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Best CBD For Dogs 2021 | The Strategist

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After reporting on the best CBD tinctures, pre-rolls, and gummies for humans, we decided to turn our attention to our canine companions. Like humans, dogs also have an endocannabinoid system, which contains cannabinoid receptors. When cannabinoids like CBD are consumed, they engage with these receptor sites and affect a variety of bodily functions, including pain sensation, mood, appetite, and immune function.

When it comes to man’s best friend, “CBD has been showing promise in many areas for health,” says veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Liff of Pure Paws Veterinary Care. While more studies are needed, there is “plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting benefits for pets, and many studies are currently in progress,” explains veterinarian Dr. Jamie Richardson of Small Door Veterinary. While there is emerging research on CBD’s effect on a range of conditions including epilepsy, anxiety, allergic skin conditions, and cancer, there has already been research done that shows CBD has been proven to help dogs with osteoarthritis, a painful joint disorder. “A study from Cornell University showed that nearly all dogs with osteoarthritis had improved pain scores and evaluations when taking CBD twice daily, compared to the dogs who received a placebo treatment,” she says.