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Should I Give CBD to My Dog?

Jun 27, 2018

As the warmer days roll in, so do the fireworks, heat, and the vacations. A great remedy that pet owners like to use to treat their pet’s anxiety, nerves, and even their chronic pain is CBD products. This supplement is still widely misunderstood, especially in the pet world. How does CBD work? Won’t it get my pet high? Will it put my dog’s health in danger? We’re discussing ten frequently asked questions and answers about CBD products and its benefits.

What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a liquid extracted from the cannabis plant1. This plant is made up of 80 different cannabinoids and the way the plant is grown affects its chemical makeup. When cannabis crops are grown for their flowers, this means the plant will be high in THC and referred to as marijuana. When the cannabis plant is grown for their fibers and stalks, this is known as hemp2.

Both marijuana and hemp contain CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the component that makes you feel high, whereas CBD doesn’t have a psychoactive effect. Instead, it contains wonderful calming and health benefits that are backed by research and studies. CBD is now offered in multiple forms including oils, topical creams, and specialty treats.

So what’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

CBD can be found in both hemp and marijuana cannabis plants, but at various levels of concentration. To qualify as a hemp product, a product must legally contain less than 0.3% THC, whereas marijuana products can have higher levels3. This means marijuana’s elevated levels of THC can cause psychotic effects when consumed by both humans and pets alike.

Will CBD get my pet high? What about other side effects?

CBD is not a psychoactive compound, meaning your pet will not experience a “high” or “buzz”. Instead, it has many medicinal results that are proven to treat anxiety, depression, and even cancer in both humans and pets. Green Gorilla4 products are unique because they contain absolutely no THC so there isn’t a chance of your pet getting high. Other CBD products we carry may contain trace amounts of THC, but it’s such a low quantity that it isn’t possible for your pet to feel a buzz.

What are the benefits of pets using CBD products?

CBD products have wonderful benefits5 that many pet owners use daily to treat their pet’s anxiety, pain, and even to help them get a good night’s sleep. At Healthy Spot, we offer a variety of CBD products that come in the form of oil, treats, and even a topical cream. They are all great for travel, making it easier to alleviate your pet’s fear of fireworks and loud noises, whether you’re at home or visiting family and friends in an unfamiliar environment to your pet. CBD contains calming properties that also may help with:

- Normal hip and joint mobility
- Alleviating seizures and epilepsy
- Lack of appetite
- Aggression toward another animal
- Aiding the digestive tract
- Maintaining cognitive function
- Supporting the immune system
- Sustaining blood sugar levels

      Does your pet suffer from any of the issues mentioned above?

      Can I Travel on a Plane with CBD Products?

      It depends on the CBD brand since some allow low levels of THC in their products, which the Transportation Security Administration has restrictions on. At Healthy Spot, we carry Pet Releaf and Green Gorilla, which contain trace amounts of THC and none at all, respectively. This makes it safe to travel with the products we carry at our stores. Just make sure you abide by TSA’s size limitation of 3.4oz or smaller! You can also check with your local airport before traveling!

      What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?

      Depending on the brand, CBD oil can taste different. At Healthy Spot, we offer Green Gorilla’s Pet Care CBD oil, made with organic extra virgin olive oil and Pet Releaf, made with organic coconut oil, both of which provide a taste pets love! Most brands, however, are described to have an earthy, nutty, and grassy flavor. This doesn’t sound too bad to us!

      How Do I Give CBD Oil to My Pet?

      To administer the oil, simply use the dropper or pump to directly drop into your pet’s mouth! Some pets like the taste so much, they will lick it right off your hand! You can also rub it on your pet’s gums or behind their ears if they are finicky. 

      How Much Do I Give My Pet?

      Dosage depends on the size of your pet. 100- 300mg is best for dogs 35 pounds and under and 600mg and up is best for 35 – 75-pound dogs. If it is your first time using the product, we always suggest starting with a lower dosage. If you are using CBD for travel or an occasion, make sure to test the product prior to when you need it.

      Can My Pet Overdose on CBD Oil?

      This isn’t likely, but like many of the supplements we carry, we recommend being mindful of the quantity you are administering. Even though CBD products don’t contain any psychoactive properties that will get your pet high, it’s best to stick to the recommended dosage amount depending on your pet’s weight. If you accidently give them an extra pump, you’ll probably see them a little drowsier, but that’s pretty much it!

      How Do I Know Which CBD Product is the Best for My Pet?

      With so many CBD products on the market, you want to make sure you’re providing the best, naturally-derived product. At Healthy Spot, we carry two wonderful brands, Green Gorilla and Pet Releaf, which provide honest and transparent products. For example, Pet Releaf has their own proprietary organic hemp strain, PR-33, which they independently test to make sure it exceeds their expectations. Below is a chart outlining the differences in each of the products.

      Product

      Description

      Green Gorilla CBD Oil

      Made with Organic Hemp Cannabidiol Oil, Certified Organic & Non-GMO Hemp, and USDA Certified Organic Olive Oil. Contains absolutely no THC

      Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil

      Certified USDA Organic Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil and Organic Coconut Oil (MCT)

      Pet Releaf Edibites

      Treats containing full spectrum cannabinoids

      Pet Releaf Canna Care Topical

      Cream infused with USDA organic CBD Hemp Oil. Use for dry skin, inflammation, arthritis relief, insect bites, and skin irritation

      If you have a nervous dog or a cat in chronic pain, give this natural remedy a try! With fireworks crackling throughout the night this summer, CBD is the perfect natural remedy to relieve your pet’s fear, anger, and any other emotion that causes them to stress. Watch your pet go from a grumpy ball of fur, to a calmer, energetic pup or cat with CBD, available now at your local Healthy Spot.

      References:
      1 WebMD. CBD Oil: All the Rage, But Is It Safe & Effective? 
      2 Sol CBD. Hemp CBD Vs Marijuana CBD: There’s a Difference.
      3 Ministry of Hemp. Hemp VS Marijuana
      4 Green Gorilla. Green Gorilla CBD Pet Oil
      5 Natural Pet Living. The Ultimate Guide to CBD for Dogs & Cats + 25 Benefits

      1 Comments

      Posted on June 27, 2018 By Margaux Espinosa

      CBD can be derived from the cannabis plant that’s why it is safe for our pet. There is no substance that can harm them from using it upon reading this https://www.greenmed.io/blog/5-ways-cannabis-can-help-your-pet/ It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. And as a pet owner, I already tried it on my snowie. When he has a Lyme disease it is dangerous for my cat it is a tick-borne illness that is transmitted through deer ticks. And I used CBD as a medicine for him and it works.that’s why its safe.

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