CBD for Pets
The CBD pet market has been booming recently with the help of social media displaying the wonderful stories of CBD aiding owners and their pets. One example is the study pointing to reduce seizure frequency in dogs!
Can CBD oil really have an impact on your pet? Is it really all its made up to be? Are there health risks?
Keep reading to uncover the answers to these questions and more!
Quick Summary of CBD Oil and CBD for Pets:
First, let's review the basics. What exactly is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It's one of the many active compounds found in hemp plants. These plant compounds are called phytocannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoids can interact with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). Both humans and animals have an ECS. According to Healthline, The ECS is responsible for regulating everyday functions such as:
- Inflammatory system
- Digestive system
- Joints and mobility
- Heart health
- Appetite and nausea
- Brain health for aging pets
- Immune system responses
- Muscle formation
- Bone remodeling and growth
- Reproductive system function
- Chronic pain
- Cardiovascular system function
- Liver function
If an internal or external factor impacts your pet's health, the body’s natural ECS kicks in to keep the body in a state of homeostasis. For example, the ECS might trigger an inflammatory response to fight infections or heal wounds.
The ECS has three essential components:
- Endocannabinoids — which the body produces to ensure internal functions run smoothly.
- Receptors — which are located throughout the body and tell endocannabinoids to take action
- Enzymes — which break down endocannabinoids once the problem is resolved.
Phytocannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with the ECS, though it is unclear to researchers exactly how at the moment. THC is the phytocannabinoid that contains psychoactive properties. CBD, on the other hand, won't cause psychoactive effects.
Some researchers believe that THC works by binding with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Though, scientists don't all quite exactly agree on how CBD interacts with these receptors. One popular theory is that CBD keeps enzymes from breaking down endocannabinoids.
How Can CBD Benefit Pets?
Remember, everyone including your pets can react differently to CBD. Dosage and factors such as body weight can cause different effects.
The ECS regulates the body's inflammatory response. According to Medical News Today, inflammation is associated with certain health conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart Disease
- Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's)
CBD has been known to reduce inflammation and chronic pain in various studies. Even recommended by Medical News Today to alleviate stress in various pain points throughout the body.
Will My Pet Get High?
You also may be wondering if CBD will alter the way your pet feels. Will it make them “high?” You can rest assured that the answer is no. CBD formulated for pets has negligible amounts of THC. For example, our line of CBD Pet Tinctures contains only 1 mg of THC in the 1 oz. bottle. That means a full 1 ml dropper serving contains only .03 mg of THC.
Choosing CBD Products for Pets
Quiet Fox Farms makes our products on our very own farm without:
When choosing CBD oil for your pet, look for:
- Organic products
- The THC level (look for products with less than 0.3% THC)
- Third-party lab tests
- Products that don't contain herbicides, heavy metals, or pesticides
Consider choosing between liquid CBD oil or CBD pet treats. Pet treats have pre-measured servings. However, using CBD oil allows you to adjust the serving as needed.
How Much CBD do I Give to my Pet?
First, take a look at the product you purchase. How much CBD is in the bottle? The amount can vary depending on the brand and product.
The concentration will determine how much CBD is in each drop. Then, you can determine the right serving for your pet.
Start low and go slow. Give your pet a small amount of CBD to start. Then, wait to see if they experience effects.
If your pet gets drowsy, it's likely you gave them too much. Instead, lower the serving.
If they don't experience effects, try slowly increase their serving over time. Stop increasing the serving once they experience results. And stop if there are any adverse effects.
CBD isnt just for humans - its useful for your beloved pets as well!
Remember, every human and pet reacts a little differently. Maintain an open mind before using CBD for the first time.
Interested in trying CBD for your pet? We have exactly what you're looking for!