Our fur-babies are members of the family. With any family member, we want what’s best for them, and we will do whatever we can to improve their life, within reason. If you have found CBD effects beneficial for yourself, you can share those CBD benefits with every member of your family, including the furry ones! CBD oils for dogs, cats, and horses have been specially formulated for pets, but are they safe for Sparky? While it may be fun (in legal states) to get high with your best friend, getting high with man’s best friend isn’t the best idea. What is the best CBD oil for pets? Are there any CBD products that are safe to use that will not make your pet feel high?
CBD Works in Your Pets Body the Same Way It Works in Your Own Body
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in hemp. Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system of the body, producing a variety of effects. This system has shown evidence to modulate the following:
- Anxiety and stress1
- Inflammatory conditions1
- Neurodegenerative conditions1
- Pulmonary function1
- Cardiovascular function1
- Neuroinflammation (which has strong links to epilepsy)2
The endocannabinoid system isn’t exclusive to humans. It is found throughout the animal kingdom and is pervasive in mammals.1 Since your pets have this system, CBD interacts with their body in much the same way it interacts with your own, providing similar hemp benefits.
THC also interacts with the endocannabinoid system of the body. THC, unlike CBD, is psychoactive. THC is the root cause for the feeling of being high from cannabis. CBD is non-psychoactive. It will not get you or your pet high, but it will provide both of you with stimulation of your respective endocannabinoid systems.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
Before giving your dog (or any of your pets) CBD, please first consult with your veterinarian. Every manufacturer has its own recommendations, but if you choose Complete Hemp’s Pet CBD, here is our suggested dosage:
- For pets up to 10 lbs: 1-4 drops. Approximately 1 mg.
- For pets 10-25 lbs: 4-11 drops. Approximately 2-3 mg.
- For pets 25-50 lbs: 11-18 drops. Approximately 3-5 mg
- For pets 50-75 lbs: 18-29 drops. Approximately 5-8 mg.
- For pets 75-100 lbs: 29-36 drops. Approximately 8-10 mg.
These are recommended dosages, and your pet may require more or less than what is suggested. Monitor the reaction of your pet and keep a journal to keep track of how they have responded to various dosages.
It is important to note, not all CBD oils are safe for your pets. In states where marijuana is recreationally or medically legal, CBD oils can be sold containing high amounts of THC. These can get you high, and they certainly can get your pets high. CBD oils formulated specifically for pets are designed to not get them high.
Complete Hemp for Pets and the World
Complete Hemp cares about everyone, and while your cat may be better at chasing a mouse than it is at making one click to add CBD for pets to your cart, we care about them too. We care about all life! We have formulated all of our offerings with this love, and we hope we can share it with everyone!
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2Cheung KAK, Peiris H, Wallace G, Holland OJ, Mitchell MD. The Interplay between the Endocannabinoid System, Epilepsy and Cannabinoids. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(23):6079. Published 2019 Dec 2. doi:10.3390/ijms20236079
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