CBD and Dogs
CBD is on the rise as the next big health trend, being used to treat everything from depression and anxiety to epilepsy and arthritis. Its miraculous properties have been so successful that people have begun trying its effects on their animal companions as well. While this is certainly an option and even a great idea in some cases, there are a few things to keep in mind before giving CBD oil to your pet.
Because CBD comes from cannabis, which is still illegal at a federal level, there is less research into its effects on animals than many veterinarians would like there to be. In most places, it is outright illegal for vets to bring up CBD as a potential treatment to pets ailments for fear of losing their medical license. There is some scientific data to go on though, as some of the states where cannabis is legal, they have been able to experiment. The primary discovery was that dogs have a very similar endocannabinoid system, the system responsible for breaking down and utilizing CBD and other cannabinoids, to humans. Thus, the effects of the compound are also quite similar. The difference lies in how dogs process CBD. It has a stronger effect on them than it does on us, so keeping an eye on dosage is extremely important.
Thankfully, calculating that dosage isn’t terribly difficult. The primary way to figure out how much will achieve the desired effect is based on the dog’s weight.
- 0.05mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight (low)
- 0.125mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight (middle)
- 0.25mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight (high)
It is always recommended to start on the low side and work your way up to the desired result. To calculate those numbers to your specific dog, you can use the average of 0.2mg of CBD per drop of the tincture. For example, an Australian Shepherd weighing around 30kg would need about fifteen drops whereas a Corgi weighing 10kg would only need 5 drops. Thankfully, CBD is non-toxic and can’t do any lasting damage if you dose too high, some side effects can include lethargy, sleeping more, and in rare cases diarrhea.
These calculations are taking into consideration normal CBD meant for people. With the popularity of the substance growing, there are actually CBD products with man’s best friend in mind. You can buy oils which have a lower dosage with dogs in mind, or you can go a more direct route and get dog treats that have CBD in them. Some manufacturers even specialize the treats to treat certain symptoms.
CBD is only going to become more readily available as time goes on, and with more access, even more good can come from it. Now your older dogs can get relief from their arthritis and your younger dogs can find some relief from their constant energy. It can even help dogs that suffer from seizures, just as it helps people with epilepsy. CBD isn’t just for humans, it’s for man’s best friend too!