Many people across the country (and around the world) have seen the benefits of using cannabis. People smoke, vape, use tinctures, and eat edibles to treat a wide range of ailments. The cannabinoids in the plant bind with cannabinoid receptors in the body to provide relief. Like us, our four-legged companions deal with aches, pains, and anxiety, too. While research is still in the early stages, there is some evidence that cannabis may help, and cannabis-infused pet treats may be just the ticket.
How Can Cannabis-infused Treats Help?
Much like edibles provide relief for many different ailments in humans, cannabis-infused pet treats can help with many different issues faced by cats and dogs. Your pet may find relief from:
- Chronic pain such as arthritis
- Pain from injuries
- Behavioral issues
- Separation anxiety
- Fear-induced anxiety (which may result from events such as thunderstorms or fireworks)
Are They Safe?
There isn’t a whole lot of research regarding the safety of cannabis for pets. Preliminary studies show that cannabis-derived CBD is effective, but, as of right now, veterinarians cannot recommend using the plant. Doing so could result in the loss of their license.
While the effects of CBD for pets are starting to become more well-understood, researchers are still working on figuring out the therapeutic effects of THC. What we know about the psychoactive cannabinoid is that it can cause your pet to become high. For right now, high CBD strains with little to no THC are best.
How Do You Choose the Right Cannabis-infused Treats?
If you’ve never purchased cannabis-infused pet treats for your pet, you may be wondering which ones you should get. With so many brands on the market today, the choices can feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help narrow down your options:
Read the Ingredients List
Check for high-quality ingredients. Organic, non-GMO, human-grade ingredients are even best.
Make Sure They’re Lab-Tested Products
You don’t want just any cannabis-infused pet treats. Look for those that are lab-tested for safety.
In addition to looking at testimonials on the company’s site, read reviews on Google and other third-party sites.
Look for Customer Support Information
If you have any questions or concerns, you’ll want answers. Make sure that the company provides customer support information so you can contact them if you need help.
Look for Brands with Multiple Options
Your pet likely has certain flavors that they like over others. A company that offers a variety of flavors, as well as options for different types of pets, can make it easier to get everything you need in one place.
What If Your Pet Eats Too Much?
Too many cannabis-infused pet treats may cause adverse reactions. If your pet gets into the entire box, you should contact your vet right away. Another thing to keep in mind is that if your pet takes prescription medications for certain ailments, you should exercise caution when it comes to using infused pet treats.
Providing your cat or dog with cannabis-infused pet treats can help them to deal with a variety of different ailments. Just as you would do for yourself, start low and go slow to find the best dose, and only give treats in moderation. With the right treats, you’ll help your furry friend get the relief they need.