You might have already read about the magical effects of CBD on humans. CBD (cannabidiol), a chemical compound extracted from the Cannabis sativa plants, is non-psychoactive. It contains a lot of antioxidants and works effectively to control inflammations, anxiety, pain, irregular sleeping patterns on more. If you are a pet owner, it is quite natural for you to think, “can I give CBD to my pets?” Don’t worry; here, we have addressed some of the fundamental concerns that pet owners like you may have.
Is CBD safe for pets?
Many people are under the misconception that CBD can make their pets feel intoxicated. Some even think that a high dosage can damage their vital functions and eventually kill them. However, please note that it is only a myth. Firstly, all pet owners must understand that CBD doesn’t make your pets or humans feel intoxicated or stoned.
Secondly, even when you give a higher dosage of CBD than recommended, your pets may experience certain mild side effects such as nausea, low BP, dryness of mouth, reduced appetite, etc. Until now, CBD has not killed a single pet. So, you can rest assured knowing that it is absolutely safe to administer CBD to your pets, after having a discussion with your vet.
How does CBD help in the physical and mental health of pets?
If you have been wondering how your pets can benefit from CBD, here is an overview of the science behind this theory. Like humans, CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the ECS (Endocannabinoid System) of the pets, thereby improving the functionality of the ECS.
The CB1 receptors are found in the brain and nervous system of the pets, whereas the CB2 receptors are located on the peripheral organs, such as spleen, skin, bones and the like. CBD interacts with these receptors to bring about a balance in the ECS, and treat all the health issues.
The ECS influences all the important functions such as regulation of appetite, correcting mood swings, improving immunity, controlling inflammation & pain. By acting on the ECS, CBD gives a lot of relief to your pets for many issues such as chronic pain, seizures, anxiety attacks, injury-related pain, etc.
What is the right dosage of CBD to be given to pets?
There is no hard & fast rule about the right dosage of CBD to be given per day to humans and pets. The right dosage depends on your pet’s weight. For example, you can start with about 0.25ml of CBD per dose for a 25lbs dog, but you can give even 1ml of CBD per dose for a 100lbs dog. Even for cats, the dosage of CBD to be given depends on their weight.
How should I give CBD to my pets?
CBD is available in many forms, such as edibles, tinctures, vaping products and topical applications. Most of the manufacturers also make pet-specific CBD products in attractive colors to woo the pets. However, if you want, you can avoid these artificial colors and choose to mix CBD with any tasty carrier oil that your pets might like. Fish oil, a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, is a great choice of carrier oil.