CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds found within the marijuana plant. Famously, the compound THC, from the same plant, causes a strong psychoactive effect or “high” in humans. CBD, on the other hand, is effective for pain and anxiety management and can be used as a therapeutic treatment.
CBD is increasingly becoming a popular pain and anxiety management solution, especially in areas of the world where marijuana is legalised. It comes in many forms, and so is very accessible to procure and take. Whether it’s in the form of a CBD oil, pill, weed pen, or even snackable food, you’re sure to find the right option for you!
Many people are also turning to CBD as a valid option for treating their pets with anxiety or pain. This is, anecdotally, a very effective solution. Because of its relatively recent development, the area can cause some confusion, and it’s important to understand the different dosages for humans and animals.
Equally, it’s important to know how to administer CBD to your pets – while a weed pen may be great for you, you’ll probably have difficulties with giving it to your animals! Oil is usually the best way to go. This guide will take you through everything you need to know for getting CBD oil right for your pets.
How Does It Work?
CBD works in the human body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system plays a key role in regulating a variety of functions, including sleep, hunger, pain and immune system response.
Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters which interact with cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system, in order to maintain and regulate ECS systems. Studies into CBD usage in humans report that chronic pain may be reduced using CBD because it impacts endocannabinoid receptor activity and reduces inflammation while interacting with neurotransmitters.
When it comes to anxiety management, CBD is also a promising start. The way that CBD acts on the brain’s serotonin receptors, shows that it is able to regulate mood and social behaviour.
Pets experience pain and anxiety just like humans do, and so it’s important to try to give them appropriate care. Many factors may cause animal anxiety or pain, from illness to age to simply stressful triggers which fill the modern world around us.
Unlike humans, they can’t let us know when something is wrong. Anecdotally, however, many people find CBD oil to be a fantastic solution for relieving their pet’s anxiety and pain.
Which Oil Is Right for My Pet?
Firstly, it’s important to choose the right CBD oil. With a plethora of options available, you want to look for something high-quality, natural and pure. Oil is the best way to go for treating pets with CBD, because you can control the dosage via the dropper in the bottle.
It’s important to note that animals feel the effects of CBD in a much stronger way than humans. This is because they have more complex endocannabinoid systems that humans, with a larger number of receptors. While you can get infused dog treats, food, and chew toys, if you use a high-quality CBD oil yourself, that can be used just as effectively. It’s just important to regulate the amount with care.
What Dosage Is Right For My Pet?
When it comes to the dosage itself, you should focus on the size and weight of your pet. This is because the correct dosage is calculated by milligram (mg) of oil per kilogram (kg) of the pet. You should not exceed 1mg/kg per day. We recommend starting with 0.05 mg/kg per day in the beginning, to really dive in and explore the effects on your pet, in a regulated and careful way.
Watch out for excessive sedation, disorientation, over excitement, and vomiting or an upset stomach. These are negative side effects and mean that you should stop treatment, or that you have given too much to your pet.
If you’re seeing no effects, and your pet is still anxious, increase the dosage incrementally by 0.05mg a day until the desired calm and happiness is achieved.
How Should I Give This to My Pet?
Mixing with water, hiding with treats and carefully dropping into food are the top methods for getting pets to take any medicine! Depending on what animal you have, you’ll have to consider the best, stress-free way of getting them to take CBD. Try a few different methods and figure out what is right for your pet.
Overall, this can be a great way of ensuring your pets are happy and healthy! However, it’s important to note that it is generally an unregulated industry. This means that there is scope for poor quality ingredients and untested medical claims to be put on the packaging for CBD oil products.
Don’t be shy when it comes to asking about the source of ingredients, and where it was grown. The veterinary community, official laws and the FDA and DEA are all still grappling with new legislations and the beginnings of actual scientific research, so approach with optimistic care.