Cannabis

Cannabis, CBD and THC for Pets

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Cannabis, CBD and THC do not cure any disorders, but they can reduce the signs. This can result in a reduction or elimination of other medications. Each dog or cat varies in its cannabinoid receptor level, so the appropriate combination and dose need to be selected.

CBD oil

CBD oil has many uses in our dogs. Given carefully it is safe and not dog and cbd cpsedating. You need to acquire CBD oil that is derived from Cannabis sativa, and that actually contains cannabinoids, terpenoids and cannabidiol. The oil must be labelled with its CBD strength in mg/ml. This allows you to calculate your dog’s dose. The average dose for dogs is 2 mg/kg two to three times a day. Start at a lower dose and increase slowly observing your pet for the desired effect and any side-effects.

Conditions in which CBD is helpful, in addition to diet, supplements and medications, include

  • Arthritis
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Anxiety
  • Epileptic seizures

Whether CBD is anti-cancer is not yet established. It may reduce associated inflammation and so make the pet feel better, but some cancers may grow faster.

CBD is Poorly Absorbed in Some Dogs

Some clients have given CBD oil to their dogs with disappointing results. This may be due to the lack of active compounds or due to inadequate absorption of CBD. In a recently published article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2900742

Samara et al showed that CBD oil at high dose rates was either not absorbed or was rapidly metabolized by the liver. In half the dogs, CBD could not be detected in the blood; in the other half only 13 — 19% was detected. The amount detected was not affected by the dose level. This explains why we have had disappointing results in some dogs receiving CBD oil.

THC and CBD

cbd oil 2 cpTHC, the psychoactive compound in Cannabis, is now legal in Canada for personal use by adults. At this time we recommend using a balanced strain containing about equal amount of CBD and THC. THC oils vary widely (over 20 times) in their strength of THC, so be careful. You need to acquire the balanced THC-CBD oil that is labelled with its CBD strength and its THC strength in mg/ml. This allows you to calculate your dog’s dose. The average dose for dogs of THC + CBD is 2 mg/kg two to three times a day. Start slowly at a low dose, observing you pet for the desired effect and any side-effects. Increase the dose slowly.

Conditions in which THC- CBD is helpful, in addition to diet, supplements and medications, include

  • Arthritis
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviour problems
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Allergies causing skin irritation
  • Behaviour problems

Side-effects of THC are incoordination and sedation. There are no medical adverse effects or organ damage.




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