Well hello hello hello there! Today I’d like to talk to you guys a little bit about CBD oil and your furry friends! We recently started giving it to one of our dogos because of her anxiety and pain relief. She is getting up in age and we wanted to help her deal with all that that brings. She is doing much better and seems to be loads happier.
But what exactly am I giving her? CBD oil is liquid derived from the marijuana plant. There are many ways to extract oil from the plant, including CO2 extraction, says Dr. Tim Shu, founder and CEO of a pet cannabis company in California called VETCBD. “The flower contains trichomes, which are glands that have essential oils,” Shu explains. Once the glands are separated from the plant, they can be formulated to find the ideal ratio of cannabinoids, he says. Marijuana plants contain 80 different cannabinoids, Shu says, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component) and CBD (cannabidiol, the medical component). “When you use cannabinoids together, it’s more effective than separately,” Shu says of the “entourage effect” offered by cannabis. Hemp products, on their own, contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
How much do I give her? There are not many studies that describe the exact dosage to be giving our pets, if we decide to give our animals cannabis products. However, research is available that can shed some light on the subject and allow us to make sensible conclusions about cannabinoid dosing. A study on epilepsy in rats (completed by the University of Utah, Turkanis et al. 1979) showed the anti-convulsant effects of CBD (0.3 mg/kg). The study compared CBD to THC and two prescription anti-convulsant drugs (Phenytoin and Ethosuximide). The study showed that CBD was the most effective “drug” tested for treating convulsions and after-discharge effects. Even at the lowest dose tested in the study, 0.3 mg/kg (this equals about 7mg for a 50lb dog), CBD showed dramatic results!
Well all that sounds great!I want nothing more than to make my girl happy! So how does it work? Relief is provided as the cannabinoids in marijuana interact with the endocannabinoid system, Shu explains. “It’s a series of receptors that run throughout the body,” he says. “The cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the body and modulate things like pain, anxiety, and nausea.” Unlike some traditional prescription medications, medical cannabis has no life-threatening side effects with proper dosage, Shu points out. “It doesn’t damage the kidney, liver, or GI tract. The dogs aren’t high or sedated.”
Another benefit is that CBD can be a cheap alternative to using these pharmaceutical drugs. When going to the vet there’s always a veterinarian checkup fee and those vary from around fifty dollars to nearly one hundred, which can get pricey. On top of that you have to pay for the prescription. Many of us would spend any amount of money to care for our pets, but in reality we often can’t afford to spend so much. Currently many CBD products are priced to compete with pharmaceutical drugs, and a lot of the hemp dog treats out there do not even tell you how much CBD they provide. But because CBD is easily extracted from cannabis (which grows like a weed), it is only a matter of time before CBD becomes cheap and accessible. And giving it to your pets is practically proven to be safe and effective when given at the correct dosage.
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So whats the risks involved? Like any medications, overdosing can lead to potential risks for pets. “The most significant is THC toxicity, meaning, essentially, they are high,” Richter says. “Depending on how significantly a pet has been overdosed, the effects of that can be quite long-lasting, even days.” During these episodes, a pet may not be able to stand or eat. If you suspect an overdose, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
Life-threatening risks for dogs from medical cannabis are “exceedingly rare,” Richter says, adding that toxicity more often occurs when a pet has eaten a product that contains chocolate, coffee, or raisins. “Even if the THC toxicity is not excessive, they can sometimes have problems due to these other ingredients.” That said, ingestion of large amounts of marijuana has been fatal in a number of dogs, so preventing overdoses with medical cannabis is still extremely important, warns Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinary advisor with petMD.
So is there some kind of table or chart to know exactly how much to give her? Or a base-line for what is about the right amount? Well I found this table that gives some information and again it’s not an exact science yet but here is a idea of how much to give.
5lb – 0.7mg = 1 to 3 drops
10lb – 1.4mg = 3 to 5 drops
15lb – 2.0mg = 6 to 7 drops
20lb – 2.7mg = 8 to 9 drops
25lb – 3.4mg = 10 to 11 drops
30lb – 4.1mg = 12 to 13 drops
35lb – 4.8mg = 14 to 15 drops
40lb – 5.5mg = 16 to 17 drops
45lb – 6.1mg = 18 to 19 drops
50lb – 6.8mg = 20 to 21 drops
55lb – 7.5mg = 22 to 23 drops
60lb – 8.2mg = 24 to 25 drops
65lb – 8.9mg = 26 to 27 drops
70lb – 9.6mg = 28 to 29 drops
75lb – 10.2mg = 30 to 31 drops
80lb – 10.9mg = 33 to 34 drops
85lb – 11.6mg = 35 to 36 drops
90lb – 12.3mg = 37 to 38 drops
95lb – 13.0mg = 39 to 40 drops
100lb – 13.6mg = 41 to 42 drops
105lb – 14.3mg = 43 to 44 drops
110lb – 15.0mg = 45 to 46 drops
115lb – 15.7mg = 47 to 48 drops
Ok now that I have a table, what if I’m a master chef and want to make some awesome treats for my pupperino? Well I grabbed a couple recipes for you and your furry friend to enjoy! Now you may be tempted to eat some of these yourself and guess what? You Can! They are so yummy and good for you.
Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats
This one is super easy and the perfect snack to cool your pet down on a hot summer day.
- 32 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup peanut butter
- High grade industrial hemp oil
- Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl
- Combine the yogurt, CBD oil and melted peanut butter
- Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
- Place in the freezer
Peanut butter and pumpkin CBD dog snacks
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- High grade industrial hemp oil
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, oat flour or brown rice flour or any other flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- Heat up the peanut butter and incorporate your cannabidiol and stir till well combined
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until mixed. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown but they are still soft, about 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool completely.
Well I hope this gives you the information you have been looking for! Now go get in that kitchen and start treating you and your dog! Have a fantastic day!