What is CBD and how can it help my pet?

CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the prominent active cannabinoids within cannabis.

Unlike THC, CDB does not have a psychoactive effect, thus making it safe and comfortable for our pets. Most animal CBD products are derived from hemp which contains no THC and has shown beneficial effects on both chronic and acute ailments.

CBD can help with treatments of: seizures, inflammation, nausea, stress and anxiety, arthritis, cancer, appetite stimulation, aggression, gastrointestinal issues, general pain.

Results may not be immediate depending on the ailment. 

CBD dosing methods

There are a variety of different methods by which pets can consume CBD products.

CBD Oils 

CBD oils allow for a more controlled dosage. Oil extracts are typically more concentrated compared to other CBD products. 

CBD oil is often used for the treatment of cancers as well as central nervous system disorders and other serious ailments.

Oils can be put directly into your pets mouth, or mixed in with food or a treat. 

Tinctures

Pet tinctures are usually based on coconut or other vegetable oils. They can be made with either hemp extract or CBD isolate. They tend to be less concentrated than CBD oils, making them ideal for daily use to alleviate milder symptoms such as muscle pain, nausea, stress and anxiety.

Similarly to oil, they can be put directly into your pet’s mouth, or mixed in with food or a treat.

Topicals

Infused topicals are remedies used for animals that suffer from bodily aches and pains or other external maladies. They are applied directly to the skin to deliver targeted, localized relief. Topicals help to relieve ailments such as: allergies, arthritis, skin irritations, muscle pain, joint pain, localized irritation and discomfort, bruising and abrasions.

Edibles

 Edible treats for pets are CBD infused treats which can be administered for a variety of ailments.

Edibles can be used for both chronic and acute diseases. 

Dosage levels

Dosage will be different each pet. The best way is to start off small and gradually work your way up to the recommended dosage level, based on what effects you see. 

Different CBD products will have different dosage instructions based on the concentration as well as what it is being used for. 

For dogs the most recommended starting dosage is 0.5mg per 10lbs of body weight per day. And for cats, it is 1mg per 10lbs of body weight.

Side effects

Although CBD has no known adverse side effects, trace amounts of THC from non-hemp sourced CBD may cause a change in your pet’s behaviour. If you observe any of the following in your pet, discontinue use: disorientation, unstable movement, vomiting, excessive sleepiness.

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