Although CBD has been reportedly shown to help humans with a variety of ailments not a whole lot of research has been done on it. Even less research has been done with dogs and you may be wondering if it will help your beloved furry family member with some of the same ailments. Despite the lack of research what we do know is that nearly every living thing on earth has an endocannabinoid system (ECS.) What little studying that has been done has shown us that more cannabinoids in the system can help the ECS to help maintain homeostasis and fight off diseases, inflammation, and a host of other conditions that plague the body. These conditions can lead to discomfort, faster aging, and at worst a shorter life. That being said, it can be assumed that CBD assists dogs in much the same way it helps humans.
What Exactly is CBD For Dogs & Other Pets
Cannabidiol, also better known as CBD, is the non-psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD has anecdotally been described as helping many conditions in humans, ranging from anxiety to depression all the way to cancer and other life-treating ailments. The same is thought for our loving friends known as man’s best friend. CBD will not get your dog “high” as it is produced from hemp that is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC.) You can think of hemp as the one that makes rope and not marijuana which is strong in THC and used recreationally. Hemp with its high CBD content has been shown to potentially be medicinal without the mind-altering effects.
What are the Benefits for my Dog?
No definitive scientific studies support that CBD has any effect on dogs, but pet parents worldwide have noted that it helps with pain as well as to help with seizures. It can also be noted that it has been said to help with anxiety in dogs, especially during thunderstorms or other stressful events. It has also been shown to help achy joints and arthritis. On top of all that some have reported it to help with extremely challenging conditions such as cancer and tumors. It seems as though CBD can be as beneficial for our furry friends like ourselves.
What is the Right Dosage for my Dog?
As with humans, it is best to start off small. Give them a small dosage at first and observe. There are a few possible side effects to look for, such as dry mouth, drowsiness, and lowered blood pressure which could cause lightheadedness. The last one can be hard to detect, but it is always best to be there and watch your buddy while starting a CBD regimen. Another factor is to consider their weight and size. Dogs tend to be much smaller than humans, so if you weigh 150lbs and 30mg a day works for you, consider that maybe your dog at 50lbs needs only 10mg a day. Either way, it would be best to start as small as possible and gauge how your dog responds. Take it day by day and increase the dosage as you see fit. There are no set rules to dosage for a human, let alone dogs and sometimes experimenting can find you the perfect fit for your furry family member. You can also use our cbd dosage calculator and get some ideas of starting dosages for your pet based on their weight and what you are trying to alleviate if anything.
How to Give CBD to Dogs
There is a myriad of ways to administer CBD to dogs. From giving them a CBD oil mixed with dog food to outright giving them a gummy from your own stash. Although many human-based consumption methods can also be given to dogs it is best to seek out treats or oils made specifically for them. These products tend to have lower dosages to reflect body differences and they are also usually flavored so that your pets actually want to use them. In fact, the treats are not distinguishable from regular treats, but with the added bonus of CBD’s supposed healing properties. That is killing two birds with one stone right there. Giving them a treat for being a good boy or girl, but with the added bonus of the CBD.
Is CBD the Best Option for my Dog?
As a pet owner, you may ask yourself this question. Truthfully, it comes down to the research you do and how you feel. With a huge lack of studies, it all comes down to what you have heard and what others have claimed. Although most anecdotal accounts seem to suggest that CBD has a great benefit it will come down to what you and your loved one experience together. CBD can be an inexpensive and natural supplement to help treat a variety of ailments not only in humans but dogs as well. If approaching something from a holistic approach CBD is a great place to start!
Quick Disclaimer about CBD for Dogs
As with humans, a supplement said to contain hemp oil or hemp oil extract does not necessarily mean CBD. A good indicator is if they are referred to as “hemp treats.” This can mean they were made from hemp seed extract. Although hemp seed extract contains a variety of beneficial compounds, they do not contain CBD. If looking for CBD infused products intended for consumption be sure to research what exactly goes into the finished product and the same should be true for products meant for our furry friends.
If you have any questions about what CBD product is best for your dog, be sure to contact us. We love our furry customers as much as we love our skinned ones and seek to find them the best fit for their ailments. We can’t wait to hear from you, or should we say woof woof woooooooof woof!