Anxious Pets

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Does your dog hide under the bed every time there’s a thunderstorm? How about when you take them for a car ride or when they has to meet new people? Or what about when you leave them alone at home for a few hours?

If your dog gets nervous, anxious or stressed out, there are certain things you can do to calm him down and one of the best is to use a low strength CBD oil.

But what is it? Is it safe and how do you find the highest quality? And will it calm your anxious dog?

What’s Causing The Anxiety?

Anxiety affects dogs in many different ways and like people, some are more susceptible to it than others. Common reasons for anxiety usually fall into two main areas:

1. Situational – such as thunderstorms, fireworks, strangers and travel

2. Behavioral – like separation anxiety

Symptoms of dog anxiety include:

  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Whimpering
  • Trembling
  • Aggression
  • Urinating or defecating on the floor despite being house trained
  • Nervous licking of the lips
  • Loss of appetite

Luckily, CBD oil can work on all of these symptoms and give your dog some much needed relief.

CBD Oil

What is CBD oil? CBD oil (Cannabidiol) is a natural substance found in the hemp plant. For 1000s of years, people have been using the hemp plant for everything from rope to medicinal purposes.

One of those medicinal purposes is anxiety relief in people and pets , but not for the reason you might expect.

CBD oil works by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system to soothe and calm anxiety naturally.

There’s a lot of confusion between CBD from hemp and marijuana. This is because they both come from the cannabis family, but they’re not actually the same at all. CBD derived from the hemp plant contains high levels of CBD and only trace elements of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the ingredient that makes you “high.” Researchers at Kings College London have found CBD is a natural anti-psychotic and works to counterbalance the traces of THC in CBD oil. Marijuana is high in THC and has low concentrations of the other cannabinoids.

CBD oil works by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system to soothe and calm anxiety naturally.

The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the early 1970’s and is a complex biological system containing CB receptors. There are currently two known subtypes of cannabinoid receptors, termed CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptor is expressed mainly in the brain (central nervous system or “CNS”), but also in the lungs, liver and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the immune system and in hematopoietic cells. When the body naturally releases endocannabinoid chemicals (or you ingest them through a tincture) they connect with the receptors and that stimulates the body’s natural ability to create serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer, this what runners experience.

CBD oil enhances this natural ability.

CBD Oil Isn’t Just For Anxiety

Studies show that CBD oil is beneficial for both acute and chronic issues – not just anxiety.

Because CBD oil supports the immune system’s ability to modulate activity, it allows the body to better control cellular degeneration. It has been known to help prevent:

  • Joint issues
  • Neuropathic disorders
  • Neurological disorders (such as seizures)
  • Blood disorders

There is overwhelming anecdotal evidence and studies are starting to show it helps with:

  • Pain relief
  • Regulating mood
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes

Using CBD oil for anxiety is just one of the ways to help heal your dog naturally.

How To Find High-Quality CBD Oil

Not all are created equal. So which is best for your dog?

You want to start with the source. Here are some questions to ask:

  1. Is it organic? High quality CBD oils are made from organically-grown hemp.
  2. How is it processed? Currently, there are no regulations on the manufacturing of CBD oil which means that some companies selling it cheaply may use cheap methods when extracting it from the plant. Hexane and butane are two such solvents that are petroleum based products not fit for consumption and can be toxic.
  3. What’s the THC count? Some companies make CBD oils from a high THC plant which can also be toxic to animals. It should be less than .03% THC.

These are important questions to ask because low-quality CBD oil may not give the same benefits and some can even have toxic ingredients!

 

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