relax, eat, sleep, remember, etc. It’s a very important that until the last 10 to 15 years was not widely studied.”

In new light, this system and how it functions nears that we may need to look at diseases and conditions from a different perspective to determine if past treatments were optimal, and if and how cannabinoids may affect those treatments.

CBD: Enthusiastic Pet Owners — Early Days

While more research is needed, anecdotal evidence is piling up around the potential value that CBD offers pets, and why so many pet owners are asking their veterinarians about CBD. Due to lack of current regulations, Dr. Sosnow describes the current pet CBD market as the “Wild West.” 

He goes on to advise pet owners to be transparent to their vets about any CBD treatments, and emphasizes that CBD is not a one size fits all for any condition. “Let’s be clear, the CBD industry is more about moving product versus moving the right product for the right pet.”

You can read the original Civilized/life report here

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