CBD oil usage in treating health issues and disorders in dogs has caused much stir and division among scientists, researchers, and dog owners. Today we will talk about this controversial subject.
What Is CBD And How Does It Helps Dogs?
CBD oil is an oil extracted from the leaves, stalks, and flowers of the hemp plant. CBD oil contains a compound called cannabidiol (CBD). This compound, in most cases, doesn’t have psychoactive properties. Therefore, if your dog takes CBD oil, he won’t get “high.”
Scientists still don’t know how exactly CBD affects dogs. However, it’s noticeable that dogs that undergo treatment with CBD oil have shown less reaction to pain, and decreased anxiety.
These are anecdotal evidence and no formal study has yet been completed on this subject.
However, dog owners and advocates of CBD oil claim that these products can help dogs suffering from seizures, neuropathic pain, and anxiety. They also claim that CBD has anti-cancer, anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory properties.
However, there are no conclusive scientific data that would either confirm or discard these claims.
Side Effects And Risk Of CBD In Dogs
Lack of research and data on the subject of CBD oil makes them risky to use. The FDA hasn’t yet approved CBD nor issued a dosing chart for CBD products. Therefore, we don’t know the exact dosage that would be toxic to our dogs.
The same goes for the side effects of using CBD oil in dogs. There is not enough research and data to present the potential side effects of CBD oil.
However, there are some known potential side effects of using CBD oil in dogs.
There are accounts that higher doses of CBD can cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Also, CBD can cause drowsiness in dogs, particularly if you have given your dog higher doses of the oil. CBD also decreases the production of saliva. Therefore, a dog using CBD oil can have dry mouths and thus increased thirst.
How Much CBD Oil Is Safe For Dogs?
Usage of CBD oils in treating anxiety, pain, and other health issues as well as effects these products have on dogs is still uncharted territory. We simply don’t have enough data to conclude with certainty.
Therefore, it’s advisable that you start by giving your dog smaller amounts of CBD and keep a close eye on his reaction. Generally, you should start by giving your dog 1-2mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of weight. For example, a 50-pound dog should get between 5 and 10mg of CBD oil.
Is Hemp Oil The Same As CBD Oil?
In the general public, hemp oil is another name for CBD oil. However, it’s important not to confuse hemp seed oil and CBD oil as these are two different products.
We get hemp seed oil from seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. On the other hand, CBD oil is extracted from flowers, stalks, and leaves of the hemp plant.
Is CBD oil expensive?
CBD oil can be expensive due to the complexity of production. The price of a $1000-milligram is around $6, or 6 cents per milligram.