Cannabidiol, or CBD, is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-psychotic in humans.
But what about our precious pets?
Because animals also have an endocannabinoid system, CBD can actually help man’s best friend, too!
How does CBD help dogs?
According to the American Kennel Club,
While there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/cbd-oil-dogs/
In fact, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is sponsoring a study, through the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, evaluating the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs. (Learn more about this study here.)
CBD may also help dogs with anxiety, inflammation, and arthritis.
Is CBD safe for dogs?
Yes, dogs tolerate CBD well, though just like in humans more research is needed. In every study we could find, the side effects were incredibly mild.
3 things you should know before using CBD for your dog
If you think CBD might be a good choice for your furry family, here are three things you should know before getting started.
#1: High quality CBD is critical
Dogs specifically have more cannabinoid receptors than other animals and humans, so even minimal amounts of THC can negatively affect your dog. Dogs do NOT react well to THC, so please make sure you’re purchasing CBD that’s been verified and tested to have less than .3% THC.
#2: When dosing, start small
Just like in humans, start with a minimum dose of CBD and work up until you start seeing results.
If you need help dosing, follow these guidelines:
- Use 0.5-5 mg for every 10 lbs body weight. So if, for example, your pet weighs 20 lbs, use 1-10 mg of CBD every 8-12 hours.
- Start with the minimum dose. Try the minimum dose for 1-2 doses and if you still see no relief, gradually increase the dosage until you find what works for your pet. Experiment to see what works best for your pet and their situation.
A little CBD goes a long way, especially in pets. So don’t pull out all the stops as you begin using CBD for your pet. Instead, start small. A small amount of CBD can work wonders. So be patient and know you’ll find the right dose for your pet and their particular needs.
#3: Tinctures are usually best
A study found “oral CBD-infused oil provides the most favorable pharmacokinetic profile.” This just means oral CBD is one of the best delivery systems for your pet.
Tinctures are the easiest way to give your dog oral CBD-infused oil. Tinctures can be mixed in with your pet’s favorite treat, or even dropped directly into your pets mouth.
We like tinctures like these: