CBD Oil for Cats
What is CBD?
If you're considering giving your cat CBD then you may want to know more about this powerful, naturally occurring compound. To review, cannabis plants are rich in over 100 cannabinoids, and the most studied ones are THC and CBD. THC, which is found in higher concentrations in marijuana plants, causes intoxication. Hemp plants contain higher amounts of cannabidiol, or CBD, which does not cause the high of THC but does have some remarkable effects in the body. CBD is the focus of much scientific interest because of the promise it shows in treating an enormous range of ailments. Many people's first concern about CBD is whether or not it is legal. Because marijuana is still not legal in all of the states, and because it remains illegal at the federal level, CBD that is extracted from marijuana is illegal in a number of places. However, the 2018 Farm Bill differentiated hemp from marijuana, making hemp legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. As long as hemp-derived CBD falls within the regulations of the Farm Bill, it is legal to sell, buy, and own.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Cats?
The research on CBD use in animals is still in its infancy. Researchers at Colorado State University recently looked at the responses from hundreds of pet owners about their experiences with treating their pets with CBD. The majority of cat owners found it helpful in treating a wide range of symptoms, including anxiety, pain, inflammation, and intestinal problems. The pet owners reported very few ill effects, with mild side effects or none at all.
So while the science is still catching up with how CBD can benefit cats, people's experiences suggest that it is effective and safe. Why does CBD seem to work for cats, as well as for humans?
Cats Have an Endocannabinoid System
A few decades ago, scientists discovered a network of receptors that are scattered throughout the body. The molecules that the body makes to fit into these receptors are called endocannabinoids because they are remarkably similar to the cannabinoids found in cannabis. The endocannabinoid system regulates a huge number of processes in the body, including immune response, nervous system function, and inflammation. Because cannabinoids are so similar they are able to fit into the endocannabinoid receptors, which is why CBD has such a wide range of effects in the body. Learn more on the endocannabinoid system.
It turns out that humans aren't the only ones with this remarkable system. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, and cats are no exception. In fact, cats have a greater number of these receptors, which makes their response to cannabinoids stronger than in humans. This makes CBD especially effective for cats, but it's important to note that it also makes THC more intoxicating. Cats can experience a dangerous level of intoxication with THC, so it's important that any CBD product you give your cat is third-party tested so you can be sure it doesn't contain large amounts of THC.
Potential Benefits of CBD
Since cats have the same network of endocannabinoid receptors as we do, it makes sense that they would have very similar reactions to CBD. Some of the benefits that pet owners have reported in cats include:
- pain relief
- reduction in muscle spasms
- improved sleep
- a decrease in skin conditions
Because cats often show anxiety and pain with anti-social or aggressive behavior, many people find that CBD helps their cat to be more affectionate and calm.
CBD to Wellness
If you're interested in trying CBD oil for your cat, at CBD to Wellness we are proud to carry the highest quality, pure CBD. We use supercritical CO2 extraction, to preserve the integrity of the CBD, and to avoid toxic solvents. All our products are lab-certified so you can be confident that your cat is getting exactly what the label says. We believe in the exceptional benefits of our CBD products, for both you and your cat.