Really quick before we jump into the golden nuggets of CBD for pets, some context below.
Brief side note: If you recall from the last blog post on getting my mom started with CBD tea, she’s been getting her neurons firing by learning about the world of cannabis healing and self-care. As a retired foster mother, she’s hoping to be able to use her newfound knowledge to not only keep her mental health in check but also for the emotional and spiritual health of her and her family.
Mama Potter is back at it again with another fascinating topic in the cannabis industry- CBD for pets:
We have all heard of cannabis and CBD being so beneficial for our human endocannabinoid system- but what about our furry friends?
Mammalian pets have an endocannabinoid system same as humans.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors to maintain balance in the body.
Benefits of CBD
Listed below are the 7 most common benefits of CBD:
- pain killer
- stress relief
- combats nausea
- promotes homeostasis (steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions within the body)
CBD can be used for pain as it has an impact on the inflammatory response. Since dogs and cats’ bodies work similarly to humans, it is likely that CBD is able to reduce their physical pain.
CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in humans. Our pets suffer from the same feelings but can’t verbalize it to us.
CBD may even be useful if your pet has symptoms that include nausea or seizures. A bit of CBD may be just what the doctor ordered! Not literally since most states do not allow vets to discuss CBD much less recommend or prescribe it. Hopefully, in the future, veterinarians everywhere will be properly trained to be able to help with cannabinoid options for our pets. Have you had any luck on this front? If so, please leave a comment and share your story!
potential side effects of cbd for pets
The potential side effects of CBD for pets are few and mild. They include dry mouth, temporary lowered blood pressure and drowsiness.
I recommend keeping a journal once you start. Include information such as the dosage, time given, and reactions. Watch for negative side effects such as vomiting or disorientation. Stop immediately if you see negative side effects.
If your pet is taking other medications, discuss the addition of CBD with your veterinarian before adding it.
It’s best to go low and slow when starting. Wait about a week before increasing the dosage. Continue this way until the desired results are achieved. The recommended beginning dosage is 0.5 mg CBD per every 2.2 pounds of body weight.
Use CBD specifically made for animals. Oil form is best so that you can easily manage the dose.
Choose a product that has certificates of analysis and third-party testing. Do your due diligence and research the company you purchase your CBD from.
I hope and expect you to see improvement in the overall health of your pet. He or she should show signs of reduced pain should pain currently be an issue. If your pet suffers from stress and/or anxiety, you should notice a calmer animal.
Welcome! My name is Lindsey. Blazed + Amused is a space for personal growth, development and empathy with Mama Ganja as our intuitive healing tool. I serve those looking to change their story from burn out and apathy to Blazed and Amused, a lifted lifestyle from the inside out. By combining cannabis wellness, cognitive science and creative inspiration, I create tools of change + connection. My meaningful work is to help bring more mindfulness and fulfilment to your rituals around Mary Jane. Check out my weed blog or 420 Shop for more. Cheers!