If you’ve had any questions about giving CBD to your cat, your dog, or even your fish you are in the right place. So let’s not waste any time and get you answering your questions about giving CBD oil to animals.
Can My Pet Take CBD Oil?
It depends on the pet, but most likely. Dogs, cats, people, and all mammals have receptors that closely work with cannabinoids created both by the mammal itself (endocannabinoids) as well, as cannabinoids found in plants like CBD (phytocannabinoid). In fact, these receptors and the cannabinoids that attach to them first started developing in all mammals over 600 million years ago as way to self rebalance and repair the organism from all the external/environmental threats it comes across everyday.
This also means that CBD oil will largely work exactly the same in your dog’s body as your own and you two will most reap the same health benefits. You can now easily find CBD for dogs, cats, horses, and I expect even more of our furry friends to be included in the future as well.
Can I Give My Pet My CBD Oil?
Yes, but you need to be careful with the dose. CBD is not toxic to mammals in any known amount, but high doses can still cause issues — drinking too much water can be dangerous after all. Dogs, especially cats, are way smaller than us and require much less. As well, it appears that both cats and dogs are slightly more sensitive to cannabinoids as well because they have more available receptors.
In fact, this is why marijuana is actually toxic to dogs as they have a high number of receptors in their hind brains that THC will attach to. If you don’t know yet, THC is responsible for producing marijuana high — take it out and you have a non-psychoactive variety of the Cannabis sativa plant called hemp.
This means any CBD oil you give your pet should be hemp derived which is as safe to give to them as it is for us — so extremely safe.
Besides the dosage just being tricky to give, CBD oil for humans may also be isolated, which is rare to give to pets. Most likely, your CBD oil is full spectrum not isolate, but how about we find out for sure?
Raw, Distilled, Or Isolate
Currently, there are three main types of CBD oil and it’s important to know the difference as our dosage for the three can vary quite a bit.
Raw CBD (Full Spectrum)
Raw CBD is the least refined CBD oil and as such will contain all properties of the hemp plant. This includes beneficiary ones: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as well as non-beneficial plant matter: chlorophyll, sugars, and potential solvent residue.
Distilled CBD oil (Potentially Full Spectrum)
Distilled CBD oil is gaining a lot of traction lately and is now referred to as the gold standard of CBD oil. To create distilled CBD oil, raw CBD extract is taken through a process known as short-path-distillation. By using various boiling points we can separate the beneficial compounds from the non-beneficial, as well, we can further separate the beneficial properties from each other.
By doing this, we can create a CBD oil that only has the most beneficial health properties and while leaving out some of the guys that are diluting our medication more than they are helping. We can also remove the terpenes and not reintroduce them to create a completely clear CBD oil that has no flavor or smell but is still mostly full spectrum.
Having a CBD product that is full spectrum is important, because when we isolate the individual compounds they lose much of their potency and ability to deliver medical help. The sum of it parts is greater than the individual alone and with CBD that is called the entourage effect — this effect can still occur even if we strip away beneficial compounds, we just need to make sure certain ones like CBC are still present.
Isolate (Not Full Spectrum)
While there are hundreds of these beneficial compounds in hemp, CBD overwhelmingly provides the most and as such we thought if we isolated it and removed the others, we wouldn’t dilute our CBD oil and thus have a stronger medicine. But this created a problem.
Some of those other compounds, like CBC mentioned above, greatly increase CBD ability to work at very low doses. Isolate requires a high dose to effectively work, and both over and undershooting can cause the dosage to become effective — you could take too much or too little and not feel much of anything.
This is why CBD isolate is not recommended for most pets as they can’t communicate how CBD isolate is working.
Finding More Help
“But wait you never said how much to give or all the ways that CBD oil can help, how dare you call this an ultimate guide!”
Alright, you got me you’re not going to find every single thing about CBD here. That would turn this into a novel. Instead, I’m going to show you were to easily find everything I haven’t mentioned.
If you haven’t yet, check out our sister site Innovet Pet. Here you can find pet specific CBD products, a dosing calculators that explains which dose is the best, a blog where you can find a host of articles on animal health, and there is also a support group where you can talk to other pet owners as well.