CBD for pets is quite the popular trend right now, but there is still much confusion among pet owners about how to get it, how to administer it, and even if it works.
Why and how it works
CBD in dogs works similarly the way it works in humans by stimulating the endocannabinoid system to create balance in the body. This biological system exists to regulate functions such as eating, sleeping, and maintaining balance throughout the body (homeostasis). This results in helping to: relieve pain, reduce neurological problems, reduce anxiety, and address a variety of other problems in your furry friend.
As with anything you give your dog, you should always monitor their behavior specially when giving CBD the first time. Generally speaking, CBD is safe in dogs provided that you are getting it from a reputable company.
We always suggest starting with a low dosage and seeing how it affects your dog before moving up. For the most common ailments, such as anxiety or mild pain, the lowest dose twice a day works very well. Even for more severe problems, the positive reaction to CBD can be profound enough at this low dosage to benefit the quality of life entirely. Every dog is unique and will process cannabinoids differently, meaning that there is no one-size-fits-all dose for all dogs. The best way to make sure that your dog is receiving an adequate amount of CBD is start low and monitor behavior for 5-10 days before increasing intake.
Is THC necessary for CBD to work?
A. No. This was a common belief before more research was done regarding hemp’s other cannabinoids. New information has shown that THC and CBD can sufficiently function without the other. Full spectrum products that are THC-free but still have several other cannabinoids present are the most beneficial as the cannabinoids are able to complement each other’s individual effects.
Is THC safe to use in pets?
A. Folium Biosciences does not recommend giving THC to animals. Every species will experience different reactions to the compound. Dogs have been found to be highly sensitive to its psychoactive properties, while cats have been shown to be less susceptible. THC in larger animals like horses can be potentially dangerous to both the animal and owner, due to THC causing excessive excitement or positive drug tests.
Is THC an important medicinal cannabinoid?
A. THC does have clinical value when combined with CBD for severe pain and aggressive types of cancer. Other than those two applications, the other major and minor cannabinoids and terpenes found in full spectrum hemp extracts are more than adequate to address most clinical conditions responsive to cannabinoids.