CBD for pets
How does CBD work in my pet?
It works very similarly to the way it does in humans. Like us, animals have an endocannabinoid system and CBD is a naturally occurring molecule that interacts with the receptors in that system. As a result, they experience many of the same benefits we do when we take CBD.
Will my pet get high while taking CBD?
Nope, CBD doesn’t get humans or pets high because it comes from hemp, which legally must have THC (the compound in marijuana that gets you high) levels below 0.3%. However, if you still have concerns about how your pet might react to these trace amounts, we offer a THC-free tincture as part of our pet product line.
Can my pet overdose on CBD?
Because the legalization of hemp is so recent, there is insufficient research to determine toxic levels for CBD. However, there hasn’t been a single recorded case of a CBD overdose in animals or humans to date. Anecdotally, people most commonly report sleepiness and dry mouth when they (or their pets) have taken a large serving and this can be avoided by starting with small amounts and gradually increasing the serving size. And always check with your veterinarian first if your pet is on any other medications or if you’re worried about serving size.
How do I find the right serving size?
You can use the guide on our product label as a starting point but every pet will react differently so there is some trial-and-error involved. First decide on whether you want to give CBD to your pet daily for general wellness or if you will use it only in specific situations, such as when the fireworks go off on July 4th. Start off low and watch your pet carefully. If you don’t see the desired results, gradually increase the serving size. It can take up to a week to start seeing the benefits, so be patient.
Does it matter whether I give my pet treats or tinctures?
A tincture can be used two ways: dropping oil directly into your pet’s mouth or mixing with their food. When the tincture goes directly into the mouth, it’s sometimes absorbed faster into the bloodstream and can potentially bypass the GI tract. You should see the results within 20 minutes, although the benefits do not last as long as the other method. When a tincture is mixed with food, it passes through the digestive system and the liver. It will take longer to see the effects (up to 1-2 hours), but they tend to last for a longer duration (typically 6-8 hours).
Is hemp seed oil the same as CBD oil?
Right now there are lots of products containing hemp seed oil on pet store shelves. But unless these products specifically say they contain CBD, you’re not getting the benefits of CBD. Hemp seed oil itself has many nutritional benefits but because it is extracted from seeds, it doesn’t contain any detectable levels of CBD. CBD is extracted primarily from the flowers and leaves of the mature hemp plant and these oils have high concentrations of cannabinoids.
Is it safe to give my pet CBD?
A lot of people are wondering this since the safety and risks of using CBD in dogs has not been researched yet, although several studies are now underway. We expect that for the most part, CBD works the same way in animals as it does in humans, and that anecdotally they get the same health and wellness benefits we do. However, there can be huge differences in the products you buy when it comes to ingredients and potency.