CBD is a great route to explore for pets, especially if you’re looking to calm your anxious dog or relax your sheepish cat. Here are a few things you should know if you choose to go the CBD route for your pet. To start, cats and dogs both have an Endocannabinoid system just like humans. However, they metabolize cannabinoids much different from you and I, so knowing how to dose your pet is important. While humans can’t overdose strictly on THC, studies have shown this may not be the same case for cats and dogs. Pets metabolize THC much slower and can take over 2 weeks to stop feeling the effects if given too much.  THC overdose in pets, THC toxicity, can cause your pet to be lethargic — and being lethargic for that long could be fatal. However, no studies so far have shown any negative side effects of pets using CBD or other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

CBD or other hemp derived cannabinoids are non-psychoactive, so your pet will not get high. As a matter of fact hemp is very healthy for your pet. So what are a few benefits if you choose CBD over traditional medicine to heal your beloved little animal?

Research has shown just like in humans; CBD has been found to have positive results in treating seizures, symptoms of cancer, anxiety, arthritis, , and chronic pain in animals. CBD has also been shown to help animals with aggression, depression, and over hyper activity due to its interaction with the Endocannabinoid system. Because CBD and hemp based cannabinoids are not psychoactive, there are no negative side effects. CBD has been found to work synergistically with other cannabinoids to be more effective when treating your pet.

It is relatively easy when trying to dose your pet. Some people use topical ointment to directly apply to an animals pain, but it is more common to use oil or oil based tinctures when dosing your animal. Tinctures can be mixed with food, drinks, or treats making it easy to mask or hide the medicine. Some research has even shown how CBD and traditional pet medicine can work together to be more helpful to the animal.

Cannabis research is still fairly new to the U.S. Some studies can take years just to get very small results. Nothing yet has ever been proven long term in favor or against cannabis. Therefore owners should always take caution, and be sure to do their due diligence in research; don’t always depend on one single source, and always consult a veterinarian if your pet’s illness is serious.