Want to give your doggo a special treat but have no idea how much CBD you should give to your pet?
You’re not alone.
In fact, this is one of the most common questions pet owners ask when starting their pet on a CBD routine. If you fancy yourself a CBD enthusiast, you know each person’s CBD experience is unique—the same applies to our furry friends.
If you want your pet to have the most pleasing CBD experience, there are a few things to keep in mind when creating a serving schedule. First and foremost, you should have all the knowledge possible surrounding these incredible cannabinoids.
Let’s start at the beginning, so you have all the facts.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is non-psychoactive and provides a wide range of wellness benefits.
With the approval of The Farm Bill of 2018 came the legalization of industrial hemp. This means any negative stigma put on hemp was reversed and cleared for industrial production, sale, and use across the country.
One of the primary advantages of full spectrum oil is it provides the entourage effect. All of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds work together to provide a deeper therapeutic benefit level.
Broad spectrum oil contains all of those same compounds, but the THC compounds are removed during an additional extraction process. The entourage effect is still possible with broad spectrum oil; however, the effects won’t be as pronounced.
It’s all about trying different products and seeing what your pet responds to the best. This is the best way to acquire an effective approach to CBD wellness.
What works for one pet may not work for another due to personal factors such as weight, metabolism, and the level of naturally-occurring cannabinoids in the body (yes, we—pets included—naturally produce our own cannabinoids).
Let’s talk about how it can help your pet with their specific needs.
How it Can Help Your Pet
Our pets have their own shining personalities, and they fill our homes and hearts with joy. Still, pets have their challenges to deal with, and it’s up to us as pet owners to figure it out and assist them.
There are several scenarios to examine to see precisely how CBD can help your pet.
For starters, some people are back in their usual routines—work and school. This means pets are back to being home alone during the day, leaving them feeling uneasy, anxious, and sad.
Alternatively, some pets are more aggressive by nature and need something calming to mellow them out.
Then you have the older pets. CBD provides a certain amount of “cushion” in senior pets’ lives since they have a more challenging time moving around and gaining an appetite at times.
Whatever the case may be, CBD works naturally within the body, thanks to the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a system that functions to maintain homeostasis throughout the body and works by communicating with CB1 and CB2 receptors.
This communication influences the body’s most essential functions, such as appetite, mood, sleep, and memory. It also shares a close relationship with the central nervous system, which comes in handy for anxious pets.
Now, we’re going to move on to creating a beneficial routine for your pet.
Creating a CBD Routine for Your Pet
You’ve heard how pets (especially dogs) thrive from routine. Well, their new CBD routine should fall along the same lines. The first thing you want to do is figure out what type of product you’re going to introduce to them.
It’s helpful to access their level of need and go from there. There’s plenty to choose from out there, but most options revolve around CBD dog treats and CBD pet tinctures. After you settle on the product, figure out what time of day you’ll give them their CBD. Also, you want to decide how you’ll give it to them.
If you decide on a pet tincture, you have the option of mixing it with food or giving it to them with the dropper by mouth. Make sure you start with a small amount and work your way up until you can see your pet is happy.
Stick with your schedule and give them their CBD every day because sometimes they need to let the cannabinoids build up in the system.
Going back to the naturally-occurring cannabinoids, for those who have lower levels, they’ll need to let the CBD product build up those additional cannabinoids to have the most beneficial experience.
You can enhance your pet’s CBD’s effectiveness by providing a fatty meal (fish with high-fat content) right before their CBD serving. Since CBD is a fat-soluble compound, this extra step helps ensure the cannabinoids you introduce have a proper vehicle to the expected experience.
Once you solidify the routine, there are still some things to be aware of moving forward.
Understanding and Tackling Tolerance
After some time, your pet may develop a tolerance to their current serving amount, and you’ll have to increase slowly to settle on a new amount.
If you notice the effects seem to dwindle, or they’re simply not as satisfied, it may be time to adjust accordingly.
So, How Much CBD Should You Give Your Pet?
When it’s all said and done, you’ll be pleased to see your pet’s sparkling personality shine through no matter what’s ailing them.