Cannabis has gained more and more attention for its potential health benefits in recent years. But it looks like humans aren't the only ones to get help from this popular plant. So should dogs use cannabis for health reasons, too? It looks like CBD just might boost your dog's well-being.
That doesn't mean you should serve Fido a bag of edibles right away, though. "Similar to human medicine, there is extremely limited data on the medical benefits and side effects of marijuana products in companion animals," according to the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). Although its initial outcomes may sound positive, the current info about dogs' reactions to cannabis are mostly anecdotal. In other words, it's important to take this info for what it is, and not to ignore the current lack of rigorous studies on the subject.
Plus, it's also important to get the terminology correct when it comes to pot and dogs. For starters, cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, and it's generally the part responsible for health and wellness uses, as noted by High Times. It does not get you (or your dog) high. So if you or your canine buddy uses a cannabis product with CBD, then the effect isn't the same as smoking a joint.
As far as the legal issues are concerned, CBD products can be sort of a loophole for places that aren't 420-friendly yet. For instance, my city has not legalized weed, but there is a CBD store, all decorated with mandalas and groovy colors, opening right around the block soon. You'll need to learn how the laws work in your particular area before getting CBD for your pup, though.
The distinction between weed and CBD is also important for your dog's health. Ingesting marijuana can cause breathing, balance, and blood pressure problems in dogs, as noted in Canine Journal. As far as CBD is concerned, though, it just might help your dog life his best life. If you're curious, ask your vet about whether this might be a good idea for your own best friend.