CBD & Your Pets

CBD & Your Pets

The endocannabinoid system is found in every mammal on earth! Which means that we can all experience the amazing benefits of CBD. The endocannabinoid system or ECS, is something that we share with our pets, meaning that the effects of CBD on humans and the effects on animals are just about the same.

The general fear for pet owners giving CBD to pets is associated with the fact that many people do not understand the key differences between CBD and THC. At first glance, it would appear as though CBD could have psychoactive effects on pets, similar to THC. However, we know that this is not the case. The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD does not have any intoxicating effects. The feeling that THC gives us that we call a “high” is our body reacting to the psychoactive properties of the compound; and when ingested by pets, these effects can be dangerous or anxiety-inducing. Never give your pets any THC Edibles or Tinctures.

How Much CBD For My Furry Friend?

There is no clear-cut chart that will tell you how much CBD you should be giving your pets. Determining the serving size for your pets will be a bit more difficult because your pets can’t tell you how the dose is affecting them. Even physical indications from your pets may be too subtle to notice so always monitor them. The best way to  determine how much CBD to give your pet is based on weight. 1mg for every 10lbs seems the standard dose recommended by most CBD companies. Meaning that a 20lb dog should start with 2mg. Now, every animal is different and depending on the severity of the issue being treated it may call for a larger dose. I recommend increasing by .5mg every 4-5 days until you start seeing improvement. Bigger, heavier animals will need higher amounts of CBD to feel the effects than smaller, lighter animals. A Chihuahua and a Thoroughbred should not be taking the same amount of CBD.

Can Pets Have Human CBD or Will it Hurt Them?

Your CBD and your pet’s CBD are extracted from hemp plants in the same way. There is no structural difference between the CBD that you and your pet consume. But, the answer to this question is a bit complicated. Your pet can consume your CBD, as long as it does not include any additives specific to humans but not animals. But you have to be very careful not to give them a concentration that’s identical to what you would personally take. To avoid running into this situation simply use a pet-focused CBD product when treating your animals, and always consult a licensed veterinarian before starting any treatment for your furry family members.