What is CBD oil, and can it help calm my hyper dog?
CBD is a natural, non-toxic, and non-psychoactive concentrate made from the hemp, not marijuana, plant.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids discovered in the cannabis plant, which can effectively activate the endocannabinoid system and induce de-inflammatory and anxiety-reducing processes on demand.
CBD’s effect on the endocannabinoid system increases the potency of endogenous elements such as anandamide, an endocannabinoid that acts as a regulator of inflammation, mental motivation, and pleasure/reward cycles.
Boosting endocannabinoids can increase your dog’s ability to process and manage their energy, contributing to a more stable and relaxed daily state of being.
While there hasn’t been a study specifically on CBD for hyper dogs, there has been a recent 2019 study exploring CBD’s effects on 72 adult humans with anxiety and sleep issues. After the first month, 79% of patients reported a reduction in anxiety, while 67% reported improved sleep scores.
This does not mean that CBD can directly reduce hyperactivity in dogs, but it does suggest its indirect potential to calm dogs by reducing anxiety-levels.
Another 2023 review in the journal Biomedicines found that cannabinoids may be able to affect glucose tolerance, as well as energy and metabolic regulation, providing a direct way of managing sudden energy bursts.