30 Jan Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs
As the natural benefits of CBD become more recognized, many pet owners have started to add CBD supplements to their pet’s meals to promote general well being.
With the natural wellness properties of CBD gaining more legitimacy and acknowledgement, pet owners have begun to incorporate CBD supplements into the diets of their dogs.
CBD, a naturally occurring compound in cannabis (hemp), encourages balance and wellness by interacting with our native systems. While the benefits of CBD in pets is less documented, dogs and humans have similar native systems, suggesting that the natural wellness properties of CBD that are good for you may also be beneficial for your furry family member.
Curious as to how CBD oil may benefit your dog? Here’s how!
What are the Benefits of Cannabis Oil for Dogs?
Just like humans, dogs have an endocannabinoid system, the receptor system that interacts with cannabinoids like CBD. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the body by regulating the communication between cells, and functions such as appetite, sleep, metabolism, and immune response.
All mammals, including dogs, have this endocannabinoid system that keeps systems in balance, and it’s crucial that this system functions properly in order to maintain health and well-being.
Cannabinoids like CBD interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body, supporting the endocannabinoid system and its efforts to keep systems in check. This is why many dog owners have begun using commercial CBD-infused products for their furry loved ones.
Pet owners also may find that the nutrients found in hemp-derived CBD oil match the nutritional requirements recommended for dogs. Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is considered a quality source of vitamins A, B12, C, and E, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, which are critical in ensuring that the body can function properly.
Even if dogs are healthy, CBD oil can support health and wellness. The balancing properties of CBD combined with the nutritional content of hemp oil can help ensure that your pet is given what it needs for peak wellness and performance.
Which Conditions in Dogs Could CBD Oil Be Beneficial For?
Research and anecdotal evidence continues to discover more about the benefits of providing dogs with daily CBD oil supplements. Many pet owners add CBD to their pet’s meals as a daily supplement for chronic ailments or to promote general well-being.
The endocannabinoid system CBD interacts with is responsible for balancing functions like general health, nausea, and more. Some pet owners have noticed these balancing effects are also particularly beneficial when their dogs are facing abnormally stressful situations, such as a trip to the veterinarian or during holiday fireworks.
While the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has no official approval regarding CBD oil as a supplement in dogs, they have adopted a position acknowledging the potential benefits of cannabis in pets: “There is a growing body of veterinary evidence … This herb may be able to improve the quality of life for many patients, even in the face of life-threatening illnesses.”
There are over 23,000 studies and reviews investigating the effects of cannabinoids like CBD that have been published in respected peer-reviewed science and medical journals, and new trials are announced nearly every month. Many of the studies done on cannabinoids are animal models, often using mice and rats, which as mammals also have endocannabinoid systems.
Because of the way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, if you’ve found CBD oil to be beneficial for a particular condition, it’s likely that the supplement will be just as beneficial for that same condition in your pet.
We invite you to do your own research into the benefits of CBD oil from sources you trust, including your local veterinarian, before incorporating CBD oil supplements into your dog’s routine.
Any Risks of Giving Dogs Cannabis?
Rightfully you’re likely wondering if CBD oil safe to use for your dog. You’ll be happy to hear that it is!
Responsible pet owners are often initially concerned as to whether CBD supplements, because they are made from cannabis, can cause euphoric effects. No need to worry! Because CBD oil products are made from hemp, which contains only trace amounts of THC, they do not cause any psychoactive or related side effects, making them the safe choice for use in dogs.
Cannabis products that are made from marijuana rather than hemp contain higher levels of THC, which can be toxic in dogs. Dogs also have a much stronger euphoric reaction to the psychoactive compound than humans.
At no more than 0.3% THC, hemp-derived CBD oil will not cause dangerous euphoric effects when given at suggested servings. Additionally, CBD is non-toxic.
CBD is also well tolerated by dogs, just as it is by humans. Just last year, German investigators reviewed the available research on the safety of CBD in both humans and animals and concluded that controlled CBD is safe, even at larger doses.
Veterinarians do have varying opinions on whether giving cannabis to dogs is a good idea. Some veterinarians are concerned with a lack of research and the potential of exposing dogs to cannabis products that contain higher levels of THC. A growing number fully embrace the benefits of CBD for dogs.
Ways to Give CBD To Your Dog
Perhaps the easiest method for giving CBD oil to your dog is to simply drop it straight into their mouths using a dropper. You can also dispense the CBD oil onto a spoon and offer it up to your dog to lick off.
If your dog isn’t a particular fan of the oil’s flavor, try placing the CBD oil onto a treat or mix it into their favorite food. You can also use CBD oil to make your own CBD-infused dog treats. Another option is to add the CBD supplement into a non-toxic chew toy.
CBD oil supplements that are sourced from hemp – like those from HempMeds® — are legal and available in the United States and over 40 countries worldwide.
In the HempMeds® online shop, you’ll find our line of Phyto Animal Health CBD products that are specifically formulated for pets like your dog.
Our daily Vitality CBD oil supplement blends full-spectrum decarboxylated CBD hemp oil with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil derived from coconut oil. Our 1-ounce bottle of Vitality contains 100 mg of CBD, while our 2-ounce bottle of Vitality ups the CBD serving to 500 mg.
For dog owners interested in the barest amounts of THC possible, Vitality-X is similar to Vitality but has been put through an additional process to filter out plant materials, excess waxes, and all but the smallest amounts of cannabinoids other than CBD. The 4-ounce bottle of Vitality-X contains 1000 mg of CBD.
The recommended daily CBD serving size should be based on your dog’s size and weight. You can learn more about suggested serving sizes of CBD for your dog HERE.
As you would when giving your dog any new supplement, begin with a smaller serving and gradually work your way up to more if needed. By starting low and increasing the serving size over time, you’ll be able to monitor your dog and better dial in on the right dosage.