Reality Check: CBD Can’t Cure COVID-19

There’s a meme that says: “I have 100 problems, and CBD solves 99 of them.” CBD’s properties can boost mood, enhance sleep, and provide pain relief, but the truth is, CBD can’t cure everything. And that includes coronavirus, or COVID-19, despite what some disreputable CBD manufacturers may try to tell you.

The fact is, there is simply no evidence at this point that cannabis can cure or prevent COVID-19. While there are people who say CBD and cannabis boost their immunity and help their bodies fight viruses, there aren’t any studies that suggest there is a correlation between CBD and COVID-19. To claim, as some manufacturers have, that CBD prevents or cures coronavirus is at the least, misleading, and at the worst, dangerous.

The New York Attorney General and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have sent warning letters to companies that have made claims about CBD and the coronavirus.

“By misrepresenting the effectiveness of products against COVID-19, companies like Finest Herbalist are giving consumers a false sense of security, putting their very lives at risk,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said. “Deceptive marketing is never acceptable, especially during a time of crisis; this is a matter of public health and safety.”

The National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) warned  “cannabis consumers and others (to) beware of online misinformation surrounding the use of either whole-plant cannabis or CBD as a potential remedy for the COVID-19 virus.”

NORML added, “In this time of crisis, some predatory marketers are seeking to profit by selling a host of products under a variety of false or unsubstantiated claims. Some of these marketers are explicitly targeting cannabis consumers.

COVID-19 Studies Are Underway

CBD and COVID-19 in the labSo, is it possible CBD may have a positive effect on the coronavirus? It’s possible; we just don’t know. And there are currently no studies that back claims that it does. However, studies are underway: Dr. Mohan Cooray, president and CEO of an online medical cannabis retailer in Canada, asked Health Canada for approval to study the effects of cannabis on COVID-19 patients. And in Israel, there are now three clinical trials to study CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties as a potential COVID-19 treatment.

InnoCan Pharma, an Israeli company that develops cannabinoid-based medications, in partnership with Tel Aviv University’s Ramot, will conduct the studies. According to a press release, “This product, which is expected to be administrated by inhalation, will be tested against a variety of lung infections.

“The research results may be beneficial to additional treatments for Central Nerve System ( CNS ) indications such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease,” the company said.

Cannabinoids have been found to have anti-microbial properties that work with some types of bacteria, as well as some fungi. CBD has also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory. In one 2020 study, researchers found that CBD helped with some viral effects in rodents. However, with other viruses, such as HIV-1 or HSV-1 (herpes simplex), cannabinoids actually worsened the disease, researchers said.

CBD Can Help 

That doesn’t mean CBD doesn’t have its uses during this pandemic.

Isolation during COVID-19 pandemicDuring these times, a high level of uncertainty has caused or worsened anxiety in many people. CBD can significantly alleviate anxiety by promoting calm and a feeling of well-being without the “high” of marijuana. CBD can also help with insomnia and sleeplessness, also made worse by the anxiety and uncertainty of today’s world.

Aches and pains from long periods of sitting or sore muscles from an increased amount of outdoor activity? CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with some types of pain. It can be taken orally or in a soothing topical cream.

One way you probably shouldn’t take CBD right now is by vaping. Said, NORML, “In fact, because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, NORML has previously suggested consumers – and in particular, those patients who may be at greater risk – to either limit or altogether avoid their exposure to combustive smoke of any kind.”

So, the best thing you can do right now is to stay home if you can, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask when you go out.

And, for now, if you want to help keep your immune system healthy, stick to the tried-and-true: avoid alcohol, stay active, relax, and get a good night’s sleep.

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CBD and Men: What You Need to Know

Despite what you may have heard, CBD and men are a great match. A study by Project CBD found that CBD use tends to skew towards women, but that’s really no surprise as two of the most common conditions for which people use CBD are pain and anxiety – conditions which affect women in the greatest numbers. However, CBD can also be an effective part of men’s wellness regimen. CBD can ease several men’s conditions, often by addressing the underlying root of the problem, such as anxiety. And CBD is safe, non-habit forming and doesn’t require a prescription.

What is CBD?

CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. CBD is found in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. It is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value,

What is CBDMost CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high.” It has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. CBD was first discovered in 1940, and is the second-most prevalent of about 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants.

CBD is non-intoxicating and won’t produce the effects of marijuana. Many users do, however, report feelings of calm and relaxation. Marijuana has an abundance of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana that produces a “high,” while hemp contains almost none. Hemp-based CBD must contain less than .03% THC, so you don’t have to worry about that marijuana “buzz.”

CBD is available in many forms: Oil, capsules, pure isolate, and edibles, to name a few.

CBD and Men: The Benefits

Before the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp, it was on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Because of its status under the CSA, up until now studies on its medicinal properties were few.  However, there’s one thing many researchers already agree on: that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD. Now that hemp is legal, more studies are underway.

One of the major conditions for which CBD has shown great promise is anxiety. In one study of 57 men, researchers gave one group oral CBD and another a placebo 90 minutes before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The placebo had little to no effect on the men’s anxiety in speaking publicly; but 300mg significantly reduced participants’ anxiety during the test.

A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” including seasonal affective disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Chronic pain

Whether it’s a high school sports injury that never went away or chronic pain caused by other conditions, CBD has been shown to work to relieve neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Chronic pain not only causes physical discomfort, it can affect you emotionally and mentally as well. In some cases, pain can lead to misuse of medication, such as opioids, which are addictive. By treating the pain, medical professionals hope to reduce reliance on opioids, the use of which has reached a national crisis.

Pain from Exercise

Man exercising on a stationary bikeCBD also is finding increasing acceptance with athletes. Many people feel pain after working out. That pain can last a day or even several days. The reason for the post-workout pain is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Microscopic damage to muscle fibers during exercise likely cause pain. “Activities which cause DOMS all cause muscles to lengthen while force is applied. This is eccentric muscle action,” according to the ACSM. “The severity of soreness depends on the types of forces placed on the muscle.”

Many people use ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) after a workout, but NSAIDs come with their own risks: In a Stanford study, ultra-marathoners who took one pill every four hours during a 50-mile ultra-marathon, doubled their risk of acute kidney injury.

CBD is safe and non-addictive. It interacts with brain receptors to produce anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain, reduce pre-event anxiety, and help you sleep so you heal faster.

Dr. Alan Beyer told US News & World Report that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He said he often recommends that his patients apply a CBD cream to an injured area.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is very common and as many as 1 in 10 adult males suffer from ED on a long-term basis, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The cause is often medical: chronic pain, for instance, can affect libido. But the cause can be psychological, too: Anxiety can dampen libido and affect performance. Using CBD may help relieve anxiety and calm the mind, decreasing performance anxiety and making you feel more at ease, all of which can enhance your sexual experience.

High blood pressure

Doctor Measuring Blood Pressure on ManHigh blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is quite common – and very dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 of 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure: only about half of those people have their blood pressure under control.

Known as “The Silent Killer” because it often has no obvious symptoms, high blood pressure can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the US. According to the American Heart Association, a higher percentage of men than women have high blood pressure until age 45. From ages 45–54 and 55–64, the percentage of men and women is similar; after that a much higher percentage of women than men have high blood pressure.

A 2017 study with a small group of healthy, adult males found that a single 600mg dose of CBD reduced blood pressure. And a 2012 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported that CBD reduced cardiovascular response to various types of stress. CBD may prove to be an effective treatment for controlling hypertension and maintaining heart health, when coupled with improvements in diet and increased exercise.


Many people report better sleep and decreased insomnia when they use CBD, which works by decreasing pain and anxiety. CBD also helps control the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood and other biological processes.

So, as you have learned, there are many reasons CBD may be an ideal supplement for men’s wellness. CBD has few, if any, side effects, even at higher doses. Minor side effects may include dry mouth, low blood pressure, headache and fatigue. Often simply changing the dosage can help.

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Seniors and CBD: What You Need to Know

Many people think CBD is a young person’s wellness trend. But seniors and CBD are a great match! The fact is, the majority of CBD users are over age 44, and some 20% are over the age of 64. 

And that makes sense because users report CBD aids in lessening menopause symptoms, improves sleep and eases gastrointestinal issues. Studies also indicate that CBD can decrease pain and inflammation – including the symptoms of arthritis. It also may help with neurological disorders such as dementia. These are all issues many adults face as they age.

Almost 10% of seniors surveyed have tried CBD for health-related reasons and 51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. So, if you’re an adult “of a certain age,” you may want to consider adding CBD to your health regimen.

CBD vs Pharma

Prescription meds and prescription padPhysicians usually prescribe medication for seniors’ health issues. Multiple prescriptions, in many cases. In fact, more than half of adults 65 and older (54%) report taking four or more prescription drugs. Of course, many of those drugs carry side effects. If you’ve ever watched a television ad for a popular medication, you’ve probably heard the narrator read a long and frightening list of possible side effects.

According to Good Rx, the eight most common drug side effects in the elderly (and the drugs that cause them) are:

  • Muscle pain and weakness: Statins including simvastatin, atorvastatin and rosuvastatin
  • Bone loss: Proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, esomeprazole and pantoprazole. 
  • High potassium levels: Antibiotics such as Bactrim; ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril; and ARBs such losartan.
  • Nerve damage: fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin
  • Falls and delirium: Benzodiazepine receptor agonists such as Zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and zaleplon (Sonata).
  • Heart and gastrointestinal problems: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
  • Joint pain: Diabetes medications known as dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors such as Januvia, Tradjenta and Onglyza.
  • Low sodium levels: SSRI antidepressants such as sertraline, escitalopram, fluoxetine and paroxetine.

CBD Side Effects

Side effects of CBD are rare. If they occur, they are minor and include nausea, dry mouth, fatigue and irritability. Clinical trials have prescribed CBD doses up to 1,200 mg daily for months without observing any serious side effects. And a US Government patent concludes that “No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers … even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day.”

However, CBD may interact with some over-the-counter medications. If your doctor has prescribed you a medication and warned you against eating grapefruit, you should not take CBD with it. CBD is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

The Cost of Prescription Medication

Coin with upward trend for drug costsAside from side effects, there’s another downside to prescription meds: cost. Americans spend more on prescription medications than any other country in the world. The cost of drugs in the U.S. is higher than any country in the world.

Seventeen percent of our total national healthcare spending goes to prescription drugs. And prescription medications have seen an annual price increase of 9% for oral medications and 15% for injectables from 2008 to 2016. That compares to an inflation rate of 2%.

That cost is difficult for many elderly Americans to bear. An AARP Policy report said that “for a consumer who takes 4.5 brand name prescription drugs on a chronic basis, the annual cost of treatment would have been more than $26,000 in 2015” (the most recent year for which data is available). And that comes with a second cost: health. According to one study, about one-fifth of older adults don’t take medications as prescribed because they can’t afford them.

Using 50mg per day (an average starting dose for specific ailments), a bottle of Sunrise CBD Oil will last about 30 days. So, depending on the strength (1,500 or 3,000), a year’s worth of CBD will cost between $600 and $1,050.

What is CBD?

Tablet with CBD and stethoscopeCBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. Certain strain of hemp have it in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. CBD is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value.

Most CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high,” and it has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. 

While many people are just now learning about CBD, cannabis and hemp have long been used for a variety of purposes. Evidence of hemp rope was found via an imprint in broken Chinese pottery from about 10,000 B.C. A remnant of hemp cloth dating back to 8,000 B.C. was found by archaeologists in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iran and Iraq). Up until the cotton gin was invented, hemp was the most popular fiber for textiles. As far back as 2700 B.C., CBD was used for therapeutic purposes.

Seniors and CBD

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. Before that, it was on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Because of its status under the CSA, up until now it was difficult to do research on its medicinal properties, so studies were few.  However, there’s one thing many researchers already agree on: that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD. Now that hemp is legal, more studies are underway.

Here are a few disorders aging adults experience that may be alleviated by using CBD.


According to Psychology Today, “Women who experience insomnia and with symptoms of anxiety or depression during menopause, as well as women who have aches and pains as a menopause symptom, may find relief from CBD.”


Elderly woman with arthritisThe European Journal of Pain published one study that concluded “use of topical CBD has potential as effective treatment of arthritic symptomatology, and a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine said “cannabinoids may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain.”

For more information, The Arthritis Foundation has published “CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis.”


A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” including seasonal affective disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.


Older adults commonly have secondary insomnia – that is sleeplessness brought on by another disorder such as pain or anxiety – as well as sleep issues that are a result of aging. CBD probably helps people sleep better by decreasing pain and anxiety. CBD also helps control the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood and other biological processes.


CBD may aid in reducing gastrointestinal problems. A 2016 study published in Current Neuropharmacology concluded that cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system “represents a promising target in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and gastric mucosal lesions, ulceration and inflammation.” It’s believed that CBD helps by stimulating cells in the gastrointestinal lining and helps reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease. CBD helps to ease pain and cramping that are a result of gastrointestinal disorders.

Neurodegenerative Disorders

The United States has a patent for cannabinoids. According to the patent, cannabinoids can act as a neuroprotectant, or agent that preserves neuronal structure and/or function. CBD limits damage to the brain, central and peripheral nervous system after “stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia,” according to the patent.

Who Uses CBD & Why

Happy senior womanA study by Project CBD found that the average CBD user is a white, well-educated female over 45. Overall, the age of CBD users skewed older. According to the study, “This finding may be explained by CBD’s popularity for treating pain and sleep problems, ailments that are common among the elderly, particularly in the US where half of older adults report suffering from chronic ‘bothersome’ pain and half report regular sleep disturbances.”

Participants leaned toward hemp-based CBD in the form of tinctures and topicals. The most common medical issues they use CBD for are pain, mood, insomnia, and general wellness. According to Project CBD, most were using CBD for multiple disorders.


When it came to participants’ perception of the effectiveness of CBD, the study found:

  1. 90% of participants reported some improvement in the frequency and duration of their pain, with 60% reporting that CBD made these aspects “much better.” 
  2. When it came to pain intensity, participants reported a 60% reduction – from an average pain score of 6.85 to an average score of 2.76.
  3. Participants reported getting to sleep more quickly when taking CBD, reducing the average time from about an hour to 20 minutes. They also reported waking up 1.4 times per night        after CBD versus 4.3 times.
  4. 92% of participants experienced some relief of anxiety, and 68% reported that feelings of nervousness were “much better” with CBD.
  5. Study participants reported CBD was highly effective in addressing mood disturbances and pain associated with PMS and menopause. It also appears to help mitigate night sweats associated with menopause.
  6. They also reported CBD was extremely helpful for relieving abdominal cramps or pain, nausea or vomiting, and indigestion associated with gastrointestinal disorders.

In another study by Hello MD and Brightfield Group, 60% of CBD users find it more effective than prescription medications and 75% found CBD more effective than over-the-counter products.

The Bottom Line

The FDA doesn’t allow us to make medical claims about CBD. But, as you can see above, studies and users make the claims for us. We can say we believe that CBD is useful for treating many health issues, as well as improving overall health, so seniors and CBD are a perfect match.

However, CBD is not for everyone. As already mentioned, those who can’t consume grapefruit with medications shouldn’t take CBD, nor should nursing mothers. A recent study by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests CBD use during early pregnancy can affect fetal development, so pregnant women should not use CBD.

CBD works differently on different people, so results may vary. And we don’t recommend stopping prescription medications or mixing them with CBD without talking to your physician first.

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CBD for Addiction Treatment? Studies Show Promise

There’s no question about it: heroin and opioid use is a national crisis. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die from opioid overdoses.

Recent studies spark new hope that using cannabidiol (CBD) for addiction treatment can work. It may even prevent relapse. While research is in early stages, medical experts say they hope CBD can be used as a tool to help fight the opioid crisis.

Yasmin Hurd was the lead researcher on a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found CBD suppresses the cues or triggers associated with heroin use. “The intense craving is what drives the drug use,” Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai, told CNN. “If we can have the medications that can dampen that [craving], that can greatly reduce the chance of relapse and overdose risk.”

CBD May Help with Pain That Leads to Addiction

While studies show the use of CBD for addiction treatment may be effective, it’s unclear exactly how it works. One theory, Hurd said, is that CBD may affect “how brain cells that have been damaged by opioids communicate with each other.”

CBD Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland is former assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. She said CBD goes a step beyond reducing the anxiety and cravings associated with addiction.

“It also diminishes the original pain and inflammation that leads to opiate use in the first place,” Holland told CNN.

Shereef Elnahal, M.D., the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Health agrees. “CBD has promising effects on pain, which could make it an effective substitute for opioids,” he told Yahoo News.

Mount Sinai Study on CBD as an Addiction Treatment

In the Mount Sinai study, researchers found that when compared to a placebo, CBD reduced drug cravings and anxiety. The test subjects included 42 men and women who formerly used heroin, but who were not current users.

The study subjects were put into three groups. Each group was given either an 800 mg dose of CBD; 400 mg of CBD; or a placebo twice a day for three days. For two weeks afterward subjects were shown nature scenes and drug use paraphernalia images. They were asked to rate their cravings and levels of anxiety. The subjects who had been given CBD had a two- to three-fold reduction in cravings when compared to the placebo group. There was not much difference between the two CBD groups as far as cravings and anxiety, Hurd said.

Relief of addictionThe results of the studies suggest that high doses of pure CBD (400-800 mg) can reduce response to heroin triggers and decrease anxiety. After dosing for three days, the participants experienced relief for up to a week.

At the very least, researchers see the potential of CBD for addiction treatment. “CBD’s potential to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety provides a strong basis for further investigation of this phytocannabinoid as a treatment option for opioid use disorder,” researchers reported.

The report also noted there were no significant, adverse side effects. The few minor side effects that were reported included mild diarrhea, headache and tiredness.

A Safe Opioid Treatment Is Needed

In 2017, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported more than 2 million people in the U.S. have an opioid use disorder. There is an acute need for a safe, non-addictive and effective means to help treat addiction and prevent relapse.

“A successful non-opioid medication would add significantly to the existing addiction medication toolbox to help reduce the growing death toll, enormous health care costs, and treatment limitations imposed by stringent government regulations amid this persistent opioid epidemic,” Hurd said in a news release.

Opioid epidemicStudies to date have been few and far between. A big reason is the legal status of cannabis up until last December when the 2018 Farm Bill (The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

There’s also a stigma related to CBD because it, like marijuana, belongs to the cannabis family. However, pure CBD is made from hemp and doesn’t contain THC like marijuana does, so it doesn’t get you high.

Another study, published in Neuropsychopharmacology in 2018, found drug-seeking behavior was reduced in rats after they were given alcohol and cocaine, and then administered CBD.

According to researchers, the results are proof of principle that CBD has potential for addiction treatment and relapse prevention. They said the study results can inform debate about the medical benefits of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Preliminary data from a 2015 study suggests that CBD may be beneficial in cannabis and tobacco addiction in humans, as well.

Still More Data Being Sought

Dr. Hurd’s research team will do two follow-up studies. “One delves into understanding the mechanisms of CBD’s effects on the brain,” according to a press release from Mount Sinai. “The second paves the way for the development of unique CBD medicinal formulations that are likely to become a significant part of the medical arsenal available to address the opioid epidemic.”

Studies of CBD for addiction treatmentWhile the studies show promise, more work needs to be done. Julia Arnsten, M.D., is chief of general internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. She told Yahoo News she is weaning some patients off opioids using medical marijuana with CBD and THC. But, she said, it’s still early.

“We’re probably going to need to see thousands of patients before we get enough to say, yeah, this is really successful.”

There’s always one caveat when using CBD to treat medical or mental issues: Talk to your doctor or health professional to make sure there’s no risk of drug interactions. Also, your doctor can give you the best information and support available. If your provider isn’t familiar with CBD, ask if they can refer you to a medical professional who is.

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CBD for Dogs and Cats? Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD shows promise as an alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals in providing relief for many human ailments, but can the same be said for your pet? Many pet owners want to know about CBD for dogs and cats: In fact, 63 percent of veterinarians report having been asked about CBD oil for pets at least monthly, if not weekly or daily.

So, is CBD good and safe for your pet? The answer seems to be yes. There is evidence CBD provides relief from a range of pet ailments from anxiety to seizures.

“High-level evidence on efficacy is scant, to be sure, but CBD oil is considered safe and effective by a growing number of veterinary practitioners who aren’t your typical devotees of alternative medicine, says Veterinarian Patty Khuly. “I fall squarely into that camp. Count me among the converted.”

Much of the evidence is anecdotal. For instance more than 100 people were on hand to during a recent FDA hearing to testify that their pets benefit from CBD for conditions including epilepsy, arthritis, chronic pain and anxiety.

Said one pet owner “My dog used to destroy many of my belongings in the house if we left him alone for too long. After beginning treatment with a low dose of CBD my dog has ceased to have that behavior and overall seems more relaxed.”

What is CBD?

CBD - for dogs and catsCBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. It’s found in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp and is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value.

Most CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high,” and it has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana.

Hemp is recognized as a legal agricultural product following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Legal CBD must contain less than .03% of THC. This is very important because dogs are highly sensitive the THC molecule (not as much is known about cats). Too much THC can cause vomiting, depression, tremors, seizures, disorientation, hyperactivity, stupor or even death. That’s not true of the non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) molecule, which pets seem to tolerate well and causes no adverse effects.

Studies on Pets Show Promising Results

However, recent studies have shown that the anecdotal tales are backed by science. While more studies have looked at CBD’s effects on humans, there are two that specifically studied the effect of CBD on dogs and cats:

  • A Cornell University Study published in 2018 in the journal Frontiers of Veterinary Science, measured the results of cannabidiol on pain and arthritis in dogs and found 2 mg/kg of CBD twice daily produced a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity, with no side effects.
  • Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences studied the effects of cannabidiol in dogs with epilepsy. The results of the study, published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2017, were that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.

But as CBD use becomes more widespread, more studies are expected: Researchers at University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center have begun to study the effectiveness of CBD in treating joint immobility in dogs in what is believe to be the largest-scale scientific study of cannabinoid therapy for pets. Results are expected to be available this spring/summer.

What to look for when buying CBD for Dogs and Cats

CBD is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so some Sunrise CBD pet drops for dogs and catsunscrupulous merchants are selling inferior products simply because they can. The hemp plants they use to produce CBD might be grown in a place where the ground contains heavy metals and foreign substances. There may be more than the amount of THC than indicated on the label, which as already mentioned, could be toxic to your pet. Finally, there may be harmful chemicals or contaminants present in the product.

When buying CBD for dogs or cats make sure you:

  1. Purchase only products tested by an independent, third-party lab. An independent, third-party lab is used so that the product can be tested and certified by a neutral, unbiased source.The labs can test cannabinoid levels (CBD and THC), and look for traces of heavy metals, pesticides, and solvents that could be dangerous to your pet’s health.
  2. Look for a product that contains organically grown hemp from the United States. Colorado is where many believe the best hemp is produced. When you buy in the US, you know you’re buying a product that’s been manufactured using good manufacturing practices.
  3. Make sure the product is from a reputable seller. Check online reviews and reviews on the brand’s website. Look for independent lab results posted online that show the product is pure and contaminant-free.
  4. Make sure the product is labeled “THC-free” (meaning it contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, or up to 3 parts of THC for every thousand parts of oil by weight).
  5. Check to make sure there is no Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that’s dangerous, and can even be fatal to dogs.

Cats and CBD

Veterinarian Dr. Angie Krause of Boulder Holistic Vet recommends the use of CBD for pets Catshe sees in her practice.

“Over the past few years, I have been using cannabis (CBD) for many of my feline patients with excellent results” Krause writes in the practice’s blog. “I have been extremely impressed with the improvement in quality of life for so many cats and I want all cat parents to know about this powerful and natural resource.”

Krause says CBD can help alleviate the following conditions:

  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • pancreatitis
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • asthma
  • chronic upper respiratory infections
  • seizures

Dogs and CBD

Dog“In our clinic, we have seen beneficial therapeutic results in our patients using CBD products derived from industrial hemp, particularly in pets with arthritic pain and anxiety issues,” wrote the team at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Oregon.

The Hawthorne Clinic said other conditions in dogs that may be alleviated by CDB include:

  • seizures
  • inflammation
  • dermatitis
  • cancer
  • behavioral problems.

Dr. Krause adds to the list:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis

How much CBD to give your pet

You should consult with your veterinarian before beginning a CBD regimen for your pet. CBD oil is the best way to get the most efficacy and can be administered orally or in food. We recommend starting with as low a dose possible, about 2 mg per 10 lbs. per day. Monitor your pet’s reaction and increase from there to twice a day, then to higher dosages.

Wait 30-60 minutes for the product to work. Like humans, all pets react differently to CBD, so it may take some trial and error to get the results you’re looking for.

According to the American Kennel Club, based on the effects seen in humans, there are a few side effects that might occur with your pet:

  • Dry mouth: Your pet may show increased thirst and water intake.
  • Lowered blood pressure: High doses may cause a small lowering of blood pressure that  could create a feeling of light-headedness.
  • Drowsiness:  The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses.

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The Benefits of CBD for Athletes is in the Spotlight

Amid speculation that Tiger Woods chewed CBD gum and Phil Mickelson used CBD oil at the Masters Tournament this year, CBD is becoming increasingly popular in sports as people learn more about the benefits of CBD for athletes, both pro and amateur.

Golf, one of the most conservative of sports, may be one of the last places we expected to see CBD being adopted, but it seems it is happening. At the PGA Show in January, one of the new products displayed was a CBD line for golfers.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, which governs and drug tests Olympic athletes, removed CBD from the banned substances list in late 2017. However, the PGA issued a warning to players, advising them not to use CBD products. The organization said CBD products “have limited government regulation and may contain THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis that is prohibited.” The PGA also advised the athletes using CBD products could test positive in drug tests.

CBD sold legally can’t have more than .03% THC, so it doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of marijuana – it won’t get you high. Quality CBD sellers post results of product testing on their websites so buyers can be assured the products meet the legal limits and are free of contaminants. CBD used in normal amounts is unlikely to cause a failed drug test.

Pain Relief Benefits of CBD

Other pro athletes are subject to more severe injuries, and in many sports, athletes are encouraged to play through the pain because injuries can mean lost field time – or even the end of a career. In a study of 644 former NFL players, 52 percent said they used prescription pain medication during their playing days and  71% of those players said they misused the pain medication.

Pro Football Tackle - Benefits of CBD for AthletesOne benefit of CBD for athletes is that it can be a great alternative to prescription drugs. CBD is non-toxic, non-addictive, and virtually free of side effects. CBD products can replace over-the-counter pain relievers, which with regular use cause health problems of their own, or stronger drugs that pose the threat of abuse and addiction.

Athletes who put substantial wear and tear on the bodies can benefit from CBD. Studies indicate the cannabinoids in CBD suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

“CBD is excellent for long-term therapy, without the side effects that conventional painkillers bring. This, therefore, gives an athlete freedom from reliance on medication,” according to Sports Daily.

Hall of Fame Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis said he believes using CBD would have extended his career by lessening the damage done to his body by playing football. A knee injury led to retirement at 29 years old.

“Any time you can help your body heal—you can take out the swelling, the inflammation and you can do it in a way that’s natural—I feel like absolutely it would have assisted in that,” he told TMZ Sports.

The US government holds a patent for some of the non-psychoactive compounds found in cannabis. The application for the patent (which was filed in 2003) says CBD can be useful in treatment and prevention of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and may limit neurological damage following trauma. “No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers even in large acute doses.”

Relief for Runners

Runners, especially have discovered the benefits of CBD and find it helps with joint pain and aids digestion. Many in the trail running and ultra-marathon community, consider CBD a key part of their regimen. In 2017, some 75 percent of ultra-marathoners said they used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen during races. In a Stanford study, where ultra-marathonerss took one pill every four hours during a 50-mile ultra-marathon, they doubled their risk of acute kidney injury.

CBD Isn’t Just for Pro Athletes

You don’t have to be a pro athlete to enjoy the benefits of CBD. It can help with the exercise-induced inflammation experienced after a daily workout, yoga session, run, tennis match or golf game. CBD Woman resting after hard training - benefits of CBD for athletesinteracts with brain receptors to produce anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain, reduce pre-event anxiety, and help you sleep so you heal faster.

Dr. Alan Beyer told US News & World Report that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He said he often recommends that his patients apply CBD salve to the injured area.

CBD can interact with some prescription drugs, so if you are on medication, consult your doctor before use.

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The Benefits of CBD

While CBD seems to have suddenly come on the scene, the use of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) in medicine is nothing new. However, hemp, in the form of CBD, is experiencing an amazing resurgence. Today, our customers use CBD as a natural remedy for many ailments including insomnia, depression, anxiety, migraines, acne, muscle pain, rheumatism, chronic pain and much more. CBD is similar to the chemicals naturally created by our bodies, so it helps reduce symptoms better than some synthetic drugs – without harmful side effects.

CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and is made into oil, cream, isolate, vape oil, and food. The World Health Organization concluded that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and isn’t associated with abuse potential.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD study - health benefitsFor one, it could reduce the use of bezodiazepines for treating anxiety. Research and psychiatry professor Esther Blessing at New York University Langone Health did a review of CBD’s effects on mood. 

“Studies so far have shown that CBD of a specific dose is roughly as effective as drugs like Valium and other benzodiazepines in reducing experimental anxiety,” she told The Atlantic.

In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), a CBD formulation, for treatment for two severe pediatric seizure disorders:  Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA approved Epidiolex for children ages 2 and up. It is the first approval by the FDA for a substance derived from cannabis and also the first approved for treatment of Dravet syndrome

According to studies, CBD also helps treat or prevent:

For more studies related to CBD in the treatment and prevention of medical issues, please go to our CBD and Scientific Proof page.

The Benefits of CBD for Seniors

Seniors have discovered the benefits of CHD as well. They say the compound is an all-natural, non-habit-forming remedy for many ailments related to aging. Among the ailments are chronic Senior running - CBD Healthpain, glaucoma, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. In an article in AARP, Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, said he prescribes CBD for his patients. Cannabinoids, he said, are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.”  

Forbes reported that a study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons. “51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD,” according to the article.

According to the study, conducted by Remedy Review, more than half of the seniors interviewed took CBD via oral drops. More than 60% of the seniors who tried CBD said that it helped reduce their pain, and 45.6% reported improved sleep quality. Seniors also reported having reduced anxiety, stress relief, and a more positive mood, the study found. Perhaps most telling is that 89% of the seniors who tried CBD said they would recommend it to friends and family for relief of health problems.

CBD Can Benefit Pets, Too

Animals also benefit from CBD’s therapeutic properties. It’s the reason we sell CBD drops for pets. Consumers report CBD helps relieve their pets of symptoms associated with inflammation, epilepsy, fearfulness, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pain, nausea, glaucoma, and skin problems.

Our pets are much smaller than us and their endocannabinoid system more complex, so they tend to feel the effects more acutely than we do. Dr. Cornelia Wagner of the Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR, suggests starting with the lowest amount possible and gradually increasing the dose every 5 days until the desired effect is achieved.