CBD oil is a new medical cannabis product that has become popular for humans over the past couple of years. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is the active ingredient in the product. Its important to note that CBD oil itself contains little to no THC, which is the ingredient responsible for the 'high' associated with marijuana. THC is toxic for dogs, so its imperative to use a medical grade CBD oil with no THC contained in it.
Is it safe?
There have been several formal studies into the benefits of giving CBD oil to dogs for various ailments such as seizures, arthritic pain and anxiety. These have mainly been carried out in the US, where medical cannabis products for dogs are on the whole more widely available than in Australia. The studies on the whole conclude that there are some benefits evident, but that more studies are needed. Its important to seek the advice of your vet with respect to dosage, which will vary depending on your dog's size.
Where to buy?
CBD oil in Australia is a schedule 4 drug, which means that you'll need a prescription from your GP for your own (human) use, and a prescription from your vet for your dog's use. Its difficult to find CBD oil from Australian vet medicine suppliers, so the best method of getting medical grade quality CBD oil will normally be to approach a compounding chemist with your prescription, and ask them to fill it.
Reference articles about CBD for dogs:
Preliminary Investigation of the Safety of Escalating Cannabinoid Doses in Healthy Dogs (PDF) (Canopy Animal Health)
Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of CBD Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs (US National Library of Medicine)
CBD Oil For Dogs And Cats - What's New? (Today's Veterinary Nurse)
The Use Of CBD Oil In Australian Dogs (Walkerville Vet)
CBD Oil For Dogs - What You Need To Know (American Kennel Club)
CBD Used To Ease Pain And Anxiety In Pets (ABC News)
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