Can you use CBD for Pets?
When you select the right supplement, in the correct dose, CBD for pets is perfectly safe. One consideration is that you must give pets a proper dosage according to their weight. In addition, there are other details to consider when selecting CBD for dogs or cats.
The CBD should come from Industrial Hemp
First, you must ensure that any CBD oil you give to your pet is made from industrial hemp and NOT from marijuana. Dogs, in particular, have more receptors in their endocannabinoid system than do humans. This means any more than trace amounts of THC would likely have extremely negative and psychoactive effects on your dog, causing paranoia and confusion. (Trace amounts means less than 0.3% THC.) Do NOT give your dog or cat marijuana (which has THC). This is incredibly dangerous.
The CBD needs to be sourced either from certified organic industrial hemp plants from the U.S. or from hi-quality European sources. Other countries do not have the same regulations as the Unites States or Europe, and typically are not of the same quality standards.
Full Spectrum versus Isolate
Second, consider whether the hemp oil is a full spectrum or an isolate. Full spectrum is preferable for dogs and isolates are better for cats. Isolates contain CBD only, whereas full spectrum supplements contain other cannabinoids and phytonutrients.
A Proper Dose
Another consideration is the dosage. You may want to start with a lower dosage and see how your pet responds. Gradually increase the dose until you see the desired results.
Finally, check to see whether the CBD for pet formula contains an oil or alcohol base, and look at what type of oil is used as the base. Many formulas of CBD for dogs contain coconut oil and cats cannot digest coconut oil, so their formulations should be different from ones for dogs and should not have this oil in them. A more common and proper oil to be used in CBD for cats is olive oil. Also avoid CBD tinctures with an alcohol base. If you are interested in purchasing a great formula of CBD for pets, see this CBD formula for dogs or this CBD formula for cats.
Some testimonials from dog owners (see dogsnaturallymagazine.com) indicate that CBD oil can reduce anxiety, provide reduction or freedom from pain, and reduce inflammation. Articles have been written about CBD having an anti-tumor effect; to have helped epileptic dogs; to have aided with auto immune diseases.
These claims about CBD’s benefits for dogs are just that — claims. FDA-approved research is terribly lacking in the realm of CBD. However, properties in hemp show promise with protecting brain cells from toxicity which can cause neurodegenerative diseases. Hemp’s antioxidants can protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins. CBD may also increase appetite and help with nausea. If these are effects you seek for your pet, you may want to experiment with some properly made (and sourced) CBD.
Administration of the CBD
Administering CBD for pets is easy. Extracts can be administered directly from a dropper bottle into your pet’s mouth. You may also add it to food, put it on a treat, rub it into their skin, rub it inside their ears, or place it on their paws so that they will lick it off. CBD for pets is also available in treat/chewable form, capsules, gel caps, powders and in topical ointments.
Begin adding the supplements with a lower dose and gradually increase until you see the desired benefits. You may note positive effects within a half hour. If there’s no change, consider giving your pet a little more CBD after waiting an hour. Here is a general guideline:
- Cats should get 1-5 mg
Suggested daily dosages of CBD for dogs vary according to weight:
- 10 lbs or less: 1-5 mg
- 10-20 lbs: 2-10 mg
- 20-30 lbs: 3-15 mg
- 30-40 lbs: 4-20 mg
- 40-50 lbs: 5-25 mg
- 50-60 lbs: 6-30 mg
- 60-70 lbs: 6-30 mg
- 70-80 lbs: 7-35 mg
- 80-90 lbs: 8-40 mg
- 90+ lbs: 9-45 mg
Some holistic vets say that for pain, you may want to administer CBD for pets every 8 hours. Otherwise, the dosage may be divided into two, so that half the dosage is given in the morning and the other half is given in the evening.
Much of this blog entry has focused on dogs, but CBD may help reduce anxiety, pain, and inflammation for cats, as well. If your cat has a poor appetite, hides, is fearful, is anxious during car rides or changes in environment, or has pain, you may want to provide your cat with a small dose of CBD to see if it helps.
Always seek medical advice when doing something new for your pet (or yourself).