CBD Oil for Dogs
One of the most common questions we receive is “Can I give CBD to my dog?” The answer is yes: your pooch has an endocannabinoid system just like you and can experience the same therapeutic benefits. In fact, cannabis use for animals is nothing new – the ancient Greeks used cannabis to treat their horses for colic, inflammation and wound healing. We are dog lovers here at Lily Hill and several of our team members give CBD to their furry friends (Ralph, pictured above, is a fan of our CBD oil).
Start Low and Go Slow
Typical dosage for dogs is .5 to 5mg of CBD per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight, twice per day. We have a CBD Oil for Pets which contains 500mg of CBD blended with wild Alaskan salmon oil (great for your dog’s coat!). However, any of our unflavored CBD Oils are safe for your dog.
Start with a low dose and increase the dose every 4 to 7 days until the desired results are achieved. The amount needed will be different for every dog and some conditions will require more CBD than others. Since dogs can’t tell us how they feel, you’ll need to be a keen observer of his behavior so you can gauge the effects of the CBD.
You can add the oil to your dog’s food at mealtime, mix it into some peanut butter as a treat, or just administer it straight into his mouth. Because our CBD oil is made with just olive oil and CBD extract, you don’t need to worry that you’re giving him any unwanted fillers or additives.
You can also apply CBD oil topically to rashes and hot spots. However, please don’t apply our CBD salve to your dog as it contains other ingredients that you may not want Fido to ingest if he licks it.
Talk to Your Vet
Always talk to your veterinarian before giving CBD to your pup to make sure it’s right for him and that the CBD won’t interact with any medications he may be taking.
We’d love to hear how CBD has helped your pooch. Let us know in the comments below or post his picture on Instagram and tag us @lilyhillcbd!
Beginners Guide to CBD Oil for Dogs
In recent years the uses of the hemp and marijuana plant have been explored for human and animal use. Until recently all parts of marijuana were illegal to consume. Now with an increase in research, doctors are learning of the helpful uses of hemp, marijuana, and CBD.
What is CBD
Cannabidiol or CBD is found in hemp plants. Unlike what many people believe CBD does not contain THC. THC is the compound found in marijuana responsible for the euphoric state. In recent years CBD has been explored for potential medical uses with success in both human and veterinary medicine.
Is CBD oil for dogs safe?
CBD oil is very safe for dogs. Many dogs show improvement with their condition after taking CBD for a few weeks. Many people have reported that CBD in their dog or cat has significantly reduced or eliminated pain from arthritis or helped with seizures and other neurological problems.
What do you need to know about CBD Legality?
CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the plant and depending on what state you live in dictates if it is legal or illegal. THC is the psychoactive part of the plant and at this time is illegal for a veterinarian to prescribe to patients. Marijuana is currently listed as a controlled substance schedule 1 drug meaning that it has no medical benefit or that the benefits from the drug greatly outweigh the side effects with a very strong potential for abuse or addiction. Schedule 1 drugs are illegal for all veterinarians to prescribe and can only be used in research purposes. In human medication, there are certain instances where human doctors can prescribe marijuana to their patients. Hemp Based CDB is the better option due to these complications and commercial grade hemp is legal due to the 2018 farm bill.
How it works
CBD affects the endocannabinoid system. This system is found in all mammal’s bodies. The endocannabinoid system is a very complex system that contains multiple different receptors which play an important regulatory role throughout the body. Cannabinoids are chemical substances which act on specific receptors. There are three different types of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are naturally found in the body and are formed in response to an increase in calcium in the cell. Phytocannabinoids are produced by the female marijuana plant. Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured compounds. Both phytocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids act in the body just like naturally occurring endocannabinoids. This chemical substance acts on two different receptors CB 1 and CB 2 . CB 1 is found mostly in the brain and parts of the nervous systems responsible for pain, movement or memory. They can also be found it a lesser degree on the pituitary gland, immune cells, reproductive tissues, intestines, heart, lungs, bladder and adrenal glands. CB 2 receptors are found in immune cells, tonsils, and spleen. The psychoactive effect is caused by the CB 1 receptor.
What are the benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs?
Colorado State University Veterinary School has published studies showing the benefits of CBD oil in reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis. The information that we have regarding the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine has come from recent studies done on laboratory rodents (mice, rats, and Guinea pigs). Studied on laboratory animals has shown benefits for disorders of the cardiovascular system, cancer, pain, disorders of the respiratory system or metabolic disorders. There has been very little published studied on cannabis in dogs, and cats. Most of the studies in companion and large animal medicine are on the toxic levels, effects, and treatment rather than therapeutic applications. Currently, some of the most frequent studies of cannabis in veterinary medicine are for the treatment of glaucoma, pain, skin disorders and cancer.
Cannabis has been shown to have a wide variety of beneficial effects on the body in laboratory and companion animals. Most cannabis has psychotropic properties which can cause behavior effects in animals and can become addictive. However, there are many other medications that have these same effects and are used for medical purposes today because the benefits are much greater than the side effects. Pet owners have reported the successful use of marijuana with their pets for both large and small animals. Studies are being performed to prove the benefits of cannabis in animals as well as products being produced that limit the THC content to help decrease the potential for toxicity.
Are there side effects of CBD oil?
There are studies published that show that CBD given to dog over a long period of time at very high dosages have little to no side effects. Some of the dogs taking the medication long term did show a slight increase in a liver enzyme (ALT). While most other medications used to treat dogs can have a large list of unwanted side effect. This makes CBD a great option especially for those pets with chronic pain or other medical conditions that prevent them from taking traditional medications.