1. Helps Epilepsy and seizures
It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs, and they don’t work in all cases. CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.
2. Prevents and kills cancer cells
CBD and other substances found in cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect, it has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death. CBD helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death by blocking their ability to produce energy. CBD’s anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth and can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment.
3. Reduces anxiety
Does your pet suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias? CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety. In humans, it’s been found to:
-Reduce anxiety caused by public speaking
-Reduce anxiety in both healthy people and people with anxiety disorders
-Be effective for panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders
4. Relieves pain
The cannabinoids in CBD work so well for pain that scientists are considering it as a new class of drug for the treatment of chronic pain. Studies show CBD to be very effective for:
-Decreasing pain (including neuropathy and nerve-related pain)
-Decreasing the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress (which causes degeneration and premature aging)
-Decreasing inflammation in acute pancreatitis
-Reducing intestinal inflammation (associated with irritable bowel disease)
5. Helps with bowel disease
Animal studies show that CBD can prevent colitis (IBD) and restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease. CBD also has antibiotic properties, including Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
6. Reduces inflammation
CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities, and autoimmunity. It can also suppress something called Th17 dominance, which is a major cause of autoimmune diseases.
CBD also inhibits the production of inflammatory macrophages and decreases chronic inflammation. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant that’s shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E.
7. Protects the nervous system
For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. It’s been shown to help patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by protecting the brain cells from toxicity.
For senior dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins.
8. Increases appetite
If you have trouble getting your pet to eat, CBD may help. The National Cancer Institute reports that CBD increases appetite and carries this extra benefit, in addition to controlling cancer.
In animal studies, CBD has also been shown to help with vomiting and nausea, even when they’re the result of toxins and drugs.
9. Good for the heart
CBD has been linked to heart health. Studies show it can reduce the damage from damaged blood vessels and irregular heart rates, protect blood vessels from damage and dilate the arteries, and reduce heart rate and blood pressure associated with stress and anxiety.
10. It’s safe and effective
Researchers are turning their attention to this herb and, so far, they’re finding there are lots to like. Just as CBD has helped humans, your pet can reap the same health-boosting (and even life-saving) benefits. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD.