Cbd oil for dogs spokane

ABOUT CBD AND ITS BENEFITS

Cannabidiol— CBD —is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC . The fact that CBD -rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC -dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.

Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD ’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS , chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD , depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

“ CBD -rich” versus “ CBD dominant:” By “ CBD -rich,” we mean a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC , or more CBD than THC (usually at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight.). By “ CBD -dominant,” we mean strains or products that are CBD -rich but have very little THC content.

Types of CBD

As the demand for CBD grows, more and more products are being released to allow consumers to choose their desired administration methods. Check out some of the variety in CBD products below:

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate, or CBD crystals, is CBD in its purest form, generally around 98 to 99 percent. Crystals can be dabbed, made into a tincture, or as an edible by adding them to a high-fat food like butter or oil.

When strain specific terpenes are added to an isolate, a terpsolate is born. Terpenes give cannabis its unique smell and may add antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other qualities to the isolate, depending on the terpene.

CBD Topicals and Salves

CBD topicals can take the form of shampoo, lotion, soap and many other delivery methods, making them great for incorporating CBD into your daily regimen.Frequently designed to help aches and pains or soothe irritated skin, adding CBD to a topical or salve can reduce inflammation, help to regenerate cells and act as an analgesic.

CBD Wax

Similar to cannabis concentrates containing THC, CBD extracts can also be made into a wax and dabbed. Inhaling the vapor produced by dabbing CBD gives the benefit of feeling the effects almost instantly, and also allows for quick dosage adjustments. However, it is best to start small, slow and see how it goes.

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CBD Edibles

CBD edibles come in the form of gummies, chocolates and baked goods and are a great way to administer CBD easily without the need for inhalation.They are also an easy way to take CBD on-the-go and incorporate it into an active lifestyle. While CBD is non-psychoactive, it’s still best to go slow and wait to monitor the effects before taking more.

CBD Pills, Capsules and Tinctures

Pills, capsules and tinctures are all discreet ways to administer CBD. Often touted as a “nutritional supplement,” they are considered a neuroprotectant and can have calming and anti-anxiety benefits.

CBD for Pets

CBD has shown to be very beneficial in pets and have similar effects as seen in humans. This is because animals, dogs in particular, have many of the same brain receptors as humans. Hemp-derived CBD for pets has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety and anti-nausea qualities.While more research is needed surrounding the effectiveness of CBD in pets, many people have treated their pets with CBD and found the results to be worthwhile.

Cannabis for our canines

Dog owners swearing by pot products; vets uncertain

Fri., July 28, 2017

Deb Lynam uses cannabis oil to help Benny, left, who was suffering seizures. She has also started giving some to Flinn, right. Her other dog is Twosie, center. (Courtesy Deb Lynam)

When Deb Lynam’s golden retriever Benny suffered a major medical episode, she initially sought out traditional veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, she concluded that the recommendation she received could have harmed or even killed him. Two years ago Benny had a massive seizure. “It was such a scary event,” recalled Lynam. “His body was flipping out of control all over the living room. But the vet wasn’t going to do anything because it was just one seizure.” Lynam brought Benny back to the Spokane-area home also shared by Flinn, another golden retriever, and Twosie, a Jack Russell terrier. Then Benny had two more seizures. “He was so out of it that he grabbed my hand and wouldn’t let go. The vet ran tests: idiopathic epilepsy from an unknown cause. She prescribed barbiturates.” As a nursing assistant at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation’s brain injury unit, she knew that side effects of barbiturates could include stupor, loss of coordination, instability, irritability, and even death, at least in human. Her son suggested cannabis oil, she never had considered for pets. “I finally agreed. We gave Benny a dose after that third seizure, and another dose the next morning,” Lynam said. “He had one more seizure, which only lasted five seconds. He got up, walked away, and has not had another seizure in more than two years.” CBD hemp oil is typically made from low-THC hemp. THC is the molecular compound that causes mental and physical reactions associated with general marijuana use, while CBD is another natural compound that provides pain relief. Lynam now spends about $50 a month on treats for Benny, including CBD oils that she drizzles over his food, along with Canna-Pet, a brand of flavored organic biscuits suggested for dogs. She finds some items online and at Sativa Sisters, a Spokane retailer. “I’m a big advocate for CBD in treating seizures in dogs,” she said. “I’m sticking with what works and hopefully it will continue to be readily available.” Now, Benny isn’t the only pet to benefit from them. Flinn, her 9-year-old golden retriever, “has come up with a limp so I’m starting to use CBD on her. She has bad anxiety when we go to agility and obedience trials, where she gets really nervous. I give her CBD dog gummy treats, and she seems better in public — I’m a true believer.” The American Veterinary Medical Association has encouraged its members to investigate cannabis use for ailing pets. In a 2013 professional journal article, “Veterinary Marijuana?” the AVMA suggested that further research “could prevent accidental overdoses from owners’ well-meaning attempts to relieve pets’ pain and suffering.” The article continued identifying CBD use “to treat behavior-based disorders, including separation anxiety and noise phobia, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and feline immunodeficiency virus infection; for management of pain, nausea, and seizures; and as an appetite stimulant. Cannabis oil is also being used topically to treat tumors.” During the 2016 Nestlé Purina Companion Animal Nutrition Summit, veterinarian Susan Wynn of BluePearly Georgia Veterinary Specialists’ Nutrition and Integrative Medicine Department, discussed therapeutic intervention and the use of cannabis on companion animals. Wynn told attendees that although veterinarians cannot recommend cannabis, they can advise on toxicity, since dogs have more brain receptors for cannabis than humans, which makes them especially sensitive. Similar conflicts in providing advice are seen at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where due to federal funding, cannabis is considered an illicit substance so can’t be researched for possible medical use in pets. But toxicity can be discussed. Currently, most pet products containing CBD are not regulated, something the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finds troubling. In letters sent to companies selling CBD products for pets in 2015, the FDA expressed concerns about marketing messages and labeling that claimed the products help pets with asthma, cancer, chronic pain, dementia, seizures and other maladies. This uncertainty over verbiage and effectiveness also caused the FDA to caution owners about using any cannabis products for pets, without first talking to their vet about other treatment options. Despite the FDA’s lack of guidance, many pet experts report nothing but success in CBD oil treatments. One of those experts is Montana-based Nancy Tanner, certified professional dog trainer, and owner of Paws and People. She has several clients who give products to their dogs for anxiety. For dogs under 20 pounds, and especially picky eaters, CBD is available in small tablets containing powder in clear vegetarian capsules. Bigger dogs can have oils mixed into food, or dog treats such as Canna-Pet. “It’s not a sedative. It allows a dog to take a deep breath and reset,” she added, noting that it also helps dogs suffering from past trauma, but not necessarily specific events such as thunderstorms or fireworks.

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Though some pooch owners say dogs can benefit from cannabis, cats may not be as receptive. “While oils like lavender and chamomile work for dogs, they are toxic for cats,” said Nancy Tanner, certified professional dog trainer and owner of Paws and People. “Felines and canines are built differently. Humans and dogs, however, have similar receptors and are receptive to CBD as a medicinal plant.” With the exception of a few Canna-Pet products especially for cats, most pet products are intended for dogs only.

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