What Do I Need To Know About CBD Oil For Pets? - Tweedle Farms
Posted by Tweedle Farms on Mar 8th 2021
The relationship between pets and their owners is like the platonic ideal of a relationship: pet owners love their pets unconditionally and pets love their owners unconditionally right back. There are plenty of pet owners who even love their pets more than their human family, or the rest of humanity in general.
It makes sense that the growing popularity of CBD has expanded to include pets. People want their pets to experience the same calming benefits of CBD that they do. It’s just like when you feed your pet some of your food, except your pet’s not going to sneak the CBD off your plate when you’re not looking.
With CBD for pets on the rise, we’ve got the answers to your questions.
Is there a difference between pet CBD and human CBD? Can I give my pet my CBD or take my pet’s CBD?
Generally speaking, pet CBD is human CBD and vice versa. All animals, pets and humans alike, have an endocannabinoid system, so we all have the cannabinoid receptors necessary to process CBD. However, that doesn’t mean you should just give your pet your CBD.
- Pets take much smaller doses of CBD than humans.
- Pets are at risk of THC toxicity, so it’s best to not give your pet CBD with THC.
- There are multiple terpenes found in the cannabis plant that can unnecessarily tax the livers of our pets. CBD formulated for pets excludes these terpenes.
- Other ingredients in some human CBD products, like chocolate, are toxic to cats and dogs.
Because of this, it’s best to give your pets CBD products that are specifically formulated and packaged for them. That way, you won’t accidentally give your pets something that can make them sick. It will also be easier to give your pets the proper dose because the products are formulated with them in mind. Pets prefer the taste of these products too!
Check out our Furry Friend Pet CBD Oil.
Meanwhile, when it comes to you consuming your pet’s CBD, no harm will come to you so long as it’s just CBD. If it’s CBD in a cat treat, you may not want to eat it just because it’s probably going to taste like raw fish. But hey, no judgment. We do, however, suggest you review the ingredients of anything you plan to consume.
What is the best way to give my pet CBD?
The easiest way to administer CBD to your pet is either in the form of a treat or in the form of CBD oil. CBD in MCT oil is better because it has higher bioavailability, it’s easier to measure the right dose, and you don’t have to worry about other ingredients being bad for your pet or interfering with digestion.
What is MCT oil, and why is it good for pet CBD?
MCT oil isn’t just good for pet CBD; it’s good for human CBD too. What is MCT? It’s medium-chain triglycerides. It’s a type of fat usually derived from coconut oil or palm oil. It has a very high-fat content (it contains about 90% saturated fat), so it's very efficient at absorbing cannabinoids.
By putting CBD into MCT oil instead of into treats, you get improved bioavailability, which means that a greater percentage of CBD can be absorbed by the body. Why? Because MCT oil has caprylic acid, which helps the cannabinoids infused in it bypass the stomach and go straight to the digestive tract. Once in your pet's digestive tract, CBD is absorbed at a much higher rate than if it was in your pet's tummy.
Why is broad-spectrum CBD best for pets?
As a refresher, here are the three types of CBD.
CBD isolate is CBD only. That means no terpenes, other cannabinoids, or any other parts of the cannabis plant.
This contains 100% CBD hemp oil. That's CBD along with the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids, including no more than .3% THC.
This contains CBD along with the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids, not including any THC at all.
One benefit of broad-spectrum CBD is the "entourage effect," which is something that occurs when CBD is consumed with other parts of the hemp plant. Since broad-spectrum CBD doesn't contain THC, you don't have to worry about psychoactivity. When formulated for a pet, CBD products will exclude essential oils such as limonene, peppermint, pine, and tea tree.
What are the dosages for Pet CBD?
There are two bottles available: 300mg and 600mg. They both come in 30ml bottles. This should make figuring out the CBD dosage easier.
Each dropper contains ~10mg or ~20mg of total cannabinoids, depending on whether it's 300mg or 600mg. A 1ml dropper holds ~20 drops, so dosing should be simple, as one drop = ~.5mg for the 300 mg bottle and one drop = ~1mg for the 600mg bottle.
The two different-sized bottles should make it easy to use for a pet owner who wants CBD for cats or CBD for small dogs. We recommend getting the 300mg bottle for cats and small dogs and the 600mg for bigger dogs.
How many times a day can you give your pet CBD oil?
We made this chart so every pet parent knows how often they can give their pet CBD.
Amount of CBD
|75+ lbs||6mg+||1 - 4+ times/day|
|51 - 75lbs||4 - 5mg||1 - 2+ times/day|
|21 - 50lbs||3 - 4mg||1 - 2+ times/day|
|1 - 20lbs||1 - 2mg||1 - 2+ times/day|
It should take 30-45 minutes for the CBD to start working.
Can I give my pet too much CBD?
A peer-reviewed study about the effects of giving your dog too much CBD was published in February of 2020 in Canopy, a journal of animal health. The study concluded that giving your dog more than the recommended dosage of CBD did not have severe adverse effects. A small study in Nutraceuticals and Animal Physiology in 2019 detected no severe negative consequences of CBD consumption in cats but suggested more research was necessary. The study did note, however, that cats demonstrated "excessive licking and head-shaking."
One benefit of broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate is that you don't have to worry about THC toxicity.
Should CBD oil for pets be third-party tested?
Just because it’s for pets doesn’t mean the CBD should be held to lower standards. CBD oil for dogs and cats needs to be third-party tested. That means that an unaffiliated, state-accredited lab should check the CBD pet oil using industry-approved methods to verify our cannabinoid content and the absence of harmful chemicals. That way, you're not just taking the manufacturer’s word for it. It's the same thing you should do for your own CBD.
Should hemp that’s grown for pet CBD be grown without chemicals?
The cannabis plant is a bioaccumulator, which means it’s particularly good at absorbing chemicals in the ground. That means you don’t want to grow cannabis with chemicals since those chemicals will end up in you. That’s especially the case with cannabis that’s going to become a pet product because animals are even more sensitive to chemicals than humans.
Will my pet pass a drug test if it takes CBD?
Pets don't get drug tested! As a reminder, despite the extremely low concentration of THC, Tweedle Farms makes NO guarantee that any humans will be able to pass a drug test after using this product.
Now that you know more about pet CBD, you may want some for your cat or dog. Usually, we’d recommend sending your friends a referral code so that you can both save money and start collecting Tweedle Rewards, but since your furry friends can't make any purchases of their own, we'll just remind you of all the reward opportunities that we have. And if you have any more questions about CBD oil for pets, please contact us.