Cannabis as Medicine, An Evolving History from People to Dogs

According the The American Cancer Society, marijuana and hemp extracts have been used as cancer treatment for centuries (American Cancer Society).  Although there is evidence confirming the use of Cannabis predating this record, the earliest written record of Cannabis for medicinal use dates way back to 15th century China in the Chinese Pharmacopeia, the “Rh-Ya” (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)).  Since then, the interest regarding the powerful healing affects and clinical applications of Cannabis continues to inspire research on CBD in correlation to life threatening conditions.  For example, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health presents researched-backed support for CBD as a potential anti-cancer drug due to mechanisms that promote cancer cell death and inhibits cancer cell growth, and this is just the tip of the iceberg (Massi et al.) Exciting new evidence about the therapeutic effects of CBD continue to wow the scientific community.

In 2013, a little girl named Charlotte Figi made headlines.  Charlotte had been suffering from hundreds of epilepsy related seizures every week and was no longer able to talk, eat, or walk due to her life-threatening condition until CBD became part of her treatment.  Her story spread like wild fire and soon, like Charlotte, many others experienced a significant reduction in the seizures, from hundreds down to just a few per month!

The list of medical applications for cannabis, and CBD, continues to expand (Interlandi).  Most recently, Alzheimer’s treatment has been added to the file.  Exciting new studies reported on in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, present preliminary evidence supporting claims that CBD is successful in “preventing the development of social region deficits in subjects,” meaning that CBD could prevent deterioration of the brain areas responsible for “recognizing the faces of people they know,” adding to the growing and evolving laundry list of miraculous discoveries regarding CBD as an alternative medicine (Johnson).

Novel studies are now showing that these positive results are possible for any animal with a spine.  Which means, that CBD is a medical option for our canine companions.

For information on the benefits read our articles on How CBD Works and CBD Side-Effects

 

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What is CBD and How Does It Work For Dogs?

Please note that both the simple and complicated answers provide the same basic information.  Pick the one that’s right for you!

Simple Answer:

CBD is a compound found in hemp and marijuana plants that does not get you high but still provides lots of medical benefits.  It is especially useful in treating anxiety, pain and inflammation in both humans and dogs.

According to numerous clinical trial and teams around the world, CBD can be used to treat an array of conditions that include but are not limited to the treatment of Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, hip dysplasia, inflammation, anxiety, heart conditions, cancer, and there is even evidence to suggest that CBD can help with pain management and can be used as an alternative to powerful opioids (Rowland T., & Calamita T.).

New scientific methods allow us to extract the CBD from marijuana and hemp without extracting the compound in the plant that induce an altered state of mind, THC, that gives you the feeling of being “high.”

Check out our site and other articles to learn more about what CBD can do for you and canine friends.

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Complicated Answer (for those of us who dig the science):

Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is commonly known, has been the subject of much discussion.  Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, or compounds found in the Cannabis plant. THC is known for its “mind-altering” effects whereas CBD is a non-psychoactive component of Cannabis.  Both compounds yield numerous medicinal benefits (Johnson). CBD, unlike THC however, delivers many of the same medicinal benefits of medical marijuana without any adverse side effects on cognition or state of mind, meaning you will NOT get high using CBD.  In fact, it can have antagonist effects on THC, meaning the CBD can lessen duration and intensity of THC’s side-effects (Project CBD).

In both our bodies and the bodies in all animals containing a spine, aka our fur babies, lies the endocannabinoid system.  The endocannabinoid system has two receptors CB1 receptors, located primarily in the central nervous system, and CB2 receptors found on cells primarily in the immune system.  The CB1 receptors, which THC primarily binds to, are found in the brain including areas responsible for motor function and coordination which is why when you smoke or ingest THC it results in an altered-state of mind or a “high.”  CBD has a very low affinity for this receptor resulting in negligible binding, and as a result, your state of mind remains unaffected.  CB2 receptors, found in the immune system however, are indirectly affected by CBD and result in no “high,” while still exhibiting physiological benefits.  Research supports that CBD and THC’s affinity for, or the effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, were not statistically different in humans or animals meaning, that CBD positively effects both us and our furry friends similarly (McPartland et al. 737-753).

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