Synergy Wellness Answers your Questions
Does CBD Work For Animals?
by Elana Cydney Vollen – Synergy Team
Does CBD Work For Animals?
We often get people calling Synergy Wellness and asking about using medical cannabis on their pets for a variety of reasons but chief amongst them are:
- Seizure disorders and epilepsy
There have been reports of miraculous effects from the use of CBD for the above conditions. As well, there have been reports, by dog-owners specifically, that CBD can offer relief from:
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- General pain, including pain from cancer
- Loss of appetite
- Symptoms related to auto-immune disorders
- Cognitive Dysfunction
** Please note: we often recommend high-ratio CBD products for animals but do not condone using THC since it can have adverse effects on dogs and cats (mostly, they will just be really really out of it for a while and it presents as Catatonia which can be scary for owners. They typically recover fine but for this reason, we do not recommend it!)
Treating animals with CBD is safe and very economical since they typically need only need a very small amount to realize the positive effects. And also, with animals, there is no placebo effect! What you see is what you get! We often hear pet owners say that it puts a spring back in the step of their arthritic pets, calms them down if they run anxious, and helps lessen the incidence of seizures, sometimes eradicating them completely!
According to the American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.
How much should I give my pet?
Every brand’s formulation of CBD is different, so we are basing this recommendation on our own product of Item #100 ACDC 24:1 in organic olive oil base. Another tincture in our catalogue that you could try is #143 Ringo’s Gift which is also a 24:1 tincture.
A lower dose would be about 1-3 drops per 10lbs. Of bodyweight (roughly .5-1 mg. For every 10 lbs. of bodyweight) two to three times daily.
A medium dose would be 4-6 drops per 10 lbs. Of bodyweight (1.5-2 mg.)
(For reference: In our ACDC oil-based tincture, 1 ml. = roughly 45 drops)
Here’s a cheat sheet for dosing at the lower end:
10 lb. pet – 1-3 drops – 2-3X daily
20 lb. pet – 2-6 drops 2-3X daily
30 lb. pet – 3-9 drops 2-3X daily
40 lb. pet – 4-16 drops 2-3X daily
50 lb. pet – 5-20 drops 2-3X daily
You could certainly raise the dose beyond the medium recommended dose safely, especially in extreme situations but it’s always better to start low and work your way up to avoid any unwanted side effects (mentioned below).
We recommend you start with the lower end of the low dose for a day or two, and see if you notice a favorable difference in your pet’s behavior or symptoms. If it seems to be working, stick there for a bit until it seems that you might need to increase it. Otherwise work your way up to the medium dose. (Try 3 drops for a couple days, then 4, then 5, etc until you reach efficacy).
How do I administer CBD to my pets?
My dog will generally lick it right off my hand since it is oil afterall which is usually appealing to animals, but if that doesn’t work, you can drop it on a doggy or kitty treat or add it to a dollop of bacon grease or butter and they will generally lap it up! If lack of appetite is an option, then using a syringe is always an option. You can get fairly accurate with a 1 ml. Syringe (we are happy to send you one if you need!)
** Please do not EVER blow smoke or vapor in your animals’ noses or mouths, even if it is just CBD. This can be harmful to your pets.
Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs
While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, below we have listed the only potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans:
Dry mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For dogs, this would manifest as an increased thirst.
Lowered blood pressure: High doses of CBD have been known to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. Even though the drop is small, it might create a brief feeling of light-headedness.
Drowsiness: The calming effect of CBD can also cause slight drowsiness, especially when using higher doses. This is something we have heard mentioned from pet owners’ experience and also shows up a lot in the literature on treating animals with CBD.
Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects.
We have personally only heard anecdotes of animals presenting sleepiness as a side effect of CBD treatment. There doesn’t seem to be any data showing any appreciable adverse side effects of dosage at a higher level but better to always err on the side of caution.
Which Product should I give to my pet?
There are plenty of products out there that are geared specifically to pets. Mostly they just use a meat flavoring to make it more appealing to animals. They also tend to be on the pricier side for the amount of CBD you get per ml.
CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Leinow and Julian Birnbaum
Which Synergy Wellness product is will work the best for me?
by Elana Cydney Vollen – Synergy Team
The emergence of medical cannabis in the open marketplace can be confounding – so many companies, so many products, so much flowery language. How do you know what will work best for you?? This is a complex question with no simple answer. Because of individual differences, no single answer applies to everyone.
Many factors come into play to determine which product will be most effective for which person. Individual brain chemistry plays the largest role, because we all have unique endocannabinoid systems, with a network of neural receptors that are specifically designed to receive the compounds in cannabis. Some people have receptors that will eagerly receive a particular medicine, while others have a system that needs to slowly awaken to these compounds in order to receive their benefit. For some, this system may not be well-attuned to receive these cannabinoids at all. Many people find cannabis to be beneficial, even miraculous; some may not realize the benefits they expect. Basically it comes down to experimentation with strains, combination and dosage.
We at Synergy Wellness can help guide you to products which typically help with more restful sleep; with inflammation both topically and systemically; products that can help alleviate anxiety and products that can potentially help with pain management.
Our products stand out among others because we offer a wide variety of high-CBD strains that are uncommon in the marketplace. Strains we cultivate have variants based on their genetics and terpene/terpenoid profiles. Some variants are subtle and can only be discerned by the person taking them over a period of time which is why we encourage people to experiment with different blends and dosages. Sometimes we will make recommendations for night-time or day-time remedies based on a strain’s Indica or Sativa profile, but these strains have unique effects for each individual. Indica is generally regarded as relaxing to promote restful sleep while Sativa is generally regarded as stimulating. HOWEVER, it is possible a person can take Indica and be stimulated by it, or feel drowsy with a Sativa product. So our recommendations are intended to serve as general guidelines. We encourage people to ‘go with their gut’ and be open to an experiment.
We usually suggest a slow “titration”, beginning with a very low dose to wake up the endocannabinoid receptors, then increase the dose and interval to achieve desired results. Because CBD and THC cannabinoids work synergistically, each enhancing the properties of the other, combinations are often recommended. Each has different physiological effects. THC products, are generally regarded to have psychoactive properties so titration is a safe way to begin, in order to get accustomed to the effects. Titration is also recommended for CBD products because sometimes a little is all you need to stimulate your cannabinoid receptors to achieve the desired benefit. CBD is generally relaxing; however, CBD does not cause the mind-altering “high” that is often associated with recreational cannabis. It is for this reason that CBD is not considered psychoactive. However, CBD does effect the brain and your mood, consequently some professionals argue CBD is technically psychoactive also.
Here at Synergy Wellness, we are always glad to assist you in finding the right product to most likely benefit you, based on your symptoms. We encourage everyone to keep the experimental nature of cannabis supplementation in mind, to go slowly and carefully notice their personal experience.