CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats Skin Allergies
Believe it or not your pet’s are just as susceptible to allergies like people. Constant licking and scratching with visible signs of inflammation and skin irritation are symptoms of allergies. The cause of an allergy can be anything from food to soap or insect bites. It can be very hard to determine the source of the allergic reaction but to ease the itchiness and inflammation, your vet will prescribe common medications – steroid-based oral or topical medication for inflammation, and antihistamine for itchiness. Both have side effects such as drowsiness and become less and less effective over time. An alternative solution is CBD oil.
Cannabidiol or hemp oil is a product derived from Cannabis Sativa – marijuana/hemp plant. Cannabidiol does not have the THC compound, the psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant. CBD gives a calm and relaxed feeling without the hallucination, which makes it ideal for anxiety and depression. But there is another property in CBD that makes it effective in treating allergies in humans and other mammals – its anti-inflammatory property.
Allergies occur due to hypersensitive reaction of the immune system to allergens such as insect bites, food, dust and other materials that cause a reaction such as itchiness, dryness, inflammation and soreness. Once the allergen comes in contact with the skin, or internally through swallowing, the body sends a signal to the immune system to fight off this allergen that causes inflammation and soreness. CBD oil corrects the immune system’s response to the substance through the CBD receptors preventing further inflammation and moves to healing the sore and damaged cells of the skin.
Skin allergies, also known as a topic dermatitis is common in cats. It can happen in any part of the body, here are the body parts where it commonly occurs:
- On the ankles
- The groin area
- Face area including in and around the ears, eyes and nose.
- Underarm area and
- Between the toes
In 2009, a study published in Trends in Pharmaceutical concluded that the endo-cannabinoid or endo-cannabidiol system in mammals has an important role in keeping balanced and healthy skin. This means that our bodies use endo-cannabidiol to maintain health and wellbeing.