Various Delivery Methods
Luckily, there is a wide variety of delivery methods when it comes to CBD. In this situation, it’s best to get your dog to start vaping. (LOL, that’s totally a joke). No, in all seriousness, the list of delivery methods includes: CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, dog treats, and cannabis oil. Perhaps the easiest and most effective on this list is a good quality CBD tincture, but you may find that with dogs, as with humans, they’re going to be more enthusiastic about taking the dog treat.
We’ll talk more about treats in a bit, but for now we’re going to focus on sublingual tinctures which are some of the most effective and reliable CBD supplements for your dog. Tinctures are easy to dose, easy to administer, and they make it possible to modulate the dose in case you need to increase or decrease it. Simply drop the tincture into your pet’s mouth, and you’re done. The danger of putting CBD into doggy treats is that they might get overeaten! Not only that, but many pets love the natural flavor of CBD oil on its own.
How To Determine the Correct Dosage
When it comes to CBD, remember that less is more. You want to start low and go slow, as they say. Begin with a low dose and increase the dose slowly until you reach the desired effect. When it comes to humans, different conditions require difference dosing. This is also the case with dogs, but to less of a degree. The more that is learned about dogs and CBD, the more that this dosing will become standardized. When you start with a low dose, you can observe what happens at that level for a few days. If you need to increase the dose, then be sure to still observe. Keep doing this until you reach the desired results.
The following is a dosing strategy by veterinarian Dr. Robert J. Silver:
Tier 1: 0.05 mg per pound of bodyweight twice daily
Tier 2: 0.125 mg per pound of bodyweight twice daily
Tier 3: 0.25 mg per pound of bodyweight twice daily
These are small dosages, but it gives you a sense of how little your pet needs. It’s advised that you begin at Tier 1 and observe your pet for a week. Jump from one Tier to the next until you reach your desired results.
Examples of Tier 1 dosing:
|Pet Weight||CBD Dosage|
|Up to 25lbs/11kg||up to 1.25 mg – 2 times daily|
|25 – 50lb/11 – 23kg||1.25 to 2.5 mg – 2 times daily|
|50 – 75lb/23 – 34kg||2.5 to 3.75 mg – 2 times daily|
|over 75lb/34kg||3.75 mg+ – 2 times daily|
Different Brands, Same Benefits?
When it comes to buying a good CBD oil supplement, not all brands are alike. When you search for a product for yourself, you take great care in looking for the right brand, and the same should go for your pet. Look for a reputable brand that you can contact directly for any questions that you might have. Also, be sure to find CBD that comes from clean extraction methods like CO2 or professional ethanol extraction.
The product that you choose should come with lab reports that verify the product is free of mold, toxins, and pesticides. Also, be sure to favor whole plant extraction, or full spectrum extraction, which will provide an entourage effect from the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes that it contains. Lastly, look for CBD from high-resin hemp plants as opposed to low-grade industrial hemp or CBD isolates.
As with any product derived from a plant, spending the extra money on an organic substance just makes good sense. Why should you care about the quality of CBD you buy? Because it’s important to remember that the CBD industry is still quite young. It’s easy to get confused, and this leads to some brands taking advantage of customers. So, to eliminate any confusion, we’re going to do a rundown of some of the most trusted brands on the market. This will give you a head start in your quest for finding Fido’s ultimate remedy.
A Brief Review of Available Cannabis Oil Brands for Your Dog
Hemp Meds is famous for using no genetically modified ingredients, as well as having no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. Their site also offers many different hemp brands, so that you can easily compare. Their product comes in both capsule and tincture form, and it’s imported from Europe. We probably get more positive feedback from Hemp Meds than any other brand, so it’s a safe brand to go with.
Populum is a popular choice because it only uses hemp that is grown in the United States. It has a unique orange flavor that dogs find pleasing, and its extraction purity was found to be much higher than competitor products. Also, the company is very responsive to any questions that you might have.
Delta Botanicals uses hemp that is grown in the United States, and offers a number of distinct and unique flavors. Their tinctures can be used as both drops under the tongue and as vape juice. Choose from Citrus, Mango, Pineapple, Peppermint, Vanilla Cream, and Unflavored.
CBDFX once fell under the category of vape oil, but today they have CBD raw dabs, chill shots, capsules, and vape pens. Customers love the Lemonade CBD chill shots, which make taking CBD delicious and fun. Their CBD is sourced from Europe.
CW Hemp is part of the Charlotte’s Web brand that we discussed earlier. They’re known for their work in helping Charlotte, a girl suffering from Dravet syndrome. They use hemp that is grown in the United States, and they provide only tinctures. Choose from Mint Chocolate & Olive Oil.
Bluebird Botanicals offers a money back guarantee and a risk free trial for their 10ml tincture product. There are no distinct flavors to choose from, but they’re the winner of the 2016 Cannabist Award. They provide tinctures, vape, and capsules.
Plus CBD Oil
Plus CBD Oil offers the most diverse product options, ranging from concentrates to sprays. The only problem here is that the company does not offer a whole lot of transparency. There is no “about us” page, and that makes it hard to determine anything beyond their product.
Mary’s Nutritionals offers the most distinct types of hemp topicals, such as Muscle Freeze and CBD patches. They’re very commonly found in dispensaries. The company offers tinctures, topicals, and sprays.