Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The pro and cons for humans and pets

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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil pro and cons for humans and pets

In the recent years or at least from 2018, there has been a big raise of the awareness of CBD oils for health conditions, such as arthritic pain, pain from muscles conditions, anxiety and epilepsy in humans and pets.

I had a look recently, just out of curiosity, a bit more deeply into the effects and what is the best in the market for various conditions. Many companies now advertise for the benefit of certain condition, including epilepsy for dogs. CBD has not yet been approved by the FDA, apart for the medicinal drug made for epilepsy that can only be suggested by the doctors.

The veterinary association has not yet approved for CBD oil for pets, even though there have been many cases that have shown to benefit pets taking CBD. Now it is also important that if you decide to use it for your pet, to use one that is organic, made in UK, and that has no THC, which is the one that gives the high. If it is broad spectrum, then there is a chance that has some THC, if it is “Isolate CBD” then does not have THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Also, the extraction should be by CO2 instead from any chemical extractions. Use a UK brand as well. That is for pets. Which it has been suggested that the pet might benefit for it for anxiety, pain and epilepsy conditions.

For human conditions, depends on the amount of pain, or anxiety/insomnia and other conditions that they might have. If the problem is insomnia or anxiety, it might be that there is a need of no THC as well. Even though THC is the one that has been suggested to decrease pain, by giving the “high” state of mind.

There is also medicinal marijuana that now-days many people seem to have a need for, especially many young people, for whatever reason they are using it, it could be that they are emotionally in pain and that relieve their pain.

Did you know that phytocannabinoids are in many plants, the C Sativa or marijuana plants, hemp oil, and also in carrots, cloves, black pepper, ginseng and echinacea!

Now most of the food above have no THC, so no high from eating carrots, but you can have an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effect by eating or taking the above foods.

Now in UK, THC and CBD oils have been used for reduction of pain and spasticity in certain conditional disease, including arthritic pain and anxiety.

Just to note that even though CBD oil and hemp oils do not contain high intoxicating THC, it is not illegal to sell them, however they have no regulation yet and there are many in the market now with no guarantee of working or its safety levels. Even though most companies in UK have their own regulation and seems to be pretty safe.

Any products that derived from the hemp seed only, has no THC at all but they are high in omega 3 and 6.

Things to notice when deciding to try CBD oil for human consumption:

It is only when the leaves and flowers are used in their products that might have a certain percentage of THC which vary from 0.1% to a max of 3% dry products, above that would be illegal. The other thing to notice before buying is that the product is certified organic, good UK brand and CO2 extraction, which usually they would say. In studies with CBD oil using up to 300mg for 6 months, where fairly safe. Higher amount might not be as sage but could be more beneficial. As with everything we are all different in the reaction of what we take and you need to check your safety level.

Supplements that say are “full-spectrum” formulas that contain hemp oils, or CBD enriched products are quite popular right now. They are used in in the forms of oil, balm spray, pet chewing toy, gummy bears, capsules and more. There are food products such as clove, hops, ashwagandha and turmeric that contains phytocannabinoids and terpenoids, which reduce inflammation and also increase sleep and in some studies with the CBD oils in rats, seem to work on the amygdala, which is the neurological gland that trigger the fear stress mode and hence anxiety. There is a need again of more research and studies on the effect of the plants and what other ingredients in the plants that would have the same effects.

Did you know also that “spices” can also have cannabinoids, which for some people, is the cause of allergic reactions. So do watch if you take CBD oil that you are not allergic to it as well.

There is a need of more research on the effect or side effect of the CBD oil, but meanwhile, as many people and pet owners do find it that their conditions do improve, we can all be a kind of guinea pigs, like many others medication that we do not know much about, and hope that we do not have a very strong reaction to it.

Warning: Do not take CBD oil if you are in any medication unless prescribed by the doctor.

From research studies here are the possible side effects of taking CBD oil with THC:

  • CBD oil should not be consumed by children, especially with THC as intoxication has been reported by taking them, this is especially in so called spices with CBD added.
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling of High with THC for more sensitive people or people who have slow hepatic detoxification pathway

Warning: the above information is meant for your interest only, they are not suggestions, or recommendations and this site does not take any responsibility for your own choice on how you use this information.

Reference:

Harrison J. Van Dolah; BA Brent A. Bauer, MD; Karen F. Mauck, MD (2019) Clinicians’ Guide to Cannabidiol and Hemp Oils. REVIEW| VOLUME 94, ISSUE 9, P1840-1851, SEPTEMBER 01, 2019.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET practitioner – R-Craniosacral therapist – Neuro-linguistic programming practitioner – Certified Angel Guide – Meditation teacher

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