CBD for Dogs: Safety and Effectiveness

Lauren Flanagan

As more evidence has come out on the safety and efficacy of cannabinoids (CBD) for humans, dog owners are looking into CBD as potential treatment for their furry friends. CBD has been linked to reducing inflammation, pain, anxiety, and seizures in canines.



Why Try CBD for Your Dog?

  • CBD is Safe for Dogs- There are no significant signs of adverse effects or potential toxicity among canine studies. A recent study administered hemp extract in the form of soft chews to 6 dogs over the course of 12-weeks and found that there was a 96.7% acceptance rate, with 3.3% showing loose stool and 0.45% vomit. Besides this small evidence of loose stool and vomit there were no other observable negative side-effects. Most notably, there was no change in blood count or chemistry throughout the 12-week study, which is a positive outcome in terms of potential toxicity.1 Another recent study performed by Cornell University and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) followed 16 dogs medically confirmed with Osteoarthritis (OA) and treated with CBD based oil. Each dog was given 2 mg/kg of CBD oil for the first 4 weeks and then 8 mg/kg for the next 4 weeks with the washout period in between. There were no adverse side-effects or psychoactive side effects seen among the dogs in this study at either the low or high dose.2
  • CBD Actually Works- The Cornell study showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity levels among canines. While this was only observing benefits of CBD on dogs with OA, we can likely assume there would be beneficial effects on other conditions causing canines pain and inflammation.2
  • NSAIDS May Cause Problems for Your Dog- The primary treatment for chronic-pain conditions are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). The problem is, there is evidence that NSAIDS could actually be causing harm to your dog. In a systematic review of 64 canine studies, 35 of 64 dogs showed adverse effects to NSAIDS, most commonly gastrointestinal issues.3 These negative side-effects for canines taking NSAIDS could potentially be avoided if their treatment were to be replaced with CBD.

How Do I Give My Dog CBD?

  • Oil is Best- Studies have shown the best way for dogs to consume CBD is via CBD oil rather than in form of a CBD-infused soft chews. The soft chews showed higher concentration but less retention in dogs’ systems than CBD oil. 1
  • Serve with Food- Studies have shown that CBD oil dropped into thier regular food will increase absorption by 4–5 fold. 4-5 Therefore, when introducing CBD to your dog, try dropping the oil on a treat or giving it to them directly in their mouth right after a meal.
  • Start with a Lower Dose Twice a Day- When figuring out dosing for your dog, start low (about 2 mg/kg) and build up as needed. A lower dose will stay in your dog’s system just as long as a high dose. A study showed that when dogs were given 2 mg/kg of CBD and 8 mg/kg of CBD, each dosing level stayed in the dogs’ systems for about 4.2 hours. 2 This means that a dose at least twice a day will provide the best effect.
Try Heritage CBD Hemp Extract Oil for Pets and see if it helps your dog.  

     

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    COVID-19 Response

    Kirsten Wedegartner

    Dear Customers, 

    Like you, the team here at Heritage CBD is closely monitoring the latest news about COVID-19.  The health and safety of our employees, customers, and community are foremost in our minds. Our thoughts are with all those presently impacted by the coronavirus and the health professionals working to care for them.
     
    During this time, Heritage CBD remains open for business and will be fulfilling orders on our usual schedule. We want to assure you that Heritage is taking all necessary precautions. Beyond continuing to observe current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) at our facility, we are being exceptionally careful and diligent with all sanitary practices and implementing additional hygienic barriers with every step of our manufacturing and packaging process. As the COVID-19 situation evolves we will continue to look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials to guide our actions.
     
    We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and we wish everyone well-being as we all navigate this global health challenge together.

    Sincerely,

    Heritage CBD

     

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    Does CBD make you hungry?

    Lauren Flanagan

    You may already be aware that ingesting marijuana increases your appetite. These cravings are due to the THC in cannabis, so you may wonder, does CBD have the same effect? The answer in short is no. THC increases the hormone ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry. THC also sparks a food cravings through CB1 receptors that control appetite. CBD on the other hand does not increase hunger in this way, but it could increase appetite in other ways. CBD has been shown to alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting. This decrease in nausea could in turn help with appetite while not directly increasing hunger.

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    Is CBD Oil Addictive?

    Lauren Flanagan

    Is CBD Oil Addictive?

    CBD is not addictive. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report in 2018 confirming that CBD does not possess signs of potential dependence or abuse. The cannabinoid does not produce a high and therefore is not considered a potential for substance abuse. In fact, CBD has actually shown potential to help with substance abuse recovery.1

    1. https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf

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    CBD Protein Balls Recipe

    Lauren Flanagan
    Excellent for post-workout muscle recovery.

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    CBD Smoothie Recipe: A Taste of Summer

    Lauren Flanagan
    This CBD smoothie is like a taste of summer in a glass! The best part is it's an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Enjoy!
    (Recipe Serves: 1)
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    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/4 cup frozen raspberries
    1/4 of a fresh orange
    1 tbsp fresh lime juice
    1 cup seltzer water
    25 mg Heritage CBD Hemp Extract Oil: Unflavored

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    DIY Hand Sanitizer with CBD

    Kirsten Wedegartner

    At times like these it’s important to be proactive and diligent to protect yourself from contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to social distancing, the CDC recommends keeping your hands clean, as an important way to prevent contracting and spreading the disease. 

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. While hand-sanitizers are in low supply right now, we have a solution—make your own!

    Why add CBD? Many scientists are conducting studies on Cannabidiol (CBD) Recent studies have shown that CBD is remarkably effective at killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria. Though COVID-19 is a virus rather than bacteria, CBD is an excellent additive to your at-home hand-sanitizer recipe to give it an added anti-bacterial boost. Also, the oil in Heritage Hemp Extract Oil Drops will help counter the drying effect of the alcohol on your skin.

    DIY CBD Hand Sanitizer Recipe:

    • 2 parts - 70% to 99% Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol
    • 1 part - 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel (from live plant or store bought)
    • 4 full 1mL Droppers of 750 mg Heritage CBD Hemp Extract Oil Drops

    Mix ingredients well in a clean bowl and transfer into a clean empty hand-sanitizer or travel bottle.

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    Gourmet CBD Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Makes 12)

    Lauren Flanagan
    Surprise your Valentine with these delicious CBD chocolate covered strawberries.

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    Green Machine CBD Smoothie (Dairy Free)

    Lauren Flanagan
    Try this delicious dairy free smoothie recipe for a healthy dose of greens, protein, and CBD.

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    The Heritage Hemp CBD Difference

    Kirsten Wedegartner

    We strive to be your favorite CBD brand. Here are 6 Reasons to Choose Heritage CBD:

    PASSION FOR CBD - Our company founders experienced the many benefits of CBD and were inspired to make the best CBD products sold at a reasonable price.

    HEMP PIONEERS - We earned one of the 1st hemp licenses in Massachusetts, and now we’re creating a network of family farms cultivating organic hemp in New England.

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