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    CBD and pets
    When it comes to pets and cannabinoids, there is some controversy - for a good reason. But if science has shown something, there's certainly potential, just like humans. Most mammals, just like us, have an endocannabinoid system in their bodies that allow agents like CBD to interact with them, but is it safe?

    The main concern when people try to treat their pets with cannabinoids is THC. Although there has never been a recorded death in humans as a direct result of THC consumption, it is a cannabinoid that can pose a greater risk to pets, such as cats and dogs. Animals are not only smaller - so you can not process so much - but can also metabolize cannabinoids in different ways. It means that there is a certain need for caution when dealing with your beloved pets.

    However, CBD has been shown to be extremely effective in relieving certain symptoms in humans, such as those from epileptic seizures and inflammation-related diseases. It is only understandable that the owners want to convey these same effects on their pets. So far, there are reports of the success with which the animals' lives are turned around. The only problem is that this is all anecdotal evidence. There are now websites saying they sell completely safe CBD for pets - and maybe it is - but the thing is, there is currently very little evidence to back up the claims.

    This is not to say that a drop of CBD oil will send your dog in toxic shock, it is very unlikely. However, veterinarians and owners alike are at a loss as to what works and what does not. It is also largely dependent on the oil itself, and the ratio of THC to CBD present - homemade medical marijuana oil will be extracted very differently to a pure CBD oil from hemp.

    There is also the question of how the different species will deal with it. Not only dogs of different sizes need different doses, but what about the difference between dogs and cats? And what about reptiles? We know that mammals have endocannabinoid systems, but reptiles are quite different.

    Once again, that's not to say that you are not looking for a way to help a pet in need. All this is highlight a real need for in-depth and comprehensive clinical research - much as is currently being done for humans. In fact, many studies with CBD and THC are done on rats before humans! This only needs to be extended to assess the safe dosage for other animals. If you are considering CBD as a supplement for your pet, be sure to do some research! Find others who have done the same, find out the amount needed for your pet's weight, and always proceed with caution.