Can I use CBD oil safely for my dog?
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects our furry friends. What scientists do know, is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
While there’s no definitive scientific data on using CBD to treat dogs, there’s anecdotal evidence from dog owners suggesting it can treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as helping to control seizures.
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CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.
How can I use human CBD oil for my dog?
Yes, it’s possible to give your dog human CBD oil.
Here is why:
Your dog (along with most other mammals) actually has the same system to process cannabinoids that you have.
This system is known as the Endocannabinoid System and it helps moderate a whole variety of bodily processes using endocannabinoids.
The CBD and other compounds found in CBD supplements stimulate this system by either activating or blocking the group of receptors it contains. And that’s the same for humans, dogs, cats, horses, and most other mammals.
Many pet owners have used human CBD oil with their pets, especially when they first start experimenting with the supplement and want to gauge its effects.
However, most pet owners quickly move on to proper pet supplements.
How do I dose CBD oil for my Dog?
CBD is a non-toxic compound, meaning it won’t produce any serious side effects should you give your dog too much of it. However, CBD is known to have sedative-like effects in high doses, which can leave your dog feeling sleepy or lethargic.
In rare cases, too much CBD can also cause diarrhea, but that’s not very common. You also have to keep in mind that these effects are temporary and won’t cause your dog any lasting problems, but they’ll still cause some discomfort and should be avoided.
Ideally, you’ll want to start your pet off on a small dose of CBD.
What dosage CBD Oil should I give my dog?
For best results, give your dog 2 doses per day, ideally in the morning and night.
General recommendations are 1mg – 5 mg CBD / 5 kg body weight
Start with a dose on the low end of the range. Changes can occur within 30 min. If there is no change after a day, increase the dosage. Occasionally improvements will take more than one treatment. To control pain, give approximately every 8 hours and for other uses, or to break unwanted behavior patterns, give once or twice a day.
Remember that you cannot overdose and there is no toxicity associated with CBD.