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Animal studies show that hemp oil can prevent colitis (IBD). Other studies show it can help restore normal gut motility in inflammatory bowel disease.

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4. Hemp Can Help Manage Seizures And Epilepsy

In another study, 84% of children with drug-resistant epilepsy had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.

Hemp oil contains a compound called cannabidiol. can also be found cannabis is hemp’s close cousin and it’s rich in another compound called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties.

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Instead, CBD shares important metabolic pathways with a class of drugs called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and Rimadyl. These pathways control many processes in the body, from inflammatory responses to blood clotting.

Overall, life-threatening risks for dogs from cannabis are “exceedingly rare,” Dr. Richter says. There is no documented lethal dose for THC in dogs. In fact, a dose of THC 1,000 times greater than the dose needed for a dog to feel “high” is still not lethal.

Why Use CBD for Dogs?

Overall, CBD itself seems to be incredibly safe in dogs and cats. However, numerous scientific papers have found that when given at the recommended doses, CBD does cause an elevation in an important liver value on bloodwork called alkaline phosphatase (ALP).

In people, CBD has been studied for possible use in cancer patients, both to treat the tumor(s) directly, as well as to treat the secondary symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Very limited research has been done on the use of CBD for dogs with cancer.

Studies on using CBD for dogs with arthritis or seizures generally use a dose between 2-8 mg/kg, with most papers erring on the lower side of that estimate (roughly 1-2 milligrams per pound of body weight), twice daily.