Is it save giving CBD to your pets?
As CBD is considered to be effective for humans. We get often questions if it is possible to give it to our pets as well.
To answer this question some points need to be clarified firstly.
It is important to be well informed on CBD.
We are no medical or veterinarian specialist, we are therefore unable to make any medical statement. But we hope this article will give you the information you were looking for.
How CBD Affects Humans
The human body produces certain cannabinoids, these ensures a correct balance within the body. All cannabinoids, including CBD, look for and activate cannabinoid receptors in the body and brain to produce their effects on coordination and movement, inflammation, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, among others. CBD tells the body to use more of its own cannabinoids, to create this balance and therefore reduce negative effects. Cannabidiol help us to maintain our general health and wellbeing.
Research has shown that cannabinoids may be effective in the treatment of certain symptoms, from pain to anxiety. It is understandable that people are interested in whether it could help their pets, too.
CBD has the same effect on your pets
As said, cannabinoids are interacting with endocannabinoid receptors. Animals often experience similar ailments as humans and since animals have these same receptors and they may all be able to benefit from what CBD has to offer.
Veterinarians can help us describe your pet’s symptoms, but pet owners want to prevent diseases and disorders as much as possible before they occur. Since CBD can improve general health, it may help to fight any illness before they occur. It can help your pet stay healthy.
The potential benefits of CBD for your pet.
CBD as a painkiller
CBD has been recognized to combat pain. A study by Ethan Russo (Director of Research and Development for the ICCI) showed that CBD can influence the inflammatory response and thus reduce the symptoms of pain. For dogs and cats, it works in a similar way. CBD can also reduce their experienced pain.
CBD can reduce anxiety and stress
CBD may be able to reduce nausea and seizures
What are the risks of giving CBD to your pet?
Animals have the cannabinoid receptors, just like we do, but they may have more cannabinoid receptors than we do. This makes them more sensitive to the effects of cannabis. If you give your pet THC, it may be more harmful than CBD.
There are potential risks. Although the side effects of CBD are minor, you should be careful about the amount you give your pet. The side effects for pets are like those for humans:
– Dry mouth: CBD can reduce the production of saliva; your pet can become very thirsty and need to drink more.
– Reduced blood pressure: After ingestion, this can lead to dizziness. If your pet already suffers from low blood pressure, do not give him CBD.
– Sleepiness: The sedative effects of CBD can lead to drowsiness, so it is important to maintain a healthy dose that does not affect them too negatively.
We cannot provide clear evidence about the risks of CBD use for your pet, so we always recommend that you consult a veterinary professional or carry out additional research yourself.
Keep a close eye on your pet’s reaction when you give for the first time CBD and respect the indicated dosage.
CBD overdose is typically not a cause for alarm, since side effects like fatigue and drooling are usually mild. In fact, the World Health Organization has announced that CBD is non-addictive and non-toxic.
How do you give CBD to your pet?
CBD in the form of oil is the easiest to give to your pet. It is the easiest way to dose and incorporate it into your pet’s food.
When you give your pet CBD for the first time, we recommend starting with 0.5 mg CBD per kilo body weight per day. (note one drop June Pure CBD oil is 0.4 mg CBD)
If you don’t see any negative side effects (such as vomiting, sedation, disorientation, etc.) then you can gradually increase the dose after about a week.
Keep track of what you have given your pet. This is the best way to ensure their safety. It is also best to arrange a visit to the vets to check their weight, blood pressure and a few other general things related to their health.