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CBD Dog Treats: Are They Safe, and Do They Really Work?

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CBD has taken the world by storm over the past few years — not only for humans, but also for our canine companions. That's right: You can buy CBD treats specially formulated for dogs. Many of the conditions that CBD can help humans with can also affect our furry friends, so it makes sense that companies are also marketing CBD to dog parents. 

So if your dog is struggling with any physical or mental conditions, read on for everything you need to know about feeding CBD to your pup.

What Are CBD Dog Treats?

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a chemical compound that naturally occurs in the cannabis sativa plant’s two classifications: marijuana and hemp. CBD most commonly comes from the hemp plant, and it either includes less than .3 percent THC or no THC at all. THC is what makes marijuana psychoactive; since CBD does not include significant amounts of THC, it will not get the user high, and instead, it will just leave them with relaxing effects. For example, CBD can help with mental conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical conditions like sore muscles, joint pain, and seizures.

Humans can take CBD in a variety of forms (everything from oil to gummies to lotion to chocolate bars), but dogs are typically given CBD dog treats, which are simply dog treats infused with CBD. Some pet parents also give their dogs CBD oil or CBD capsules.