dog July 1, 2018 By

Nature’s Medicine: Hemp-Derived CBD for Anxious Pets

For Debbie Cokes, owner and one of the founders of RxCBD, it was, quite literally, a natural progression.

Living in Colorado, and with a deep connection to the world of holistic health, alternative remedies, and cannabis therapeutics, shifting her focus to CBD when hemp became legal made perfect sense.

Today, RxCBD makes a variety of therapeutic CBD products—including edibles, tinctures, capsules, and skin care products — accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Even those without opposable thumbs.

Oh, yes. The same CBD (cannabidiol) you trust to lull you into a gentle sleep or offset your office-job-induced anxiety also has plenty
of benefits for the only living thing you love more than the cannabis plant itself: your dog. And if you’re the, um, “quiet” type, your cat.
As much as we’d like to think so, it’s not as radical as it sounds. Both you and your animal cohabitants have endocannabinoid systems, a group of receptors located throughout your whole miracle-of-a-body that keep different physiological roles in check. When you’re sick, using phytocannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant) to wake up these receptors can help address and alleviate the problem.

 

For dogs and cats, that “problem” can be a lot of things: thunderstorms, noisy events, separation anxiety, traveling, car rides, introduction
to a new home, grooming, day care, pet sitting, inflammation, compromised digestive systems, seizures, and quality-of-life for older animals.
As is the case with CBD use in humans, animals treated with CBD can enjoy relief from uncomfortable, painful, and sometimes life-threatening conditions without experiencing psychoactive effects that come with THC. Admit it, though: watching Adventure Time with your most faithful pal and knowing that she really “gets it” would introduce a whole new layer to your relationship.

 

In the words of several enthusiastic dogs and cats we talked to, the second-best thing about RxCBD’s products is that they “taste f-n awesome.” Made with human-grade ingredients and without common allergens like wheat, soy, gluten, corn, or artificial additives, RxCBD’s handcrafted treats function as equal parts medicine and reward. They’ve got all the things you’re hopefully already eating yourself: flaxseed, nutritional yeast, parsley, cage-free eggs, and brown rice flour. The flavor-factor is especially important for the proverbial finicky cat, a type Debbie knew all too well and accounted for in her products.

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