Cannabidiol shares some important metabolic pathways with common anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Furthermore, research showing how CBD can help treat epilepsy is piling up, in humans and dogs. In fact, the FDA has recently approved the first CBD-based drug for the treatment of two types of seizures in humans.
Research from Colorado State has recently shown that treating with CBD oil (2.5mg per kg of bodyweight) can lead to a significant reduction in seizure frequency when compared to a placebo. Moreover, a presence of CBD in dogs’ blood was positively correlated with a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Of those in the CBD group, 89 percent showed a reduction in seizure frequency.
What does this mean for you? If your dog is struggling with epilepsy, and you feel like their current treatments aren’t cutting it, then CBD should absolutely be your next step. Ask your veterinarian, as well as any fellow dog parents, about their experiences with CBD treatment.
The science behind CBD
The precise biochemical mechanisms through which CBD reduces seizures are still being discovered. However, we know that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is in part responsible for modulating brain and seizure activity in humans and a variety of animals.
This ECS is common to almost all living things (save insects and some single cell organisms), and is responsible for helping to maintain the homeostasis of a variety of major organ systems. This includes the immune system, the brain, the nervous system, and the digestive systems.
It’s clear that cannabidiol’s effect on the ECS has a positive impact on the overall stability of these large organ systems, including the brain—so watch this space for new findings on the mysterious yet hugely positive relationship between CBD oil, the ECS, and seizures in dogs.