cat running iinto the roomWe all want the best for our furry little feline friends, especially in stressful situations. CBD has recently emerged as a potential treatment option for millions of humans. Several studies and even FDA-approved drugs have shown CBD's potential in treating a wide range of diseases.

But what about cats? The good news for cat owners is that CBD appears to be a safe treatment option for various ailments. In this article, we'll cover the potential benefits of CBD for your cat, as well as dosage information and the best type of CBD to use.

What is CBD Oil

Derived from the hemp plant, Cannabidiol is popularly known as CBD. The two main ingredients in cannabis, also known as hemp, are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.

THC is the psychoactive compound that gets users "high," while CBD contains a minimal amount of THC. CBD has been studied extensively on animals and humans and offers a wide range of therapeutic potential, apart from not altering your state of mind.

cbd hemp plantCBD works inside your body to help with:

Diabetes

Heart Disease

Pain

Helping Decrease Use of Opioids

Anxiety

Epilepsy

Glaucoma

Multiple Sclerosis

Sleep Problems

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

orange and white cat sitting on a couchBenefits of CBD Oil for Cats

Every animal, including cats, has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates nerves throughout the central nervous system. When cannabinoids (CBD) enter the body, the ECS reacts favorably, helping reduce inflammation markers associated with many conditions, including the following.

General Anxiety

Sometimes our little buddies suffer from anxiety disorders, such as compulsive grooming or hiding, to clawing away at furniture. Most of these are normal behaviors, but you may notice your cat compulsively engaging in these activities. In that case, Cannabidiol may be an excellent option to add to your cat's regimen for its calming effect. It also comes in handy for car rides and the groomers!

Achy Joints

This condition may be hard to spot at first glance. Most cat owners have a pretty good idea of their cat's behavior, however. If you notice your cat not jumping as high as they used to and have gotten a little older, CBD is a great anti-inflammatory and has been shown in human and animal studies to help relieve arthritis pain.

Seizures

CBD's main claim to fame is its potent ability to treat seizures and epileptic episodes. If you've ever witnessed your cat convulsing, you may want to consider adding CBD oil to their food. Recent animal studies conducted by the National Institute of Health have confirmed that CBD to be an effective anticonvulsant.

Stressful Situations

You're probably well aware of how much your cat loves routine. While not every cat is the same, most generally don't like trips to the vet, taking baths, or being around other animals (like dogs or new cats). A beneficial key is you can use CBD for cats' anxiety as well!

CBD can be an effective remedy if you're ever in need of a quick fix. If you're taking your feline, to the groomer, for example, a couple of drops under their tongue may help ease their nerves beforehand.

eden's herbals cbd oil in front of plantIs CBD Oil Safe for Cats?

Although there is little evidence out there, for now, of CBD specifically for cats, one promising study showed that it appears to be a very safe product to use on them. It is also important that you are getting the correct CBD oil dosage for cats as well.

There's also little scientific data on side effects specifically for cats; some owners have reported sleepiness and upset bellies when given at higher doses. These side effects can usually be resolved by adjusting the dosage. Pay attention to how your cat acts when given the dose, adjust accordingly.

Because cats have an ECS system, just like every other animal, we may assume that CBD will incorporate its properties in much the same way as with humans, for example.

The FDA studied CBD extensively and approved it for the treatment of epilepsy. Coupled with the fact that studies showed it to be very safe for cats, Cannabidiol is now a promising and potentially potent treatment for various cat ailments.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

In a word, yes. More states are passing laws legalizing cannabis in a variety of ways. These laws make it a little confusing to know what's legal and what's not. The good news for CBD owners is that federal and state agencies monitor the industry and ensure the public is not only getting a legal product but a safe one.

Hemp and The Farm Bill

In 2018, congress passed the Farm Bill Act, and hemp was taken off the schedule 1 status as being classified a drug.

Hemp is considered safe because of its relatively low amount of THC - 3%. This low amount essentially negates the possibility of getting high from the product. It is always important to make sure you get from a reputable company that also provides a COA on their site for purity and potency.

Legal Marijuana

While marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, many states are passing legislation legalizing marijuana. Medical marijuana, for example, can be prescribed by a physician to treat complications from diseases such as HIV/ AIDS and cancer pain. Several states have also passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

tiger striped cat sleeping on a bedCBD

CBD is safe and completely legal. By law, it must be sold and marketed as containing less than 0.3% THC, the psychedelic substance found in cannabis. Once CBD is isolated from its mother plant, there is little trace of THC anyway.

Where to Get CBD Oil

The best places to get CBD oil are from reputable manufacturers that have met two of the following criteria:

1. Third Party Tested and Lab Certified: If the company or product you're reviewing doesn't have any certification, your cat may be consuming an oil that's high in THC.

2. Offers Full Spectrum CBD Oil, as well as THC-free CBD Oil: Full spectrum CBD oil has a very low amount of THC, but contains many other compounds that are thought to enhance the overall profile and effectiveness of the oil. Some cat owners might prefer a product that has no THC, which is also readily available.

If you are unsure, ask questions. Finding the right CBD products for you and your pet can be tricky. Many sites offer e-mail submissions, as well as live chat features like Eden's Herbals.

If you want to learn more about CBD oil for cats, contact Eden’s Herbals at [email protected] today!

*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.

All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden’s Herbals.

Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA approved.