Is CBD safe for your pets?
The effects of CBD come from its ability to stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the regulation of several bodily functions. This organic system is found in every mammal on earth, meaning that many animals also possess it. This system is something that we share with our pets, and differences are minute enough that the effects of CBD on a human and the effects on an animal are extremely similar.
The general fear for pet safety when being given CBD is associated with the fact that many people do not understand the key differences between CBD and THC. It is very easy to mix up the two, as they come from the same group of plants and are structurally very similar. At first glance, it would appear as though CBD could have psychoactive effects on your pet, similar to THC. However, this is not the case in reality. The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD does not have any intoxicating attributes. 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. We cannot stress enough: CBD lacks these psychoactive properties, and our pet tinctures are lab tested to ensure less than 0.3% THC is included in the final product.
As is the rule with human consumption of CBD, all of these products are meant to be used in moderation.
How much CBD oil do I give my pets?
There is no clear-cut single number that will tell you how much CBD you should be giving your pets. You should follow similar steps as those that you would follow when consuming your own CBD oil. Individual products will provide you with recommended serving sizes and instructions on how to administer their respective juices, oils and gummies. These estimated servings are meant to set an average size that will be adequate for those falling between novice and moderate CBD usage. Those who have used CBD products for years and have had time to build a tolerance to it will likely need to determine their own personal serving size.
Determining personal serving size with your pets will be a bit more difficult, because your pets cannot simply tell you how the recommended size is affecting them. Even physical indications from your pets may be too subtle to notice, so it is best to determine serving size based on their weight. The amount of CBD that your pet should consume will scale upward with its weight. Bigger, heavier animals will need larger portions of CBD to feel its effects than smaller, lighter animals. A Chihuahua and a Thoroughbred should not be taking the same amount of CBD. Generally, small pets should be given a portion of CBD either equal to or less than the recommended amount, while larger pets can be given portions equal to or larger than it.
Where do I buy CBD oil for my pets locally?
Purchasing CBD oil locally for your pets can be tricky. Many chain companies (for now) are wary of CBD, which keeps them from stocking up on CBD products and selling them to their customers. The best thing that you could do is go online and research the smaller stores in your area that may carry the products. Places such as animal boutiques and clinics may carry CBDfx CBD oils. These stores often are not parts of chains and have a bit more freedom to select the items that they offer to their customers. Certain websites will help you search for stores that carry CBD oil for pets near you as well, making it even easier to identify places of interest.
As is true for the CBD oil that you would consume, it is always recommended to purchase your pet’s CBD oil from a source like CBDfx, that can guarantee its quality. If the brand that you are purchasing oil from does not provide you with lab reports or another form of assurance that their products have been tested, then it might be smart to shop elsewhere. Reputable CBD companies will often post their lab reports online along with the products, offering physical evidence that their oils are top-of-the-line and only contain what they have stated in their products’ descriptions.
What is the difference between people CBD and pet CBD?
The major difference between your CBD and your pet’s CBD is that a product geared toward pets is going to provide a concentration of CBD more suited to their size and weight. Cannabidiol intake varies from person to person, as well as from animal to animal. One big factor in determining adequate CBD serving size is weight. Someone who weighs more is going to need more CBD in order to feel the same effects as someone who is lighter. Similarly, height can play a part in the effectiveness of CBD on humans and animals. A grandmother and a professional wrestler will be consuming different serving sizes of CBD, and comparisons like this can be made for animals as well. For these reasons, the CBD provided to your pet and the CBD provided to you are of very different concentrations.
CBD meant for human consumption and CBD meant for animal consumption have much more in common than you may think. The similarities begin at the very point of cultivation; your CBD and your pet’s CBD are extracted from hemp plants in the same fashion. Whether the CBD comes as an isolate or as a broad spectrum extract, there is no difference at the structural level between the CBD that you and your pet would be consuming. This leads into the second major similarity between the two: the effects. Since the hemp extracts present in the products are cultivated by the same means, and since they affect the same systems in our bodies and those of our pets, the effects that we feel and those that animals feel are very similar. The effects of ingesting too much are similar as well.
What does this mean? Can my pets have my CBD or will it hurt them? The answer is a bit complicated. You can consume your pets’ CBD, so long as it does not include any additives specific to animals but not humans. Your pets can consume your CBD, but you have to be very careful not to give them a concentration that’s identical to what you would personally take. Determine the concentration that is most accurate to their weight and height before attempting to give it to them. Try to avoid running into this situation if you can, and simply use a pet-focused CBD product when treating your animal.
When it comes to pet CBD, how much per weight?
There is no universal CBD serving size for animals or humans. The concentration and volume of CBD that your pet consumes is determined primarily by their weight. Unlike humans, pets are unable to vocalize the way that CBD is affecting their bodies, so this manner of estimating their personal serving sizes is not feasible. Weight, then, becomes the universal measuring tool for establishing how much CBD an animal should have. The amount of CBD increases in relation to the weight of the animal, meaning that a larger, heavier animal is going to require a much larger serving of CBD than one that is smaller and lighter. Height can also be used as an indicator of CBD intake, and can be treated in a similar fashion.
Generally, CBD products geared toward consumption by your pets will explain somewhere on their packaging what the recommended serving size is. This recommendation can be used as a basis for determining the personal serving size of your animal, taking the animal’s weight and height into account. Animals of moderate weight can likely be given the recommended serving size without making adjustments. Smaller animals can be given slightly less than what is recommended, and larger animals can be given slightly more. This is not a perfect process, of course, and some tinkering will most likely be necessary. However, this stands as one of the most accurate means of determining personal CBD serving size.
Why does pet CBD come in different mg?
Questions surrounding the difference of mg–or milligrams–in CBD products for pets are the same as those surrounding CBD concentration. The amount of milligrams of CBD in a product is often portioned according to the type of animal that the product is being geared toward. Some products are filled with CBD, while others contain almost none. Those with high concentrations are usually designed with larger animals in mind. If you own a large animal and are searching for a CBD product that will satisfy it, these are the ones you should be looking into. The reverse could be said for products with low concentration. These are ideal for smaller animals whose weights signal that they do not require much CBD in order to feel its effects.
CBD concentration can also vary depending on the type of product that is being viewed. Different products have different functions, with some functions requiring greater CBD strength and others requiring very little. For example, CBD pet tinctures tend to have a moderate level of CBD because feeling the effects of the extract is the express purpose of the product. The goal there is to deliver the CBD itself and not to supplement another action.
As is often the case, you will likely need to find the serving size that personally fits your pets best. Recommended serving size is a strong indicator of what you should be giving them, but it is far from being something that you need to follow religiously. Take the time to determine what works best for your pet, and purchase CBD products that provide an adequate concentration.
Are there many common side-effects for CBD for pets?
If you are considering purchasing CBD products for your pets and are uncertain of whether their existing medications will mix favorably with hemp extract, it is recommended that you visit a veterinarian to gain greater clarity.