When Laika the Russian dog was sent to space in 1957 to orbit the Earth, many saw it as a successful technological development. Russia looked America in the eye and said: ‘We can put a dog in space. Beat that you yankees!’. However, the sad truth was that Laika was sent to space with only 1 meal and 7 days worth of oxygen. It was a suicide mission. Hopefully we can now, in the futuristic year of 2021, look back at this event and see the injustice and cruelty of it. But what about CBD oil? Is giving your dog CBD oil similarly cruel? Or is it perfectly fine? Well done to you for going a step further than those in 1957, and actually finding out if it’s a good idea before doing it. Although, it’s pretty evident to anyone with half a conscious and conscientious brain that sending a dog to space is a pretty immoral idea. But giving CBD oil to a canine creature is not so evident. Today we’re going to be delving into the world of CBD oil and dogs. As always, strap yourself in. Yourself…not your dog. Let’s go.
What Is CBD?
Before you can think about giving CBD to yourself, or even to your dog, it’s important to first discuss what it is. CBD is a prominent cannabinoid inside the cannabis plant (a cannabinoid is the parts that make up the marijuana plant). There are over 400 cannabinoids; these include CBD and THC, which are the most popular ones. THC is known for giving the well-known high sensation when marijuana is taken because it is a psychoactive substance. However, CBD is not psychoactive, which means it does not have mind-altering effects and won’t get you high. Instead, it is used primarily for medicinal purposes. There has been a lot of research recently into the health benefits of CBD as it has become more globally accepted.
Health Benefits of CBD
CBD has been researched and discovered to have a variety of health benefits, including both mental and physical. Here is a list of some of them.
- Pain relief
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces depression
- Helps with PTSD
- Alleviates cancer-symptoms
- Has neuroprotective properties
- Benefits heart health
- Antipsychotic effects
There is a lot of false information that goes around about CBD, so make sure to know the facts vs the myths.
Is CBD Legal?
Despite CBD being part of the cannabis plant, it is now legal in the UK. Any hipster in East London knows that buying CBD products is easier than finding a beard comb these days. You can buy CBD practically everywhere and anywhere. Any cannabis product that contains less than 0.2% THC is legal because it’s the THC that the government doesn’t like, not the CBD. However, just to prove how inconsistent the UK is, high-CBD weed buds (also known as CBD flowers) are illegal. Despite the fact they contain no more than 0.2% levels of THC. They are still deemed illegal; perhaps for the simple reason that they look the same as high-THC cannabis buds. If you want to find out more about why CBD flowers are illegal then click here. Anyway, to put it simply, CBD is legal in the majority of forms. Looking at how stingy the UK government is, the fact they’ve legalized CBD must mean they believe it brings something special to the market.
What is CBD Oil?
So, now you’ve got the hang of CBD, what about CBD oil? Well, CBD can be purchased in many forms: edibles, cannabis buds, creams and oils. Oils are particularly useful as you can put them in food or drink, making them easily consumable. In fact, If you’re feeling lazy, you can literally just drop it directly onto your tongue. CBD oil helps with all the physical and mental conditions previously mentioned. But the question is: should you be dropping it directly into your dog’s tongue? Let’s move on to whether this substance can or should be used with dogs.
Why Do Dogs Need CBD Oil?
First of all, you might be thinking, why do dogs need CBD oil in the first place? Well, if you didn’t already know, dog’s too suffer from physical and even mental conditions that could be alleviated by the benefits of CBD.
Should I Give My Dog Human CBD Oil?
So if you’ve decided, after a good hard think, that you believe your dog would benefit from some CBD oil then the next question you need to consider is: should you use the same CBD oil as you would use for yourself? Well, to put it simply, you and your dog (as well as most animals) have the same system to react to cannabinoids. Therefore, you can use the exact same CBD oil. However, it’s common that people who use CBD oil on their pets more regularly will switch to specific dog CBD oil as it is less strong and is easier to dose.
Human CBD Oil
Perhaps at the beginning of your dog’s cannabis journey you’ve decided to use human CBD oil. If so, then here’s some tips to keep in mind so that you can ensure it’s safe and beneficial for your beautiful dog. Luckily CBD is not a toxic substance, which means that overdosing won’t cause any problems to your dog’s insides. However, on rare occasions CBD can cause diarrhoea if over done. Also, whilst CBD is not psychoactive, it still has relaxing qualities, which means if you give your dog too much it may act as a sort of sedative. You don’t want to sedate your dog.
Here is an easy way to figure out how much CBD to give your dog; It’s always down to the weight of the individual dog. Here are examples of three types of doses: small, medium, high. Base your choice of dosage on your dog’s size. Once you’ve selected the dosage, ideally give your dog two a day. One in the morning and one at night.
- 0.5kg of body weight = 0.05mg of CBD
- 0.5kg of body weight = 0.125mg of CBD
- 0.5kg of body weight = O.25mg of CBD
Dog Specific CBD Oil
Perhaps you’re looking to utilise the benefits of CBD for your dog on a more regular basis. In which case, you probably want to try purchasing some dog specific CBD oil.
How Do You Give CBD Oil To A Dog?
Giving CBD oil to a og is very simple. There are two common ways of administrating CBD to your dog, the method you choose will be down to your particular dog and how obeying they are.
Method 1: Open your dog’s mouth and pour the oil directly into its mouth.
Method 2: Mix the oil in with your dog’s food. This is easier to do if you find it hard to prize your dog’s mouth open easily. However, it will take longer for the CBD to be processed in your dog’s body.
Are There Any Risks of Giving My Dog CBD Oil?
Giving your dog CBD oil is definitely worth thinking about before doing it. There has been some research into potential liver damage caused by overusing CBD for a dog. However, this research is very limited. On the whole, CBD for dogs and in fact most pets has been shown to be highly beneficial. Therefore, if you think your dog would benefit from CBD then go for it, but do it safely. But most importantly, well done for checking before doing it. If only the Russians had had the same empathy for Laika.
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