The endocannabinoid system is not just just present in humans. In fact, it actually is present and plays a regulatory role in all animals (with the exception of insects). This means that like humans, animals also produce endocannabinoids that regulate a variety of physiological roles.
They can be found on specific receptors that can be activated with phytocannabinoids during times of diseased states that could be helpful in solving the underlying health problem. Therefore, cannabinoids (in particular, cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD) have the potential to treat a variety of medical problems – not just in humans.
But one thing to keep in mind…although CBD is safe for your furry friend, THC may not be. It can have psychoative effects, and may also be harmful to your pets. So to ensure that a CBD treat is safe for you pet, they suggest only getting edible treats that are derived from hemp, instead of marijuana (this also makes things easier for legal purposes). It is said that these edibles can be used for fa wide variety of things, some less severe, such as: separation anxiety, thunderstorm fears, anxiety during vet visits, traveling in cars and more. However, CBD can also be used for treatments of inflammation, pain, cancer-related health problems, or even end-of-life care and comfort.
For years now, painful conditions, such as inoperable or late stage cancer or severe arthritis have been treated with synthetic veterinary drugs. But, many of these cause moderate to severe side effects. They can cause liver and damage, and many pet owners even question if they even make their pet more comfortable. It is pet owners like this that are turning to CBD, wondering if it can help.
That said, it is of course always better to conduct more research on the subject. As of now, vets are steering clear of prescribing CBD to dogs, and say that more research is necessary. However, this research process is proving difficult; it is expensive, there are legal restrictions and pharmacological data on animals is scarce.
Despite these complications, the scientific and veterinary community is interested in learning more about cannabis in dogs and other animals. Perhaps if marijuana is re-classified from being a Schedule I substance, more studies will take place.