If you have heard about Cannabis, CBD and Hemp Oil recently, you are not alone. The plant is receiving a bunch of media attention and rightly so. This amazing plant called cannabis has the power not only to heal and medicate both humans and animals but bring happiness and love to so many in need. Pets (especially dogs) can also be treated with cannabis to improve their health and address many new and ongoing health issues, and in the right dose, cannabis can work correctly for any animal you care for.
What Is CBD and Hemp?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred compounds found inside the Cannabis Sativa plant, and this compound is typically extracted from the Hemp plant. This is crucial, as it's genetically bred to ensure very low THC content. By having low THC content inside the hemp plant, this means you can receive a product with no psychoactive effects (the psychoactive effects are what make people feel “high”). CBD is proven to treat many indications in all mammals and works on a system inside our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), something we are all born with and which was only recently discovered, in the mid-’90s. Consuming hemp and CBD will ensure the cannabinoids interact with your ECS and give you a general feeling of wellness, bringing balance to your body and helping treat and fight a number of diseases. It does the same for animals and because animals are much smaller than humans it’s crucial to understand how to dose them correctly and what benefits they can expect to receive.
CBD Law in Australia and NZ
We all know that Australian law is very slow to change in relation to any cultural shift in society; however, the government in Australia legalised access to medical cannabis back in 2016. This is excellent news, but you will need to hold a valid script approved by either an authorised prescriber or your local GP. Products can be accessed via a government access pathway called the Special Access Scheme and this scheme is currently doing wonders for patients that need access to our wonderful plant.
Recently the land of the long white cloud has announced that it will legalise CBD and remove it from the Misuse Of Drugs acts register, this is due to be voted on later this year in a referendum. The move is welcomed for people and pets suffering from conditions that can be treated with cannabis and will come into effect sometime in 2020 or 2021. CBD is still accessible via a compassionate use system that is similar to Australia's and is based on approval from a medical professional.
To clarify, the laws and restrictions in Australia and NZ apply to both humans and animals, this means that you need to go through the same process to get access to CBD oil for your pets.
How Does This Compare With Other Countries?
In most western countries access to CBD has been legalised in some form, and patients can gain access to a full spectrum CBD treatment very quickly. On October 17th 2018 Canada went all the way and legalised medical cannabis for recreational use following many years of allowing access to medical cannabis with no problems. America is in the grip of a nationwide legalisation wave with over 30 states allowing cannabis in some form, nine states have legalised recreational cannabis use for adults with a number of other states ready to do the same. Many European countries like Switzerland, Germany and Austria now allow the sale of cannabis products, and more hardline nations such as Thailand have recently opened the door for access to cannabis (but only for research purposes).
How to Access CBD for Pets in Australia and NZ?
The safest and most effective way to access CBD in Australia and NZ is via a hemp product. These come in many forms and include oils, tinctures, edibles, topicals and capsules and with over 950+ 5 star reviews, we recommend you try this particular product. Always choose an organic and full-spectrum oil made in Australia. Selecting a full-spectrum oil ensures you gain access to all the natural terpenes and flavonoids inside the product and always choose from a reputable brand with trusted reviews. Products can be purchased online or in your local store and remember, always start slow and follow the dosing directions.
Remember pets do not need access to a high-cost product, or one that has a heavy concentration of cannabinoids, their little bodies react very quickly to cannabis and results are usually shown in two weeks.