A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Hemp Oil for Dogs
A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Hemp Oil for Dogs
Is this blog for me?
If you can't answer most of the following questions, you'll love this guide.
1. What is CBD?
2. Is CBD Marijuana?
3. What can CBD do for my dog?
4. What can I give my dog for pain?
5. What does CBD have to do with lab testing?
6. Is CBD weed? Will CBD get my pet 'stoned'?
7. (bonus) How do you pronounce "Cannabidiol" (CBD)?
about this guide
This article is a beginner’s guide to CBD for dogs, emphasis on “beginners.”
In this beginner's guide, although fascinating stuff, we will spare you the in-depth information about CBD unless we consider it essential to understand the basics.
Our goal is not to post an 8,000-word blog, but to help you understand in simple terms, what CBD is, how you use it, and how you and your pet can benefit from it.
Now, let's dive right in.
First, the ABC of CBD: what is CBD oil?
CBD oil is truly one of nature's gifts to us and our pets.
New research continues to show that CBD can have a large number of benefits for various physical and mental health problems.
So what exactly is CBD oil?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol (ka · nuh · buh · dai · uhl)
(Don’t feel bad, it took me three weeks to get the pronunciation right!)
If you’re a “word-of-the-day-toilet-paper” kind of person, click below to hear the word:
Note: audio tag not supported in Internet Explorer 8 and earlier versions.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Hemp and marijuana are terms often used interchangeably to describe any cannabis plant or its derivatives. Here’s an easy way to differentiate between the two:
HEMP IS CANNABIS
MARIJUANA IS CANNABIS
HEMP IS NOT MARIJUANA
HEMP = HIGH CBD | <0.3% THC
MARIJUANA = HIGH THC
Cannabis is a plant genus that consists of multiple different species. Hemp and marijuana are two popular examples of cannabis species. Although hemp and marijuana ("weed") have their similarities, they have very different qualities.
Think of hemp and marijuana as cousins. Although related, they are uniquely individual.
CBD is found in the cannabis plants but won't get you "stoned."
The cannabis plant has at least 113 different compounds. CBD is one of those compounds.
Because these compounds reside in the cannabis plant, they are named after it: cannabinoids. (ka · nuh · buh · noyds)
You might be familiar with CBD's infamous cannabinoid cousin "THC", or tetrahydrocannabinol. (teh · truh · hai · druh · kuh · na · buh · nuhl) THC is the architect behind the feeling of getting "high" or "stoned".
Because CBD and THC both originate from cannabis, the plant source for hemp and marijuana, there is much confusion about CBD and what distinguishes it from THC. However, CBD is different from THC. For one thing, it doesn't get you high or stoned. CBD offers many health benefits without the “stoned” effect of marijuana.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs
The Popularity of CBD oil has increased because people know more about cannabis-related products and their various benefits.
Using the correct amount of high-quality CBD oil can do wonders for your pet's health.
Let's now understand the benefits of CBD oil for dogs.
CBD Oil - Dogs vs. Humans
You might be interested to know that both humans and dogs have the same endogenous cannabinoid system. CBD works by targeting receptors in the brain, organs, central nervous system, and immune cells that stimulate a relaxing effect.
For this reason, crayoHemp products, being human-grade, work great for humans as well.
Does CBD really Work for dogs?
According to a 2016 report published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 58.8% of dog owners currently use CBD products for their dogs. Veterinarians prescribed about three-quarters of those products.
What Ailments Can CBD Help Treat?
CBD oil can be used to help a variety of conditions that your pet may suffer from occasionally or chronically. These conditions include:
Anxiety and stress – 49% of dog owners in the JAVMA survey reported that CBD relieved their dogs’ anxiety by “a great deal” or “moderate amount.” The calming effect of CBD can relax dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Dog owners can give their dog a daily dose to calm nerves when they leave the house to work. CBD can also calm dogs on a more irregular basis, such as when they get fearful during a thunderstorm or fireworks.
Joint pain – Many studies have found that CBD oil helped dogs with arthritis pain.
Digestive problems – Animal studies show that CBD can help to restore normal intestinal motility in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Seizures – Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie McGrath is currently researching the efficacy of CBD in seizures for dogs. However, because CBD is used to treat epilepsy in humans, it may prove to be useful in dogs as well.
Arthritis – CBD oil has shown to be beneficial when treating dogs and cats with arthritis.
Chronic inflammation – Cannabidiol is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Moderate to severe pain – Animal studies show that CBD has effectively reduced pain in patients with mild to severe chronic pain.
Not all CBD Oils are Created Equally - SAFETY First!
Before you Google "CBD oil for dogs with seizures AMAZON", you must understand that not all CBD oil products are created equally. With their high popularity, companies are virtually popping up overnight selling CBD oil.
Rushing to sell CBD oils often leads to cutting corners to save time and money in manufacturing, leading you to buy CBD oil that is not safe for you or your dog.
Because CBD is currently found in over-the-counter supplements that have no regulation, third-party testing is crucial.
Amazon does not allow the selling of CBD on its platform, so 99% of the results when searching Amazon for CBD will be hemp-seed oil only and not contain any CBD.
You should only buy CBD oil, that is:
Full Panel Third-Party Lab Testing
Laboratory testing is essential to ensure that you receive high-quality CBD products that do not contain pollutants such as pesticides, biological contaminants, heavy metals, or solvents, all of which can put your pet's health at risk.
Before buying CBD oil online, review their independent lab results publicly posted online. If there are no third-party lab results available, request them before purchase. If they can’t provide them, avoid making a purchase.
Read more here about how to research a CBD brand and clear up the confusion.
Full Spectrum: Made from the entire plant
Unlike CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD products contain a full range of cannabinoids. When extracting cannabinoids from hemp, the whole extract is made into a consumable product, which means you get a healthy dose of all the cannabinoids that were in the plant.
GMOs or genetically modified organisms are plants, animals, microorganisms, or other organisms whose genetic composition has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or GMO technology. This modification process produces a combination of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that are not found in nature nor with traditional crossover methods.
100% natural and organically grown
Made in a GMP-Certified manufacturer
The acronym stands for Good Manufacturing Practices, and to be GMP certified means that the manufacturer had demonstrated a strong regulatory commitment and compliance with international GMP standards.
Grown and manufactured in the USA
When buying CBD products, there are essential considerations to consider. The cannabis plant is susceptible to absorbing environmental wastes that include chemical pollutants like lead and mercury. Other wastes include nitrates from water sources, microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria, and pesticide residues. Hemp made in China is grown for its industrial use, not its medicinal use, and tends to carry such chemicals, bacteria's and molds. The growing process and environment given to the plants is much different from organically grown hemp, explicitly grown for its medicinal value, such as the Hemp used in CBD products. With little regulation, the best thing to do is to know your source and research CBD companies before purchasing.
Here's a complete guide about what to look for when searching for CBD:
Cautious dog parents may also consider requesting a certificate of analysis from the company. Trusted and reliable brands should have no problem scientifically backing up their products.
The cost of lab tests can be so high that some manufacturers do without it.
As of the time of writing this article, unless a CBD oil product was produced for selling in a regulated cannabis market, there are no requirements for laboratory test results on CBD package labels in the United States. Lack of these requirements can cause companies to cut corners and produce low-quality CBD or, worse, oil that contains no CBD at all.
Here at Crayolex, we are proud to exceed the above expectations.
cbd Dosage for dogs
Even though you don't need a prescription for CBD oil, you should consult a veterinarian before using CBD.
Your veterinarian, who knows your dog's complete medical history, may have a homeopathic recommendation for you that best suits the unique needs of your dog.
Let's now learn about the correct dosage.
CBD Drops (oil) vs. CBD Treats:
CBD comes in various forms. The most popular for pets is drops or treats.
CBD Oil is cheaper and more effective than treats.
Drops are also absorbed 10X faster than treats, and the dose can be adjusted drop by drop.
CBD oil dosage calculator:
You can find the dosage calculator here.
The CBD dose usually depends on the weight of your pet. The heavier the animal, the higher the dose.
Once you find a dose that works, stick with it. Unlike THC, individuals do not develop a tolerance to CBD. That means your dose should continue to work for you unless other variables change significantly (like your pet's body weight).
After determining the correct dosage (CBD amount), you would need to calculate how many milligrams of CBD there are in each milliliter of oil. We have simplified this process for you and created an interactive online calculator that does all the calculations for you.
After choosing the CBD potency and pet's weight, the calculator shows exactly how many milliliters of oil you should administer. Based on your choices, it will also say how long the bottle will last.
You should always measure oils in milliliters, not drops. You can read why in this blog: Why You Should Never Measure CBD Oil In Drops.
Current research into CBD for dogs
Date: May 21, 2019
Source: Colorado State University
Scientists have found in a small study that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, while seven in a control group were treated with a placebo.
Promising and exciting. Those are the words used by Dr. Stephanie McGrath to describe findings from a pilot study to assess the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, for dogs with epilepsy.
Evidence for Cannabidiol Health Benefits
According to a 2018 Harvard Health Publishing blog post (Updated June 05, 2019), from Peter Grinspoon MD:
CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues. Still, the most substantial scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications.
In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases, it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most challenging types of chronic pain to treat. More research in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.
Recent CBD Oil Developments
Four recent developments will hopefully lead to more clarity.
1. Cornell University published the first medical hemp veterinary study at a major teaching hospital on July 23, 2018. This study was conducted by a very highly regarded team of experts and led by Joe Wakshlag MS, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN, DACVSMR. The research shows good results in treating canine osteoarthritis and notes that there were no real side effects except for an increase in alkaline phosphatase during the CBD treatment.
2. Cornell University is currently conducting a study that will focus more on the interaction between CBD oil and felines, while Colorado State University is working on a study that will be examining the role of CBD oil in the treatment of anxiety and seizures in dogs. This study will also bring a little more clarity to the dosing of CBD products.
3. Three more clinical trials are starting this fall with Dr. Wakshlag and the University of Florida in seizures, oncology, and post-operative (TPLO) pain.
4. Epidiolex, a hemp isolate, was just approved by the FDA for seizures in children on June 25, 2018. The FDA just recently (September 27, 2018) placed Epidiolex in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act, the least restrictive category. It is the first cannabis/hemp product to not fall under the Schedule I Controlled Substances category. So, technically, veterinarians could enlist it for “off-label” use, as we do many other FDA medications.
What Does This All Mean for Pet Parents?
There is much research going on about CBD in pets, and it looks like they will not stop anytime soon. The many success stories of CBD users on pets prove that CBD is not a myth.
We at Crayolex are happy to be part of this success story and being able to participate in making you and your pets happy again.
We all want our pets to live long, happy lives. With all the excitement that CBD is getting and anecdotal evidence from humans and animals, it's hard to ignore the possibilities.
If your dog is healthy, giving CBD should not be a problem. However, if your dog has a medical condition or veterinary care, speak to your veterinarian before adding CBD as a supplement.
Dr. Doni Zivotofsky
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Doni Zivotofsky is a mixed animal veterinarian in Ma'ale Adumim, Israel.
His patients range from dogs & cats to birds and camels.