National CBD Day is August 8, and with the celebration of a cannabis oil comes speculation and questions on if it's really beneficial for health purposes. CBD is all the rage in the human food and beverage world and has also surfaced in pet treats as a way to potentially soothe your dog. But is it worth it? And is it safe? Here's what you need to know.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a cannabis compound that is sold in the form of oil. The oil can be added to foods, beverages and even skincare products. In human use, it's advertised to give a light, calming effect.
Does It Make You or Your Pet High?
No. CBD alone does not give a high, as it does not contain THC. There are forms of CBD or THC that contain the other, however, so when buying a CBD product in a state where marijuana use is legal, you'll want to make sure the product does not contain THC.
Is It Safe?
Yes! CBD is said to be safe for dogs and has a handful of health benefits in addition to a calming feeling, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). THC should not be a component in any products advertised for dogs, as the other compound is not safe for animals.
Does It Help Pain Management?
CBD dog treats advertise calming and pain-relieving properties for dogs, whether they're nervous, aching or just in need of a new, great-tasting biscuit. For dogs with aches and irritation, CBD may provide relief to joint or muscle problems that limit your best friend from being their best self.
The cannabis compound may also act as a natural downer for dogs with anxiety problems. Try a CBD treat next time your dog is afraid of thunder, and it may help them relax. It's also used for its “anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits,” according to a conversation with Dr. Jerry Klein for the AKC.
CBD is said to have similar effects on humans.
CBD has become one of the biggest trends of 2019 from celebrities promoting the oil—see Kim Kardashian's CBD themed baby shower—a large handful of beauty brands advertising CBD-infused lotions, lip glosses, bath bombs and more. If you're looking for your own CBD products to try, check out Newsweek's lineup of best products here.