They say that the hardest thing about having a dog is saying goodbye to them far too soon. Most pet owners dote on their pooches as if they were children, but they are always subconsciously aware that, on average, a dog will live to be around 12 years old, if they are in good health.
Sadly, even as loving pet parents, we cannot protect our loved ones from diseases like cancer or arthritis and many times, cancer in dogs is usually not detected until it is at a stage where it is already spreading to other parts of the body and causing Fido a fair amount of discomfort. Fortunately, thanks to the development of cannabis-based medicines, such as medical cannabis, hemp seed oil, and especially CBD oil are becoming popular treatments option for dogs and cats suffering from chronic pain, seizures, and even cancer.
While we have only really become aware of the proven healing properties of cannabis during the past couple of years, cannabis, including cannabis oil and hemp oil, has actually been used for centuries to successfully treat illness. Its oil is incredibly powerful and as more states are moving to legalize the herb, more research is being conducted to prove its efficacy as miracle oil that may even be able to fight cancer cells. When most people think of cannabis, they automatically think of stoners getting high—and this is where it’s necessary to understand exactly how CBD oil works.
The first and most important point to understand is that CBD oil is formulated in a specific way to eliminate the psychoactive effects of the THC compound. This means that you won’t have to worry about your precious pooch turning into a zombie. The cannabinoids in the oil are the all-important component here, as they contain all of the rich, therapeutic and healing medicinal benefits. While a very small amount of THC is usually necessary to allow the oil to work to its full potential, oils that are rich in CBD balance out the THC meaning that it does not produce a woozy or “stoned” feeling.
While there is still a fair amount of research to be done to pinpoint exactly how CBD works to improve the symptoms of cancer in the human body, there is already existing research that proves how it can kill tumors and cancerous cells in animals.
In 2009, Spanish researchers from a reputable university published a research paper along with results that demonstrated how THC (one of the two key components found in CBD oil) successfully eliminated brain cancer in mice. What it actually did was cause the cancerous cells to essentially destroy themselves resulting in the existing tumors shrinking substantially. The same was true in human patients—except for during that particular trial, where only CBD was administered and it was equally as effective at treating cancer.
CBD can also stop metastasis, which is when the cancer starts spreading into the bloodstream and usually indicates that the final stages of the disease are near.
There is currently no clinical research that demonstrates exactly how CBD works to treat cancer in dogs, but there is enough compelling evidence and testimonials from pet owners who have used the oil to indicate that it could work better and faster than traditional pharmaceutical treatments.
Here are some benefits of CBD oil that you should consider when making the decision to give it a try with your dog that is suffering from cancer:
Traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy can often cause your pooch to experience terrible side effects that prevent him from living out the rest of his days comfortably. While there are few vets who would condone CBD oil as a sole method of treatment this early on in the stages of its research, almost all reputable veterinary clinics will agree that it can only add complimentary benefits to existing treatments. Many humans take CBD oil daily even if they are in good health, as a kind of precursor to any illness that might manifest in the future. With a good quality product that is organic and pure, you might just find that CBD oil is the elixir of life that you have been searching for to extend your time with your beloved pet for as long as possible.
Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She's pretty sure in her past life, she was a Great Dane. However, we peg her as more of a labrador. Regardless of her breed, she's a dog enthusiast who has 15 years experience training dogs and owners.