CBD and Pets – Questions / Answers

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis, the plant associated with marijuana.

Is CBD beneficial for my pets?

It is a plant-based cannabinoid and studies have shown that CBD can have a variety of effects on animals, including managing pain, controlling seizures, or acting as an anti-inflammatory, but scientific research continues.

Will CBD get my pet high?

The CBD found in pet cannabis supplements typically comes from hemp, a variety of cannabis that naturally contains extremely low concentrations of THC, the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Therefore, CBD is not psychoactive and appears to be safe for use for pets.

Can CBD cause an overdose in pets?

The best CBD products for dogs and cats have no known level of toxicity and, if used according to the instructions, it is unlikely to cause an overdose.

Can my cat use these products?

CBD products are available for dogs and cats.

What type of product should I give my pet?

As cannabidiol for pets grows in popularity, products are diversifying. They are available in the form of treats and oil (called cannabigerol or CBG). Early research has shown that CBG can help fight anxiety and depression and is slightly energizing compared to CBD which usually has a calming and relaxing effect.

What should I look for in a CBD product?

Those interested in the use of these products should discuss them with their veterinarian and keep abreast of research in this area. Any product must not contain traces of THC (tetrahydro-cannabinol), which is toxic to animals. Research on the particular seller will determine the level of testing to determine the actual levels of CBD or THC in each product.