As more people turn to cannabis to treat their medical ailments, pets are now also benefitting from the healing properties of cannabidiol (CBD).
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, several pet owners are seeing positive results after treating their pets with CBD-infused products, such as tinctures and edibles.
CBD, the therapeutic compound found in cannabis, is just as effective for pets suffering from the same conditions people use it for, such as pain, anxiety, seizures, digestive issues, and arthritic joints.
48-year-old Andrea Cullipher, a jewelry designer from Burbank, gives her 10-year-old basset hound, Axel, a few drops of hemp-derived CBD tincture on a piece of bread each morning to manage his degenerative joint pain.
“His tail is up, and he has noticeably more energy,” Cullipher told the Times.
Cat owner Montana Lee, 30, credits CBD for helping her ragdoll cat Zeus with his hostility and aggression, who now allows houseguests to pet him.
“He’s a whole different cat,” said Lee.
These success stories are backed by a handful of medical studies, including a 2018 federal study finding that CBD can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with osteoarthritis. Moreover, a 2019 study discovered that CBD may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by epileptic dogs.