CBD – a safe, effective herbal medicine for your pets!

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Cannabis Extracts (CBD) are AMAZING!

CBD is only one of hundreds of bioactive compounds that the hemp or cannabis plant creates in the resins that coat the flowers. CBD interacts with a massively important system in the body of all mammals and most vertebrates.

The (drum roll) endocannabinoid system.

The thing is, all animals make special compounds in their bodies – endocannabinoids. Here’s where the true magic happens. The phyto-cannabinoids that the marijuana plant creates fit the endo-cannabinoid receptors in your pet’s body (and in your body). When they lock into these receptors, all sorts of good things happen. More about that in a minute.

How CBD/Cannabis extracts can help your fur-kids

The endocannabinoid system is how CBD and other cannabinoids cause changes in how your pet’s body functions. This system is a very deep, hugely important regulatory system in your pet’s physiology. The endocannabinoid system regulates a process called ‘homeostasis’ in your pet’s body.

Homeostasis is a property of cells, tissues, and organisms that allows the maintenance and regulation of the stability and constancy needed to function properly. Homeostasis is a healthy state that is maintained by the constant adjustment of biochemical and physiological pathways.” (from https://www.rxlist.com/homeostasis/definition.htm)

In other words, the process of homeostasis is that which keep all functions in the body in a healthy, balanced state. You could think of it as being the opposite of illness. And your pet’s endocannabinoid system is one of the most important systems (if not the most important) that regulates homeostasis.

This is why CBD is a fantastic safe herbal medicine for your pets. A CBD rich (or full spectrum) whole plant cannabis extract is very effective in treating a broad range of diseases and health problems in your fur-kids. Why? Because it creates balance at such a deep level in your pet’s body processes.

Why is it so safe? Because it’s so similar to natural substances (endocannabinoids) that every animal’s body is creating all the time. The natural ones only last a very short time in the body – but the phyto-cannabinoids found in the cannabis extracts have a much longer activity. The body can’t break them down quickly as it does the endocannabinoids.

Because it’s very similar to compounds naturally created in the body, there are little or no toxic effects. Unlike the side effects we see in synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs are alien to the body. They are MUCH more likely to cause harm.

What can CBD rich whole plant extracts help with?

  • Pain
  • Inflammation (the root cause of most chronic disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer (mostly palliative, in some cases can reduce tumour size or be curative)
  • Itchiness/allergies
  • Autoimmune disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Anorexia
  • Dementia
  • Vomiting
  • And more!

CBD-rich whole-plant hemp extracts are a great ‘health tonic’ – they can be used for whole of life as a supplement to support vibrant well-being in your pets, and to delay and slow the development of age-related degenerative diseases like arthritis.

How can you get CBD for your pets? What kinds of extracts are best?

That’ll depend quite a bit on where you live- every country has different regulations. Here in Australia vets can prescribe purified CBD isolates and what is called a ‘full spectrum CBD extract’ legally through a compounding pharmacist. If you have that option, I always recommend the ‘full spectrum’ one. However, this is NOT a whole plant extract.

I prefer a whole plant extract – these have many different cannabinoids in them that work as a team, with a synergistic effect. There are some whole plant extract options available, but the regulatory environment is confusing. There are many grey and black market options, and there are some companies in Australia that seem to have TGA approval to market CBD rich whole plant extracts.

The issue with grey and black market products is that you will not know how many mg/ml of active ingredients that are in the extract. It’s important to have a known concentration so you can give the appropriate dose! In the hospital I work in at present, we stock the Hemppet brand of whole plant extract. It’s great!

If you can’t source a whole plant, CBD rich extract with a measured amount of extract/ml, then I’d encourage you to talk to your local vet and ask them to prescribe the ‘full spectrum’ option from a compounding pharmacist. If your vet wants any help with dose rates etc, ask them to contact me!

Will my pet get stoned?

Not if you use a CBD rich extract low in THC. THC should NEVER be given to animals unless under the direction of a vet. And there is no legal avenue to do this in Australia at present, though people are working on making this possible. I hope it is sorted soon, as THC at the correct dose has immense potential for palliative care in pets with cancer.

What about CBD for silent soft tissue (neuro-fascial) pain?

It can help, BUT you will need a fascia focused bodywork to get to the root cause of this kind of pain. CBD is fantastic to use alongside bodywork like the Whole Energy Body Balance method. It really, really helps. It’s not ideal to use CBD without getting hands-on bodywork to release the pain and tension in the tissues and structures of the body though!

Here at Whole Energy Body Balance global headquarters, we focus on every possible way to help you keep your pets happy, healthy and pain free. CBD is possible the best, safest, most effective herbal medicine I have ever used in practice. If you want to learn more about how to help your pets – dose rates, how to integrate CBD into a treatment plan with prescription drugs etc, please email me at dredward@thehealingvet.com

 

PS- here’s a link to my livestream recording that goes with this article:

And a story I did for SBS about some clients using cannabis extracts to help their old dog with arthritis https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/890713155523/stoner-dogs

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