Once people learn about the many benefits Cannabidiol (CBD) can have for their animal’s health, the next logical question is, “how much CBD do I give my pet?”
Dosage will be adjusted lower or higher based on the pet’s weight and age and the severity of the medical condition.
Because of the unique nature of cannabinoid based remedies, the smartest approach to find an effective dosage of CBD is to use a Graduated Dosing Procedure.
What is Graduated Dosing? Graduated dosing is a process whereby, you start with a small baseline dose and then increase the dosage slowly and incrementally over a specific time frame to determine the point at which the dosage becomes effective in treating the specific condition or symptom.
Graduated Dosing for Pets
Step 1: Determine your pet’s initial baseline daily dosage. (Suggested starting dose of 4mg CBD daily)for 25 lb dog.
Step 2: Establish the incremental (step) dosage you will use to slowly raise the daily dosage level for each step. (Suggested increase of 2mg)
Step 3: Start administering the CBD at the daily baseline dosage for a full 7 days (4mg daily). Pay attention to any changes in your pet’s symptoms or condition and document. The 7 days gives the CBD time to build an accumulative effect.
Step 4: After 7 days at your baseline dosage, if you are not receiving the desired results, then increase the dosage by one step (2mg) to create a new baseline dosage.
Step 5: For the next 3 days (Day 8 – 10), administer the new increased dosage (4mg + 2mg). Pay attention to any changes in your pet’s symptoms or condition and document.
Step 6: Repeat. After 3 days of administering at the new dosage level, if you still have not obtained the desired results then continue to raise the dosage by 2mg every 3 days until you find the minimum effective dose that relieves symptoms. This may take several steps, be patient and stick to the process. For example, if your animal’s minimum effective dose turned out to be 12mg it would take 19 days using the stepwise dosing procedure to dial-in the most effective dosage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will CBD make my pet high?
No, Innate Remedies Pet formulations are 100% THC free and will not cause any type of intoxication or high.
Is a prescription required from my veterinarian to purchase Innate Remedies Pet Formulations?
No, all of Innate Remedies products, including our Pet Formulations, can be purchased without prescription and shipped to all 50 states.
Will CBD work for all pets?
Yes and No. All mammals, can benefit from supplementation of phytocannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD). All mammals have an endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating and creating homeostasis among the various biological systems including, the immune system, skeletal system, neurological pathways, endocrine system, etc. There are many health benefits associated with the use of cannabidiol to maintain and stimulate a responsive endocannabinoid system. The anecdotal and pre-clinical evidence for cannabidiol as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and anticonvulsant is well established. However, as there are many variables to any particular disease state or specific condition, it is possible, that while one pet may respond almost miraculously to cannabinoid use, another may not experience much, if any, benefit at all. Before choosing to purchase any CBD product, you should gather as much information as you can as to its effects and uses. After reviewing the research, the last step will be to obtain a premium-grade broad spectrum CBD oil and see how your animal responds to these cannabinoids specifically.
Is CBD safe at high dosages? What are the side effects?
There are multiple studies demonstrating the effectiveness of CBD in treating various conditions. Most of these studies conclude that CBD (cannabidiol) is safe and virtually free of side effects. A review on the Safety and side effects of cannabidiol by the NCBI for example suggests that controlled CBD (cannabidiol) administration is safe and non-toxic in humans and animals. Also, according to this review paper, “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans."
It is important to note: CBD products are not approved by the FDA for the diagnosis, cure, treatment or prevention of any disease. When seeking to add any new supplement to your animal’s diet you should seek the advice of a veterinarian.