The number of people interested in using CBD as an alternative health aide is rising. Correspondingly, those same individuals are now giving the compound to their pets. You can now find reviews, photos and videos of dogs, cats and even horses with renewed youth, calmed anxiety and clearing skin. And it’s no surprise: all mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Just as humans have an endocannabinoid system, our mammalian pets have the same mechanism. The endocannabinoid system is a series of molecular receptors that work to maintain homeostasis amongst the physiologic systems of the body, meaning CBD’s medicinal benefits may benefit our dogs and cats as well. While research is ongoing, we have outlined what we know so far below:
The Endocannabinoid System in dogs and cats performs the same functions as it does in humans and other mammals.
Endocannabiniods are naturally occurring molecules within the body that are synthesized on demand in order to activate cannabinoid receptors. Once activated, these receptors work to maintain the body’s homeostasis. The body has two main types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors reside mostly in the cerebral cortex. They help regulate appetite, emotion, memory and pain. CB2 receptors are located throughout the body’s nervous and immune system. These receptors regulate inflammation, which is known to be the source of many auto-immune and pain symptoms.
Plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) such as CBD can stimulate cannabinoid receptors the same manner as naturally-produced endocannabinoids. Further, CBD is believed to encourage the ECS to produce more of its own cannabinoids. Thus, CBD oil can help your pet’s body reduce inflammation, block pain, slow cell growth, promote nerve growth, calm spasms, regulate temperatures and decrease anxiety – naturally.
Pet owners are using CBD to treat the symptoms and sources of arthritis, aggression, digestion issues, epilepsy, lipomas (fatty tissue growths) and stress responses. Studies examining the effects of CBD on animals with Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer. Testimonials of CBD’s success with pets generally cover:
Veterinarians are also finding success in treating acute ailments such as bruises, sprains and torn ligaments with CBD oil. Further, pet owners are deciding to utilize CBD oil in contrast to traditional pharmaceuticals that are known to cause liver damage, psychoactive results and increased tolerance.
There are typically three standard CBD products for pets: oils, capsules and treats. CBD oil in tincture form is the purest method of CBD delivery. Therefore, this approach ensures exact dosage and avoids the addition of additives and fillers to your pet’s diet.
In general, CBD oils/tinctures are administered by a dropper. The exact amount needed for each animal and ailment varies and the general rule of thumb is to start low. Standard dosing for small dogs (sub 20-lbs) usually consists of two to four drops twice to four times daily. Another recommendation for determining the correct dose for your pet is to begin with one drop of CBD oil per 10 lbs. of pet weight. Maintain dosage for a week and then increase by one drop per 10 lbs if needed.
Droppers on each C4 Healthlabs bottle, regardless of concentration, show graduated mL (milliliter) measurements. Each mL represents 1/30 of the bottle’s total concentration.
By subdividing the dropper into quarters, you can easily measure total CBD to suit your needs.
C4 Healthlabs is proud to report 100% satisfaction among its customers who administer CBD to their pets. Many customers who purchase our NATURAL flavored products share their bottles with their pets, measuring out effective doses by the droppers. Others purchase NATURAL specifically for their pets, and continue to enjoy the CITRUS flavor they enjoy. We recommend consulting your veterinarian before beginning a CBD regime for your pet.
Reviews from verified buyers of C4 Healthlabs CBD oil.
Love it! Even my dogs love it. For them 2 drops and totally different dogs 30 min later. Who knew that this could stop two dachshunds from crazy barking at everything including a leaf blowing in the wind! Thank you for such a great product!
Taste great and works great for insomnia for my daughter, pain for my dog and myself. Thank you!
Helps with anxiety when I come home from work and am overwhelmed with things I have to do before bedtime. Also a noticeable improvement in sleep quality when I take CBD. I have also used it for my dog and it seems to really help calm him down
We were looking into CBD options for an elderly dog who suffers from hip dysplasia and does not tolerate rimadyl well. After doing some research and trying a few products we settled on this one and we have been very pleased with the results. The dog seems to have responded VERY positively and, at a dosage of half a ml twice a day, we can count on this product to provide a 30 days supply. I can say affirmatively that the customer service is fantastic as well. Would recommend and will be ordering again. Thank you!
I give this to my senior dog who was waking me up several times a night, not to go out, but just because she was restless. Now she is sleeping through the night and so am I.