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Heather Burton


Almost every living creature responds to Cannabis in one way or another and can enjoy its therapeutic benefits. When it comes to our pets, we only want the best, right? Well, CBD might just be that. When you take out the psychoactive effect of the THC compound found in Cannabis, our furry friends can experience the positive side-effects of the plant and overcome unpleasant situations like pain or anxiety.

Cannabidiol (CBD) and other Cannabis-derived phytocompounds are proving to be holistic alternatives that work with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Every person and almost every pet possesses an ECS. Think of your pet’s ECS as a molecular crime-fighting team. Whenever your pet falls ill or gets injured, this tiny built-in security system jumps into action to monitor, protect, and react to potential threats. And although CBD may be derived from the same plant that produces euphoria-inhibiting THC, it has its own beneficial properties that are not psychoactive.

Your pet also has its own Cannabinoid receptors. Today, the most common studies are on CB1 and CB2 receptors. They send signals from different areas and other systems and impact your pet’s body and function.

By helping your pet restore body-balance and promote homeostasis from within, your pet can live a healthy and happy life without the use of prescription painkillers.


What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the two most dominant and well-known compounds of the Cannabis plant.

CBD is the non-psychoactive Cannabinoid that was under the largest amount of research and scrutiny. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared CBD safe to use with no public health risks. Therefore, CBD and its products are legally used in many countries worldwide.

By using various extraction methods (super-critical CO2 being the cleanest) Cannabidiol found in the trichomes (resin glands) of the plant, is separated and tinctured from the plant.

When Cannabinoids were first put under the microscope back in 1964, research scientists were mainly focused on the psychoactive compound and discovered THC. It was the first isolated and characterized Cannabinoid that brought Cannabis to the forefront of scientific research.

Cannabis has been used to treat aches, pains, and discomforting symptoms and even seizures for centuries prior to scientists stepping in. CBD is one of over 113 Cannabis-derived Cannabinoids that have been identified. Using Cannabinoids together instead of separately is more effective, but THC-rich products may not be ideal for our furry friends.

Instead, those using CBD for their pets opt for CBD-rich or isolated CBD as opposed to full-spectrum products.

If the CBD you are using on your pet has less than 0.03% THC present, you can be sure your pet will not get high. CBD is used to treat stress, anxiety, pain, and is known to promote optimal body wellness from the inside out.

Pets who suffer from severe medical conditions like seizures are also seeing an improvement in their symptoms after their owners began to incorporate CBD into their daily regime.

What Is CBD?

How Does CBD Benefit Your Pet?

Just like CBD in humans, we have quite a ways to go before we can perceive that all effects of CBD with pets will be beneficial.  What we do know is that real people are seeing real results when using CBD on their pets.

As CBD reduces stress and anxiousness, calming painful bouts of swelling and aches, it’s definitely a holistic solution worth looking into, right?

Scientific research is showing that CBD can effectively reduce skin irritations, improve gastrointestinal health, minimize swelling, and promote homeostasis in our pets.

The American Kennel Club may say there are no formal studies conducted on how effective CBD is, but there are human clinical studies (in-vivo), under the telescope studies (in-vitro)  and anecdotal evidence published on many reputable scholarly websites.

The fact is, our alternatives to health-care are NSAIDs like Advil, Paracetamol (Tylenol), and opioids such as Morphine, Codeine, and many more. When your only solution is drugs that cause severe side effects and possible addiction, CBD seems like a ray of light in a dark place.

Although The World Health Organization has declared CBD as a safe product for us, science is still in its infancy regarding Cannabinoids and its potential therapeutic effects on our pets. Since it affects different individuals differently, it is still too early to say exactly how and whether it will affect your pet and how, but it can certainly help, without harm, in the following cases:

Physical Pain
Stomach Issues
Skin Issues
The onset of Old Age

How Does CBD Benefit Your Pet?

Treating Your Dog With CBD

Because our pets are equipped with their own ECS, Cannabinoids like CBD are absorbed by these receptors and help regulate, monitor, and protect vital systems in their bodies. Your pet’s digestive system, nervous system, and other vital bodily functions integrate with its ECS.

We are also starting to understand that CBD can help pet’s Cannabinoids receptors (such as CB1 and CB2) fight off many unwanted symptoms like sadness, stress as well as physical aches, irritations, and stomach issues.

Joint pain is a major problem for dogs that are aging. Well, it’s a problem for anyone but let’s focus on dogs. Today the most common method to aid our aging friends is the same method we have: over the counter and prescribed pain medication like Advil and Tylenol.

A study shows that CBD can be an effective dog pain treatment alternative that is safer and healthier than prescribed pain medication.

Separation anxiety and stress is another common issue among dog owners. Whether your dog is left for a few hours while you run shopping, or for only a split second as you take down the trash (more common in abandoned or abused pets).

Both physical pain and mental symptoms like stress in dogs may be significantly reduced by incorporating CBD into your dog’s diet twice per day.

Treating Your Cat With CBD

Cats possess an ECS like other mammals, but unlike dogs, they have a lower count of CB2 receptors throughout their body. While we can’t say that this decreased presence of CB2 receptors affects how CBD interacts with your cat’s ECS, we can say that pet owners are seeing positive results when treating their feline companions with CBD.

Skin irritations that lead to itching and redness may be decreased when applying topical CBD pet creams in combination with an oral CBD use. Gastrointestinal irritations, upset stomach, or lack of appetite may stem from an imbalance in your cat’s ECS.

The Cannabinoids that your cat’s body produces may need a helping hand to assist in healing and recuperating. By adding CBD to your cat’s diet gradually and daily, you are helping your cat’s body heal itself.

Treating Your Horse With CBD

Cannabidiol is proving to be quite the natural powerhouse when it comes to equine medicine. CBD can promote and enhance mental, emotional, and physical health for horses who suffer from pain, stress, anxiousness, stiffness, or have digestive irregularities.

CBD works on your horses’ body just like its own Cannabinoids would. CBD gives your horses’ ECS a helping hand, which in turn helps your horse heal from unwanted symptoms.

Because science is still far from thoroughly understanding the beneficial effects of CBD and other Cannabinoids, we have to go mainly by anecdotal results. That just means, our information comes from people who have used a high-quality CBD to help heal their horse, and who have seen effective results.

Because Cannabis compounds like CBD help our ECS, a high-quality CBD can help your horse ease unwanted health conditions like stiffness, swelling, pain, stress, and anxiousness. Another study found that Cannabidiol (CBD) also significantly helps heal bone fractures, even when isolated from THC.

The endocannabinoid system in all mammals monitors and regulates our gastrointestinal system, nervous system, heart, skin, brain, and so much more.

Treating Your Horse With CBD

How Do I Treat My Pet With CBD?

When it comes to giving your pet CBD, oral administration of a premium CBD oil or edible dog treats are the most common methods of consumption.

What you should look for in a CBD company before you purchase is how the CBD was grown, cultivated, and extracted. The company should also be providing you with a batch number and accompanying batch test results, and you should look for a brand that has 100% transparency.

CBD is all over the place. Because there is a severe lack of regulation regarding this supplement, it’s very much like the wild wild west. When it comes to your pet’s health you want to give them the safest, most effective product available.

Look for a company that uses Cannabis-derived CBD and not hemp. Be sure that the THC concentration is less than 0.03%.

Start with a low dosage, go slow, and monitor your pet reaction until you achieve improvement.

CBD Topical Products

Cats and dogs with aching joints, stiffness, or with minor skin irritations may benefit from incorporating a CBD-rich topical product like lotion or salve. Because topical products do not penetrate all seven layers of skin, it is best to use this method along with an oral CBD pet treat or oil.

You are looking for certified organic CBD products that are designed and formulated specifically for pets. Avoid using a CBD-rich lotion or salve if the company does not disclose batch numbers and corresponding lab results for that batch.

Just like human children, we want to protect and help our pets when they fall ill or injure. By sourcing a CBD-rich product that follows these simple guidelines, you take confidence in knowing the product you are using is not only safe, but it is also effective.

CBD Pet Treats

For those finicky pets that won’t allow you to put medicine straight in their mouth or those foodie pets that stick up their nose to anything that doesn’t taste good, CBD pet treats are your go-to option.

Pet treats come in tantalizing flavors like bacon, so giving your pet its daily dose of CBD comes without fuss. Some people say a pet treat is less effective than CBD oil itself, but that’s not necessarily true.

It is the quality of the CBD oil that is in the pet treat or CBD oil that makes or breaks a product. Knowing where the brand sources its CBD, how the CBD is extracted, and how they manufacture their CBD products are the most important pieces of information.

Using a reputable CBD pet treat brand whose mission is to help pets heal themselves naturally will give you peace of mind, and it will also provide your pet with the natural relief of pain, swelling, skin irritations, and anxiousness.

Pets CBD Oil

CBD Oil can be added to your pet’s existing food and treats, or it can be given to your pet orally without the need for food. This method of consumption may take some trial and error when it comes to ideal dosing sizes.

Keeping track of what time and how often you give your pet CBD is important. A CBD journal can be helpful to keep track of how your dog felt after consumption, how frequently they are taking CBD, and how much CBD is used.

Dosing typically goes by concentration level. Because each CBD oil company is different, following the directions on the label is a good starting point.

A premium CBD oil for pets will come with a batch number and lab-test results that show purity levels, Cannabinoid potency, as well as trace compounds analyzation. Meaning, if there are any trace amounts of heavy metals, herbicides, or pesticides present, these lab tests will provide you with the data you need to make an informed decision for your pet.

Pets Dosage Guidelines

The general rule of thumb for both humans and pets that are starting their Cannabis journey is to start low, go slow. Starting with a small dose and gradually increasing it is the safest way to calculate your pet’s ideal CBD dose.

Follow the CBD manufacturer’s guidelines on the label. A reputable CBD vendor will provide detailed instructions on how to use their products effectively.

The next step is to figure out how many milligrams (mg) of CBD are in every milliliter (ml) of the CBD oil you purchased. While every product and manufacturer varies, the most common CBD concentrations we’ve seen address both minor ailments with extracts at 75mg of CBD we well stronger extractions near 600mg CBD for more serious ailments.

75mg CBD oil: 2.5mg CBD/per 1ml

Source a premium CBD product that has a batch number, third-party lab results, and free of residual compounds that may be harmful like heavy metals and pesticides. Not all CBD products are made equally.

Treat by Capsules

If you want a reliable, convenient, and effective alternative to measuring your pet’s CBD oil twice per day, try capsules or dog treats instead.

CBD-rich pet treats are available for cats, dogs, and some companies offer treats for horses as well. CBD capsules are like a treat in that each CBD dose is accurately calculated and measured into easy to understand serving sizes. They are different in the sense that you would be mixing CBD capsules into their food whereas a CBD-infused treat is a portion of food itself.

Potential Risk of using CBD 

In the event of an unwanted response, all will pass after a few hours when the effect expires.

Usually, no side effects will appear, but in first use, it is important to feed our pets first, provide them with access to water, and monitor their reactions.

The most frequently reported downsides of incorporating CBD into your pet’s therapeutic regimen is drowsiness. Very few pet owners reported their animals became nauseous and even less say their animal reacted negatively or felt anxious after consuming CBD.

The Future of Cannabis for Pets

Finding your pet’s ideal CBD dose, and the best product that will get to the root cause of their issues might take a little time, but with patience, you will surely figure it out. Helping your pet restore mind and body balance is just as vital as maintaining your own.

Finding a reputable CBD company that puts your pet’s health and wellbeing first, and that stands behind their products with transparency like third-party lab results should be priority number one.

If you’re considering CBD for your pets, but you don’t know where to start, simply read a company’s verified reviews. These are customers that have purchased the product already and left their options and thoughts about their experience.

Having a pet should mean spending time with them and living a full life together. CBD may be the holistic solution that may boost your pet’s overall well being and promote homeostasis giving them the ability to be the cheery, happy, and playful companion you know they are.

There are many therapeutic benefits CBD is proving to possess. Our pets have their own ECS and CBD helps their body heal itself.  With the biggest risk associated with it is tiredness and the most common effects are homeostasis, it may be worthwhile to give it a try.

The Future of Cannabis for Pets

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