CBD for Pets: How to Maximize the Effectiveness of CBD Oil

You’ve probably heard about pet owners giving their furry friends CBD. Dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system just like humans do, which means their bodies are naturally designed to benefit from cannabinoids.

CBD is for Pets, Too!

CBD has earned plenty of attention for itself in the last few years. People use it for every ailment you can think of! When CBD stimulates the cannabinoid receptors of any dog, cat, or human, the body gets instructions for how to stay in balance. This balance among physiological processes is called homeostasis. The body naturally produces cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, which are signaling molecules. Essentially, they regulate the body’s neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. When your endocannabinoid system is depleted, you lose balance. 

CBD and other cannabinoids can help replenish the endocannabinoid system and keep the body in balance. When the ECS is working well, healing happens within the body. A healthy endocannabinoid system means a well-balanced, healthy body. 

What Does it Do?

In both pets and humans, CBD has been shown to help reduce pain and anxiety, relieve allergies, fight bacteria and fungi, calm aggression, reduce inflammation, shrink tumors, and contribute to general wellbeing. People give their pets CBD to keep them calm and healthy. Shinier coats, more vitality, and more calmness is common.

We have lots of people tell us that their pet completely transformed when they started CBD! Old, tired pets acting youthful again, and aggressive pets suddenly being chill!

How to Take CBD

CBD can be ingested, such as when it is infused into an oil and taken by mouth, or applied topically, such as with a shampoo or salve. When it comes to our furry friends, salves can make a greasy mess of the fur and might not be the preferred option, so pet shampoo infused with CBD is a great alternative. Applying CBD topically can help immensely with skin problems, such as rashes, dryness, and itchiness, and can also help maintain a healthy, shiny coat.

CBD pet shampoo is a wonderful way to contribute to your pet’s skin and coat health since it absorbs right into the skin and fur. A warm bath opens the skin’s pores and lets the CBD soak in nice and deep. Topical application of CBD allows the cannabinoid to interact directly with receptors near the body’s surface, which allows the cannabinoid to focus its effort on the area that needs it most. For dry or itchy skin, this can provide both immediate and long-lasting relief. 

You can also use our Pet CBD Oil and gently massage it into your pet’s skin!

Maximize Effectiveness

For best results, take CBD both topically and orally. This allows for the maximum stimulation of cannabinoid receptors in the body, and thereby produces the most profound healing effects. For humans, a tincture and a salve combination can assist the body with just about any ailment — for pets, a tincture and a shampoo can do just the same.

For even MORE effectiveness, consider giving your pet CBG along with CBD. CBG is safe for animals and is non-intoxicating, just like CBD. Some sources believe that CBD and CBG work better when taken together due to something called the entourage effect. Check out our blog post on dosing CBD and CBG for pets for more info!

When Nothing Else Works

Before we started giving our dog CBD, we struggled for 2 years to find a solution to her chronically itchy skin and found that nothing worked. She would chew and itch herself raw no matter what we fed her, bathed her with, or massaged her with. Then we discovered the magic that is CBD. After only 1 week of CBD treatment, her skin healed completely and hasn’t been dry or itchy a day since. By taking CBD internally as well as topically, the body can heal in every direction. It truly is miraculous.

Start your journey today!

Article by Britt Foster