Giving Your Cat CBD Oil
As cat owners look for ways to keep their kitties happy and healthy, they’re starting to explore alternative treatments not previously considered by Western medicine. Among these alternative treatments is cannabis oil.
This isn’t much of a surprise, considering that more people are turning to cannabis as a natural treatment for their health issues and research studies have consistently shown the plant’s positive impact on inflammation and other ailments. However, as studied as cannabis’s effect on humans may be, there have been no official major scientific studies into its impact on pets.
So, is cannabis safe for cats? And what sorts of ailments might it treat?
What Is CBD Oil?
Cannabis plants contain more than 100 active compounds.The most often used for medicinal purposes is cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD differs from cannabis’s major active compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in that it does not have a psychoactive affect, meaning it will not get users “high.” CBD oils contain a high concentration of CBD and can be used for therapeutic purposes.
There are not many classical medical studies that explore the effects of CBD oil in cats, holistic veterinarians are using it to treat a variety of ailments, including inflammation, anxiety and pain.
CBD oil is often used to subjectively increase comfort and improve quality of life in pets, not necessarily cure ailments.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Cats?
CBD oil is generally safe for cats. However, there can be some adverse effects to giving your cat CBD oil. Including gastrointestinal upset and some sedation, both of which can be relieved by reducing the dosage and letting your cat’s system adjust to the oil.
In humans, marijuana products can be used for neuropathic pain, intractable seizures, anxiety, and appetite stimulation.
Pet owners looking to give their cat CBD oil should do their due diligence before purchasing anything online. The marketplace is very much a buyer beware environment People should be sure that the product they’re buying has been laboratory tested for both contents, as well as contaminants like bacteria, fungus, and heavy metals.
Also, it’s worth nothing that while CBD oil is typically quite safe for cats and dogs, cannabis plants are not. There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Regardless of how well CBD products work for cats, there is also the issue of legality. If a cannabis product contains less than 0.3 percent THC, it’s classified as hemp. Which is not a restricted substance. Most, if not all, CBD oil fits this description. The bigger issue is discussing this course of treatment with your veterinarian.
In a perfect world, your veterinarian would be able to discuss this treatment as an option for your pet