If you’re completely confused about what to look for when buying CBD for your yourself, let alone when you’re trying to figure out which kind is right for your dog, then you’re in the right place. While CBD oil has been around for awhile it’s popularity has exploded, and it looks like it’s going to be staying around for a while.
So today, I’m here with my three best tips, and really, what you need to know when you’re buying CBD OIl for your dog.
But before we move on, let’s start with a bonus tip: read customer reviews. Right now, it can be hard finding vet CBD reviews, so make sure to look at customer reviews. As well, think about joining a CBD social media group where you can talk to other pet owners about using CBD oil. Even when the CBD product looks completely legit, check reviews!
Tip #1. Hemp CBD Oil
CBD oil derived from hemp is the first thing you need to look for whenever you’re buying CBD oil for your dog, and there are several important reasons why.
First, CBD derived from hemp will have 0.03% THC or less, and this will be a completely safe amount for your pets. Unlike humans, dogs are much more sensitive to THC and it can cause severe complications if they consume too much.
Second, THC is what makes marijuana illegal because it’s actually the chemical substance that produces marijuana’s mind-altering, psychoactive effects. Since hemp has practically no THC, all parts of the plant are legal.
Tip #2. CBD Oil is Not Hemp Oil
This one can definitely be a head scratcher, but don’t worry it’s pretty easy to understand.
Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is what you commonly see on grocery store shelves — you’ll see the products talk about how they give you healthier skin or that they’re rich in healthy fats and amino acids. This all true, but hemp oil doesn’t have CBD in it. As you can probably guess from above, hemp oil comes from the seeds by a extraction process known as cold pressing.
CBD oil comes from the stalks and flowers of the plant and will contain a completely different health profile, which will produce physiological effects that can replace both over-the-counter and prescription meds — often with many fewer side effects.
Now you may find hemp oil in your CBD oil. CBD oil is only fat-soluble and needs a carrier oil such as hemp oil or coconut oil to improve its bioavailability and stability. Both hemp oil and coconut oil are fine, however, hemp oil boosts a healthier profile, especially in the fat department, and your CBD oil will be 100% hemp — if that kind of thing is important to you.
Oh, and don’t worry about getting caught up on human CBD oil and pet CBD oil. For the most part, it is all the same. Sometimes you’ll see CBD isolate when looking at CBD oil for humans, but CBD isolate is only required in rare cases and isn’t recommended because it requires a precise dose.
Pet CBD is always full spectrum CBD and most human CBD oil is as well.
Tip #3 How Much To Give and Are There Any Side Effects
When you purchase CBD oil from a company, it’s always a great idea to look and see if they have a dosing calculator. Dogs have the habit of varying in size a lot, and even dogs of the same breed can have a substantial difference in weight. Calculators just make it easy, plus they have other cool features like telling you how much CBD is in your bottle.
For a guideline you can use this chart:
- Low — 0.22 mg/lb or 0.05 mg/kg
- Average — 0.068 mg/lb or 0.15 mg/kg
- Strong — 0.136 mg/lb or 0.30 mg/kg
For most cases, you can start low and slowly work your way up until you find where the CBD oil is working the best. For most medical and health conditions the average dose will work the best. The only time a substantially higher dose is required is for sleeplessness-related conditions.
While CBD has a very mild side effect profile, it’s not without them. For the most part tiredness, stomach irritation, and some weight loss is all that’s seen, and this is fairly rare. There is one area of concern, and that is care needs to be taken when mixing CBD with drugs metabolized in the liver — this is the majority of prescription drugs.
In most cases, there is little concern for interaction, but CBD can affect the concentration of these drugs in blood plasma, and if this is a concern, it’s recommended to monitor with blood tests. Again, this is rarely seen, and most pets react either extremely well, while a few others don’t really see anything at all.
Because of the very last reason, it’s always a smart idea to purchase CBD oil from a company that provides a money back guarantee. And with that I bid you adieu — you should now be feeling better about purchasing CBD oil. If you need additional help, check out our store for more information on all things CBD.