National Pet CBD Day is observed every April 21 to raise awareness about the beneficial properties of cannabidiol and the lives of pets it has improved over the years. Did you know that cannabis has been used in medicine since 2737 B.C.? Cannabidiol, also known as C.B.D., is a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that produces a high when marijuana is consumed. C.B.D. helps people deal with pain, anxiety, cognition, and movement disorders. It is also known to help dogs with epilepsy, cancer, aggression, and mobility. However, more research is still required to confirm these benefits. C.B.D. is usually oil-based, but it’s also sold as an extract, a vaporized liquid, or an oil-based capsule.
History of National Pet CBD day
Cannabidiol is a compound commonly found in cannabis plants. While it’s present in both hemp and marijuana, C.B.D. is mostly extracted from hemp due to its legal status. The first documented use of the cannabis plant in medicine can be traced to 2737 B.C. in ancient China. The Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng infused cannabis into cups of tea to treat several illnesses, including malaria, rheumatism, and gout, and to improve brain and cognitive functions. In 1839, Irish physician and medical researcher William B. O’Shaughnessy published his research. In his study, O’Shaughnessy described the effects of cannabis and its potential as an anesthetic. At the time, his research was controversial and, therefore, not given any attention. However, through that study, he unwittingly paved the way for the discovery of cannabinoids. In 1937, the U.S. government began prohibiting the usage of marijuana, starting with the Marihuana Tax Law.
In 1940, British chemist Robert S. Cahn identified the complete structure of cannabinol (C.B.N.). Two years later, American chemist Roger Adams successfully isolated C.B.D. for the first time from marijuana. In 1963, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam identified the structure of C.B.D. and, in 1964, successfully isolated T.H.C., Tetrahydrocannabinol, the most active constituent of the cannabis plant. Mechoulam research on cannabis earned him the title “Godfather of Cannabis Research.”
As the benefits of C.B.D. began becoming public knowledge, individual states started taking steps to decriminalize cannabis. In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize cannabis. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis. Alaska, Washington, and Oregon took the same step a year later. As of 2021, 19 of the 51 states in the U.S. have passed laws to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
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The Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng uses cannabis-infused tea to treat malaria, rheumatism, and gout
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam identifies the structure of C.B.D. and successfully isolates T.H.C. from the cannabis plant.
Oregon decriminalizes the use of cannabis.
California legalizes the use of medical cannabis.
National Pet CBD day FAQs
Is there a difference between C.B.D. and dog C.B.D.?
There is no difference between the C.B.D. for humans and those for dogs and other pets. The only difference is usually in the concentration or dosage.
What does too much C.B.D. do to a dog?
C.B.D. overdose may lead to mild sedation, urinary incontinence, hyperesthesia, and ataxia. But that’s if the T.H.C. content is high in the concentration given to the dog.
Do vets recommend C.B.D.?
Vets don’t recommend C.B.D. as it has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.).
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Try C.B.D. for your pet
C.B.D. contains many beneficial properties that can help improve your pet’s health. You can use it to treat epilepsy, aggressiveness, and cancer and improve the skin and coat of your pet. However, you need to be careful and seek your vet’s recommendation when buying C.B.D.
Research the health benefits
There are several benefits attached to the use of C.B.D. for pets. But these benefits are yet to be established by the medical society. Therefore, it’s essential to do your research and understand how you can use C.B.D. for your pet.
Share the health benefits
If you have used C.B.D. and it worked for your pet, you can share the details with other pet owners. Host an event on social media, inviting pet owners and vets to discuss the health benefits of C.D.B. Alternatively, you could organize a local pet health program in your local community.
5 Interesting Facts About CBD
C.B.D. derived from industrial hemp is not a controlled substance under federal law.
C.B.D. is non-intoxicating
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, C.B.D. does not contain the properties that can make you “high.”
Humans naturally produce C.B.D.
Cannabinoids are naturally produced in our endocannabinoid system, affecting moods, appetite, pain, and various cognitive functions.
It’s safe and therapeutic for dogs
C.B.D. can help treat arthritis and seizures and improve the immune system of dogs.
According to the World Health Organization, most humans can tolerate C.B.D.
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It’s a treatment for several health issues
C.B.D. has been revealed to help treat some health issues experienced by pets, especially dogs. That includes seizures, arthritis, and aggressiveness. However, more research is still required in this area.
It improves pets’ skin and coat
C.B.D. has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which help to reduce inflammation caused by skin infections and destroy bacteria. It also enriches and moisturizes the skin and coat, promoting healthy skin and shiny coats.
C.B.D. contains a trace amount of the intoxicating T.H.C. properties. That allows you to use it for your pets without fear of getting them high or negatively affecting their health.
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