CBD or Cannabidiol is an exciting Cannabinoid that occurs naturally in hemp and cannabis plants. Cannabidiol is among more than 400 compounds that are found to provide promising therapeutic action and healing for numerous canine medical conditions. However, one of the the most important factors in realizing a positive outcome from CBD treatment for your dog is to know how to calculate, measure and administer the proper CBD starting dose to reach the optimum ‘Sweet Spot’ amount for your own pet.
CBD Dosage For Dogs
CBD from hemp is, in essence, a food with very beneficial effects on canine health. Like proper diet, adequate exercise and on-going behavioral training, CBD should be considered as just one of the many components to your dog’s total daily wellness regimen. But determining an ‘effective dose’ of CBD for your dog depends on a number of different factors: size (weight) of your dog, health condition, disease history, concentration (percentage) of CBD plus individual variances in metabolism as well as the method of delivery can all effect the starting dose for you dog.
As any pet owner knows, dogs come in all shapes and sizes–therefore, each dog’s dosage of CBD is always going to be different; meaning you should begin with a lowest recommended dose and gradually increase over a period of time.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
For a number of reasons, pet owners say they want to start giving cannabis or CBD medicine to their dog, but they’re not quite sure about the right dose. What is the best way to calculate the ideal amount of CBD for our four-legged friends?
The short answer is, there’s a dosing range that is recommended to start with and it’s best to begin at the low end of this range. A good starting dosage is based on your dog’s body weight using a milligram to kilogram (mg/kg) benchmark. Start with a minimal amount of CBD (0.25 milligrams) per kilogram of canine body weight. This starting CBD measurement should be divided into two (or three) equal portions given throughout the whole day.
After a week, incrementally increase the dose with additional milligrams until you’ve achieved the desired effect for whatever is being treated. Again, track, measure and document the increased amount. A good rule of thumb is increase the original dose amount by 2X (from 0.25 up to 0.50 mg’s per kg) after observing signs for 2-weeks.
Once you’ve achieved the desired outcome for your pet (eg. pain-relief, down-regulating seizures, reducing anxiety, etc.), then you’re probably done making dosage adjustments in the short term and you can maintain that level of CBD on a regular daily maintenance schedule for your dog. Over time, adjustments can be made, up or down, depending on the continued observed effectiveness of this original dosage amount.
How To Find Your Dog’s Dosage ‘Sweet Spot’
Once you begin dosing your dog with CBD, finding the optimum ‘sweet spot’ for treating your pet will require a systematic diligence on your part. Be prepared to keep a Daily Canine Journal to track your dog’s progress. Write everything down–take copious notes documenting not only the CBD dosage but your pet’s reaction from the very first trial dose.
Over a period of time start to look for trends in your dog’s responses. Try to notice nuances towards a change in your dog’s behavior, activity level and in the general quality of life of your dog. Be observant and write it down! Consistency is what is going to determine the window of opportunity to fully capture the healing benefits of CBD for your dog. Since every dog is going to have a different reaction to CBD it’s important to be vigilant in the beginning to measure and document his response.
Your dog’s journal should include his daily dietary intake of food, water, treats and activity levels along with your own impressions of his moods, behaviors and personal idiosyncrasies, (yes, you should include his BM frequency). These facts & interpretations are recorded at each level of CBD administration. The idea is to calibrate a regimen for your dog that uses the least amount of CBD to achieve the desired effect or result.
This is a period of trial and error. CBD is not so much ‘condition-specific’ (eg. arthritis vs epilepsy) as it is an individual dog specific medication. You, the Pet Parent, are the best source to determine actual effective dosage for your specific pet’s needs. This is an experiment, so go-low & go-slow. Start with a low amount and titrate up until you find your dog’s effective ‘sweet spot’. The sweet-spot is the smallest amount of CBD that achieves the greatest impact. Be willing to engage in the science of healing your dog. The work you put in now will be justly rewarded later when you see your dog acting, feeling & behaving infinitely better.
If after giving your dog a set amount of CBD for two weeks or month and you still don’t see the results you want or expect, just know that not all dogs respond the same–even to the same CBD source. Be aware that a different CBD may provide the long-lasting relief you and your dog were seeking. It may take two or three trials of different CBD products over a three to six month period to hone in on the best source for your specific dog. Be patient, all dogs are different. Important– higher doses of CBD are not necessarily better and may actually produce the opposite effect!
Bi-Phasic Properties of CBD
A biphasic drug is one that has differing effects on the body at different blood concentration levels. One of the most well known biphasic drugs is alcohol, which acts as a stimulant until blood alcohol levels reach 0.05 percent. After this point, continued consumption of alcohol causes sedation and depression. Because of cannabidiol’s biphasic properties, it can be used to treat a large variety of problems on both ends of the spectrum.
When CBD interacts with the canine endocannabinoid system (ECS) at low doses it has been shown to increase wakefulness, alertness and can also contribute to elevated mood. At higher doses, however, CBD has a sedating effect instead. For example, dogs who consume larger amounts of CBD may be sleepy, lethargic and calm, as opposed to alert and energetic.
When giving your dog CBD for the first time it is extremely important to take the recommended dose at regular intervals. Raising or lowering your dog’s dosage may produce the opposite of the desired effect. So be patient, look for changes and apply CBD systematically using a Daily Canine Journal.
CBD Tincture Dosage For Dogs
Discovering the optimum dosage for your dog is like trying to hit a moving target–but with diligence and patience you can find your dog’s optimum CBD dosage level or ‘Sweet Spot’.
But knowing exactly what starting dosage you’re giving your pet can be tricky. Very few of the CBD products you find will have an actual concentration dosage recommendation listed on the label. And because many of the products on the market are intended for human not canine consumption it’s easy to give a less-than-optimum amount.
Also, with animals we must avoid thinking in terms of human-sized doses. The general rule of thumb is: give the smallest dose possible based on your dog’s physical weight and gradually work your way up until you find the most effective response. And be prepared to alter that dosage up or down (titrate) for desired effect.
CBD For Dogs Dosage
As pet owners recognize the health promoting possibilities of CBD for their own dogs, Cannabidiol has become less of an alternative treatment option and more of an accepted way to provide vital relief for pets with anxiety, arthritis or even cancer. Although there is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the use of CBD to improve the lives of our canine companions, there still remains a lack of real-world application for individual dosage requirements for different canine medical conditions. Pet owners can be the leading authority to answer these questions by contributing their own science-based empirical evidence.
With perceptive observation, consistent documentation and a true devotion to achieving better health of their own dog, pet owners who are willing to share their own positive CBD experiences are fast becoming indispensable leaders toward building a broader knowledge base of CBD as healing nutrient for all dogs.