People often ask their vets or friends if they have been giving their dogs CBD Oil and if it does anything for the pets, and if they can share theirs with their pet instead of buying 2 separate bottles for each of them?
The simple answer is – Research suggests that it is safe to share your CBD with your pet. But there are a few precautions to keep in mind when doing this.
The scientific name of CBD is cannabidiol and according to our internal system, which is also known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), it has been found that both humans and our pets have a similar one, so the good news is we both can metabolize cannabinoids perfectly well without causing any diverse effects. In other words, the ingredient is processed in both ours and our pet’s systems in the same way, so thus it seems safe to give dogs our CBD oil. To learn more about this biological system you can find some interesting literature online, for instance, this one that explains everything from what it is and how it works https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system
Three Main Types of CBD oil
On the market, you will usually find three main types of CBD oil for human consumption, there are:
Broad-spectrum CBD oil — this type has both CBD and terpenes, but no THC. It should be used with caution when giving it to your pets.
Full-spectrum CBD oil — this has CBD, terpenes and 0.3% THC — the THC included in this type is included in very small amounts and is unlikely to affect your pet negatively. However, the recommendation is to choose a pure CBD isolate oil instead.
CBD Isolate — this is 99.99% pure CBD with no THC— and this is the type that is normally recommended for pets.
CBD Oil with less than 0.3% THC is generally a safer option to give your pets (and yourself) anything higher may cause issues.
The important thing to remember is this is still considered a remedy for health issues and needs to be treated like one and as such there are some restrictions to pay heed to…
Things to Keep in Mind
- First and foremost, speak to your vet about it. Show them your bottle and let them decide if it is okay for you to give your pet the same one or if your pet has any health issues that may be negatively affected.
- Make sure that when dosing your pet with your CBD Oil, that it has less than 0.3% THC of the cannabis oil in it. In Europe, the number is even less – 0.2% THC.
- One would normally think to follow the instructions on the bottle; however, it would be recommended to use a lesser dose than instructed on the packaging.
Animals might process CBD in a dissimilar way than its human counterparts, and this is still in its research stages, but what has been witnessed is that both have the internal mechanisms to allow for the benefits of using the product. Some aspects that have been seen to have a positive effect are Inflammation, anxiety, pain-relief in dogs with arthritis, calming effects on aggressive pets to name a few.
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Three things that CBD Oil is:
A Regulator: because it has been known to help regulate the levels of various chemicals in our body.
An Adaptogen: It has been known to bring a sense of calm and help us adapt to stress a lot better.
A Modulator: Not only does it regulate but it also helps maintain healthy levels of various chemicals in our bodies.
Homeostasis is the process by which our endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates the various processes and chemicals as mentioned above and the cannabinoid receptors are responsible for stabilizing everything for optimal functionality, of both our overall health well-being. See how this combination works here.
Also, researchers have acknowledged over 40 different ways in which this product acts once ingested. All these mechanisms help us achieve this process of homeostasis. So, when it comes to promoting an overall healthy balance, we can all agree that it does a perfectly good job in the human body, so why would it not do the same for our pets’ bodies?
If you look at this topic a step further and consider the extraction processes of both CBD oil meant for human consumption and that of animals, they are both done in the same way. So the one you choose should be extracted in a sanitized and organic environment under natural conditions and with less than 0.3% THC.
In the end, giving your pet your CBD oil seems to be a safe option. The only thing that may not work is the taste. If your pet does not like your version, you may just need to try out a different one, keeping in mind not to give it anything that has added sugar, xylitol, grape seed oil or artificial additives in them which will cause more harm than good, opening up a world of other complications you want to avoid.