My husband and I are obsessed with our two 4-year-old cats, Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. Here they are on their pedestals, where they belong.

These floofy rascals pretty much dominate our home with their meows and shenanigans, offering little more than a reward system of purrs and snuggles that somehow make us feel complete. Like most pet owners we love our furry babies and would do anything to keep them happy and healthy, so it’s no wonder that a rising trend emerging from cannabis legalization is CBD for pets.

Why give your pet CBD?

CBD is non-psychoactive and approved for medical use in multiple states, which factors into why pet owners are starting to feel empowered to try it on their critters. People claim that CBD addresses a number of their pets’ ailments including pain, anxiety, seizures, even relief from chemotherapy, and it’s because of what we know about cannabis’ effects on the human endocannabinoid system.

We aren’t the only creatures on earth with cannabinoid receptors in the brain – turns out mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have them too – which means the chemical compounds present in cannabis also react with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in animals.

What to Know Before You Do

CBD’s growing popularity might have you thinking it’s legal in all 50 states – It’s not. While several states have legalized CBD the DEA still classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug, making it federally illegal and having “no medical use” despite growing evidence to the contrary. And while it’s important to clue in your veterinarian if you’re thinking about giving CBD to Whiskers McGee, keep in mind that at present, vets are not legally allowed to prescribe CBD for pets in any state…yet.

CBD Tinctures for Pets

IrieCBD offers a full-spectrum tincture blend specifically for pets.

Giving animals CBD is risky at best, but for a growing number of pet owners it’s worth it. If you’re going to treat your pet with CBD, it’s best to keep your tincture to yourself and give them CBD products that have been formulated and dosed specifically for animals.

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Kaisha is a content writer specializing in the cannabis industry. Judging by her social media, she’s super into cats and Jeff Goldblum.