APR 17, 2019 12:53 PM PDT

CBD Oil for Dogs May Ameliorate Seizures, Study Finds

WRITTEN BY: Amy Loriaux

A recently published study suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) oil may help treat or prevent seizures in dogs. The study was published in the journal Pet Behavior Science by Chie Mogi and Takaaki Fukuyama from the Yamazaki University of Animal Health Technology in Japan. Apparently, dogs and humans may have this in common.

Photo source: pexels.com

Research studies have looked into the effects of CBDs on various health issues and have found enough that CBD oil may helpful. This includes seizures. However, there have not been many studies conducted in animals (other than pre-clinical research on lab animals, perhaps). Will veterinary medicine follow the same course as (some) clinicians have gone?   

The present study was a small case study, yet the magnitude of the effects was significant. Basically, 3 dogs (1 Labrador Retriever, 1 Papillon, and 1 Chihuahua) received hemp-derived CBDs 2x a day and efficacy was assessed every 2 weeks for 8 weeks. Scientists relied on owner reports to measure efficacy. In 2 of the 3 animals owners reported a decrease in either the frequency, severity or both, of seizures. The owner of the Papillon reported no change. Owners of the other 2 dogs also reported that their dogs slept longer and were less anxious, common side effects of CBDs in humans according to verywellhealth.com.

CBDs may help dogs with other ailments as well. In one study dogs treated with CBD oil helped ameliorate their osteoarthritis. This study had 22 dogs and used a randomized, placebo-controlled, owner and veterinarian double-blind, cross-over trial. The ability of CBD oil to help with osteoarthritis is still being debated in the research community. So far, studies in humans have not yet found conclusive evidence to support CBD oil as a valid treatment for osteoarthritis. However, that has never deterred folks from using it.

Photo sourcePixabay.com

Indeed, with the rise in CBD awareness, people have been turning to the oil for the treatment of all kinds of diseases, from cancer to autism to acne. This rise in public acceptance has outpaced scientific research. Pet owners may feel that it is okay to give their dogs CBDs due to a (mis)perception of its safety and efficacy. Many cannabis companies make CBD-infused products for pets. However, there is hardly any evidence for the safety or efficacy of CBDs in the treatment of anything in animals. Nor do we know whether long-term use of CBDs in dogs is safe for the animal. And, due to federal law, veterinarians risk losing their licenses if they recommend marijuana-based products like CBD. 

Notwithstanding the publications referenced above, there is still very little research about CBDs for dogs. While CBD-infused pet treats are becoming widely available (in certain states), they may have no medicinal benefit for pets. Worse, cannabis-based products may be harmful to pets. There are some aversive side effects of CBD use in humans, so it is logical to assume, until otherwise, that pets may suffer as well. For now, I would recommend adhering to that old adage "Buyer Beware".

SourcesPet Behavior Science, Brain Research, Journal of Neurologywww.verywellhealth.com, Frontiers in Veterinary Sciences, Arthritis Care and Research, Epilepsy Currents, Reuters

About the Author
  • I currently work at a small CRO involved in clinical trial management.
You May Also Like
OCT 31, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
OCT 31, 2019
Scientists Doubt That Cannabis Actually Helps with Anxiety & Depression
Between CBD, THC, hemp, and marijuana, cannabis is king when it comes to popular health trends on the internet and in the marketplace right now. Cannabis p...
NOV 05, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
NOV 05, 2019
Single Exposure to CBD & THC Disrupts Embryonic Development
It only takes one incidence of cannabinoid exposure during the first month of pregnancy to yield detrimental effects on a developing embryo. New research r...
NOV 07, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
NOV 07, 2019
Zebrafish Development Thwarted by Blocked Cannabinoids
Cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) are vital pieces of the puzzle for the ECS to function correctly; the ECS needs cannabinoid recep...
NOV 22, 2019
Health & Medicine
NOV 22, 2019
Federal Government Weighs in on Marijuana and Opioid Addiction
The U.S. government is weighing in on the hot topic of whether or not medical marijuana is a successful tool in treating opioid addiction by barring the us...
DEC 17, 2019
Cannabis Sciences
DEC 17, 2019
Overhauling the Endocannabinoid System with High-fat, High-sugar Diet
If both the endocannabinoid system and the intestinal microbiome are affected by dietary consumption habits, wouldn’t it be reasonable to suggest tha...
JAN 09, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
JAN 09, 2020
Virginia Governor Pushes Cannabis Decriminalization
Will the Old Dominion accept marijuana decriminalization? Democrats took the majority in Virginia’s state House and Senate in 2019, opening the door ...
Loading Comments...