As cannabis legalization sweeps the globe, the limelight is expanding to include several of the plant’s many compounds. One of them is CBD—a name we’re sure you’ve heard if you’ve been anywhere near the internet in the last decade. Endless news stories and enthused celebrities have been touting its possible benefits for years, making CBD pretty difficult to ignore. For many, CBD has become part of their daily routine, whether in their morning workout regimen, or in their evening cocktails, people are finding all sorts of ways to incorporate CBD into their lives. And sometimes that includes giving small doses to their dogs.
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active compound found in hemp, a species of the cannabis plant. Unlike its sister THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, from the marijuana species), it is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t make you feel high. CBD has a long history, beginning in the 1940s when Illinois-based chemist Roger Adams first isolated it from other cannabis compounds. Since then, the fight to legalize has taken CBD on a wild ride, finally ending its illegal status in most states when the Farm Bill was passed in 2018.
How Do I Give CBD to My Dog?
If you’ve decided to try giving CBD to your canine kid, there’s a few things you should know. First, figure out how much your dog weighs. A basic rule of thumb is to give 0.2mg of CBD per pound. So, for a 25 pound dog, administer 5mg, 50 pounds=10mg, etc… You’ll also want to consider your dog’s activity level, general state of health, and what condition you’re looking to treat. We suggest you start very slowly, monitor your dog, then work your way up if need be. Use a lower potency oil (like our 500mg Hemp Extract Tincture) for your four-legged friends, and always consult your veterinarian in advance.
If you’ve ever given your dog oral medicine, you know how difficult it can be to get them to sit still and open wide. But, if they’re a well-behaved dog in this sense, the best way to administer CBD is under the tongue. If your pup is a little more rambunctious, try putting it inside a treat, or adding it to their food bowl.
So, Should I or Shouldn’t I?
If you’re unsure about whether or not to give CBD to your dog, we encourage you to do some research, test the waters, and use caution. CBD research on dogs has shown some promising results, but is still in the preliminary stage at this point. If you decide to go ahead, make sure you manage your expectations, and (we repeat) discuss your plan with your veterinarian first.
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