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Understanding CBD – How Does it Work?

Just like humans, dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems (ECS). The endocannabinoid systems work to regulate certain function such as pain, mood, sleep, appetite, and immunity.

Our bodies, as well as our pets’ bodies, have naturally produced cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. Therefore, when you or your furry companion consumes a cannabis product such as CBD oil, you are supplementing your endocannabinoid system. A good comparison is considering how vitamin C supplements the body’s immune system. You are more or less helping the body’s natural functions.

CBD Oil Effects and Benefits

Remarkably, the health benefits of CBD for cats are much like the benefits for humans. CBD for cats can be used to treat a current condition as well as prevent issues from arising. We’re excited to share with you all the ways this amazing herb might be able to help your four-legged friend.

CBD Oil for Pain and Inflammation

CBD oil continues to show how incredibly useful it can be in managing and treating pain and inflammation in humans, cats, and dogs alike. In fact, CBD oil is so compelling that experts in the field are considering it to be a new drug class to treat chronic pain. Check out all of the other pain-related conditions that CBD oil can be beneficial for.

Because of CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects, CBD oil also treats:

  • Arthritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Neuropathy pain
  • Nerve-related pain
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Inflammation on oxidative stress
  • Asthma

Cat owners report that their kitties return to their playful selves after introducing CBD into their lives.

Suppressing Epilepsy and Seizures with Petcare CBD.

A huge way that CBD is effectively used in humans is to drastically reduce the frequency of seizures and treat epilepsy. Impressively, CBD has the ability to also treat seizures and epilepsy in cats and dogs.

It’s no secret that anti-seizure medications for both humans and our animals present a slew of horrifying adverse reactions. From kidney failure to heart issues to death, it’s troubling to think that an anti-seizure medication is the only option we have. Thanks to CBD, we now have other options.

Furthermore, a scary reality that many pet parents may not realize is that even if you are administering the anti-seizure medication correctly, it may not work for your specific cat. That’s right. Even if you’re doing everything right, some anti-seizure medications just don’t work for your cat’s individual needs. Therefore, you’re adding in an enormous amount of toxins into your cat system for no reason at all (we certainly aren’t blaming you, just informing you of the troubling truth). Now, CBD may sound too good to be true, but it’s true. Studies show that CBD oil has been effective in treating seizures and epilepsy when conventional medications couldn’t. Let that sink in. An all natural non-toxic supplement is able to treat a condition that harsh drugs weren’t able to. Yet just another way that we are so grateful for all that CBD has to offer.

Treating Anxiety

Perhaps one of the most studied ways that CBD can positively affect humans and our pets alike is its ability to treat anxiety. Gone are the days where anti-anxiety medications were our only option. Cats that were once fearful of traveling in a car or plane are now able to accompany their owners with ease, free of stress. Additionally, CBD oil also treats different types of anxieties and phobias including separation anxiety and fear of loud noises, such as fireworks. Again, because of the fact that it is all natural and non-toxic, pet parents don’t need to worry about the adverse reactions that accompany the vast majority of mood-altering drugs.

Preventing and Treating Cancer

While there isn’t significant evidence as to exactly how it’s possible, studies are showing that CBD is effective in preventing and curing cancer in humans, cats, and dogs. Every day, more and more research is allowing people like you and me to gain more insight into how it all works. But for now, here’s what we do know.

CBD promotes overall homeostasis within the body. Total homeostasis supports the immune system’s response in eliminating the growth and formation of cancer cells

Reducing Nausea and Boosting the Appetite

While CBD can greatly help in preventing cancer cells from forming and spreading, it is the sad truth that some cats will have to undergo conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. These harsh treatments can cause many adverse reactions in your cat, including a loss of appetite and horrific nausea. If your car has to undergo conventional treatment for cancer, CBD can help ease the associated symptoms.

Improving Coat and Skin Conditions

CBD oil is also effective for treating and preventing skin conditions. While most of the time CBD oil will be administered orally, cat owners can also apply CBD oil on their cats’ skin. This can improve irritation because cats have cannabis receptors on the surface of their skin.

Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammation causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Since CBD is anti-inflammatory, it can help prevent, treat, and ease the associated side effects of the disease such as vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss.

CBD for General Wellness

As we previously mentioned, CBD for cats promotes overall wellness. It is not only used for treating and curing but also prevention. Adding a CBD supplement into your cat’s diet can significantly improve their day-to-day life.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

We don’t have to tell you that no two cats are exactly alike. Therefore, all cats have the potential to react differently to a cannabis supplement. The main side effect of CBD is that it can make your cat a bit sedated. If your cat seems lazier or more lethargic than usual, simply lower your cat’s dosage. Typically, side effects are nonexistent, and when they do occur are extremely mild.

Additionally, we want to reiterate that cat owners should only give their cats CBD derived from the hemp plant. Products that are high in THC such as recreational or medicinal marijuana, can make cats extremely uncomfortable. Therefore, do not blow marijuana products into your cats face thinking that it will help them. It will only make them feel worse. With that being said, CBD derived from hemp plants has proven to be virtually harmless for cats.

CBD Dosage

Typically, the suggested starting dose is 1 mg – 5 mg per 5 kg of body weight. For cats, it is recommended to start with 1-5 mg.

  • Arthritis: 0.5 milligrams (mg) of CBD per kilogram of your pet’s weight (0.5 mg/kg) twice a day
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: 0.2mg/kg twice daily
  • Pancreatitis: 0.1mg/kg twice daily and gradually increase to 0.5mg/kg twice daily
  • Asthma: 0.5mg/kg twice daily
  • ChronicUpperRespiratoryInfections: 5mg/kg twice daily
  • Seizures: 0.5mg/kg twice daily and gradually increase. However note that it may take up to 3mg/kg for CBD to treat cats with seizures.


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