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CBD and your Pup

There is no doubt that our animals become family members. And as family members we want what is best for them. What is best for your animal may be different than what is best for other animals. Dogs can get into all sorts of trouble and, of course, different breeds have different problems. How do we help heal something that we cannot communicate with? There are all sorts of things that you can find on the internet but whether or not they work… well that depends. Trying different methods can be expensive and exhausting and who knows if that certain method would eventually harm your animal? Of course, we don’t want that and that’s where we come in. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound that could help your dog live in better wellness. Our first rule when it comes to CBD and your pup is that you speak with a veterinarian before giving your animal any of our products.  

So, should you try CBD for your dog 

CBD the small details 

The small details of what CBD is and what it is not will make or break your decision. CBD is likely not what you interpret it as. CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plants. A cannabinoid is a compound that makes up the Cannabis sativa plants. There are several different types of the Cannabis sativa plants. One of them you have likely heard of is the marijuana plant. The marijuana plant is only legal in a handful of states here in the U.S. This is because the marijuana plant contains high amounts of the cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This cannabinoid causes an inebriating effect or as its more well known as a ‘high’. The states that have legalized it have legalized it for recreational as well as medical uses. There are more states that have not legalized it than have. The hemp plant, however, is another part of the Cannabis sativa family. The hemp plant contains at or lower than 0.3% of THC, which is not enough to get a person ‘high’. Hemp contains high amounts of CBD and is actually federally legal throughout the states, though it is still illegal in some states. No, CBD cannot get users high, but it does have other potential benefits. Yes, even for dogs. 

Puppy CBD 

This is likely not the first thought you had when you read about CBD. CBD, for dogs? Well, yes! It is important to note that there is still a lot of research that needs to be done just on CBD. And so, research that needs to be done surrounding CBD and dogs is far wider. Keep this in mind as you read on. Here are a few studies that we found may help you decide if CBD for your furry friend in the right choice:  

Joint health: In this study they asked dog owners that had dogs with joint health issues to give them CBD to see if there would be any improvements to their inflammation. Joint health may inflame joints and could cause some discomfort. They asked these pet owners to give their dogs CBD twice a day for four weeks consecutively. One milligram was administered for each kilogram of body weight to ensure the animal was getting the proper amount for its size (an important aspect when giving anyone CBD). The pet owners also took an online weekly assessment, before and after videos were taken of dogs doing certain movements to see the progress. After the four weeks, they found that all of the measures they had taken had significantly improved. The dogs in the study had increased mobility and because of this it is likely that CBD may assist with anti-inflammatory issues 

Promoting a sense of calm: Another study we found is not about dogs, but horses. The horses were given 50 milligrams of CBD two times a day for two weeks. These horses before the study were understood to have types of chronic discomfort or feelings of anxiousness as they used to be racing horses. At the end of the two weeks they looked at the results and found that CBD was helpful for the horses who had chronic discomfort and not all, but some of the horses had less feelings of anxiousness. Although this particular study does not have anything to do with dogs, we can guess that if CBD does this with horses, it will likely do the same with dogs.  

These are just two solid studies that we found that we hope will help you decide whether or not to use CBD. Now that you know a little more about the reasons, what are the products that we have made for your dog? How do you give them CBD? Is it safe?  

To give or not to give 

There are many different ways to give your animal CBD. The way you give them the product usually depends on how your dog reacts. Here are a few products that we found you may want to try.  

Softgels: this type of CBD is in pill form. The capsule is filled with CBD oil. These are easy to administer by putting them in treats or if your dog allows it, directly into their mouths. You can also cut off the tip and apply the CBD oil directly into the jowls. This will act the fastest.  

Tinctures: Tinctures come in all sorts of spectrums and are easy to add to your dog’s favorite treat. This is the fastest way to get CBD into your dog’s system, by putting the tincture directly into the jowls.  

Creams: CBD creams are often used on areas that a skin condition may lie or a joint that seems to be causing issues. Creams are best used often and liberally. We have a cream specifically made for felines. 

To give or not give your dog CBD is up to you and only you! Well, with the guidance of your veterinarian as well. We suggest starting with a small amount of CBD and then slowly increasing it until you see the desired effects. CBD and your pup? Yup! 

Is CBD Oil Good for Dogs? Is it actually Safe?

We all want the best for our furry babies and want them to stay healthy so we can maximize our time together. We keep them active by providing adequate playtimegive them the best food, and add supplements to their diet so they can get the nutrition that they need. Among those supplements, CBD is gaining a lot of popularity these days and for good reasons. It is considered to provide a ton of benefits to our dogs, including anxiety relief and pain relief. In this blog, we’ll review if CBD is good for dogs, the benefits it provides and if it is safe for them, but first, let’s understand what CBD actually is.  

What is CBD?  

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant component of the cannabis sativa plant after THC and makes up for around 40% of the plant’s extract. Contrary to popular belief, CBD is psychoactive in the sense that it alters the normal brain function (but in a good way), but it is non-psychoactive when we talk about intoxication. Unlike THC, CBD does not impart that high feeling or cause intoxication. Instead, it gives a feeling of calm and relaxation to the user. The best thing about CBD is that it is not toxic and can’t possibly cause death, so yeah, CBD is safe for dogs.  

Benefits of CBD for dogs 

Although the evidence is pretty slim when we talk about the benefits of CBD for dogs, the data we currently have suggests that CBD has the following benefits.  

CBD may relieve pain 

According to a study published by the European Journal of Pharmacology in 1997, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a central role in pain management and as we all know, CBD interacts with the ECS and helps it work more efficientlyThis interaction is the main reason CBD is becoming an increasingly popular alternative treatment among those seeking pain relief. Unlike chemicalbased pain medication, CBD isn’t addictive and doesn’t cause side effects when used appropriately. According to a study, CBD temporarily prevents the absorption of a chemical known as anandamide that helps suppress pain signals in the brain. The suppression allows anandamide to build up and as a result, helps reduce pain. Furthermore, CBD is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties (more on that later), which also helps reduce pain caused due to various conditions, including arthritis, which is common in large dog breeds and senior dogs.  

CBD is considered to be an effective anticonvulsant  

CBD is well known for its ability to control and reduce the frequency of seizures, spasms, tics, and tremors; that’s because it is a natural anticonvulsant. CBD’s popularity as a natural anticonvulsant gained popularity in 2013 when a girl named Charlotte Figi was able to effectively manage her 300 weekly epileptic seizures with a CBD tincture. After that, researchers started looking for evidence to see if CBD works as an anticonvulsant or not, and unsurprisingly, they found some. According to a study, CBD is effective for managing epileptic seizures. One study suggests that CBD can help manage muscle spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). Another study suggests that CBD can help manage tremors and tics caused by Tourette’s syndrome. Scientists currently don’t know how CBD works as an anticonvulsant, but we do know that seizures are caused due to uncontrolled and rapid firing of neurons. Preliminary research suggests that CBD helps restore balance to the chaotic firing of neurons and enables them to fire normally, which helps prevents seizures.  

CBD has anti-inflammatory effects 

Now let’s talk about the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD that we mentioned earlier. These anti-inflammatory properties are the main reason CBD is considered to be effective for treating several conditions. These anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are considered to be a result of its interaction with our immune cells receptors. There is a receptor located inside immune cells called CB2 and CBD is believed to interact with these receptors and activate them; as a result, CBD invokes different types of immune responses, including those that fight inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a common symptom of several health conditions that affect dogs, including irritable bowel disease, arthritis, and MS. Inflammation can occur as a result of a malfunctioning immune system that makes it attack healthy cells and by reducing inflammation, CBD can help reduce pain and other symptoms caused by the conditions mentioned earlier.  

CBD may provide relief from stress and anxiety 

CBD isn’t just effective for reducing symptoms that manifest physically; it also helps deal with mental symptoms. There are several studies that look at the role of CBD to manage conditions that affect the mental health of our dogs, including anxiety and stress. Separation anxiety is fairly common in pets, especially dogs and not only that, but they can also experience stress and develop various phobias. The source behind all these conditions differs in dogs, but just like humans, they can cause specific physical reactions. Other than separation anxiety, dogs also experience travel and noise anxiety and all these forms of anxiety, leads to repetitive and destructive behavior, including: 

  • Unnecessary persistent barking 
  • Disregarding house training and going potty inside the house 
  • Tremors 
  • Chewing  
  • Aggression 

    CBD reduces the feeling of anxiety and helps reduce the symptoms of the disruptive behavior mentioned above. It is unclear, however, how CBD helps reduce anxiety. Standard chemicalbased anti-anxiety medications target 5-HT1A, a type of serotonin receptor and help boost the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is also called the happy neurotransmitter and an increase in its levels leads to improved mood and temporary reduction in the feeling of fear and anxiety. According to research, CBD also works the same way and temporarily increases the serotonin levels in the brain and as a result, it is considered to have stressrelieving, anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety effects. 

    CBD may work as an antiemetic 

    If you’ve been a dog owner for a while now, then you must be familiar with the fact that vomiting and nausea are both very common in dogs. Both can be caused due to a specific condition or as a side effect of a medication you may be giving to your dog; most of the time, it is because they ate something they shouldn’t have. Whatever may be the reason behind nausea and vomiting, if left untreated, both can cause serious complications, including appetite loss, dehydration, weight loss, fatigue, etc. There are several chemicalbased antiemetic medications in the market; however, they may cause serious side effects in dogs, including: 

    • Sedation 
    • Lethargy 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Hypotension 
    • Excessive drooling 
    • Lack of appetite 
    • Lowered seizure threshold in epileptic dogs 

        There is a lot of data that support the use of CBD as an antiemetic and suggest that apart from controlling vomiting and nausea, it can stimulate appetite as well. CBD works as an antiemetic the same way it works as an anti-anxiety treatment, by stimulating the 5-HT1A receptor. The activation of the receptor leads to a reduction in the feeling of nausea and the suppression of the feeling of nausea. A cannabinoid receptor called CB1 also helps reduce nausea and vomiting, and CBD interacts with it too. These interactions with the receptors are the main reason for CBD’s antiemetic properties and the best part is that it doesn’t cause the side effects associated with the traditional antiemetic medication. 

        CBD enables homeostasis  

        In simple terms, homeostasis is the equilibrium of the body maintained by all the systems working properly. Sometimes, when the balance gets out of whack, our dogs and we become exposed to illnesses and diseases. According to a study, the endocannabinoid system plays a critical role in maintaining the proper balance as it is deeply involved in several body functions. So, by stimulating the ECS, CBD and other cannabinoids can help promote homeostasis. This is the main reason many pet owners give CBD as a supplement to their dogs instead of giving it as a medicine to treat a particular health condition.  

        How to give CBD to your dogs 

        Every dog is different and has their own preferences, so there is no one right way of giving CBD to your dog. Many pet owners prefer CBD oil because it is made by adding CBD extract to a carrier oil like coconut and we pet owners know how much our dogs love coconut oil. You can apply CBD oil directly on their gums, put the oil in a spoon and let them lick it, add it to their food, or make dog treats using CBD oil. If you don’t want to try any of the methods mentioned above, then you can buy premade dog treats containing CBD. Regardless of the method, you choose to give CBD to your dog, make sure that you are buying a certified CBD product that has been declared free of harmful elements by an independent lab. Furthermore, be sure to do proper research about the legality of CBD in the state you’re living in; hemp-derived CBD containing 0.3% or less THC is legal in most of the 50 states, but other types of CBD are only legal in a few states.  

        Takeaway 

        CBD is generally safe for dogs and provides several health benefits without causing any harmful side effects, but before you add CBD to your dog’s diet, consult with a veterinarian to see if it is right for your dog. Furthermore, only buy quality CBD products and avoid cheap, substandard ones as they may contain harmful elements that may deteriorate your dog’s health.  

        CBD? For dogs?

        That’s right, folks. In the wonderful world of cannabidiol (CBD) there are multiple products that are geared towards animals and there are real benefits too. This may seem questionable and we understand why. But this is the reason we are here. To explain what CBD may or may not be able to do for your trusty man’s best friend. We will start with the beginning with some definitions and then go further into research that we have found that you may be interested in. Then we’ll come full circle and talk about some popular CBD products made for animals. Let’s begin with CBD for dogs. 

        What is CBD? 

        CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The Cannabis sativa plant is naturally found and is found in a variety of different genetic make-ups. One of these make-ups is known as Marijuana. This is a more popular and well-known variety as it has been researched deeply because of the psychoactive component it has. Marijuana has both CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in it. However, there are higher amounts of THC than there is CBD and that’s what gives users the ‘high’ effect when marijuana is used. This is probably something you already knew. But do you know about the Hemp plant? The hemp plant is another version of the Cannabis sativa plant. The hemp plant is less well known but is making its way up to the forefront because of the potential benefits that are being researched. The hemp plant has high amounts of CBD and at or lower than 0.3% of THC. This percentage of THC is not high enough to give users the psychoactive effect that the marijuana plant does. As of 2018 the hemp plant is federally legal to grow and sell throughout the states. With the legality of the hemp plant, CBD and other hemp products have been popularized through the health community. Now, what about dogs? Is it even safe?  

        CBD for dogs: is it safe? 

        With all things new in the holistic community there is little research to back up a lot of claims companies often make, so how does CBD for dogs stack up? CBD products have been deemed generally safe by the FDA. However, take this with a grain of salt as not all CBD products are made equally. Why use CBD for your dog? Here’s a few notable reasons:  

        Joint health: In this study they asked dog owners that had dogs with joint health issues to give them CBD to see if there would be any improvements to their inflammation. Joint health may inflame joints and could cause some discomfort. They asked these pet owners to give their dogs CBD twice a day for four weeks consecutively. One milligram was administered for each kilogram of body weight to ensure the animal was getting the proper amount for its size (an important aspect when giving anyone CBD). The pet owners also took an online weekly assessment, before and after videos were taken of dogs doing certain movements to see the progress. After the four weeks, they found that all of the measures they had taken had significantly improved. The dogs in the study had increased mobility and because of this it is likely that CBD may assist with anti-inflammatory issues.  

        Calmness: Another study we found is not about dogs, but horses. The horses were given 50 milligrams of CBD two times a day for two weeks. These horses before the study were understood to have types of chronic discomfort or feelings of anxiousness as they used to be racing horses. At the end of the two weeks they looked at the results and found that CBD was helpful for the horses who had chronic discomfort and not all, but some of the horses had less feelings of anxiousness. Although this particular study does not have anything to do with dogs, we can guess that CBD does this with horses, it will likely do the same with dogs.  

        There are many other studies that look at dogs and CBD. So, trying your best to research CBD and dogs is important so that you can make the right decision.  

        How do you give CBD to dogs?  

        Like humans, there are many different products out there that are specifically made for dogs. This is the same when it comes to CBD products for dogs. Here are a few popular ones:  

        • Softgels: this type of CBD is in pill form. The capsule is filled with CBD oil. These are easy to administer by putting them in treats or if your dog allows it, directly into their mouths. You can also cut off the tip and apply the CBD oil directly into the jowls. This will act the fastest.  
        • Tinctures: Tinctures come in all sorts of spectrums and are easy to add to your dog’s favorite treat. This is the fastest way to get CBD into your dog’s system, by putting the tincture directly into the jowls.  
        • Creams: CBD creams are often used on areas that a skin condition may lie or a joint that seems to be causing issues. Creams are best used often and liberally. 
        • Chews: Chews made with CBD are what we call, edibles. These types of CBD are fun to use because your dog is excited to eat them! Edibles take a bit longer to set in but have the same effects as other types of CBD. 

           As a rule of thumb, start by giving your dog a low amount of CBD, watch to see their reaction and then adjust accordingly. Smaller dogs are likely to need less CBD than older dogs. Of course, make sure to speak with a veterinarian before giving your dog CBD.  

          In the end 

          So, will you try CBD for your dog? If the answer is yes, here are a few things to look for when purchasing a product. THC has been deemed toxic for animals, so make sure that the CBD your purchase comes from a reputable CBD source that uses hemp plants rather than marijuana. Again, start with a low amount of CBD and slowly increase until you feel that your animal is at the right level. When researching for products try to look for multiple types of testing as that will ensure that the CBD is of the highest quality. CBD? For dogs? You tell us. Check out some of our products and buy CBD now!

          CBD for Dogs: Benefits, Risks, Side Effects

          Cannabidiol (CBD) is a component extracted from the buds and flowers of cannabis or hemp plants. It isnt psychoactive, so it doesnt produce the high associated with marijuana. Hemp, as well as marijuana, belong to the same family of the cannabis plants and have different levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); in hemp, the THC levels are only 0.3%. CBD oil is legal for medicinal and recreational use in some states and banned in othersCBD oil and other CBD products are becoming increasingly popular among dog owners these days because CBD is considered to be helpful in treating several illnesses and promote their dogs’ well-being. In this article, well look at the benefits, risks, and side effects of using CBD for dogs.   

          Benefits of CBD for dogs 

          There are several potential benefits of giving CBD to your dog, few of them are listed below:  

          It may help reduce pain  

          According to a study, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a critical role in pain management; CBD interacts with the ECS and enables better pain management. There are several ways CBD may help in pain management, according to studies, it increases the levels of anandamide in the body by temporarily stopping anandamide absorption, which helps dampen the pain signals in the brain.  

          It may be an anticonvulsant   

          CBD is considered a natural anticonvulsant, and it is the only FDA-approved medicinal use of CBD. It may help control spasms, tremors, tics, and seizures. CBDs use as a natural anticonvulsant became famous when a young girl with epilepsy named Charlotte Figi was able to successfully manage her 300 weekly seizures with a CBD rich tincture. After that, research began to determine the benefits of using CBD to control or prevent seizures caused by epilepsy, and the results are promising.   

          Studies also show that THC and CBD may be able to help manage spasticity caused by MS and can also manage tremors and tics caused by Tourettes syndrome. It is not yet clear how CBD works as an anticonvulsant. Still, preliminary research suggests that CBD restores order to the brain’s neurons and enables them to fire usually, which in turn prevents seizures.   

          It is anti-inflammatory  

          CBD appears to have impressive anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is believed to interact with the immune cell receptors, and this interaction is the primary reason this compound exhibits anti-inflammatory effects. According to research, CBD interacts and activates the CB2 receptors generally located inside immune cells, which jump-start various immune responses, including the anti-inflammatory response.   

          Chronic inflammation is the primary characteristic of conditions like irritable bowel disease, arthritis, and MS; this inflammation can lead to immune system malfunction in which the body starts attacking healthy cells instead of the unhealthy ones. Thanks to CBD, you may be able to prevent this in your dog; it lowers inflammation, reduces pain, and alleviates symptoms of conditions mentioned above.   

          It may reduce stress and anxiety  

          CBD isnt just effective for treating physical symptoms of various conditions; it also deals with a variety of mental manifestations of multiple diseases such as anxiety and depression. Everyone knows that much like us, our pets also experience anxiety, get stressed, and suffer from phobias. The physical symptoms of these mental illnesses are very similar to human symptoms, even though their source is entirely different. Travel anxiety, separation anxiety, and noise anxiety are the standard form of stress that affect our dogs; these conditions bring out repetitive and disruptive behavior in our dogs including: 

          • Aggression  
          • Persistent and unnecessary barking  
          • Termers  
          • Chewing on shoes and furniture  
          • Abandoning their house training; urinating and defecating in the house  

            The good news is that CBD may help alleviate all these symptoms by reducing the anxiety in your dogs. Research is still limited in this area, so we dont know for sure how CBD reduces stress in dogs, but if it works like the typical anxiety medications in it targets 5-HT1A, a serotonin receptor in their bodies. Stimulation of these receptors leads to increased serotonin levels in the brain, which temporarily reduces anxiety and fear.   

            It may be an antiemetic  

            Vomiting and nausea are common among dogs; both can be caused due to specific conditions or manifest as a reaction to treatments like chemotherapy. If this vomiting and nausea get serious, it can reduce the appetite of your dog, cause dehydration and fatigue, and lead to severe weight loss. If your dog is suffering from these conditions, you should take your furry friend to a vet. The vet may recommend a change in diet and prescribe medications like aminobenzamide, acepromazine, and chlorpromazine.  

            These medications are very useful for treating vomiting and nausea but can cause various side effects such as lethargy, hypotension, diarrhea, excessive drooling, drowsiness, lack of appetite, etc. So, if you dont want to treat your dog with a conventional antiemetic, you may use CBD to treat vomiting and nausea. According to research, it may be even better than traditional, modern antiemetic medication and may not cause the harmful side effects mentioned above. We mentioned earlier that CBD simulates 5-HT1A receptors, which leads to a significant reduction in the feeling of nausea and suppresses vomiting reflex.   

            It may help promote homeostasis   

            Homeostasis is the proper equilibrium of functions within our bodies, meaning that the biological functions are working optimally, and the body is in balance. When the homeostasis goes out of whack, thats when diseases and illnesses swoop in; research suggests that the ECS plays an integral role in maintaining homeostasis and regulates several bodily processes.   

            CBD and other cannabinoids are well-known for stimulating the ECS within our bodies, which in turn promotes homeostasis. This is the primary reason dog owners choose CBD to treat various illnesses, promote the well-being, and maintain the overall health of their furry friend.   

            Risks of CBD for dogs  

            Although CBD is considered safe for humans, the risks and safety of using CBD for dogs are not yet known due to a lack of research in this area. The FDA has not yet approved any CBD products for dogs and hasnt provided a dosage chart; however, anecdotal evidence suggests that appropriate doses of CBD arent harmful to dogs.   

            Theres always a risk of reaction when you give a new medication or supplement to your dog, so its best to consult a veterinarian first, and if they approve, start with small doses. Choose the lowest possible amount of CBD for the first dose and closely monitor the effects if there are any adverse effects. Then, stop giving your dog CBD. If the adverse effects dont go away after 12-24 hours, then immediately contact a veterinarian.  

            Side effects of CBD for dogs  

            Currently, due to lack of scientific data, we cant say for sure what side effects CBD will have on your dogs, but based on the side effects that humans experience, CBD may have the following side effects on your furry friend: 

            Low blood pressure  

            If you are giving CBD high doses to your dog, then there is a chance of your dogs blood pressure getting low. The drop in blood pressure is not drastic, but there is still a chance of your dog feeling light-headed.   

            Dry mouth  

            According to anecdotal evidence, CBD may decrease saliva production in your dogs mouth, which usually leads to increased thirst.   

            Drowsiness  

            If you are using CBD to treat your dogs anxiety and the dosage is high, then there is a chance of your furry friend tired due to the calming effect.  

            CBD for your Dog: How to Get Them to Dig In?

            As CBD is gaining more and more popularity, pet owners now consider trying it for their dogs. That being said, it is important to know everything about CBD before your dog starts consuming it. Read this blog to know benefits and risk of CBD for dogs 

            What is CBD? 

            The Cannabis sativa plant consists of 113 cannabinoids, and CBD is one of them. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most famous and effective cannabinoids. THC has psychoactive properties and gets you high, while CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects.  

            The 2018 Farm Bill (formally known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) lifted the ban from CBD. Therefore, CBD derived from the hemp plant and has only 0.3% of THC can be consumed in most of the United States.  

            Benefits of CBD for Dogs 

            From treating epilepsy to reducing arthritis, the CBD compound may be beneficial for many health conditions. Following are some of the potential benefits of CBD: 

            Arthritis  

            Osteoarthritis is typically known as arthritis and is one of the most common inflammatory conditions in dogs. It is estimated that more than 60% of dogs are diagnosed with arthritis in their lifetime. According to a studyCBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, CBD may potentially be helpful in reducing different inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis.  

            Seizures  

            A clinical study was conducted by Colorado State University and showed promising results. A research based on 26 dogs also took place, dogs were either given a placebo or 2.5mg of CBD twice a day for 12 weeks along with other prescribed drugs. Although only 16 dogs completed the study, 89% of them experienced fewer seizures than they had before the study.  

            Improved Circulation  

            Studies have shown that CBD may help improve blood circulation in dogs, yielding many health benefits such as better lethargic behaviors and healthier organs. Poor blood circulation is related to Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm), heart issues, or dull behavior. Taking adequate nutrition, walking, and CBD consumption will surely improve your pup’s wellbeing.  

            Anxiety  

            Anxiety-related research on CBD is yet to be undertaken. Dog owners, however, claim anecdotal success with CBD oil. In 2018, the Journal of Affective Disorders published a human study on CBD and mood swings. It was found that CBD consumers reported a decrease in anxiety, depression, and stress. It is important to note that more research is required to figure out whether CBD is effective for treating anxiety in dogs or not. 

            Osteoporosis  

            In osteoporosis, dogs experience impaired bones and broken bones too much. This condition usually takes place in older dogs. Common factors to osteoporosis include genetics and calcium deficiency. The good news is that CBD research shows positive effects in treating osteoporosis. It repairs damaged bones and increases the new bone growth procedure.  

            Is CBD Safe for Dogs?  

            The chief veterinary officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, at the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) has gathered anecdotal evidence from pet owners who claim that CBD has helped controlling seizures or treating pain in their pets. CBD may help in some areas, such as nausea, cardiac problems, low appetite, anxiety, and inflammation.  

            When taking a higher dosage or poor quality of CBD, your dog may experience the following adverse effects: 

            • Reduced blood pressure  
            • Dry mouth (low amount of saliva which would result in thirstiness) 
            • Dizziness, especially at a higher dose, caused by CBD’s calming effects when consumed to treat anxiety or stress.  

            Dog owners are advised to consult their veterinarians before giving CBD to their pups. Since CBD hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for dogs’ treatments, it puts vets in a difficult situation. They have been frequently asked about CBD products, but the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has told them not to give any recommendation. The AVMA states that there is a lack of evidence-based research, so it’s confusing to prescribe a cannabis product for pet use. This recommendation may change with more evidence-based research.  

            On the other hand, the AKC is involved in research regarding CBD. The organization’s Canine Health Foundation is sponsoring a major clinical trial through the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where researchers are finding out how CBD may help to treat epileptic dogs.  

            “Since the popularity of cannabis, now is the time to put science behind the claims and stories. We need to know if this drug is safe and if it works. If CBD is useful for treating epilepsy, there is a possibility that it can save the life of each dog in the globe,” said Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a board-certified veterinary neurologist who is leading the study.  

            CBD for Dogs: Everything You Need to Know  

            Whenever you decide to give your dog a drug or health supplement, you must know everything about it. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized cannabidiol (CBD) consumption in the United States (with exceptions in certain states), and it has been gaining popularity since then. As CBD is a relatively new product in the market, most people are not fully aware of its benefits and possible side effects.   

             

            CBD comes from the same family of the cannabis plant that people consume to get ‘high.’ The interesting part here is that CBD has no psychoactive property. Moreover, marijuana-derived CBD products are only legal in states where marijuana is legal medically or recreationally. But since most CBD products are derived from hemp, this is not too much of a problem.  

            Now you must be wondering whether you should consider buying it for your dog or not. To help you with that, we have come up with a complete and handy guide of CBD for dogs. Let’s have a look!   

             

            What is CBD?   

            CBD is a naturally occurring compound that is extracted from the hemp plant. CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Out of these 113 cannabinoids, CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most studied and consumed.   

             

            CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid in hemp plants. The best quality CBD is the one that is extracted through the supercritical CO2 procedure. It refines the CBD and contains almost less than 0.3% THC in it.   

             

            CBD and the Endocannabinoid System   

            Most pets, such as dogs, cats, and horses, have the same Endocannabinoid System (ECS) as humans. ECS is one of the systems that are responsible for regulating homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is a stable condition that supports life optimally. As signaling molecules, endocannabinoids work as a stimulator and convey the brain’s message to the respective part of the body. These instructions are then received by the immune system and other brain’s organs when the brain faces an imbalance, like stress, inflammation, digestion problems, anxiety, or inadequate immune response.   

             

            The Endocannabinoid System consists of two types of cannabinoids –phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are present in plants, while endocannabinoids are found in animals and humans. Researchers suggest that phytocannabinoids found in CBD has the ability to act like the body’s endocannabinoids by interacting with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. This is the main reason for the optimism about CBD products.   

             

            Advantages of Using CBD   

            Arthritis   

            One of the most common conditions among pets is arthritis, especially dogs with older age. In this case, it is not suggested to treat your dog with narcotic drugs, because it may make their hearts even weaker. CBD is worth trying to treat severe arthritis because it is comparatively safer than conventional treatments or medications. Research has already indicated CBD’s efficacy in reducing arthritis pain and lowering inflammation.   

             

            Improved Circulation   

            Studies have shown that CBD improves blood circulation in dogs, yielding many health benefits such as better lethargic behaviors and healthier organs. Poor blood circulation is related to Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm), heart issues, or dull behavior. Taking adequate nutrition, walking, and CBD consumption could improve your pup’s wellbeing.   

             

            Osteoporosis   

            This is a health condition that easily breaks bones and impairs bones, and it is often found in older dogs. Common factors to osteoporosis include genetics and calcium deficiency. The bright side is CBD research shows that it may have a positive effect in treating osteoporosis. It may repair damaged bones and increase the new bone growth procedure. Not only that, but CBD also may help in managing the pain, which is a result of osteoporosis.   

             

            Psychological Problems   

            CBD is not only beneficial for physical wellbeing, but it is also excellent at treating dogs’ psychological problems. When your little friend is suffering from anxiety or depression, you also begin feeling dull. According to a study, CBD may aid in treating depression and anxiety among dogs.   

             

            CBD stimulates the release of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that improves behavior and mood and helps them relax. Moreover, CBD helps in the regeneration of neurons in dogs.   

             

            Pain in Joints   

            One more potential benefit of consuming CBD is treating joint pain in dogs. Tears, strains, or sprains usually cause it. Also, joint pain is most common in senior dogs that are prone to accidents like falling. As they are not good at tolerating conventional pain relievers’ adverse effects, using CBD oil may be a good alternative. Although there is not much evidence on its application on dogs, studies have been conducted on other animals that showed it might be able to help reduce pain.   

             

            Potential Side Effects of CBD for Dogs   

            Dry Mouth   

            Studies indicate that CBD may affect saliva production in humans. People have reported experiencing a dry mouth after consuming CBD. In a dog’s case, the CBD would manifest itself as an increase in thirst.   

             

            Drowsiness   

            The CBD is known for treating anxiety and has a calming effect on dogs. In some cases, this benefit also works as an adverse effect because it causes slight drowsiness when a high CBD dosage is taken.   

             

            Low Blood Pressure   

            Taking a high dosage of the CBD may result in temporary low blood pressure. When you give a small amount of the CBD to your dog, it may cause a temporary feeling of light-headedness.   

             

            Inhibition of Drug Metabolism   

            Another potential adverse effect of consuming CBD is inhibition of drug metabolism. Consumption of higher CBD dosage affects the functioning of some liver enzymes. As a result, there is poor drug metabolization.   

             

            Where to Buy CBD?  

            If you are looking for the original and best quality CBD product, there are several platforms you can entirely rely on. They offer CO2 extracted, 100% natural, and non-GMO CBD products to every client – all you have to do is look for the right manufacturer.

             

            All about CBD for Dogs  

            Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, has become quite popular for treating multiple health conditions in humans and animals. It is interesting to see that the CBD pet products are being produced in a fast-paced manner. From gel capsules to topical skin treatments and oils – there is a wide range of the CBD products available today. These CBD products can be mixed into food or liquid or placed in your dog’s mouth in the form of droplets.   

             

            There is no doubt about its efficacy, but is the CBD safe to consume? How to determine the right dosage for your dog? And how do you choose the right CBD product for your pet? This article is a guide about the CBD for your dog. We will explore what it’s used for, where to be cautious, and what to look to choose the right CBD product. So, let’s start!  

             

            What is CBD?  

            The cannabis plant comprises 113 cannabinoids, and CBD is one of them. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most famous and active cannabinoids. THC has psychoactive properties and gets you high. On the other hand, CBD does not cause any euphoric sensation since it does not contain any psychoactive properties.   

            The 2018 Farm Bill (also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) lifted the ban on hemp. Therefore, CBD derived from the hemp plant and has only 0.3% of THC can be consumed in the United States (with exceptions in some states).  

             

            How Does CBD Work for Dogs?    

            Several pet animals have a similar Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to human beings. As signaling molecules, endocannabinoid cells play a role in telling the body’s systems what the brain wants to get done. Instructions are then forwarded to the immune system and other major body organs when the brain experiences an imbalance, including digestion issues, stress, anxiety, immune response, and inflammation.   

             

            The ECS contains two kinds of cannabinoids – phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are present in plants, like cannabis, while endocannabinoids can be found in animals and humans. Scientists believe that phytocannabinoids located in CBD can mimic the body’s endocannabinoids by interacting with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. This interaction is why many are so excited about CBD products for dogs.   

             

            One study suggests that the CBD stimulates the body to develop more of its endocannabinoids, which helps the body address the imbalance immediately.   

             

            Is CBD Safe for Dogs?   

            The chief veterinary officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, at the American Kennel Club’s (AKC), has gathered anecdotal evidence from pet owners who claim that CBD has helped control seizures or treat pain in their pets. The CBD may help in some areas, such as nausea, cardiac problems, low appetite, anxiety, and inflammation.   

             

            When taking a higher dosage or poor quality of the CBD, your dog may experience the following adverse effects:  

            • Reduced blood pressure   
            • Dry mouth (low amount of saliva which would result in thirstiness)  
            • Dizziness, especially at a higher dose, caused by CBD’s calming effects when consumed to treat anxiety or stress.   

             

            Dog owners are advised to consult their veterinarians before giving the CBD to their pups. Since the FDA has not approved the CBD for dogs’ treatments, it puts vets in a difficult situation. They have been frequently asked about the CBD products, but the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has told them not to give any recommendation. The AVMA states that there is a lack of evidence-based research, so it is confusing to prescribe a cannabis product for pet use. This recommendation may change with more evidence-based research.   

             

            On the other hand, the AKC is involved in research regarding the CBD. The organization’s Canine Health Foundation is sponsoring a major clinical trial through the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where researchers are finding out how CBD may help to treat epileptic dogs.   

             

            “Since the popularity of cannabis, now is the time to put science behind the claims and stories. We need to know if this drug is safe and if it works. If the CBD is useful for treating epilepsy, there is a possibility that it can save the life of each dog in the globe,” said Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a board-certified veterinary neurologist who is leading the study.   

             

            Dog Health Conditions Treated with the CBD   

            Epilepsy, arthritis, and anxiety are the most common health problems in dogs that are treated with the CBD. There are, however, other possibilities as well. The following are the conditions and how the CBD is consumed.  

             

            Dogs with Seizure Condition   

            Colorado State University carried out a clinical study and has had promising results. A research-based study on 26 dogs also took place, dogs were either given a placebo or 2.5mg of CBD twice a day for 12 weeks along with other prescribed drugs. Although only 16 dogs completed the study, 89% experienced fewer seizures than before the study.   

             

            Dogs with Anxiety Problem   

            Anxiety-related research on CBD for dogs is yet to be undertaken. Dog owners, however, claim anecdotal success with CBD oil. In 2018, the Journal of Affective Disorders concluded a human study on CBD and mood swings. It was found that CBD consumers reported a decrease in anxiety, depression, and stress. It is important to note that more research is required to figure out whether CBD is effective for treating anxiety in dogs or not.   

             

            Dogs with Arthritis Pain   

            A placebo-controlled, double-blind study took place at the Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 to find out whether CBD is helpful in dogs with osteoarthritis (OA). Previously, the dogs were diagnosed with lameness because of OA.   

            Twenty-two dogs were given 2 mg of placebo or 2 mg of CBD oil every twelve hours. It was a small study, and only 16 dogs completed the research. Both the veterinarians and dogs’ owners noticed a significant reduction in pain and increase in mobility in the dogs who received the CBD oil.  

             

            How to Give Dogs CBD?  

            Since CBD for dogs is a new area, there is insufficient research about CBD dosage in dogs. But these few guidelines will help you use the CBD. Treat it like any other mediation, such as keeping it out of reach of kids/pets and placing it in a safe place.   

            When using CBD tinctures or oils, simply open your dog’s mouth and squirt a drop on his/her tongue. You can also add drops to your dog’s water or food.  

            CBD powders are also available that can be mixed with food. You can also conceal it in tablets/capsules or natural ingredients like coconut oil.   

            For balms or roll-ons, you may need to apply to the dog’s skin in areas where it can’t easily be licked off.   

             

            CBD Dosage for Dogs   

            Your dog’s CBD dosage is based on three factors:  

            • Weight of your dog  
            • Health condition of your dog  
            • The potency of the product you are providing (they come in formulas ranging from 75mg to 600mg, depends on your dog’s size)  

             

            Manufacturers usually add dosage instructions on the label. In case, the dosage is not mentioned, the following are the steps to follow:  

            • Calculate how many milligrams of CBD oil to consume based on the dog’s weight  
            • Find out how much CBD is in each milliliter of the oil  

             

            For example, you want to give 0.2 mg of CBD per pound in the beginning, and your dog weighs 50 pounds, 0.2 x 50 = 10 milligrams of CBD. Now you want to figure out how to measure out 6 milligrams of CBD. Let’s suppose you bought the 150 mg bottle, which has 5milligram of CBD per 5 milliliters of oil. You feed 10 milligrams to your dog, which means 10milliliter.   

            Since there is no FDA approved dosing chart available, it is recommended that dog owners begin using the CBD with small doses and practice caution. Moreover, discuss it with your vet to get precise instructions about dosage.   

            Where to Buy CBD?  

            If you are looking for the original and best quality CBD product, there are several platforms you can entirely rely on. They offer CO2 extracted, 100% natural, and non-GMO CBD products to every client – all you have to do is look for the right manufacturer. So, what are you thinking? Place your order now to improve your health. 

             

             

            What Can CBD Do for Dogs?  

            When your dog suffers from health problems, it hits you hard– physically, emotionally, and mentally. Of course, no pet owner can see their cute four-legged friend in pain. That is why more and more pet lovers turn towards cannabidiol (CBD) oil to help their dogs live a happy and healthy life.   

            If you are not aware of this amazing compound, read on to know about CBD, its benefits, and many more. Let’s begin!   

            CBD and Dogs   

            CBD is a compound in the cannabis plant naturally. This is not like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); hence, it does not produce a ‘high.’   

            Scientists are researching more about CBD, some anecdotal evidence and studies have found that it may help treat arthritis, joint pains, anxiety, and seizures. With all these benefits for pets, several pet owners are curious to get it for their little friends. The following are few of the advantages of CBD for dogs.    

            Muscle Spasms   

            Some dogs face the problem of muscle spasms occurred due to neurological reasons, like allergies, injuries, or side effects of medicines. CBD may lower the rate of occurrence of muscle spasms and its severity.  

            Moreover, CBD is known for relaxing muscles in pets. Health conditions like hypertonicity, myasthenia gravis, meningitis, and myositis tense up muscles in dogs. So, this suggests that CBD may be helpful.   

            Epilepsy   

            Another incredible health benefit of using CBD is reduced to epileptic episodes or seizure incidents in animals. More than 5% of dogs suffer from seizure conditions, either idiopathic (caused by metabolic or brain structural issues) or symptomatic (caused by a specific disease). Although pharmaceuticals and other treatments are available for seizures and epilepsy, sometimes, your pup just does not respond to those treatments or medications. In such cases, CBD comes for the rescue and reduces seizures/epilepsy to a significant extent.   

            Arrhythmia    

            CBD is also known for improving your dog’s heart health. It may normalize your favorite four-legged canine’s irregular heartbeat; this condition is called arrhythmia. CBD acts by accompanying the CB1 receptor antagonist that is also served as an arrhythmia (AM-251) medication. Reduced arrhythmia in dogs lowers the risk of severe cardiac arrest and boosts blood circulation.    

            Glaucoma   

            Glaucoma is an eye condition that may lead to blindness in pets. Fortunately, CBD may be able to help treat this medical problem and help pet owners. CBD oil can also be administrated substantially to at least relieve the disease-related pain.  

            Arthritis   

            One of the more common conditions among pets is arthritis, especially dogs with older age. In this case, it is not suggested to treat your dog with narcotic drugs, because it may make their hearts even weaker. CBD is worth trying to treat severe arthritis because it is comparatively safer than conventional treatments or medications. Research has already indicated CBD’s efficacy in reducing arthritis pain and lowering inflammation.   

            Improved Circulation   

            Studies have shown that CBD may enhance blood circulation in dogs, yielding many health benefits such as better lethargic behaviors and healthier organs. Poor blood circulation is related to Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm), heart issues, or dull behavior. Taking adequate nutrition, walking, and CBD consumption combined may improve your pup’s wellbeing.   

            Osteoporosis   

            It is a health condition that easily breaks bones and impairs bones, and it is often found in older dogs. Common factors to osteoporosis include genetics and calcium deficiency. The bright side is CBD research shows that it has positive effects in treating osteoporosis. It may repair damaged bones and increases the new bone growth procedure. Not only that, but CBD may also help in managing the pain, which is a result of osteoporosis.   

            Boosted Immune System    

            CBD is also responsible for regulating a hyperactive immune system and lowering the occurrence of auto-immune diseases in dogs. Therefore, it may help prevent further damage to other organs of the body. Psoriasis is an example of an auto-immune disease. Since CBD contains anti-inflammatory and immune-regulatory properties, it is great at reducing the manifestations of psoriasis.   

            Pain in Joints   

            One more benefit of consuming CBD is treating joint pain in dogs. Tears, strains, or sprains usually cause it. Also, joint pain is most common in senior dogs that are prone to accidents like falling. As they are not good at tolerating the adverse effects of conventional pain relievers, using CBD oil may be a good alternative. Although there is not much evidence on its application on dogs, studies have been conducted on other animals that showed to help reduce pain.   

            Insomnia   

            Just like humans, several dogs have the problem of insomnia. Thankfully, CBD is considered to have the ability to help treat this issue, especially the one caused by cognitive impairments. Canines with cognitive problems such as dementia may witness difficulty in differentiating day and night and ends up with irregular sleeping patterns. CBD stimulates the serotonin release, which helps in calming the nerves and letting your dog fall asleep.   

            Psychological Problems   

            When your little friend is suffering from anxiety or depression, you also begin feeling dull. According to a study, CBD may aid in treating depression and anxiety among dogs. CBD stimulates the releases of serotonin – which is a neurotransmitter which improves behavior and mood, and helps them to relax. Moreover, CBD may help in the regeneration of neurons in dogs.   

            Ways to Give CBD to Dogs   

            CBD comes in several forms, such as creams, oils, and edibles. The efficacy of CBD varies from method to method.   

            A study took place in 2018 by Colorado State University, and it was found that oral consumption of CBD is more effective than a gel capsule or cream. More research, however, is required to further justify this study.   

            How Much to Give a Dog   

            According to a 2018 study on dogs with osteoarthritis, the most effective dosage for increasing the dog’s activity and comfort levels was 2 mg per kg of weight.   

            This should not be considered as a dosage recommendation because this study could be biased or other studies on CBD dosage might have different results.   

            Every dog’s health varies, and this is why it is essential to begin with a small dose and monitor the results. It will help you determine the ideal dosage for your pet.   

            How to Choose a CBD Product?   

            Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD at the moment, there is a bit of variability in products on the market. That being said, some CBD products are more effective for dogs than others.   

            The best way is to go on the website of CBD manufacturers and look for “certificates of analysis” and third-party testing evidence. These certificates will help you know whether the product is heavy metal-free, pesticide, and other important factors.   

            Also, you may consider whether a product also has THC in it or not. To this date, there is even less research on the THC impacts in dogs than there is on the effects of CBD. But, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has declared THC as a harmful compound for both cats and dogs. Though the lethal dose of THC is more than 3 grams per kg, harsh effects may occur at lower levels.  

            Make sure you research each brand of CBD before purchasing and consult a veterinarian about the side effects and toxicities that these products may cause in your pet before treating.  

            Where to Buy CBD?  

            If you are looking for the original and best quality CBD product, there are several platforms you can entirely rely on. They offer CO2 extracted, 100% natural, and non-GMO CBD products to every client – all you have to do is look for the right manufacturer.