420 with CNW – Epileptic Dogs Get Fewer Seizures When Given CBD Oil, Study Finds

April 25, 2019 15:20:46

A new study whose results were published in the journal Pet Behavior Science indicates that dogs with epilepsy have less frequent seizures if treated using CBD oil.

The study was small because it only followed three dogs over a period of two months while those dogs were treated with CBD oil. The research suggests that dogs respond to cannabis treatment in the same way that humans do.

The age and breed of the dogs studied varied. For example, one dog was a Labrador Retriever aged 3. This dog used to suffer an average of one epileptic seizure every month. A Papillion (aged 11) was also in the study. This particular dog suffered seizures every 2 or 3 months. The third dog was a Chihuahua aged 10. It usually suffered about two seizures every year.

During the study, the dogs were given CBD oil on an empty stomach twice each day. The findings released were based on the reports provided by the dog owners during the study period.

Two of those dog owners reported that their dogs improved during the time when they were given CBD oil. However, the owner of the Papillion reported that the dog didn’t exhibit any changes in its condition.

More specifically, the Labrador Retriever’s owner said that the dog barked less during the day and slept longer at night. The dog was also less excited when compared to other dogs that didn’t receive the CBD oil treatment. Overall, the owner was convinced that the dog improved after taking the CBD oil.

Similarly, the owner of the Chihuahua reported that the dog was less aggressive towards familiar people (the owner’s kids, for example) during the time when it was receiving CBD oil. The seizure-like behavior also reduced slightly during treatment.

The researchers revealed that it wasn’t clear whether CBD oil works in the same way to treat epilepsy in dogs as it does in humans. They opined that it is possible that by alleviating anxiety, CBD oil could reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in both humans and dogs.

They called for more research to understand the neurobiological mechanisms through which CBD oil treatments triggered therapeutic effects.

There is a growing body of research showing that dogs can be treated effectively for various conditions using CBD oil. For example, one study last year found that CBD oil can trigger improvements in the symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs.

Therma Bright, Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) urge all dog owners to use these research findings as a basis to talk to vets about alternative treatments for their dogs instead of being restricted to the conventional treatments alone.

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