CBD vs NSAIDs for Pain Management

Updated: Apr 30

Both CBD and some NSAIDs are options available to pet parents for inflammation and pain relief. However, it’s important to understand the possible side effects and other health information when choosing! CBD does not see symptoms like NSAIDs and may be the perfect option to help your pet.

How CBD and NSAIDS Reduce Pain

CBD reduces pain by specifically encouraging CB2 receptors in the body (the ones that interact with pain and inflammation) to produce neurotransmitters known as endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids target inflammation and pain signals to regulate and keep them “silenced.”

NSAIDs inhibit or prevent the release of chemical compounds that generally respond to inflammation situations. Unfortunately, NSAIDs are not selective in which of the enzymes (COX-1 or COX-2) it inhibits. This results in more side effects being present.

Side Effects


Typically, pets only see side effects if they are sensitive in the introduction phase or if they are given much more than needed. Even so, the side effects seen are only looser stool and lethargy.


NSAIDs can cause vomiting, constipation, bloating, heart palpitations, and (if used long-term) kidney and liver damage.

CBD Added Benefits

One of the advantages of using CBD is that a full spectrum product like Suzie’s will also contain terpenes and secondary cannabinoids. These additional elements each offer their own health features.

For example, the secondary cannabinoid CBN has been found to offer antibacterial and neuroprotectant properties!

Environmental Impact

NSAIDs are released into the environment via excretion and unused drug waste which causes environmental damage and contaminates marine, ground, and surface water.

CBD oil is a natural compound that is properly utilized by the body, even if some should end up in the environment it is fully biodegradable making it harmless.

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