Written for a client while interning at Go Bright Marketing:
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about CBD oil and its potential medicinal benefits. CBD, short for cannabidiol, has a host of benefits for both pets and humans and has been recommended by doctors and veterinarians. It is a naturally-occurring component of industrial hemp/cannabis. According to the U.S. Government, CBD is a cannabinoid devoid of psychoactive effect. CBD can keep the body balanced by managing overall physical and mental awareness.
CBD oil is not to be confused with hemp seed oil. The whole plant hemp extract used in Chill Quills has a plethora of healthy components. It contains over 80 different phytocannabinoids such as CBD, CBG and CBN; natural molecules and phytochemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavonoids and much more!
Conversely, hemp seed oil is much different from hemp extract. Standard hemp seed oil is produced by cold-pressing the seeds, as opposed to whole hemp extract CBD oil, which is an extraction of the hemp plant itself. Though hemp seed oil is considered a nutritive food, it lacks the naturally-occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and other components that hemp extracts contain.
Now that you know what CBD oil is and where it comes from, let’s dive into how CBD can benefit your pet!
Anxiety and Stress
CBD has proven its effectiveness in aiding pets’ anxiety and stress in multiple scientific studies. If your pet gets scared during thunderstorms, when guests are over or when you’re not around, CBD oil can help! Specific receptors in the body are activated when CBD enters a mammal’s endocannabinoid system, which allows for two-way communication between body streams. This communication makes it easier for the body to relieve tension and temporary anxiety because the receptors can now “speak” to each other.
CBD oil can also help to relieve pain. Cornell University led the way in proving CBD’s pain-relieving properties by conducting research in 2018 using dogs suffering from arthritis. The results showed that CBD oil increased comfort and activity in the home environment for dogs, and the veterinary assessments of pain were also favorable. CBD oil not only helps with arthritis, but also joint problems and joint pain.
In addition to anxiety and pain, CBD can help to reduce inflammation as well. One study, conducted in 2012, tested the use of CBD on rats and found that CBD dramatically reduced the amount of inflammation they had. CBD can combat inflammation and its associated oxidative stress in many ways, including exerting an immunosuppressive effect on macrophages and microglial cells, which play a role in inflammation.
Digestion is yet another area CBD can help your pet in. The endocannabinoid system, located in the gut, helps to regulate food intake, nausea, inflammation and other processes. When the oil interacts with receptors in the gut, it reduces inflammation, making digestion easier for your pet.
The Bottom Line
CBD oil is rising in popularity as a natural alternative to conventional pet medications. With positive effects on everything from separation anxiety and stress to joint pain and inflammation, CBD is proven to be beneficial for pets, which is why we included it as a hero ingredient in Chill Quills! Shop this organic, natural product via the link below to see how CBD oil can help your pet!