CBD might be the latest health and wellness trend for humans, but it’s undoubtedly becoming just as hot, if not hotter, for our furry friends. As it turns out, CBD Oil and pet treats are also popping up everywhere.
And just like for humans, CBD may also improve the well-being of your pet dog or cat. CBD for pets may help your furry friend with joint pain, arthritis, appetite stimulation, seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, back pain, cancer symptoms, and even gastrointestinal problems. But just like humans, the evidence of how it helps is namely from anecdotal claims.
What’s cool is that all animals have an endocannabinoid system. Meaning, just like in humans, animals have cannabinoid receptors. Although animals might process CBD differently, they have the necessary mechanisms to receive CBD benefits as humans do. And like with all things CBD related, CBD use in pets is still under research.
Human CBD Oil vs. Pet CBD Oil
As a pet owner, have you ever considered giving your dog or cat some of your own CBD oil but stopped because you thought you needed a bottle that said pet CBD oil? In the end, you didn’t give your furry friend some CBD because you just weren’t sure.
So, is there a difference between pet CBD oil and human CBD oil?
In most cases, no! The extraction process for both animal and human CBD is the same. The only difference comes down to the label and, in some instances, the flavoring!
Any CBD oil that contains less than 0.3% THC is safe for your dog or cat. It doesn’t need to be pet-specific oil to work.
When I say most cases, I am referring to the quality of the CBD oil. If the CBD oil manufacturer is a good one, its human-grade oils will be good enough for you and your pet. And if not, you also might want to rethink the brand!
And when we speak of a good CBD oil, we are talking quality, not just a pretty bottle. Quality for human CBD oil is just as important for pets.
An essential aspect of finding the right CBD oil should always start with quality. A high-quality CBD oil should at least be:
- Derived from organic hemp.
- Free of harsh chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals.
- Verified through 3rd party lab reports.
- Found in the ingredient list, and should be first on the list!
And for CBD Oil Drops, the label should read phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, a carrier oil (like MCT or hemp seed oil), and a flavoring (if flavored). That’s it, simple!
I have seen CBD oils where the first ingredient was water, and the last ingredient on the label was hemp seed oil, but it was marketing itself as a CBD product. Guess what; it’s not!
The flavor in the CBD oil is sometimes the only reason you may want to get your dog their bottle. I have seen companies make it with bacon flavors. And let’s be real, what dog wouldn’t love some bacon-flavored CBD oil?
CBD Oil Is Safe for Pets
A scientific report published in the “Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association” studied the potential adverse effects of giving CBD to 30 healthy beagles. The overall results show that CBD was well tolerated clinically. But they also noted that adverse effects, particularly diarrhea and elevations in serum ALP (alkaline phosphatase) levels, should warrant further research and discussion.
The research head concluded that while CBD oil is generally safe, there is a possibility that exceedingly high doses could cause side effects in smaller dogs. Also, dogs with impaired liver function may need lower dosing as CBD uses an enzyme in the liver as it can cause looser stools.
And although this research is not cat-specific, the same possible benefits and side effects for pets are the same.
Other possible side effects of CBD in pets:
- Increased thirst
- Lower blood pressure
Another potential risk for pets is the consumption of too much THC. THC is the intoxicating, euphoric cannabinoid found in marijuana. Animals have a low tolerance for the psychoactive effects of THC. Common symptoms of too much THC can include:
- Walking in a drunken manner, also known as ataxia.
- Dilated or glazed eyes
- Dull mental activity
- Dribbling urine
- Rapid or slow heart rate.
- Agitation or the opposite, stupor
Correct CBD Dosage for Your Pet is Also Important
As long as you keep in mind the product quality and labeling, you can give human CBD oil to your pet. The big thing is finding the right dose. As you learned, with human dosing being based on body weight and intensity of the symptom, pets are the same.
Just like with a human, it is best to start low in your pet’s dose. Pets standard dosing should be 1 milligram per 10 pounds of body weight. And we recommend microdosing your pet’s CBD twice a day. Use the chart below for reference.
To get the exact dose, you’ll want to take the total strength of the human CBD oil and divide it by the total oil amount in the bottle.
This will tell you how much CBD is in 1 milliliter of oil.
For example, our Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil is in a 30 ml bottle and has 500 mg of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil (CBD).
500/ 30 = 16.67 mg of CBD oil per 1 milliliter. 1 drop equals 1.67 mg of CBD.
A 30-pound Pit Bull Mix would need:
- Light Dose: 1.5 mg (1 drop) of CBD twice a day.
- Medium Dose: 3.75 mg (2 drops) of CBD twice a day.
- High Dose: 7.5 mg (2-5 drops) of CBD twice a day.
Best Way to Administer Your Dog or Cat Their CBD Dose
The best way is to give your dog or cat CBD oil directly under its tongue. Sublingually offers the quickest relief. You can also add the CBD oil to a treat or mix it into their food. Just keep in mind that CBD added to food has to pass through the digestive tract and can take up to 30 minutes or longer to work.
If you use the dropper near their mouth, make sure that it is not glass. You wouldn’t want your furry friend to bite down on it.
My pet can’t tell me it’s working, so how do I know it is?
If your pet has any pain or health issues, they will likely benefit from CBD. NSAIDs and prescription medications can have harsh side effects on animals. At the same time, the side effects of CBD are minimal. CBD is a much safe option.
CBD is a plant-based alternative that contains healing properties and offers loads of benefits. As the owner, you know when your pet is not their happy, tail-wagging self. If you see them moving better or content after a few weeks on CBD, then you know the dose is perfect. And if their movements are still slow, try going to the medium dose and see if that helps. Like humans, CBD dosing is about experiment and consistency. If you see them back to tail-wagging, then you know the CBD is working!
Pet CBD Oil might offer better pet-tasting flavors and more concise dosing, but it is possible to use your human CBD oil on your furry friend. And as always, speak to your vet if you have any questions or concerns before giving CBD to your pet.
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