Over the past several years, more people have been choosing supplements that are made with hemp. These supplements are affordable, and some people believe they can be good alternatives to other treatments. Both humans and their pets are trying CBD products. One reason that CBD is becoming more popular is that it does not have any side effects for many pets or people. It is also nontoxic, and it can be absorbed and digested easily by many mammals.
About the Endocannabinoid System
One reason that mammals can digest CBD so easily is because of the endocannabinoid system. This includes the areas in the brain that interact with the components in cannabis called cannabinoids. One of the most common of the components is THC, which is what most people think of when they hear the word “marijuana” because the THC is what makes you high.
CBD is another cannabinoid, but it is not psychoactive, unlike THC. That means that whether you or your pet is taking CBD, you will not get high after using it. You might feel more relaxed or have an improved mood, but you will not feel forgetful or euphoric.
It is also important to know about phytochemicals. These are among the many biologically active components you can find in plants. The phytochemicals are what give vegetables and fruits their potential benefits. The hemp plant also has many phytochemicals in it, and CBD is one of them.
Getting the correct dosage of CBD is important, particularly if you want to try to address a certain condition. However, it is important for you to remember when you give your pets hemp-derived products, you are also offering them other critical nutrients to help them get through the day.
What You Should Know About CBD
You might be wondering what people use CBD for and if you need to think about anything else before giving CBD to a cat or a dog. You also might be wondering if there are any limitations to CBD.
What CBD Does and Does Not Do
CBD cannot cure any condition, but many pet owners give it to pets with a wide range of ailments. CBD can affect the endocannabinoid system. This is responsible for regulating inflammation, pain, anxiety, stress, and sleep, among other functions. Whether you realize it, you have had many endocannabinoid system experiences. If you have ever felt good after exercising for a long time, that is your endocannabinoid system at work.
In fact, anandamide causes that “feel good” feeling after a long workout. It is somewhat similar to THC in the way its chemical structure is laid out. Because the endocannabinoid system encompasses so much of the body and brain, cannabinoids are being studied for many applications in both people and pets. These can include:
- Inflammation and Pain
- Restlessness and Anxiety
- Digestion Issues, Such as Nausea
- Ageing Products
- Infectious Diseases
- Heart Disease
- Circulatory System Issues
- Allergies and Skin
The Safety of CBD
Many vets agree that it is important to not give a pet THC. This is because it will not be enjoyable to them in the same way that a human will like it. Instead, it could even be dangerous to your furry friend. CBD can be a better alternative.
What Will the Vet Say?
There is currently not much regulation around cannabis products, such as CBD, especially not when it comes to pets. Some vets might believe that CBD is a good option for your pet and will help you find your pet the right treatment for their condition. But other vets might not want to risk recommending CBD because not much research has been done on it yet.
No matter if you decide to talk about CBD with your vet, it is your choice whether you decide to give your furry friend CBD or hemp products. While your vet might not approve, you might want to do some research on the potential advantages of using CBD. Then, you can decide if your pet might benefit from the product.
Quality of the Product
Although there are few known side effects from CBD and other cannabis products, making them relatively safe, not every hemp product is the same. That is especially true for companies that are not very reputable. For instance, some companies might purchase products in bulk from different manufacturers and just slap on the company label.
This is a problem when it comes to controlling the quality of the products. You might not be getting the highest-quality products for your own pet. Some companies do not use the best extraction methods, products, or sourcing.
Instead, look for products that are organic and come from the whole plant. Make sure that there are no preservatives or animal products in them. You also want to look for products that are sent to a third party for testing. That will ensure there are no harmful toxins in the CBD. If you find a CBD product that has more bioavailability than other products, your pet can absorb more of the CBD.
Determining the Right Dosage
There are many types of pets, but one of the most critical things to consider is your pet’s size and the kinds of conditions you want to try to treat. Understanding each of these factors will help you give them the right amount.
Cats and Dogs
Cats and dogs are some of the most common pets, so it would make sense that they are one of the most common types of animals to take hemp products, like CBD. Think about what you want to give your cat or dog CBD for before thinking about the dosage.
You can often find CBD as capsules. Some companies sell them as capsules for smaller and larger animals. For instance, you might want to mix in a capsule with a dog’s food twice a day. With cats, you might need to cut a capsule into smaller pieces, especially if your kitty is a picky eater.
Oils and liquids often affect the pet faster than other types of products. The animal can metabolize them quickly. That means you will want to give your pet the product a bit more often, perhaps three to four times each day.
If you have a 10-millilitre container of oil, it might have 300 drops in it. So, if you have a pet that weighs less than 9 kilograms, you might want to give them about two to three drops for each dose, three to four times each day. That would be 0.1 millilitres per dose.
On the other hand, if you had a pet who weighs more than 9 kilograms, you might want to give them three to four drops in each dose. That would be just over 0.1 millilitres.
Of course, the right dosage will not be one size fits all. That is because each day, your pet’s needs will likely differ. For instance, if your dog has arthritis or joint issues, you might decide to give them a bit more CBD if you are going to go on a long walk.
And if you have a pet that has anxiety, you might need to give them more if you are taking a road trip. Consider keeping track of how your pet responds to dosages and what their needs are. That way, you can decide how much to give them in a new situation. For instance, if your kitty is anxious when people come over, you might give them a little more at breakfast before having guests.
You can use CBD for many things if you have horses. Assuming that your horse does not perform, then you can give them around 15 drops, or 0.5 millilitres, three times each day. Some horse owners like to do this for horses with anxiety, but others do it to try to support good health. If your horse has chronic pain, then you may choose to use more CBD oil depending on how severe the condition is.
Whether you have gerbils, rabbits, rats, ferrets, or chinchillas, you can still give them CBD. In fact, many studies have used lab rats and other small rodents to see if CBD works for conditions such as inflammation, cancer, tumours, anxiety, or diabetes.
For instance, some research that has been performed on rats has suggested that anxiety decreased a lot when the animals received CBD. At high doses, the animals were receiving 3 milligrams for every kilogram of body weight. However, a lower amount can be used for the average small pet.
You can always increase the dose as needed, but you might want to start off with around 0.1 millilitres or less a few times each day. Then, you can give them more once they are used to it. Just keep an eye on them to see what the effects are and whether the dose might need to be adjusted.
Safety When Using CBD
When giving your pet CBD, you should do your research. You will want to avoid anything that has unproven claims. Look for online reviews of the product to see what other pet owners have to say. You might want to look at the negative reviews to see the potential side effects or other downsides of the product.
Do background research on each company you are considering. Are there any legal claims, and if so, where did they come from? Ensure that the products have been tested to see how well they work.
Be careful with claims that products are natural. No CBD product for pets is 100 percent natural. Unless it is unprocessed, raw cannabis, anything you will give them has been processed. In fact, it is good that it has been processed because you should not give your pet raw marijuana.
Remember that any medications that your vet has recommended for your pet have been extensively studied and documented. That means your vet is the person to ask about dosages and any side effects. If your pet is taking any medications, check with your vet since cannabis can interact with some of them.
Remember that if something seems too good to be true, then it might be. Don’t only look at the company’s marketing of a product. Often, CBD that you can get online can come from agricultural or industrial hemp. This plant might have been grown in your area, or it could have come from processing facilities that did not use the best processes to extract the CBD. Or it might have come from overseas.
There are many methods of CBD extraction, but an inexpensive and fast method involves using hexane or butane, which are solvents that might leave toxic residues in the CBD product if the right precautions are not taken. Just make sure that you research how the item is made and whether any solvents might still be in the product.
Finally, you will want to keep a notebook of how your pet acts both before and after using CBD. That way, you can compare how the product is affecting your pet. Some pet owners like to use video to record the way their pet is acting. That way, you do not have to try to remember everything yourself. You can also ask other family members or your friends if they have seen any difference in your pet and not tell them that you have given your pet CBD.
With a small amount of CBD oil, you can try to help your pet have a happier and longer life. Luckily, you do not have to worry about your pet overdosing on CBD. Even if you give them a bit more CBD oil than you are intending, the only side effects are likely that they will fall asleep. Then, you can just give them a little bit less next time. Remember to keep track of how CBD affects your pet, so you can make the right dosage decision the next time around.