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CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol; a compound that’s found in cannabis and hemp. Cannabis is quite famous for its psychoactive effects, but cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound. This means that CBD doesn’t produce any high like other cannabis products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC.
When stomach discomfort is taken to the extreme, it can often induce vomiting. This could be as a result of the compound itself, or it might just be from the taste. CBD is a rather bitter substance and your dog may not like the taste of it. But if the CBD upsets your dog’s stomach enough, they’ll likely throw it back up.
Though CBD is considered safe for humans and even for dogs in most cases, it can have side effects for both of us. While we can decide if the possibility of side effects is worth the potential benefits we could see from taking CBD, your dog can’t make that decision. You have to decide what’s best for your dog. So, keep in mind all of the potential side effects your dog might suffer before you decide to dose them with CBD. And it’s always a good idea to get your vet’s professional opinion first.
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Many people are aware that cannabis can cause cottonmouth in people, but CBD can also have a similar effect on your dog. While it might be gross that your dog drools everywhere, that slobber is actually important for their health. If CBD causes your dog’s mouth to become dry, it can result in poor dental health, bad breath, and even cause pain when swallowing.
CBD can also cause dizziness in your dog. You’ll have to look for signs that indicate your dog is dizzy, such as trouble standing up or repeated falling over. This can easily occur if the CBD you’re using isn’t pure and contains trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive substance in cannabis that causes the “high” that users experience. While this might be pleasurable for some people, it might not be such a thrill for your pup.
High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. The drop is small, but it may cause a temporary feeling of light-headedness.
Per the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD from hemp plants is completely legal in the United States. It is not the same as marijuana, which can cause intoxication or a “high.” CBD products that come from the marijuana plant are only legal in states where marijuana is legal recreationally or medicinally. Let’s take a closer look at CBD for dogs and cats and whether there are any harmful side effects.
Cannabinoids like CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). We all naturally have an ECS in our bodies. In fact, all mammals (including our dogs and cats) have an endocannabinoid system.
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Most CBD products come from hemp, but some come from the marijuana plant. CBD products that come from the marijuana plant are only legal in states where marijuana is legal recreationally or medicinally.
The ECS is made up of a network of cannabinoid receptors (CB-1 and CB-2 receptors). We’ll take a closer look at the overall function of the ECS in the next section, but for now let’s focus on CBD’s interaction with cannabinoid receptors.
CBD from hemp may cause an intoxicating high because there could also be high levels of THC, which is the primary cannabinoid in marijuana. CBD from hemp will not get you high because it only has trace amounts of THC.
CBD has been used to treat worried behavior and restlessness in dogs. As such, it may have a calming effect. One of the side effects of CBD for dogs is that this same effect can cause slight drowsiness when high doses of CBD are administered.