CBD Oil For Dogs: 3 Things You Should Know
CBD is now more mainstream than ever, with companies producing and promoting CBD with increasing frequency. Studies aimed at exploring CBD’s interaction with humans are also gaining momentum with promising results. But what about our dogs? CBD for dogs is also becoming more popular, but the information available is sparse, to say the least.
As you would probably expect from an organic hemp farm, we love our pets. We know you do as well, and we all just want what is best for our loyal companions. Part of the information gap seems to stem from Veterinarians’ reluctance to risk potential penalties for providing incorrect information. Progress is slow in many states, and it was only recently that California passed legislation to protect vets from being penalized for discussing the use of cannabis products with pet owners.
When there is such a wealth of information now available about CBD and CBG, we would be remiss to not look to our furry friends and see how CBD can benefit dogs. Research, while still in its early stages, is promising: a recent study found that dogs with epilepsy responded well to CBD, experiencing far fewer seizures when given CBD in addition to their usual medication.
If you’re new to CBD, there are plenty of questions you’re sure to have. We aim to answer 3 of the main ones in this article to give you a balanced, informed opinion on what is best for your dog. Read on for 3 things you should know before giving your dog CBD.
CBD will not get your dog high
This is the first item on our list for a reason. For as much love and attention as our dogs give us, they are still reliant on us to make decisions on their behalf. If you’re unfamiliar with CBD, the idea of feeding your dog with anything remotely associated with cannabis may give you cause for concern. We’re here to assure you that just like CBD’s interaction with humans, CBD for dogs is safe, legal, and without any psychoactive effects.
When it comes to cannabinoids, THC is the most infamous. THC is the chemical compound found in cannabis plants that give users the ‘high’ that is traditionally associated with marijuana. Studies indicate that THC is a defense mechanism to deter animals looking for a quick snack- the irony is that it is precisely this effect that has made cannabis so popular!
At Cascadia Blooms, we are all about CBD. CBD is also a chemical found in cannabis and may be responsible for many of the potentially beneficial effects associated with our CBD hemp flower. For a more in-depth look at CBD hemp flower, check out this helpful guide.
Every hemp flower we grow contains a healthy dose of CBD. What it is almost completely free of is THC. This means that for all the will in the world, you cannot get high from consuming our CBD flower. This also applies to your dog- if your dog consumes CBD oil derived from our CBD flower, they won’t get high either. To ensure consistency and purity, we have strict quality controls. This includes a full 3rd party lab report for every flower we grow to guarantee legality and quality.
The correct CBD dose for your dog
Much like humans, dogs have their own needs when it comes to CBD. There are many factors at play, from the size and weight of your dog to the nature of their ailments. There is no one size fits all, but there are a few useful ways to calculate a CBD dose for your pet.
The first is to use the power of the internet- there are many useful CBD dosage calculators available online, and many of these also have a pet section. Select the breed and weight of your dog to be provided with an approximate minimum and maximum dosage. This can also be tweaked over time, depending on your dog’s needs.
The second is to speak to your veterinarian. As mentioned earlier they may not always be at liberty to give you the clearest answer, depending on the laws regarding CBD where you live. If you reside in a pet CBD friendly area, however, the advice of a medical professional is always worth listening to.
Lastly, listen to your dog! If you have taken the steps above and calculated an accurate dose based on the information available to you, you’ll need to pay attention to how your dog responds. To put your mind at rest there are no known cases of CBD toxicity in dogs, so you’re looking to see if there is any positive change, not negative.
Pet owners give their dogs CBD for a whole range of ailments from chronic pain to anxiety. As their owner, you know their behavior better than anyone, and should be able to adjust their dosage within suggested bounds based on how they respond.
CBD oil for your dog doesn’t have to be expensive
One thing that many of us are guilty of is overspending on our dogs. We’re not here to say that they don’t deserve it- if we had our way they would be treated like the royalty they are, every single day. Unfortunately for most of us that simply isn’t feasible. Budgets must be drawn up and account mercilessly scrutinized.
CBD oil for dogs can be expensive, for a variety of reasons. The obvious one is that companies know how to capitalize on your good nature, resulting in eye-watering markups on CBD oil and other supplements. Another reason, and a far more understandable one, is that the process of extracting CBD from the hemp plant can be expensive. CBD oil can go through a rather costly process before it hits the shelves and you’re the one left footing the bill.
So what’s the alternative? As you may have noticed, we grow premium CBD hemp flower. Buying CBD flower is a cost-effective alternative to oils, bypassing the costly extraction process. Not only do you get the whole range of beneficial cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, but you also have more say in what it eventually becomes.
This super-helpful video contains everything you need to turn our gorgeous, organic CBD buds into tasty CBD dog treats. If your dog suffers from social anxiety or separation anxiety, these organic snacks may just be the solution you’ve been looking for.
CBD has already taken the world of humans by storm, and its benefits are beginning to be confirmed by thorough research and development. It’s only natural that we would want the same benefits available to our dogs, who let’s face it, probably deserve it more than we do!
All of our CBD products are tested independently to ensure the highest quality CBD available, without breaking the bank. If you’ve found this article useful and want to see what options are available when it comes to giving CBD to your dog, check out our store. With just a little bit of know-how and research, your dogs will be able to benefit from CBD in just the same way that you do.