Seizures are a terrifying experience for a dog owner. Unfortunately, they’re common. Canine epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs.
The problem is, the meds used to treat epilepsy, like phenobarbital, diazepam, potassium bromide, and other anticonvulsant drugs, have been shown to cause serious side effects in some dogs. And, even with these meds, as many as 30% of dogs with epilepsy continue to have seizures.
Thankfully, new research is showing significant promise for CBD for dog seizures.
CBD for Dog Seizures
For years now, supporters have been sharing stories of how CBD has helped with seizures and epilepsy, in both humans and pets.
It’s believed that CBD is effective because of how it works with the endocannabinoid system. Dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout your dog’s body: in the brain, nervous system, immune system, and various other vital organs.
Research shows that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in seizures and epilepsy. It also shows that external modulation of these systems can prevent or regulate seizure activity. That external modulation includes the use of CBD.
For some, the anecdotal evidence is enough. And there’s a ton of it. But still, others are looking for science-backed evidence. Thankfully, it’s there too.
Much research has been done on CBD for seizures and epilepsy in humans. The results are amazing. So amazing, in fact, that even the FDA has recognized the value of CBD for epilepsy. It approved a drug for epilepsy in children, Epidiolex, which contains CBD, back in 2018.
That said, dog-specific research has been less plentiful. Still, the research does exist.
Over the course of 2016 and 2017, Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a neurologist at Colorado State University, conducted a study to assess the short-term effect of CBD on seizure frequency.
McGrath found that 89% of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
Now, some have criticized this study for its size. 16 dogs in total were included. 9 dogs were treated with CBD, while 7 were treated with a placebo. Still, the results, we think, are telling. After all, 89% = 8 out of 9. Those are pretty amazing stats.
Still, McGrath has taken that criticism in stride, heading up a new, much larger study to further the research. We look forward to the results of this study, and will share them as soon as they’re available.
It’s been clear for some time that CBD can have a profound effect on people who suffer from seizures and epilepsy.
Now we know that dogs can also benefit.
So, can CBD for dog seizures and epilepsy be effective in reducing severity and frequency? The research says yes!