CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that is naturally present in the Cannabis sativa plant. In recent years, many properties of this substance have been discovered. As such, people have started using CBD to achieve relaxation, relieve pain, and to ease many other conditions. But not only humans can benefit from the many properties of CBD. Holistic veterinarians have started using CBD for pets, including cats and dogs, and have found out that this natural cannabinoid can have positive effects on our furry friends.
Following our recent articles about CBD for pets, we’ll see below the benefits of CBD for cats and how to use it.
CBD Vs. THC
As we mentioned above, CBD is one of the components of the Cannabis sativa plant. But don’t let yourself get confused by this. The cannabis plant has 2 main cannabinoids: CBD and THC. Whilst THC has potent psychoactive effects, this is not the case with CBD. In fact, CBD holds no psychoactive effects at all, and its use has little to no side effects.
On the other hand, CBD and THC are extracted from different strains of the cannabis plant. Although it is true that there are only one species of Cannabis sativa, the plant can be grown to contain high levels of THC (marihuana) or to contain high levels of CBD with little to no traces of THC. However, you must not mistake cannabis with high CBD levels with hemp. Although hemp also derives from the cannabis plant, its use is mainly industrial.
Typically, the CBD oils and products that you find in the market contain little to no THC at all. In fact, CBD counteracts the effects of THC. For this reason, it is not possible to get high on CBD. And, contrary to THC, CBD remains legal in most places.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD is a cannabinoid that works by acting on the endocannabinoid system that all mammals have, including humans and, of course, cats. Our endocannabinoid system is involved in many relevant human and animal functions, including appetite, relaxation, and pain.
There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the system: CB1 and CB2. While CB1 are predominantly located in the brain and along with the nervous system, CB2 is more present in the immune system cells.
CBD has little binding effects on the CBD receptors. However, it can stimulate their function. So, it may help relieve conditions such as pain, and help achieve relaxation.
Uses of CBD for Cats
Like dogs and humans, cats have their own endocannabinoid system. For this reason, CBD can help cats who suffer from the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Pain associated with cancer
- Inflammation and arthritis
- Chronic kidney disease
- Appetite loss
- Stress and anxiety
Additionally, it can help relieve problems associated with old age.
How to Use CBD Oil for Cats?
Contrary to dogs, cats don’t tolerate CBD products other than CBD oil. So, it is advisable just to use CBD oil in cats and stay away from other CBD products. The reason for this is that other CBD products, such as edibles, may contain parts of the plant that are not easy to digest by the cat’s digestive system.
The best way to give CBD oil to your cat is by placing a few drops under their tongue or next to the gum line. Although this is the most effective way for CBD to get absorbed into your cat’s system, it’s probably hard to perform, especially when the cat is stressed. For this reason, you can also add CBD to your cat’s food or treat.
Regarding the dosage, it is recommended to consult with your holistic veterinarian, who will be able to determine what the best dose for your cat would be. However, a place to start would be 0.05 to 0.2mg daily.
Is CBD for Cats Dangerous?
CBD for cats is no harmful and it has little to no side effects. However, be careful and choose products that are specific for pets. Also, make sure that the CBD oil that you choose does not contain any THC. On the other hand, if you notice that your cat doesn’t tolerate CBD well, you must discontinue the treatment.
Nevertheless, it is recommended to consult with your holistic veterinarian before giving CBD to your cat. He or she will not only recommend the correct dose but will also make sure that it doesn’t interact with any other medication that your cat might be taking.