CBD For Dogs; The Most Common Questions Answered

CBD for dogs

What is CBD vs THC?

CBD is cannabidiol which is naturally occurring in both hemp and cannabis. Hemp derived CBD has less than 0.3 % THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis or more commonly called marijuana. 

Some research shows that CBD from marijuana works better, but this is not conclusive. Also, some researchers believe that the psychoactive ingredient THC combined with CBD works better as a pain reliever. This also is not conclusive and is only in humans. THC should not be given to your dog. Dogs do not experience the same enjoyable high that many people experience from THC found in marijuana.  

Is CBD Legal?  

Hemp derived CBD is legal in all 50 states. Marijuana derived CBD is not. 

How does CBD affect dogs?

Since this writing there has been no formal studies on the effects of CBD on dogs. Scientists do know that cannabinoids interact with endocannabinoid receptors which are located in the central and peripheral nervous systems. These systems help to maintain balance in the body and keep it healthy. 

What dog health problems can CBD help?

Some of the common things CBD helps are pain management, controling seizures, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, appetite stimulation and anti-anxiety.

What do veterinarians think about dogs using CBD?

Many states prevent veterinarians from discussing or recommending CBD for dogs due to the unclear legality across many states because of where CBD can be derived. Certain states such as California, allow veterinarians to give recommendations since both hemp and marijuana are legal. 

What are the possible side effects of CBD in dogs?

Dry mouth –  CBD can cause a decrease in saliva and cause your dog to be more thirsty. 

Lowered blood pressure – Higher doses can cause small decreases in blood pressure which can cause your dog to be light headed.  

Drowsiness –  The relaxing effect of CBD can cause drowsiness, especially in higher doses. 

Excess panting, lethargy, vomiting, dribbling urine and loss of balance – if your dog experiences any of these side effects you have given your dog too much. Monitor your dog but don’t worry CBD even in very high doses is not deadly. You can call your veterinarian if you are concerned. 

What are the important things to look for when buying CBD?

CBD for dogs

Buy organic – the CBD should not have pesticides, fungicides or solvents. There should be no chemical additives. 

Buy based on quality not price – high quality and pure CBD is more expensive, especially if it is organic. You should buy organic full spectrum hemp extract. This means that the hemp plant has all the cannabinoids found in the plant. It also contains essential vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll and terpenes.

CO2 extraction should be the process used to extract the CBD from the hemp plant. This extraction process ensures the CBD does not have any harmful chemicals in it. Cheap CBD products use butane or hexane to extract the CBD which can leave chemical residue.

Buy CBD liquid – it will be easier to give to your dog in liquid form. Liquid will be digested faster to feel the benefits. Hemp oil which is derived from hemp seeds, is arguably the best liquid to be combined with the CBD. 

Buy only from a company that explains the dosage – you need to know the mg per dose, whether it is a chew or a liquid. 

What is the correct dosage for my dog?

Start with a low dosage and increase slowly. Most dogs will usually need the average dose for their weight. 

Low  – 0.022 mg/lb

Average – 0.068 mg/lb

High – 0.136 mg/lb

*Example used is for a 15lb. dog and the low dose  

0.022mg x 15lbs = 0.33 mg

About The Author

Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with one of our handicapped dog carts.

We offer a full support dog wheelchair, a dog wheelchair for back legs and the patented SitGo Dog Wheelchair which is also for the hind legs. This is the only one on the market that allows your dog to go from standing to sitting without having to remove it. 

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