How Dogs Can Benefit from CBD

We consider our canine companions as part of the family, bringing joy and providing emotional support each day. We want our dogs to be in great health; however, they can be prone to ailments and behavioral issues.

Not only do humans benefit from CBD, but also dogs. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors located in different body parts, which control several physiological processes such as sensitivity to pain, appetite, and memory. All mammals are also prone to endocannabinoid deficiency, which is why CBD can help replenish and stimulate the ECS.

CBD is the cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive compound, which means your pet cannot get “high” from ingesting it. In fact, dogs can tolerate CBD oil—even in large doses—to treat and manage various ailments.

Your pet dog may benefit from CBD oil if they are experiencing one of the following ailments:

  • Chronic or acute pain
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Sensitive skin or psoriasis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Motion sickness
  • Anxiety such as situation anxiety and separation anxiety
  • Lack of appetite

The most common form of CBD oil for dogs are tinctures since they provide the fastest symptom relief. Approximately 1.25 to 2.5 mg of CBD is the proper dose for smaller dogs, while 12.5 mg per day applies to larger canines. Other popular forms are capsules because they are easily measurable and even treats if your dog is a picky eater.

Remember, not all CBD products are meant for both humans and dogs. Since CBD products specifically for dogs are becoming more popular, many distributors are taking advantage of the new market.

Always purpose CBD products made for pets since they take into account dosage and potency measurements for each type of animal. Ensure it is organic since contaminants can be found in the soil which grew the plants. Reputable companies may provide proof of analysis which shoes their product has been lab tested to be free from THC, contaminants, bacteria, and residual solvents.

For maximum absorption, select products infused with coconut or olive oil without alcohol. But stay away from products which have essential oils since they could be toxic to dogs and cause skin irritation.

If you are interested in using CBD oil for your dogs, seek medical advice from your vet. CBD is legal if it is made from industrial hemp containing no more than 0.3 percent THC. If your dispensary doesn’t have it, check your local pet store or order products online from a specific company.

For more information about the benefits of CBD, contact our New Jersey medical marijuana doctor today.