• Sat. Mar 4th, 2023

Dogs and CBD: A Study on the Effects of Cannabidiol on Canine Stress


Mar 4, 2023
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A recent study looked at the effects of a single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) on stress in dogs. CBD is a substance found in the hemp plant that has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety in humans. The purpose of this study was to see if giving dogs a single dose of CBD could help reduce their stress levels.

The study involved 40 dogs that were randomly divided into two groups: a placebo control group and a treatment group. The dogs in the treatment group were given a single dose of 4 mg/kg of CBD 2 hours before undergoing a stressful event, such as being separated from their owners or traveling in a car. The researchers then measured various physiological and behavioral indicators of stress in the dogs before, during, and after the stressful events.

The results showed that dogs did experience significant stress during both the separation and car travel scenarios, with the car travel scenario causing a more pronounced stress response. The study also found that the single dose of CBD appeared to help reduce some indicators of stress in the dogs. However, different measures of stress in dogs appeared to be affected differently by the CBD, and this may be due to some limitations in the study.

The study concluded that a single dose of 4 mg/kg of CBD may help reduce stress in dogs during stressful events. However, more research is needed to better understand the effects of CBD at different dosages, in different formulations, and over longer periods of time. Confirming these findings in pet dogs in their home environments would also be beneficial according to the study.

The use of CBD for dogs is becoming more popular as people learn about its potential benefits. A study published in 2021 looked at how CBD can help with inflammation and the immune system in dogs. The researchers used blood from healthy dogs and added a substance called LPS to make the blood inflamed. Then, they treated the blood with different amounts of CBD. The results showed that the dogs treated with CBD had lower levels of inflammation markers, compared to the dogs that didn’t receive CBD. The researchers also found that the dogs treated with CBD had lower levels of two proteins involved in inflammation The study showed that CBD may have anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulating properties in dogs, but more research was needed to better understand the scope of potential side effects.

It’s important to note that while these studies provide promising results, it is not a guarantee that CBD will work for all dogs or in all situations. Pet owners should always consult with a veterinarian before giving their pets any new medication, including CBD.