CBD has been shown to be an effective treatment of a slew of human conditions and it appears that these benefits also carry over to our furry friends. While CBD has time and again proven to be an effective medicine for many conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, and anxiety in people, it has also been seen just as good when it comes to helping out dogs with similar issues.
Since CBD is a natural and non-psychoactive substance, many cannabis legalization proponents view using it as an excellent alternative to other medications that can come with significant side effects. Cannabis entrepreneurs are beginning to take notice of this with places like Loveland, Colorado’s The Biscuit Barkery popping up across states where marijuana has already been legalized. Although readily available, purveyors do urge caution when using this alternative approach.
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Giving dogs CBD-infused biscuits sparingly as a dietary supplement can help ease pain due to arthritis, seizures or hip dysplasia, Downing said. The biscuits can also be used as a mild sedative for excitable dogs before car trips or visits to the vet.
“If you had told us two years ago that we’d be making hemp treats, we would have said ‘no way,'” Downing said Friday. “But we have a lot of compassion for animals and we want them to have the best possible life without being over-drugged, and we want to make sure they can have all the relief they can have.”
The company uses only Colorado-grown hemp from a farmer near Berthoud, Downing said. There are no known drawbacks to allowing dogs to eat it, though she recommends that owners of dogs with aggression problems not try to use CBD products in place of a qualified trainer.