Chances are that by now you know someone or have yourself tried a CBD-infused product. They're everywhere. These products purportedly do everything from ease the pain of joint and muscular strain to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It's sold in tinctures, edibles, and even in CBD-infused teas and sodas. Now, these companies are marketing to a new group that is a little unexpected — dogs. Since dogs have many similar ailments as their human counterparts, it makes sense that if CBD is safe for them to consume, you'd give your dog CBD-infused dog treats that might help them feel better.
But what is CBD oil anyway, and is it even safe for dogs? That's an important question. Peter Grinspoon, a contributing editor of Harvard Health Publishing wrote that cannabidiol, aka CBD oil, "is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana)." It is not the chemical compound that gets you "high" — that's THC. He noted that CBD in its pure form is considered safe, and that there are several promising studies as to its efficacy for treatment in seizures and pain relief. Recently, there have been a few studies that point to similar benefits for dogs, noted the clinicians at Preventive Vet. Unfortunately, the market is largely unregulated, so it requires some due diligence on the point of owners to make sure that their CBD-infused dog treats are on the up and up. But for those of us with arthritic and anxious dogs, it's well worth the time and effort.
So if you're interested in finding a solution that works for whatever's bothering your sweet pup, these CBD-infused treats might be the answer.