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Veterinary CBD Products
Dr. O'Brien

Veterinary CBD Products

The Importance of Getting CBD Products from a Reputable Source

You may be familiar about the use of marijuana and hemp (THC/CBD) products in humans to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions. Many people have probably thought about the benefits these products may have for their pets.

THC, the most active and main psychoactive agent, is toxic in animals. It is thought to act upon a receptor in the brain causing central nervous system effects. Because of this, it is important not to use human CBD products on animals.

Retail phytocannabinoid products are allowed to use the label “THC FREE” if they have less than 0.3%THC. Even these small amounts can cause toxicities in pets. Many labs only test for a single form of THC (Delta9-THC) but there are a total 5 forms. For products to be safe for pets, the levels of THC must be labeled as “not detected” for all 5 forms. Companies that perform 3rd party testing of each batch ensure the products are THC free and have advertised ratios of photocannabinoids.

CBD and other photocannabinoids are being researched in animals and have shown to be beneficial in dogs. Some veterinary products are full spectrum with a 1:1 ratio of CBD to other cannabinoids (CBG, CBC, and CBDV). Blends of full spectrum products work on a group of specialized receptors in the brain and may offer relief of discomfort and support the health of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and immune systems. It generally takes a couple days for results to show, but long-term daily use can sustain benefits.

Please reach out to our doctors to see if CBD products may be beneficial to your pet.

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