Cannabis has always been a staple in the apothecary bundles for ages and has benefited people and their best furry friends alike, be it warriors consuming weed/ cannabis/ marijuana for relaxation or feeding hemp to war/racehorses for better recovery. Over the course of time, with its wellness and psychedelic properties cannabis has been a staple. In the past decade due to the advent of pet wellness trends and the availability of different over the counter supplements, cannabinoids have somewhat lost their popularity, but thanks to legalization of cannabis and subsequent research initiatives, use of CBD for pets is gaining traction.
As with any new trend there has been a lot of misinformation or rather exaggeration of accurate information on what to use and what to avoid when it comes to our beloved furry friends. We always want to do what is best for our pup’s or kittens but before that let us all understand what works and what doesn’t when it comes to pets.
There has been a drastic increase in the number of pet poisoning cases since the legalization marijuana mainly because of the lack of knowledge about which part or what extract of marijuana must be fed to the pets (cats and dogs alike) and what must be avoided (especially dogs). Dogs generally suffer from marijuana toxicosis by eating any part of the actual plant (including leaves, stem, flower, seeds or bud), from smoke inhalation above and beyond their tolerance capability, consuming hash oil, or even by ingesting too much cannabis mixed palatable baked goods.
One must always realize that pets have higher sensitivity against the psychedelic effects of THC as compared to humans and much more responsive and welcoming to the soothing effects of CBD. Dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains and thus the effects are more drastic and dramatic in case of THC which easily results in TOXICOSIS in pets.
A basic relation between pet wellness and CBD can be aptly described by a quote as:
“pets are our link to paradise, and the we store recommends CBD for them”
CBD or cannabidiol as a compound is found in cannabis and hemp of which purest form of CBD is extracted from HEMP and not marijuana which interacts with the receptors in the brain to maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state. As per anecdotal evidences from various dog owners which suggest that CBD helps alleviate pain and control seizures in dogs. Some dog owners also swear to the cardiac benefits, appetite stimulation, anti-nausea effects, anti-anxiety impact etc., but such benefits lack any conclusive data to this end. The potential wellness effects of CBD on dogs may be summarized as:
- Improves appetite and digestive health
- Promotes heart health
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces anxiety
- Helps against arthritis and joint pain
- Helps nervous system
- Helps with epilepsy
- Helps against phobias (fireworks, thunderstorms etc)
- Alleviates skin problems
To sum up in the words of pet owns and their testimonials, what CBD oil feels like is
- The absence of anxiousness
- The absence of stress
- The absence of nerves
- The absence of irritability
- The absence of sleeplessness
- The absence of restlessness
- The absence of fogginess
- The absence of pain
- The absence of blah- blah-blah
“there is no real identifiable point that things happen with CBD, there is just the absence of after your pet takes it”
With such a scope of benefits and advantages the question which begs the answer is the dosing protocol and the recommended dosage for your furry companion to reap full benefits and aid in their wellness and the product which must be used for proper dosing.
CBD oils provide an added benefit in the ease of dosing and a much refined range of products classification for customer satisfaction. The We Store a locally owned and operated marijuana dispensary, provides the largest and well curated selection of CBD, THC, Craft strains, traditional strains, Indica, Sativa, and hybrid strains, Pre-rolls, 510 cartridges, PAX cartridges, disposable vapes, vapes, lotions, oils, capsules, concentrates like shatter, rosin, resin, hash, hash rosin, keif, gummies, baked goods, cookies, chocolates, drinks aka CBD/THC/ Cannabis infused beverages rec., products which are of the highest quality and go through strict quality testing by the OCS and Health Canada.
A general rule of thumb for dosing CBD for pets which must be followed is:
|Dog size||Weight range||Minimum dosage||Dosing protocol||Maximum dosage|
|Small||2-15 lbs||1.00 Mg||Add0.50 mg every 3 days till an improvement is visible||15 Mg per day |
Max 2 doses per day
|Medium-small||15-30 lbs||1.00Mg||Add 1.00 Mg every 3 days till visible improvements are visible||20 Mg per day|
Max 2 doses per day
|Medium-large||30-60 lbs||2.00Mg||Add 1.00 Mg every 3 days till visible improvements are visible||30 Mg per day|
Max 2 doses per day
|Large||60- 150 lbs||3.00Mg||Add 1.00 Mg every 3 days till visible improvements are visible||Till signs of relief are not observed. Max 2 doses per day|
* always consult your vet-nary doctor for dosages and use to ensure overall wellness and better results.
* any information on this page must not be used to dose or introduce THC/CBD in your pets lifestyle without consultation with a licensed veterinarian.
A simple formula for better deduction of dosage for your pet which works effectively in most of the cases is:
“0.25mgCBD X 1lb of body weight = regular dose” ie,
For a dog/ cat or any pet weighing 8-pound weight the optimum dosage would be: 0.25 X 8 = 2.00 Mg CBD
A quick reference to how common CBD concentrations work out are:
- 150 mg CBD oil contains 10mg/ml of CBD or 0.25 mg of CBD per drop
- 300 mg CBD oil contains 20mg/ml of CBD or 0.50 mg of CBD per drop
- 600 mg CBD oil contains 40mg/ml of CBD or 1.00 mg of CBD per drop
Of the many factors determining the CBD dosages for pets is type of product used and the brands used. These products come in mainly 4 forms:
- CBD and Hemp oil
- Topical rubs
- Treats (edibles)
- CBD and Hemp oils: These are the best options available and offer highest bioavailability, i.e. least amount of CBD oil is needed for maximum desired effects.
- Capsules/ soft chews: With a fixed concentration per pill and an ease of feeding makes them another most desirable product, it also helps when dogs don’t like the distinct product of oils.
- Topical Rubs: For point specific or area specific operations these are the best products which also aid in joint pain mitigation and overall wellness
- Treats: These offset the typical medicinal tastes in CBD oils and Capsules, come with a fixed CBD dosage, but are slow acting as edibles have to pass through the digestive tracts of dogs into the blood stream and hence have slower onsets
In summary CBD leaves plenty of room for experimentation with different dosages and multiple products. After all, cannabidiol (CBD) is nontoxic and there are no major side effects of using it on your pets. But, in case you went overboard or your pet has consumed excessive quantities of treats the things to expect are:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
Other than these symptoms if you avoid heroic dosages on your pets there is nothing to be worried about and cannabidiol can be taken regularly without the risk of building tolerance or severe side effects as compared to other pharmaceutical alternatives.
For a better and fuller experience, a visit to your nearest We-Store dispensary is highly recommended. With a plethora of pet friendly products and an array of pet treats and certified Budtenders, the we stores are a dream come true for weed/ Cannabis/ Marijuana connoisseurs and their pets alike.