CBD For Your Dog: What You Need to Know

We all love our pets. They’re wonderful additions to our families and bring joy and laughter into our lives. It only makes sense then that we’d want to offer them the quality of care that they deserve. But when our dogs begin to struggle, it can be difficult to find products that we can trust.
Thanks to shifting Federal policies and expanding scientific research, hemp-derived CBD has found its way into a number of different markets, including as a valuable supplement for dogs. But if you’ve never used a hemp product before, and you don’t even know what CBD stands for, how can you be sure it’s right for your dog?

Here at Hemp A Better Life, we believe that products like CBD oils can be easily integrated into your dog’s daily routines and can provide a variety of benefits aiding in them enjoying the quality of life you want for them. Let’s explore what you need to know first about CBD before you offer it to your dog.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound that is found in cannabis plants. Within the cannabis family of plants is a variety of compounds called cannabinoids, many of which can be used in products like oils and may have a positive impact on of your pet. Cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid system within the central nervous systems. In particular, these cannabinoids interact with the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in your dog’s body, where they are then used by the body for a variety of purposes.

What is the difference between Hemp & Marijuana

For many, when they hear the word “cannabis,” they immediately think of the federally controlled substance, marijuana. It’s true, both hemp and marijuana are part of the cannabis family, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same.

First, the legal distinctions between the two are quite different. Thanks to legislation like the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, hemp is no legal to grow, cultivate, and refine into products in all 50 states. Some states have additional legislation that is different from the Federal government. On the other hand, marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug that is illegal to grow, possess and use. In some cases, states have made it legal for medical and recreational use, but these products cannot be transported outside of these states.

More than just a legal distinction, the two plants are used for drastically different purposes. Currently, marijuana is largely used for recreational consumption and medical use. Hemp, however, has a nearly endless list of uses and has found its way into products and supplements for nearly as long as humans have grown plants. Hemp is used not only to create CBD products like our drops, but it’s also woven into fabrics, made into plastics, consumed as food, and is now even being used as a construction material.

Finally, hemp and marijuana yield radically different cannabis compounds. Primarily, marijuana is known for THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the psychoactive agent with marijuana that leaves humans feeling “stoned.” Hemp, however, is packed with CBD, which actually counteracts the psychoactive properties of THC. Rather than leaving your dog feeling stoned and loopy, CBD may help them feel relaxed and revitalized.

So to answer a common question; no CBD can’t get your dog “high,” but it could be an effective addition to their healthcare routine. 

What is CBD used for?

Researchers are finding out more and more about CBD nearly every day. In addition to how it affects humans, they’re also exploring how dogs react to it and what it has to offer them. That said, many dog owners have found a variety of uses for this valuable cannabis compound. These owners are using CBD products for dogs in much the same way humans use them. 

Is CBD Safe for Dogs?

The list of benefits is extensive and obvious, but is CBD safe for your dog? Many veterinarians now agree that when taken in the right doses and used in addition to vet-recommended treatment options, CBD is safe for dogs to use and could enhance their quality of life.

That said, vets also agree that you should not give your dog any other cannabis compounds, especially THC. Not only can the effects of THC disorient your dog, but it can also cloud their judgment, make them nauseous, or lead to anxious feelings.

Additionally, you should treat your dog to high-quality CBD products. For instance, our products are cruelty-free, gluten and GMO-free, and make use of a full-spectrum extract. This ensures that your dog is getting the highest of quality products.

How much CBD should my dog take?

Your dog is unique, with unique health, diet, and exercise needs. It only makes sense that the amount of CBD they need should be unique as well. When you’re determining how much of a CBD product you should offer your dog, you should keep a few critical factors in mind:

The concentration of the CBD product your dog will be using
Your dog’s weight and size
Your desired results for your dog
Our canine formula CBD tincture features 8mg for every milliliter of tincture. It’s suggested that a dog ingest about 0.2mg of CBD per pound. So if your dog weighs 25 pounds, they’ll need 5mg of CBD. Typically, larger dogs will need more of a CBD product than smaller dogs, and vice versa. You’ll also want to consider factors like their diet, exercise, and activity levels.

Generally, the best way to determine how much CBD your dog needs to take is through a gradual process of experimentation. We suggest taking this process low and slow. Start with a small quantity of CBD and measure their reaction over the course of a day. You can slowly increase the amount of CBD they ingest until they begin to display the results that you’re looking for.

Order your hemp oil today!

Your dog deserves nothing but the best, so why not offer them the premium CBD products that are of the highest of quality? When you and your dog are ready to try CBD, then it’s time to try the high-quality canine formula offered by Hemp A Better Life. Our products are all sourced from organically grown hemp from Colorado. Order your CBD oils today.

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