CBD and the use of hemp have been around for centuries, and its medicinal use is no new epiphany. A revelation, though, is that you can also use cannabis oil for your family dog.
Caring for your four-legged friend is a lifelong commitment. Through sickness and health, your furry companion stays by your side. So when they experience ill health or stress, we want to help. CBD oil for pets can support and prompt long-term health in your dog. It can help maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. And it can reduce hyperactivity and promote calm.
This all-around holistic option is a lightbulb moment for many pet parents. But there are many questions about this cannabis product. Keep reading as we tend to your queries.
CBD is short for "cannabidiol," a naturally occurring compound found in the flowers of the cannabis plant. This compound, and others like it, are called phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids for short.
The cannabis plant (specifically to the Cannabis Sativa L. species) comes in two varieties: marijuana and hemp. CBD can be extracted from both of these varieties. Only CBD extracted from the hemp variety is safe for your pet.
Using a process called CO2 extraction, CBD and other phytochemicals are extracted from the hemp plant, resulting in a pure quality oil that involves zero post-processing. This oil, also known as a full spectrum CBD tincture, is one of the most popular forms of CBD for consumption in humans and pets.
Many companies have also created other pet products that make administering CBD oil for dogs easier and cater to your doggie's tastes and preferences. The quality of the oil should not differ, whether for humans or animals.
CBD oil for dogs is perfectly safe – as long as it's derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant. The reason for hemp's general tolerance is that it has high percentages of CBD but only 0.3% or less THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol) in it.
THC is another chemical compound in cannabis plants. It is toxic to dogs and has psychoactive effects on people. THC is found in high quantities in the marijuana strain of the cannabis plant. The tiny amount of THC in the hemp will not affect your dog or you. CBD oil will not get your dog "high."
Any product from the marijuana variety of cannabis is not safe for your pet to consume.
Yes, hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all 50 states.
But it wasn't always that way. For many years, federal law grouped all cannabis plants and their products as illegal substances under the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, loading a huge tax levy for farmers of cannabis. In 1970, the Controlled Substance Act formally condemned hemp and marijuana. The 1980s War of Drugs further doomed it.
Finally, in 2018, the Farm Bill defined hemp as a cannabis product with less than 0.3% THC and permitted its cultivation. There are now no restrictions on the transport, sale, or possession of hemp-derived products. That said, the FDA still has the authority to regulate cannabis products.
With such recent legal status, traveling with your pet CBD oils can be a grey area. The U.S. Transportation Security Association allows CBD transportation, as long as it is hemp-derived with 0.3% THC, as stated by federal law.
Except for insects, all animal species (humans, canines, and felines included) have an endocannabinoid system. This system is a regulatory system of the body and plays a crucial role in managing vital physiological processes.
This includes hormones, immune responses, pain and inflammation responses, sleep patterns, appetite, emotional balance, and much more.
When cannabinoids like CBD enter the body, they interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). They interact indirectly with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to bring homeostasis (balance and optimal function). In cells with immune functions, these receptors are in the central nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract, and the central nervous system.
Because of these receptors' vast locations, CBD has a remarkable ability to support the body in many different ways.
CBD products are used for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common benefits of CBD include the following:
Assists the immune system
Supports normal brain and nerve function
Supports cardiovascular health
Helps maintain a normal inflammatory response in the body
Can help with occasional stiffness and soreness
Provides connective tissue support and supports joint health
May reduce free radical damage
Supports antioxidant function
Helps animals maintain a regular and relaxed disposition
Helps manage normal stress
May help with occasional or seasonal allergies
...and the list goes on!
Furthermore, high-quality CBD oils contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids as well as linolenic acid. These essential fatty acids make it a great product for supporting healthy digestion, heart health, and skin health.
CBD oil also contains nutritional antioxidants and vitamins B and D, which support healthy brain function and bone health.
Dry Mouth – A decrease in the production of saliva is a typical response to CBD. Your doggo will be thirstier than usual so make sure you provide them with fresh, clean water daily.
Low Blood Pressure – A high dose of CBD may affect your pet, leaving them slightly nauseous and lightheaded.
Diarrhea – Dogs have sensitive digestive systems, and the wrong carrier oil in your CBD tincture can cause an adverse reaction in your pup.
These side effects will soon wear off. To avoid them in the future, try a lower dose on your dog and gradually increase it. Always monitor your pet for adverse reactions and speak to your vet if your dog is on any chronic medication.
Many pet owners wonder if their dogs can overdose on CBD oil. The answer is no! CBD oil is safe, and too much will likely cause one of the above side effects, which will eventually pass.
After buying your dog a bottle of full-spectrum CBD oil, you may be wondering how much CBD oil to give your dog. The answer to this can vary, depending on who you ask. The CBD pet products you choose should offer recommendations on the daily amount of CBD your dog should receive based on its weight. A general dosage guideline is to fall within the range of 1-5 mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.
It's time. You've got the oil. Now what? Why not try one of these methods for giving CBD to your dog:
Oral Application. A CBD oil can be administered sublingually (under the tongue) by drawing the oil into the dropper and squirting it directly into their mouth, near the back. This is the best method for quick results.
Use Dog Treats. You can drop the oil onto a porous treat and then give it to your pet. They'll be none the wiser.
Make it Part of Mealtime. Giving your dog CBD oil at mealtime is a great way to add it to their routine. Start with a small dose so that the change of texture and taste isn't too noticeable.
Buy Them a CBD Edible. CBD edibles like chews, bites, and peanut butter are also available for pets. These have a set dosage amount, so no measuring is required. Honest Paws edibles contain 5 mg of CBD oil per bite or chew.
Topical Applications. Coconut oil topicals for dogs may assist with dry and cracked paws or sensitive skin. This may be what your furbaby needs.
Sublingual administration of CBD oil is the fastest delivery method because the glands in this area allow the CBD to diffuse directly into the bloodstream. You'll see results within 20-60 minutes.
If you're giving your dog a different CBD product, such as a CBD bite or chew, you can typically expect to see results within 30-45 minutes.
Every dog is different, so results may vary. If you're not seeing any results with CBD oil for dogs, it's perfectly safe to increase your dog's dosage within the recommended dosage guidelines of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.
Research centers have performed trials to determine how CBD oil for dogs may help or reduce the following health conditions.
Arthritis – Osteoarthritis leaves your pet's joints inflamed and in pain. CBD oil may act as an anti-inflammatory, and some owners have even found that they could reduce their pet's NSAID dose, thereby lessening NSAIDs' adverse effects.
Cancer – CBD may protect the body against free radical damage which causes cancer. Research is ongoing for canines, but in humans, it's been found that CBD may "induce cell death, inhibit cell migration and invasion in vitro, decrease tumor size," and more.
Hyper Dogs – CBD may reduce hyperactivity and promote relaxation in dogs.
Allergies – CBD may soothe skin-related issues associated with seasonal allergies. With CBD topical creams or oils, CBD may help maintain the normal moisture content of the skin.
Glaucoma – CBD has been shown to effectively reduce cell death, discomfort, and anxiety that accompanies many diseases, Glaucoma included.
Speak to your vet if your dog is on any chronic medication. Although you may find that since research for CBD is ongoing, your vet may not give you an outright yay or nay!
CBD oil products are a popular holistic supplement for pets. We encourage pet owners to do their research, ask questions and make sure they are buying quality CBD oil that has been tested and certified. Sadly, companies are cutting corners to get their product out as quickly as possible with the growing rise in demand.
This makes pet owners vulnerable and in danger of buying substandard CBD products that will be useless (or worse – harmful) to their pet. In light of this, we strongly encourage you to do your homework to be confident that you are giving your dog a premium product.
Here are just a few things to look out for:
When shopping around, you'll see terms like "full-spectrum", "isolate," or "broad spectrum. While all three can support your pet's health, the full spectrum oil contains the most cannabinoids and has more potent health benefits, whereas isolate oils ONLY contain CBD. You want the full plant benefits, including the terpenes and flavonoids that are present in hemp.
It's essential to make sure that the CBD product you buy is a hemp extract. But more importantly that it contains CBD. Don't be fooled by hemp oils that are only extracted from the seed of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD and will not have the same health benefits.
Farming practices will impact the quality of CBD hemp oil. Toxins in the soil, pesticides, and micro-bacteria can make their way into the oil. For that reason, you want an oil that is certified organic and has used the CO2 extraction process that is most effective in clearing the final product of impurities.
When supporting your pet's health, the last thing you want is allergens in the CBD product. Make sure the product excludes these common allergens and fillers.
A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a lab-tested report of the product's chemical make-up. A third-party lab should create the COA showing that they've tested the product for heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes. The COA will also show you the concentration of each cannabinoid in the oil and confirm the less than 0.3 THC %.
Ensure that the CBD comes from a respected, reputable company in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. The number of reviews on their CBD products and what those reviews say is also an important part of finding the best CBD oil for dogs.
If you've been on the fence about giving pet CBD a try, why not make today the day you take a leap to see the results for yourselves? Make sure you buy a good quality CBD oil from a trusted company. Here at Honest Paws, we're dedicated to crafting the best CBD products for our dogs and cats to support their health and happiness.
You can browse our full CBD collection here and read for yourself what our happy customers have to say about us!
Full-spectrum hemp CBD oil that is organic is the best for supporting your pet's health. The full spectrum oil contains the most cannabinoids and has more potent health benefits, whereas isolate oils only contain CBD.
No, CBD oil for pets can support and prompt long-term health in your dog. It can help maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. And it can reduce hyperactivity and promote calm. Minimal side effects are reported, and your pet cannot overdose on CBD oil.
Since research for CBD is ongoing, your vet may not give you an outright yay or nay.
A general guideline is to fall within the range of 1-5 mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight. That said, some pet parents opt for a more potent dose (double or more the recommended amount) based on their dog's unique situation.