[Guest Article] What You Should Know About CBD Oil for Dogs

CBD has gained a massive amount of popularity over the recent years. It’s potent medical properties have given relief to thousands of people across the world, treating everything from headaches to seizures. The list of ailments it has been shown to treat is exhaustive; inflammation reduction, insomnia treatment, used to treat depression and anxiety, arthritis, the list goes on. 

But it’s medical properties are not just limited to application in humans. Continued research is showing that its medical properties which are having such a beneficial impacts on our lives are also able to treat the same conditions in dogs.

So is CBD Safe For Your Dog?

The two main active components in marijauna are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and  CBD (cannabidiol).  THC is not safe for dogs, it can be toxic for dogs, and forcing your dog to get high is very cruel and irresponsible. While THC is toxic to dogs, CBD derived from hemp is not. 

CBD oil which has been extracted from hemp contains around 0.3% or less of THC. This small amount of THC has been shown to be safe and non toxic in dogs. So while it’s safety needs to be further studies for longer periods of time, to determine if there are any negative consequences over longer periods of time, anecdotal evidence shows us that CBD for dogs is relatively safe. 

Dog in a field running towards a small flask of cbd oil

What Are CBD’s Benefits On Dogs

The ailments which find relief from the use of CBD oil in humans, are essentially the same in Dogs. The miraculous benefits that we as people have experience from the use of CDB, are now being seen in those who use CBD oil as treatment for their furry little friends.

Chronic Pain Relieve / Arthritis

As dogs age, they become weaker and have higher chances of developing arthritis and chronic pain. This is a very common problem in older dogs and often it is left untreated, resulting in the dog living it’s final years in a great deal of pain. CBD oil acts as a strong pain reliever, giving some much needed relief to dogs experiencing arthritis and chronic pain.

Reducing Depression and Anxiety

Dogs experience the lows of depression and the discomfort of anxiety just as we do. One common form of anxiety which dogs commonly experience is situational anxiety, such as; contact with strangers, loud noises, being scolded etc. 

They also experience anxiety in the form of behavioral anxiety. When this manifests, a number of symptoms can surface, such as; aggression, panting, pacing, whimpering, trembling, loss of appetite and so on. Just as CBD oil helps with anxiety in us, it also provides a lot of relief for dogs suffering from depression and anxiety. 

Treats Seizures

Seizures are one of the most common neurological conditions affecting dogs, they are caused by a disturbance in normal mental activity, resulting in convulsions. Cannabidiol has been shown to lessen the severity of epileptic seizures in dogs. Just as CDB has shown to be very effective in treating seizures in humans, so too is it effective in treating seizures in dogs.

How to Give CBD To Your Dog

There are a number of methods of giving CBD to your dog, which include:

  • CBD Oil

  • CBD Tincture

  • Dog Treats

  • Capsules

The method of ingesting CBD does not matter too much, so you can experiment with different ways of giving CBD to your dog. 

Are There Any Risks In Giving CBD To Your Dog?

CBD is very safe for dogs. One of the great benefits of using it is that any potential side effects are rare and mild. 

A few of the potential side effects which your dog may experience are:

  • Vomiting

  • Drowsiness

  • Diarrhea

  • Itching

  • Dizziness

CBD Dosage For Dogs

It’s important to make sure that you are using a high quality form of CBD. 

When dosing, you need to account for your dogs weight, as well as the ailment you are using it to treat.

CBD should be dosed 1-5mg for every 10 lbs of weight.

This is a guest article, here’s a little about the author 

Jess has been enjoying the benefits of cannabis for the good part of a decade, an avid microdoser and researcher of all things cannabis. She is the content creator for Bargain Bongs Online.

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