You must have heard about the medicinal benefits of cannabis by now. The wave of medicinal marijuana legalization going on across the world has put this plant in the headlines. A large part of the research into the therapeutic benefits is centered on humans. However, there is a growing need for research into how this plant affects animals. Recently more research into cannabis is focusing on its effects on animals including cats, dogs, birds and even horses.

Cannabidiol or CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC are two of the most popular chemical components of the cannabis plant. Researchers have discovered that CBD does not have any psychoactive effects and can bring relief to a number of illnesses that affects humans and animals. THC is the chemical compound in cannabis that makes people feel high. Despite its psychoactive effects, THC also has some medicinal benefits.

There is evidence to prove that CBD has the potential to help pets suffering from chronic pain and even seizures. CBD is known for its effects in stopping seizures caused by epilepsy. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a CBD-based drug for the treatment of seizures caused by epilepsy. Epidiolex is the name of the first CBD-based drug that the FDA approved. There have been recent studies that prove that CBD can also bring relief to pets suffering from seizures triggered by epilepsy.

In 2018, a preliminary study was conducted by researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) into the effect of CBD on dogs suffering from epilepsy. According to the study, CBD was given to dogs suffering from CBD orally. And these dogs experienced fewer seizures than other dogs who were not given CBD.

Researchers from Cornell University also carried out a study into CBD and dogs in 2018. The dogs in this study suffered from osteoarthritis and were given CBD every 12 hours for four weeks. At the end of the study, researchers found that these dogs experienced less pain than the dogs which were only given a placebo. Researchers found that the pain levels in the dogs which were given CBD oil were considerably less.

According to Robert Silver, an integrative veterinarian with the National Animal Supplement Council, the research into CBD and dogs is promising. He added that the National Animal Supplement Council have begun giving its approval seal to a few CBD products for pets. He said more research is needed to prove precisely how CBD affects dogs. According to Silver, the CSU has launched a large clinical trial into how CBD affects dogs.

“All species seem to respond well [to cannabis] because our bodies whether a dog, human, pigeon, or even jellyfish, have a system called the endocannabinoid system,” Robert said.