With all the claims for Cbd Oil being made it just gas to peak every dog owners interest.
Is it a cure all or just marketing hype to pull in pet owners with a holistic bent. This is a small list of the claims made for Cbd Oil
Organic CBD Oil For Your Dog
CBD has been the subject of a lot of research studies and have been found to:
- Reduce seizures and epilepsy
- Stop tumor growth and cause cancer cell death
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve pain and inflammation
- Protect the nervous system and help with neurodegenerative diseases
- Reduce nausea
- Promote heart health
CBD oil of any weight we are told, carries a certificate of analysis. Many hemp products purport to guarantee a high amount of beneficial ingredients. Without of course a significant amount of the psychoactive THC, which is poisonous to dogs
Dogs do not build up a tolerance to hemp, we are told.
How Does CBD Affect Dogs?
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
Risks of Using CBD
The safety and risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched. Also there has not been a a dosing chart issued. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.
CBD Products on the Market
If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.
- Look for organic. If the CBD oil is not organic, it at least should not contain pesticides, fungicides, or solvents.
- Don’t price shop. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could have toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. Make sure your CBD oil is free of additives.
- Get the analysis. The manufacturer should provide a certificate that tells you the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
- Buy CBD as a tincture. You can buy dog treats containing CBD, but the best form to administer is a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop.
So, Can You Give Human CBD Oil to Dogs?
Yes, it’s possible to give your dog human CBD oil.
This system is known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and it helps moderate a whole variety of bodily processes using endocannabinoids (like anandamide and 2-AG).
The CBD and other compounds found in CBD supplements stimulate this system by either activating or blocking the group of receptors it contains.
And that’s the same for humans, dogs, cats, horses, and most other mammals.
Many pet owners have used human CBD oil with their pets, especially when they first start experimenting with the supplement and want to gauge its effects.
However, most pet owners quickly move on to proper pet supplements.
What Dosage To Use
Below is an outline of 3 different dosage strengths (low, medium, and high) you can use to help you dose your human CBD oil for your dog.
- 0.05mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight (low)
- 0.125mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight (mid)
- 0.25mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight (high)
For best results, give your dog 2 doses per day, ideally in the morning and night.
In order to get an exact dose, you’ll want to take the total strength of your CBD oil and divide it by the total amount of oil in the pack.
This will tell you how much CBD is in 1 ml of oil.
For example, a 30ml bottle of 125mg CBD oil contains 4.16mg of CBD per ml.
Given that a single drop from a dropper holds roughly 0.05ml, you can calculate that a single drop of oil contains 0.2mg of CBD.
From there, work out how many drops of oil your dog needs based on his/her body weight.
For example, a 30kg Labrador would need 15 drops of the oil I mentioned above.
A 10kg French Bulldog, on the other hand, would need only 5 drops.
VMD statement on veterinary medicinal products containing Cannabidiol
The VMD considers that veterinary products containing Cannabidiol are veterinary medicines.
Veterinary medicinal products containing Cannabidiol
We consider that veterinary products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are veterinary medicines and should be regulated as such. We have made this decision on the basis that products containing CBD fulfil the following definition of a veterinary medicine in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) by virtue of the effects they have:
“any substance or combination of substances that may be used in, or administered to, animals with a view either to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, or to making a medical diagnosis.”
Link to statement here
So it seems even the VMD are jumping on the band wagon or they know for sure something we don’t.
So With All The CBD Hype and Claims What To Do ?
Well as I have stated before here, Saber suffers from car sickness and as such a form of anxiety. Can CBD Oil be the cure I need?. Well I thought why not? It will at the very least serve as a good food supplement (another claim for CBD Oil)
Lets Order Some And See The Results First Hand
Of I went scouring the internet for some organic CBD Oil with Golden Paste (More On That Later)
Looking at all the advice given I ensured the Oil I bought had a third party lab analysis that could be viewed, to ensure CBD oil content and the very least amount of THC contained within.
What is Golden Paste?
Golden Paste is a turmeric-based paste that can be taken orally by people and pets. It is widely known to have the following benefits:
- It’s a natural anti-inflammatory
- Has anti-bacterial properties
- Promotes natural detoxification
- Provides natural pain relief
- Has anti-cancer properties
- And much, much more!
Golden Paste Directions:
- Mix the turmeric with the water in a pan.
- Start with 1 cup water and add more only if needed.
- Stir the liquid on medium/low heat and in about 7 to 10 minutes, it should form a thick paste.
- If your paste looks watery, just add a bit more turmeric and heat it for another couple of minutes.
- Once you’ve got a paste, add the pepper and oil, then stir it very well.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then place it in a jar with a lid and store it in your fridge. Ideally, you should store the paste for no more than two weeks … after that, you’ll want to make a fresh batch.
Back To The Plot
Having ordered said oil with turmeric and black pepper infused into the CBD Oil and having seen the third party analysis from a lab. The wait began for the package to arrive.
I didn’t have long to wait as it happens, the parcel arrived next day by courier.
Having all the knowledge of the contents and the formula for working out the dosage needed for a 38Kg dog I chased Saber round the house with the dropper in hand. (he hates anything that even looks like medicine)
The dosage came out as being 6 drops daily so three in the morning and three at night. The claim made is that with food it can take up to 45-90 minutes to help calm the dog or directly on the gums even quicker effect is seen.
CBD oil should always be given within half an hour either way of feeding.
So after all this did it help, short answer is no, categorically no. Apart from not reducing his anxiety towards travel the other claim made is it helps with motion sickness. Therefore I can state that after a week of giving Saber CBD Oil it did nothing to affect either of these symptoms, nothing,Nada.
Having said that though neither have the other zillion calming aids I have tried with Saber. All of these have been used with B.A.T. training (Behavioural Adjustment Training)
So for Saber and myself it is back to the drawing board.
Have you had any success with CBD Oil let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear of your experience with your dogs ailments.