Could CBD Help Your Dog Feel Better?
If you’re a dog owner who has experienced the benefits of CBD, you may have wondered whether CBD is safe for dogs. It only takes a few seconds of Googling (or asking around) to realize how polarizing this topic is.
For dog lovers who worry that giving CBD to dogs can get them “high,” it’s critical to understand the difference between CBD and THC. While both are chemical compounds derived from the cannabis plant, THC is the one responsible for psychoactive effects. CBD is the compound that creates a relaxation effect that is scientifically proven to promote physical and mental wellness.
It’s also important to understand the difference between different types of cannabis plants. While CBD can be derived from marijuana, Honey Oil’s CBD products for dogs are made exclusively from CBD derived from the hemp plant. This means your furry friend can benefit from the healing effects of CBD without affecting their lovable personality and trusting nature.
You may wonder what your vet would have to say about giving CBD to your dog. While veterinarians are currently prohibited from prescribing CBD for pets, there is general consensus that CBD is safe for dogs. Veterinary scientists currently studying the brains of dogs, cats and other pets say that when a dog’s endocannabinoid system is boosted by the natural “feel-good” molecules in CBD, its body is better able to fight pain, inflammation, disease and even the effects of aging.
When giving your dog CBD for the first time, start at a small dosage to see how your dog responds, then increase by small amounts if necessary. San Jose-based veterinarian Stephen Cital recommends offering a dose lower than 2 mg per kilogram of your dog’s weight. It’s important to give the CBD time to take effect. Depending on the size, weight and personality of your pet, a CBD dog treat might take effect within five minutes or in three days. (Most evidence, however, says that the average pet will experience the effects of CBD within one to three hours.) If you do decide to increase the dose, Portland-based vet Dr. Cornelia Wagner advises doing so in increments of no more than 0.05 mg per week.
No one wants to see their beloved pet in pain or distress. Whether your dog needs to sleep better, gets anxious while traveling (or visiting to the vet), or is dealing with diseases such as epilepsy, arthritis and even cancer, CBD oil for your dog could be the perfect thing to help your best friend feel better.