As pet owners, we all want the best for our furry or feline best friends. We feed them premium or well-made food, shelter them complete with their beds in our house and a place they can call home. Not only do we provide for their basic needs, but we also play, pet, and cuddle to keep them happy and have a pleasant life.
Today, there are many trends about taking care of our pet buddies. One trend that has been surfacing throughout the internet is the use of CBD supplements for your cats. You may have heard of it from your friends, families, or other cat owners. CBDs are also often used by humans, which would bring a question mark to many; can CBD for humans be allowed for cats?
In this article, we will learn all about the compound that is becoming popular in the market. We will also delve into the difference between the products for humans and cats. Finally, the overall benefits, side effects, and the dose for our adorable feline friends!
Basic Information About CBD
The CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis plant families. It is the short term for cannabidiol, and they are abundant and concentrated in hemp plants. The cannabidiol is extracted from the hemp stems, flowers, and leaves then processed and infused in different product forms. For cats, the products are available in oils and cat treats!
The cannabidiol does not have any psychoactive effects on the user, unlike its sister compound, THC. THC is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the euphoric effects or “high” in marijuana. THC has addictive properties, and they are abundant in marijuana, thus leading the government to ban the use of it. However, in the 2018 Farm Bill (read more), THC is allowed in products as long as it stays equal or below 0.3% levels. Cannabidiols are still the safer option than THC because it does not have addictive properties.
How It Affects Our Cat’s Body
There is no formal study of how exactly CBD works inside the cat’s body. But despite having no formal study, scientists discover that CBDs bind with the endocannabinoid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system. It results in keeping their body balanced and healthy.
CBD For Cats Vs. For Humans
The cannabidiols are used by us, our cats and other animals. But can you give CBD products designed for humans to your cats? For starters, there are three different cannabidiol product types available throughout the market. These types are Full-spectrum, Broad-spectrum, and Isolates.
The Three Types Briefly Explained
This type contains all the plant extracts from the cannabis plant, namely the terpenes, essential oils, and cannabinoids. It contains 0.3% or less THC, which is toxic for animals even in small amounts. 0.3% of THC does not make a person “high” or addicted.
This type is similar to the Full-spectrum. Their only difference is that it does not contain any delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Broad-spectrums are potent and might be dangerous to your pooch if fed with high amounts.
This type is the purest of the three. It does not contain extracts and other cannabinoids, except cannabidiol. It is cannabidiol itself, and it comes in powdered form. The Isolates are your best bet if you want your feline friend to use CBDs, but it would be preferable in other forms than powder.
These three types are available in any product for humans. To summarize, do not try to feed them to your pets, except for the isolates. You can mix the Isolates with their food as long asyou know the appropriate dosage.
Many manufacturers believe that all CBD products are the same for cats; do not be fooled by them. There are designated products like hemp oil and cat treats available in many retail stores and online shops. Do visit your vet first so you can get more insight into what to buy and what is best for your feline best friend.
There are several benefits that your pet can get from CBD. They are used to treat many different conditions. Their products also have plenty of variations to treat specific conditions such as anxiety and aggressiveness. Here is a list of the overall benefits they can get:
- Pain relief
- Treatment for arthritis
- Treatment for inflammations
- Reduces aggressiveness
- Controls seizures
The side effects from CBDs are seldom to both humans and cats. Nonetheless, having the basic knowledge can give you an idea when to stop when it shows some signs. Here are the known side-effects of CBD for cats:
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
The Right Dose?
Unfortunately, there are no known charts for the exact correct dose of cannabidiol for our pets. The Food and Drugs Administration has yet to approve the use of CBDs (link:https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/R46189.html) in products. However, without any charts, you can still be able to find out the correct dose.
Visit your vet to help you in finding the correct dose for your pet. They are experts in medicine and have broader knowledge about cannabinoids. Oils are easy to measure in quantity since you measure them per drop. An alternative for oil is the cat treats that are more accurate since it has a pre-measured dose per treat. You just have to count them!