The use of CBD as a pain-relieving agent in pet care is becoming a hot commodity--with good reason. Studies and testimonials support the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for a myriad of ailments, from arthritis to cancer.
At Ancient Arts, we carry CBD products in various forms: treats, liquid drops, paste, soft gels, capsules, and even balm or salve.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Marijuana and hemp both come from the same species of plant in the Cannabis family. Cannabis plants carry cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is the psychoactive component of recreational and medical marijuana that gives a high, but it is absent in industrial hemp from which CBD products are derived.
What is CBD?
All mammals have cannabinoid receptors, but some process THC in a way that negatively affects them. This is why giving pets recreational or medical marijuana can have catastrophic consequences. Dogs treated for marijuana toxicity often experience extreme lethargy over the span of a few days, sound sensitivity, wobbliness, and dribbling urine or saliva.
When we talk about CBD products, we're not talking about pot for pets. Marijuana has different percentages of CBD and THC than do hemp veterinary products. Recreational marijuana has increased levels of THC (resulting in a "high") and lower levels of CBD. In contrast, medical marijuana has increased levels of CBD and trace amounts of THC, yet still enough to give a high and cause toxicity in pets.
With industrial hemp, there is only CBD, no THC, and the most notable side effect is simply sleepiness.
What does CBD help treat?
CBD is used to alleviate inflammation, pain, and suffering from many ailments including:
- Arthritis and joint diseases
- Neurological conditions (seizures, tremors)
- Sprains and broken bones
- Post-operative pain management
- Chronic pain (non-narcotizing)
Ask us about CBD products for your pet. Please note that all CBD products through Ancient Arts are prescription only, requiring a current doctor-patient relationship. Schedule an annual Holistic Exam if your pet hasn't been seen by us in the past year, or a Brief Exam if it has been greater than 6 months since your last visit.