You might have heard that CBD oil is now being created for an unexpected member of your family – pets – leading many to ask, “Should I be giving CBD to my pet?”
Yes. Pet’s can benefit from CBD the same way as humans.
It is possible to supplement your pet’s system with CBD, just as you would your own. That is because all mammals, perhaps all vertebrates, have an endocannabinoid system, the bodily system with which cannabinoids interact, meaning that your pet can likely benefit from CBD in much the same ways as you.
What are Pet CBD Supplements?
Many pet owners have begun to incorporate pet-specific CBD supplements into their pet’s diets to promote well-being.
Common CBD supplements for pets include CBD-infused treats, and CBD liquids that can be added to food.
CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids that scientists have so far identified in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids like CBD encourage balance and wellness by interacting with your pet’s endocannabinoid system.
While these natural benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil are less documented in pets, all mammals — including dogs and cats — have similar body systems as humans, suggesting that your furry family member can likely benefit from daily CBD oil supplements in much the same way you do.
Recommended CBD Oils for Pets
Medical Marijuana, Inc. offers a range of CBD oil supplements specifically designed to promote overall health and mental wellbeing in your dogs, cats, horses and other animals. After consulting with leading veterinarians, our subsidiary Phyto Animal Health created safe, effective daily CBD supplements for your four-legged family member.
Benefits of CBD for Pets
Pet owners have found that CBD oil supplements are a natural alternative they can trust to promote well-being in their dogs, cats, and even horses.
The natural health and wellness benefits that come with giving CBD to pets have to do with CBD’s ability to support their endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a major regulatory network that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the body – including regulation of the communication between cells, immune response, and crucial functions like appetite, sleep, mood, and metabolism.
A properly functioning endocannabinoid system is crucial for your pet maintaining health and wellness. CBD can interacts with cannabinoid receptors found throughout your pet’s body, stimulating the endocannabinoid system to keep your pet’s functions in balance.
In veterinary studies, CBD has been shown to work the endocannabinoid system to promote pets’ cardiovascular function, supports healthy joints, and promotes neurological health and emotional behavior.
While the American Veterinary Medical Association has yet to take an official stance on CBD oil as a nutritional supplement, they have adopted a position acknowledging the potential benefits of cannabis in pets: “There is a growing body of veterinary evidence … This herb may be able to improve the quality of life for many patients” Many veterinarians and pet owners have embraced the benefits of CBD for pets.
Made from hemp plants, CBD oil also contains a nutritional profile that many pet owners have found complements the dietary requirements of their animal. Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil provides important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, B12, C, and E.
With hemp-derived CBD supplements, pet owners are able to provide their dog or cat with the natural benefits of cannabinoids and dietary nutrients of hemp oil without worrying about them experiencing a “high” or any other adverse side effects. CBD itself is non-psychoactive, and hemp oil naturally contains only miniscule amounts of the THC, far less than the amount needed for euphoric effects. In all mammals, CBD has shown to be non-toxic and well tolerated, making CBD supplements a safe option for your dogs and cats.
Advantages of Pet-Specific CBD Supplements
CBD supplements that are specifically designed for pets offer various advantages, including:
- Cannabinoid concentrations that are more suitable for pets. CBD serving sizes in pet-specific CBD products are adjusted to account for a pet’s size and weight. As nearly all pets are significantly smaller than adult humans, not as much CBD is needed to adequately stimulate the endocannabinoid system.
- Serving methods that lend themselves to administering a product to a cat, dog, or horse. Pet-specific CBD supplements also generally are available in versatile pourable liquid that is simple to measure and mix into food, and easy-to-administer CBD-infused treats.
- Formulated with flavors pets love. To help with pets who are picky eaters and don’t particularly enjoy CBD oil’s naturally light grassy flavor, CBD is available in the form of treats that feature natural bacon and apple ingredients and cinnamon flavors.
How to Give Pets CBD
Pet-specific CBD products are designed for everyday supplementing to support your pet’s wellbeing. There are a variety of administration methods pet owners can choose from to add CBD to a pet’s daily diet.
Pet CBD supplements that come in a pourable liquid can be given:
- From a Spoon: For dogs and cats who don’t mind the taste of CBD oil, pet owners can measure out the desired serving for a pet onto a spoon and have the animal lick up the CBD liquid.
- On a Treat: Pet owners can help motivate their pet to take their daily CBD supplement by dripping the liquid supplement onto a treat. Generally, wide, dry treats work the best for absorbing the liquid. Sometimes multiple treats are needed to administer a full daily serving.
- Mixed into Food: Pet owners have found that mixing their pet’s CBD liquid directly into their pet’s food helps mask the flavor of CBD oil.
CBD supplements in the form of a treat can be given as a pet owner normally gives their pet a treat. A large majority of pets, particularly dogs, are motivated by pets, making CBD-infused treats a highly effective way to administer a daily supplement.
While you may be looking for a recommended “dose” of CBD in the traditional sense of dietary supplements, the fact is there is no such thing.
Dietary supplements designed for pets are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA considers all supplements for pets as “feed supplements” and classifies them as either “foods” or “new animal drugs.”
The FDA, however, has not provided any type of recommended daily serving size for CBD for pets. To comply with FDA regulations, Medical Marijuana, Inc. does not list any type of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of our own for any of our products.
Ultimately, the amount of CBD you feel is best for your pet is up to you and your veterinarian. You may find that your dog, cat, or horse responds best with either a higher or lower CBD serving than recommended usage amounts.
When trying to determine the ideal amount of CBD for your pet, it is recommended that you first begin with a very small serving and gradually work your way up over a series of weeks. This allows you to monitor how your pet responds to the CBD supplements and helps you dial in on the optimal serving size.
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