How CBD Works for Cats
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors found throughout the central nervous system and other biological systems that can interact with cannabinoids like CBD.
By influencing these receptors with its anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic properties, studies have shown that CBD can help maintain and improve their functionality.
This interaction is what allows CBD to deliver numerous benefits to cats, such as pain relief, stress management, reduced aggression and more.
5 Health Benefits of CBD for Cats
1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): This is frustratingly common in cats. CBD may help reduce inflammation and therefore symptoms. Cats with IBD may vomit, have diarrhea or may lose weight.
2. Pancreatitis: Many cats with IBD also have pancreatitis. Like IBD it can be frustrating to treat.
3. Arthritis: Cats that suffer from arthritis need all the help they can get. Unfortunately many painful cats suffer because we don’t have great pharmaceutical options that are safe.
4. Cancer: This is a popular use for CBD in both animals and people. There are many reports of longer survival times with better quality of life for both people and animals with cancer. Unfortunately, we don’t have any great studies that prove how or why this happens.
5. Asthma. Like all of the disease listed above, asthma is a common inflammatory disease of cats. Some cats have very minor symptoms that need little to no medical interventions. Other cats require life long treatment by inhaler. CBD may be a great option to help these kitties have less inflammation and therefore less asthma attacks. It is important that you never stop medications your kitty is taking before speaking with your veterinarian. If your cat needs an inhaler to breathe, don’t substitute CBD oil for their daily inhaled medications.
Side effects of CBD for Cats
The most common side effect I have seen in my patients is increased appetite and decreased anxiety. Some animals can become sedate on CBD products.
CBD can promote relaxation and some animals are more sensitive than others. If you notice your cat has become too sedate, stop giving the product and work with your veterinarian. Allergic reactions are always possible. Some cats that are allergic to grass can also be allergic to cannabis. This is rare but is a possibility.
Remember to work with your veterinarian when deciding on a treatment plan for your cat. If you would like to work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian check out these sites to find one:
CBD products might be able to offer relief for many people who have chronic pain, all without causing intoxication and dependence. Oil versions of CBD may not be as effective as other forms, and more human studies are needed.
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