Just like cancer in humans, no two cases of cancer are the same, and dogs may need different combinations of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy.
Likewise, dogs with cancer will use CBD in different ways—some responding so well that it becomes part of their primary treatment, while others use supplementation to offset symptoms and the side effects of other medications.
Owners and vets should work together to find the treatment plan that most benefits their dog, but evidence in favor of CBD’s role amongst pre-existing therapies is steadily growing.
A 2018 study found that giving CBD to mice undergoing radiation therapy resulted in a great reduction in cancer cells than in mice using radiation therapy alone. A similar study found that mice treated using CBD in combination with a chemotherapy drug lived almost three times longer than the control group.
In the future, this kind of clinical evidence may allow veterinary oncologists to reduce the amount of radiation used on dogs with cancer, instead prescribing courses of CBD and other cannabis compounds.
No one should be touting CBD as a cure for cancer, and recent discoveries about cannabis compounds don’t replace the need for traditional treatment options.
But there are a growing number of anecdotal reports from owners who were seemingly able to directly affect their dog’s cancer prognosis through CBD supplementation.
In human and mice models of cancer, CBD and other cannabis compounds (primarily CBG and CBC) have been directly associated with cancer cell reduction. Researchers believe that CBD may protect DNA inside cells from oxidative stress, a primary cause of age-related cancer and a possible route to slowing cancer progression.
CBD is minimizing reliance on drugs
Above all, CBD is an anti-inflammatory supplement, which means that it can be used to soothe a large variety of pains and discomforts.
Specifically, CBD can help dogs cut down on their usage of NSAID and opioid pain management medications, which cause unwanted side effects in many pups.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause gastrointestinal distress and decreased activity levels. CBD stimulates the ECS into a natural anti-inflammatory response.
- Opioids can cause lethargy, fast tolerance formation, and potential overdose. While CBD can’t compete with the pain-relieving power of opioid drugs, it helps remove discomfort and doesn’t create dependency, even over long-term use.