I’ll be honest. If one more person asks me “have you tried CBD oil” for any issue Stella has, I may lose my mind. Last time I checked, according to the inter web and fans of CBD oil, it can fix anything from seizures to anxiety. Arthritis to lack of appetite. The last time there was something this miraculous, we were all running out to buy Coconut Oil.
So, not long ago, if you can’t tell, I was very anti CBD oil. But then Stella had another seizure, and I happened to be in our local pet shop when I overheard the sales person discussing the benefits of using CBD oil to treat seizures.
And they caught me in a moment of weakness. How could I not try something that MIGHT help Stella’s seizures. And, according to the sales person, seizures are the one ailment that there are actually some studies done on in dogs. So I bought a bottle. Hung my head and admitted defeat.
But I knew I’d be able to give a report post use, and that helped me convince myself I had purchased it for the betterment of all animals.
So here’s my report on CBD oil, being 1 1/2 months in.
I’ve been giving Stella a half a dropper of 750 mg CBD oil once a day every day. And I haven’t seen any changes in her anxiety, arthritis or general demeanor. She has not had a seizure, but I still have her on her regular meds, and don’t plan on changing that. So, does CBD oil “work?” Well, I don’t think so? At least not for my dog. But, to be fair, Stella is kind of at the far end of the spectrum.
But, despite it not being a miracle cure for Stella, here’s my general problem with CBD oil. There’s really no science around it. I like science. I like scientific studies. I really struggle with personal opinion replacing fact. So many testimonials about how amazing it is. This is not helpful to me. If one more person tells me their dog hasn’t had a seizure since starting CBD oil I will scream. For one thing, some dogs just don’t have more seizures. Secondly, can we follow up in a few years? Not two weeks?
Another issue? The dosing. Stella’s bottle doesn’t have anything indicating mls. So, I’m guessing at what “half a dropper” is. The dosing instructions range from giving a dog her weight anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 a dropper. But, if I go online, some manufacturers recommend giving a 1/2 dropper from a 350mg bottle. That’s a pretty big difference. I’d appreciate some standard dosing. It would make me feel like maybe there was some more scientific proof around this..
However, to be fair, CBD is a VERY new product. It’s not too surprising that there aren’t a bunch of studies. I BELIEVE the sale of hemp has just become legal in all states? But I may be wrong about that. If it’s true, hopefully it will help support some studies about the products efficacy in pets.
So there you have it. I’m not a convert. But I’m still giving it to Stella, since it doesn’t seem to have any side effects and what if it IS doing something for her seizures? Oy vey, now I can’t stop!