The 4th of July is right around the corner, and your dogs can sense it. CBD (cannabidiol – the medical component of the cannabis plant) can help your dogs stay calm and relaxed during the 4th of July.
What is CBD?
CBD is the medical component of the cannabis plant which is not-psychoactive, unlike THC. CBD is extracted through a CO2 extraction which is created into an oil. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. In 2018, clinical research on cannabidiol included preliminary studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain. The flower contains trichomes, which are glands that have essential oils. Once the glands are separated from the plant, they can be formulated to find the ideal ratio of cannabinoids. The oil itself can be put into several different forms such as pills, edibles, or creams.
How Can CBD Help Dogs?
Firstly, the main reason why dogs are afraid of fireworks is because their heightened sense of hearing enhanced and intensifies the sound of the fireworks. Dogs are much more sensitive to loud noises than humans are. An expert in the cannabis industry, Tim Shu, states that the cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea. The reactions dogs have to fireworks will be greatly reduced. The cannabidiol attaches to the dog’s cell receptors, and has a calming and anti-anxiety effect on the dog. CBD calms the dog’s nervous system and allows them to process the sound of the fireworks with more ease. The best part about CBD is that it has absolutely no side effects. It is all derived naturally and approved by the US government. The only way dogs can get sick from CBD oil is if they are given too much (four to five drops are the recommended amount).