Medical cannabis is a growing field, and an area still misunderstood by many. The Cheech and Chong stoner stereotype is still very pervasive, and can limit how open people are to the real health benefits of cannabis and hemp and products like Cannabidiol (CBD.) And those benefits don’t just apply to people; cannabis and hemp products can be extremely useful for treating health issues in dogs too.

CBD consumption by dogs has been known to minimize anxiety, reduce harmful bacteria, treat hot spots and skin problems, ease aches and pain, reduce seizures, promote heart health, heal autoimmune diseases, and even slow or halt cancerous tumor growth.

First, let’s clear up one of the biggest misconceptions about cannabis products–they are not all created equally. Marijuana plants contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component, and although THC can treat everything from depression to dementia in people, it does not have the same effect on dogs. Hemp plants, on the other hand, contain less than one percent of THC, but still contain the medicinal CBD compound.

The distinction between marijuana and hemp is important when it comes to the general perception of cannabis and how it can be utilized for medical purposes. Dismissing the concept of medical marijuana as an excuse to get stoned can be damaging to large groups of people who find it to be more effective and less risky than pharmaceuticals. Thinking of hemp as the same as marijuana is harmful because it denies access to potentially life-changing medicine based on factual inaccuracy–there isn’t enough THC in hemp to get you high, so how could it be used in any way other than medically? There is an abundance of both scientific research and anecdotal evidence of its benefits. [See more at www.projectcbd.org.]

Fortunately, state governments have been correcting their misconceptions about cannabis and have changed legislation to bring hemp farming and processing back into the public sphere. Many states have already or are in the process of enacting medical marijuana legislation, and the recently passed Farm Bill removes the ban on hemp farming across all 50 states. This opens an entirely new market for American farmers and CBD producers, and enables companies like oursto create CBD products to answer the need for natural, affordable, effective medicine for both people and pets.

What this boils down to is: no, CBD will not get your dog high, but it could have therapeutic value that far surpasses pharmaceutical treatment of many canine health issues.

As dog parents, all we want is to give our four-legged family members the best lives we can while we’re lucky enough to have them with us. That means it’s important for us to educate ourselves about the alternative medicine that could improve their physical health and happiness.

At CBD Dog Health, we have made it our mission to provide the information and needed to rid our society of the preconceived notions and misconceptions that keep people from even exploring the option of CBD for themselves and their pets.

The cannabidiol used in our products is derived from organic hemp grown in the U.S. and can be used topromote heart health, protect the nervous system, help with neuro-degenerative diseases, reduce nausea, relieve allergies and more. All the while, you save money on costly prescriptions and vet visits, and gain the peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe from the risk of toxicity and adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

Don’t let outdated stereotypes and misinformation keep you from giving your dogs the loving care they deserve.

Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals since she was 8 years old and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years.  She also is the owner of Beautify the Beast a natural pet salon and spa, and the founder of CBD Dog Health. Angela is an expert in medical cannabis and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief for pets of all kinds.  She has three dogs, and 4-10 at anytime that she is fostering, or boarding, visit www.angelaardolino.com to find out more or www.facebook.com/fireflakefarm to find out more about Fire Flake Farm.