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The Pros (and Con) of CBD for Pets

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CBD has benefits for both humans and pets.

CBD has benefits for both humans and pets.

Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids. Of all these compounds, the most important are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The former is known for its psychoactive effects, while the latter is known for its numerous health benefits. Throughout the years, CBD has risen to become a formidable health and wellness product for people. Now, people are using it to change the lives of their pets.

Potential Benefits of CBD for Pets

CBD is a wonderful supplement for cats, dogs, and other animals. The compound can prevent convulsions, inflammation, stress, cancer, and more. Most of these effects are felt by humans as well. Perhaps the most important benefit that animals could get from CBD is that it helps them relax easier. The compound will help them get through stressful periods that could otherwise have adverse effects on their health.

Every fur parent knows how horrible it is to see our pets suffer through thunderstorms and the loud noises made by fireworks during New Year’s Eve. This distress could result in abnormal breathing and heart rate, a suppressed immune system, and more.

With its benefits aside, is CBD really safe to use in dogs, cats, and other animals? Many dog owners seem to believe so, and they are standing by their decision to incorporate CBD into their pet’s life.


Potential Side Effects

While the benefits may be enticing, CBD users should understand that there are a few side effects worth knowing about first. A study published in the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Journal reveals that humans can feel tiredness, diarrhea, and even appetite loss when consuming CBD. The good thing is that animals don’t suffer the same side effects. In fact, the only drawback they might experience is slight drowsiness.

The Rally Behind CBD Use for Pets

Those who rally behind the use of CBD for animals are pushing to share the compound’s benefits with their pets. Those who stand against it, on the other hand, are still on the fence about CBD’s effects on animals, and they are simply waiting for more scientific research to back up the many claims. Once more research is done, the CBD pet product industry will be able to fully reach its capacity.

The good greatly outweighs the bad in this case, so it should not be surprising to see a growing demand for CBD products that are tailor-made for our furry friends.


Getting the Best CBD Products

Now that there is a clear market for CBD pet products, many companies are willing to expand their product line with animal-friendly items. One brand that has been there to support pet owners from the beginning is PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (POTN).

Types of Products Available

POTN distributes a wide selection of products through its wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond CBD, Inc., including creams, dabs, flavored oils, and more. Diamond CBD offers a growing line of CBD pet products which includes treats, capsules, and oils. Aside from coming in packed with the miracle compound, these products are made palatable for cats' and dogs' taste buds.

A bestseller from the category is Pet CBD Food Bacon Flavor. The oil can be added to a pet’s food or water 1–2 times a day. Since it comes in a flavor that dogs know and love, they will not hesitate to eat or drink it instantly. Another best seller is the MediPets CBD Beef Wrap Dog Treats. One jar of the product contains chewy treats that have 3mg of CBD per piece. It serves as a great reward for good boys to keep their tails wagging.

POTN’s products are nothing short of being high-quality. All the hemp plants used in CBD production are carefully handpicked to guarantee each plant used surpasses standards. As an added measure, POTN manually inspects all products before giving them the go signal for distribution.

The company’s dedication to creating quality products has resulted in major revenue growth. During the first half of 2018, POTN was able to yield more than $12 million in revenue, which is more than double its earnings when compared year-over-year.

CBD Is a Growing Industry for People and Pets

The CBD industry is able to touch many users thanks to its versatility and benefits. It is not only humans that deserve a dose of the miracle compound, as our lovable pet friends should have access to these too. As more studies about CBD use on animals are being conducted, we can expect more companies to pitch in the growing market which will make it more accessible to pet owners.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.