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What Is the Difference Between Cat & Human CBD Oil?

With reports and testimonies soaring in, CBD is being heralded as a remedy for anxiety, nausea, depression, pain, and so much more.

With significantly more research available on human CBD, you may be wondering what the differences between CBD for humans and CBD for pets are. If you’ve tried CBD or you have heard of the wonders of CBD for pets, you’re probably curious. The main difference between human CBD and CBD for pets is the quantity and concentration of CBD in each product.

CBD can benefit pets, so why can’t you use the same CBD humans consume? We discuss the differences in the CBD formulas and how the cannabidiol can help your feline below.

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What is CBD?

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CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, the chemical compound in CBD, is different from TCH—the culprit behind that infamous marijuana “high.” The cannabis plant has long been used as a holistic form of medicine, and the recent shifts in societal pressure and attention on holistic medicine have given CBD a new identity.

There is so much confusion surrounding CBD, which is understandable considering the misinformation about the cannabis plant. CBD is different from TCH, but that does not mean TCH won’t be included in some CBD supplements.

Not all CBD is made equal; some are made from hemp, and others from cannabis. Some are pure CBD, and others contain TCH. Certain cannabis plants naturally have a higher concentration of TCH, so it is essential to check the labels of the CBD products before taking them yourself or sharing them with your cat.

No matter what, you can breathe easy; CBD alone will not get you or your feline high.

What Is the Difference Between Cat and Human CBD Oil?

CBD for humans and CBD for cats do not have any noticeable differences. However, this does not mean you should instantly turn around and share your CBD with your cat as soon as you finish reading. Sharing your CBD with your four-legged friend is not recommended. In fact, it can even be dangerous and cause unnecessary harm.

Many CBD brands will add extras to make their CBD Oil easier for consumption. For example, human CBD supplements may have added flavors like fruits or chocolate to make them more enticing. However, the more appetizing the CBD is for us, the more likely your pet will not like the flavors.

The most significant difference is the concentration level within the specific product. The quantity and concentration of CBD products vary between human CBD and CBD for pets. Because the concentration varies between types of CBD, you could potentially put your cat at risk with a dosage meant for you. For example, you may need to take one full dropper of CBD oil as a full serving for your dose, but the calculated one serving for a human will not be the same for your pet.

When CBD is designed for pets, it comes in a different concentration intended just for them and might even come in a specific flavor designed for dogs or cats (flavors like bacon, peanut butter, and chicken). CBD for pets is also made with different carrier oils, usually olive oil or fish oils, to enhance your pet’s overall health.

So, while you can give your cat your CBD, it is better for them if you give them CBD specifically made for cats.

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Benefits of CBD for Cats

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While there are no national studies on CBD and its effects, smaller studies and word-of-mouth show CBD as a possible solution to pain and anxiety for us and our pets. While humans have been using CBD to treat health issues for years, veterinarians didn’t begin exploring CBD for pets until fairly recently. Not only can CBD be used by our cats, but also it has similar benefits for cats as it does for us:

  • Reduces anxiety: If you notice your cat suffers from separation anxiety or other general anxiety, CBD can help. Using CBD helps your cat feel calmer overall. It interacts with the body’s receptors in the nervous system. While not fully understood yet, a study on CBD and anxiety shows CBD lowers both behavioral and physiological signs of stress.
  • Reduces pain: CBD is proven to help reduce inflammation in the body. CBD can help reduce your cat’s overall pain levels, and it can help reduce the symptoms of nerve pain and even arthritis.
  • Reduces nausea: According to a 2011 study, CBD can help relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

Giving CBD Oil to Your Cat

Before giving CBD oil to your cat, you should always do your research. You should also consult your veterinarian and then check the concentration of the CBD oil and any side effects on the packaging. As with adding anything to your pet’s diet, it is essential to do proper research before giving it to your cat.

Here are the top factors to consider when choosing CBD oil for your cat:
  • Buy organically: CBD oils typically have pesticides or other additives that can harm your pets with prolonged use. You should always look for organic oils that list all ingredients.
  • Read reviews and certifications: It is critical that the CBD you give your cat contains little to no TCH and also has a lab-certified label and certificate. Make sure you also look at reviews made by other cat owners.
  • Buy oil instead of treats: While you may think it is easier to give your cat a quick treat to add CBD to their diet, the best form for our pets is oil. Giving them oil can help you regulate your cat’s overall dosage rather than relying on a treat they may not eat.

Not all CBD works the same way. Some might have immediate effects and others could take a few hours.

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Final Thoughts

If you are choosing to give your cat CBD, it is better for you to give them CBD that was specifically designed for them. Pet-targeted CBD is designed to fit their specific needs and recommended dosage all while catering to their finicky taste buds.

CBD is not a miracle cure for all things, but it has been scientifically proven to help reduce symptoms like anxiety, depression, and pain in humans. If your cat often experiences stress, inflammation, joint pain, nausea, or even has trouble sleeping, adding CBD may be the extra help they need. Always talk with your veterinarian about medical treatments and any supplements you plan to introduce into your cat’s diet.

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