The thought of giving cannabis to your dog sounds weird and in some communities even inappropriate. But it’s a real thing. If you could just take a step back for a minute and read this, everything will look different.
Marijuana is not just about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Let’s get this straight — this main “ingredient” of cannabis is the reason most recreational users are enjoying this herb. Because it makes people high. However, THC is poisonous for dogs.
Luckily enough, there is another chemical in cannabis which is completely safe for both human and animal use. It’s called cannabidiol or CBD. The thing with CBD is it’s made from industrial hemp what makes it legal, and it has no psychoactive effects.
Over the past couple of years, there has been an expansion of CBD products for dogs. More and more holistic vets are willing to recommend CBD to dog parents for a number of symptoms and conditions
For example, CBD has been very effective in reducing symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, skin rashes and itching. One of the most important properties of CBD, among many others, is its anti-inflammatory effect which relieves inflammation that causes irritating symptoms.
Also, CBD has shown to be helpful to aging dogs suffering from arthritis, joint pain and all sorts of mobility issues. Besides the anti-inflammatory property, CBD is a well known natural painkiller, which makes it the best friend of dogs with orthopedic illnesses.
All of this is more easily digested visually, so take a look at this infographic by Greencamp to find out which conditions can be also treated with CBD.
As you can see, when it comes to giving CBD to dogs the most important thing is dosing. There are three tiers and every dog parent should start with the lowest dose of 0.05 mg per lb. So, if your dog is 30 lb, the starting dose would be 1.5 mg twice a day.
CBD can be used as a prevention to all these conditions, too, and for the general well being of our pets. Because happy pets equal happy owners.