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Is CBD Safe For Pets

6/11/2021

Is CBD Safe For Pets

CBD is safe for pets. Safety in the use of CBD for both humans and animals lies in the source of the CBD product. The quality of CBD consumed as well as other adjoining cannabinoids in the mix. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it would not elicit a high-like effect when taken by your pet. It’s essential to avoid any CBD products with more than 0.3% of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive component of the hemp plant and, in high concentrations, may not be ideal for pet use.

Depending on where you are located, in some parts of the USA, CBD derived from hemp is legal based on prescription or application. Hemp is also permitted for medical use in humans and animals in some parts of the US.

In Canada, it is legal to process CBD from hemp. However, the hemp Act does not include Canadian vets as practitioners, and as such, your vet cannot prescribe CBD oil for your cat or dog. In addition, there are limited studies on the impact of CBD on pets.

However, before you utilize CBD oil for your cat or dog, it’s recommended that you discuss with your vet or an expert your intentions and the sources of your CBD oil. 

 

Benefits of CBD for pets

Although there is insufficient evidence for the proposed claims, it has been noted by some users and vets that the following benefits may occur with the administration of CBD to pets.

 These include;

  1. Seizure relief

CBD may reduce seizures caused by electric imbalance and drugs in old studies in mice and is even approved for some types of epilepsy in humans.

  1. Pain and Inflammation

CBD oil is at times given to dogs with painful and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and terminal cancer, and these animals at times may experience relief with those conditions. CBD has been known to improve these conditions by increasing anti-inflammatory benefits.

  1. Anxiety

CBD oil could reduce anxiety for your pet, especially if you're giving them moderate doses.

  1. Heart Health

CBD oil may reduce blood pressure and heart rate – and therefore the risk of heart disease – in stressed dogs. However, this effect has only been observed in other animals. Studies in dogs are needed.

  1. Nausea

CBD oil is frequently recommended to dog owners with their pets when experiencing a reduction in nausea and lack of appetite caused by diseases, surgical procedures, and drugs.

Keep in mind that CBD oil is still in the early stages of research with unknown elements still being looked into. The list of side effects is below.

 

Side Effects

CBD oil is generally well-tolerated, and the most common adverse effect is increased drowsiness. Other results reported by over 2k vets who completed an online survey included: Digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, lack of appetite, and vomiting), Thirst and dry mouth, Changes in blood pressure and heart rate, and increased anxiety. These side effects rarely come up.

Other components of CBD oil such as carrier oils and alcohols can also cause health issues like upset digestion.

 

What Does CBD Oil Do For Dogs & Cats?

CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, and it is a natural substance found in hemp. Anecdotally, CBD oils may help with pet’s anxiety, anti-inflammatory conditions such as pet pain management, seizures, cancer, arthritis & joint pain, as well as digestive issues.

The first question pet owners seem to have is, won’t my dog or cat get high from taking CBD oil? Typically, the answer is NO, depending on which plant the CBD is derived from and the quality of its manufacture. What elicits the psychoactive effect in dogs or cats and may be potentially dangerous for pets is THC. THC, also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is what is found in hemp that has its psychoactive properties. Both THC and CBD are extracted from hemp. However, when we say CBD oil for dogs & cats, we refer to extraction from hemp only. For a potency to be classified as hemp, it has to have no more than nil to 0.3 percent (dry herb equivalent) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). 

 

Finding Your Perfect CBD Dose

Unfortunately, there is no way to split the dosing for capsules. Some people are comfortable starting with as much as 10mg, but you can find lower doses for your pets if you shop around.

Unless you go with precisely measured capsules, you’re likely going to have to do a little math.

Take the total mg of CBD and divide by the number of your desired servings. This will be your milligrams per serving. If the dose is too high, reduce the amount as needed.

 

Example:

250mg CBD oil – 30 servings                  CBD gummies – 30 servings

250mg/30 = 8.33mg                                 300mg/30 = 10mg/gummy

Half dropperful                                         Half gummy

8.33mg/2 = 4.17mg                                  10mg/2 = 5mg/gummy

 

Most manufacturers recommend a CBD oil dose of 0.5 mg/2.2 lbs, as needed daily. Based on this, the doses for small (below 10 kg), medium-sized (10-30 kg), or big (over 30 kg) dogs are:

  • Tincture oil (1 mg CBD per drop): up to 5x/day (small), 5-15x/day (medium), and 15-30x/day (big)
    • Capsules (10-15 mg CBD per capsule): up to 0.5x/day (small), 0.5-1.5x/day (medium), and 1.5-3x/day (big)
    • Treats (5 mg CBD per treat): up to 1x/day (small), 1-3x/day (medium), and 3-6x/day (big).

     

    Conclusion

    Every pet responds differently to CBD oil. While there is plenty of speculation out there about how much CBD to administer to your pet depending on your intention, body weight, diet, and even genetics, the most common method for finding what’s right is still trial and error.

    It’s a good idea to start with a very low dose until you know how CBD will affect your pet but in general, CBD use for pets is safe. CBD oils make it easy to administer lower doses, but you can always cut the gummies or treats into smaller portions if that’s your preferred method.

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