The wave of cannabis legalization is spreading across the world at a rapid pace. Many countries are moving to decriminalize the use of this plant for medicinal purposes. However, there are some dangers to this. One of them is the growing use of cannabis products to treat pets. Very few countries have made the use of cannabis products for pets legal. But this has not stopped some pet owners from trying. Many are inspired by stories on the Internet from other pet owners who claim to have found success in using cannabis to treat their pets.
The cannabis plant is packed with hundreds of cannabinoids. And researchers are still learning about these them and what they do. But Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the most researched of all cannabinoids in this plant. CBD has been found to be non-toxic and also non-psychoactive. This chemical compound has also been found to have a host of medicinal benefits for humans. Several studies have proven that CBD can treat illnesses such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, insomnia, chronic pain, and epilepsy. Last year, US authorities approved a CBD-based drug for the treatment of seizure caused by epilepsy.
These developments have inspired many pet owners to try CBD products on the pets. Although authorities have not made its use on pets legal. Despite the many success stories, there are many dangers associated with owners administering CBD to pets without medical supervision.
One of the dangers is that most CBD products on the market are made specifically for humans, not pets. The other risk is that there are limited studies on how CBD affects animals. Until now, the studies have focused on its effects on human health.
Another cause of worry is that most owners are not educated on the different types of cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is another chemical compound in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are similar but are also very different. One of the significant difference between both is that while THC is psychoactive, CBD is not. THC is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, so many CBD products contain some amounts of THC.
Researchers have found that while THC makes people feeling high, it has a different effect on pets. THC can be extremely dangerous for pets. This compound reportedly affects the heart rate of pets. This can be severe and even lead to heart attacks and death in pets. A recent study found that when dogs ingest THC, it can cause disorientation, urinary incontinence, temporary coma, and even seizures. These are some of the reasons why authorities are yet to make the use of CBD for animals legal.
Not many CBD products are free from THC. Most contain THC but in minimal amounts and this can pose a threat to the lives and well-being of pets. It is imperative for pet owners to know that THC is dangerous for pets.