Cannabidiol (CBD) is making waves in medical circles. This compound, which is derived from the cannabis
But before we proceed, it is important to note that CBD is completely safe for your dog. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which can be toxic to dogs at high levels, CBD is not harmful even if you give a high dosage of it to your pet. This does not mean that you need to give a large amount of CBD to your dog. You need to consult a veterinarian and check out the dosage guidelines on the CBD product to determine the proper CBD dosage for your dog.
Like other animals, dogs have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a physiologic system that is responsible for regulating several biological processes and maintaining good health. There are ECS receptors spread throughout the body including in the brain and white blood cells. The CES helps in fighting many severe conditions including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, epileptic seizures, arthritis, and so much more. Studies show that deficiency of cannabinoids in the body is responsible for many illnesses. CBD interacts with the ECS and supports the body’s cannabinoid production to ensure homeostasis. Further studies are necessary to improve our understanding of CBD and how it works in the body.
Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s look at some important things you may not know about CBD.
Dosage: Getting the right CBD dosage for your dog is essential. Many pet owners make the mistake of giving their dogs a lot of CBD in a bid to make the effects visible much quicker. However, it is important to start slow. Although CBD is generally safe, it has some side effects including drowsiness, anxiety, diarrhea, dry mouth, nausea, and more. Your dog’s body needs time to get accustomed to how CBD works. This is why it is best to start with a low dosage. You can gradually increase the amount of CBD you give your dog until you get the desired results. It can take between 5 minutes to 96 hours to see the effects of CBD. Some veterinarians suggest starting with as low as 1 mg/ml of CBD daily and slowly increasing it until you see the desired effect in your pet.
Choose the Right CBD Product: There are many CBD pet products on the market today including tinctures, CBD-infused treats and so much more. You need to experiment with different CBD products to find the most convenient and what your dog is most comfortable with. It is advisable to go for 100 percent organic CBD products to get the best effect. Low-quality CBD products may contain traces of pesticides and other toxins that may negatively affect the health of your pet.
It is advisable to check the CBD product that is created through CO2 extraction. This method produces the highest quality CBD. CBD derived through other methods like solvent extraction may contain some impurities from the extraction process.
If you are unsure about anything regarding giving CBD to your done, feel free to consult your veterinarian. This is particularly important if your dog has an existing medical condition and is on a medication. CBD interacts with other medicines in the body and could lead to adverse side effects such as liver problems.