Can I give my pet CBD Oil made for humans? Is it safe?
The short answer is YES, however there are many things to consider.
From what plant is the CBD Oil derived?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 60+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis. However, cannabis does not mean marijuana.
There are two main sources of CBD: Marijuana and Hemp Plants
Marijuana plants are only legal in state with an approved state marijuana policy and program. Marijuana plants in these legal states are bred for high THC; the specific cannabinoid that gets you high but also contain lower levels of CBD. The higher levels of THC in Marijuana can cause THC toxicity in animals and have harmful results. Common symptoms of marijuana toxicity include sedation/lethargy, dilated pupils or glassed over eyes, dazed expression, difficulty walking and vomiting. Other symptoms can include either a low or high heart rate, vocalization such as whining or crying, agitation, trouble regulating temperature causing the body temperature to drop or rise and incontinence/dribbling urine, tremors, seizures and potentially coma. Signs of toxicity can be seen anywhere from 5 minutes to 12 hours after the animal is exposed to marijuana. The signs can potentially last 30 minutes to several days depending on the dose ingested.
Veterinarians urge pet owners to steer clear from giving marijuana to pets.
Hemp-derived CBD on the other hand has shown great promise in helping pets with certain ailments.
Much like humans, pets also have an endocannabinoid system where CBD has shown to be beneficial. Hemp derived CBD is completely legal in all 50 states. CBD from hemp is not regulated as a drug, has no known toxic level, and it is impossible to overdose.
Hemp plants are bred for high CBD content exclusively. These plants only contain trace amounts of THC (below 0.3%). Hemp CBD Isolate is also a very beneficial option which contains zero THC.
The combination of high-CBD with extremely low to zero amounts of THC is what makes the products derived from hemp plants ideal for administering to pets.
What are the benefits of giving my pet Hemp-derived CBD Oil?
Just as CBD has helped humans, your dog can reap the same health-boosting (and even life-saving) benefits.
Some of the benefits of giving your pet Hemp-derived CBD Oil include relief from
- Noise phobia
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Although the FDA has not studied or approved Hemp-derived CBD for human or pet use, many veterinarians and pet owners alike have opted to give their beloved fur family members a more natural supplement for their ailments.
Unlike some traditional pain medicine for dogs, hemp- derived CBD has no life-threatening side effects with proper dosage, and it doesn’t damage the kidneys or liver.
How should I give my pet Hemp-derived CBD Oil?
CBD Oil Tinctures are the best way to administer to your pet providing the most control over dosage and offering the most versatile way to dispense.
You can buy hemp-derived CBD Oil in treats, but the best form is in a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop to make sure they get the most benefit.
CBD Oil in tincture form can be given from a dropper bottle directly into the mouth, added to food, dropped on a treat, rubbed into bare skin or inside the ears, or dropped on an animal’s paw so they will lick it off.
How much CBD Oil should I give my pet?
Dosage can vary quite a bit from one situation to the next. It may be necessary to experiment a little to find the right amount, and how often to give.
The typical and safe suggested starting dose is 1 mg – 5 mg per 10 lbs. of bodyweight.
Start your dog off slowly but don’t let the naysayers tell you CBD isn’t a good option for your dog. The research is being done and the results are very promising.
Should I monitor my pet for any side effects?
The most common side effects from hemp-derived CBD Oil documented is increased appetite and decreased anxiety. Some pets can become sedate on CBD products because CBD can promote relaxation and some pets are more sensitive than others. If you notice your pet has become too sedate, stop giving the product and work with your veterinarian. Allergic reactions are also possible. Some pets that are allergic to grass can also be allergic to hemp. This is rare but is a possibility.
Hemp-derived CBD Oil has helped many people and pets alike!
We encourage you to do your own research and talk with your veterinarian.
We hope you will share your CBD Oil story with us and how it has helped you and your fur baby!