5 Things Your Dog Needs to Know About Cannabis

Your dog is a mammal and that means it has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). So, cannabis may be an option to treat a variety of symptoms and diseases. Here are the five things your dog (okay, you) need to know about cannabis.

 

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This is as high as Kila ever got! 14,015 ft.

 

1.  You cannot explain being high to your pooch

 

Honestly, if you’re getting your dog super baked, you’re an asshole.  Dogs and most other animals do not have the ability to understand what is happening if they get high.  Your pooch wasn't able to have their chihuahua friend explain to them that the bacon flavored biscuit edible is going to take a bit to kick in, but when it does they should chill out to some Baha Men and enjoy the tingling in their paws for a few hours.  The concept of high isn’t even an evolutionary experience for pup ancestors, wolves.  Although there are some animals that willingly and understandingly get drunk or high on natural things like dolphins on puffer fish or monkeys on fermented bananas, dogs aren’t one of these wilderness party animals. 

When dogs get high, they get really anxious, fearful, and confused.  I know this because I've personally witnessed this happen to a couple of dogs at random parties throughout my years.  No mater how baked I was, I always felt really bad for the dogs.

So, steer clear of activated THC and rely on non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, THCA, and others. 

Note:  Some elderly dogs may benefit from activated D9 THC in their final days before they go to doggy heaven, but even then, the high may cause excess anxiety for the good old boy or girl. 

 

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Meet Jack.  He isn't high, he just looks it, mannn.

 

2. There is hardly any research on dog doses of CBD. 

I know your cannabacon treat says 5mgs will cure your hound's ____________ fill in the blank, but did you ever question where that dosing recommendation came from?  

When you look at the human research on CBD, full spectrum or isolate, the average dose used in studies with a control and placebo, is between 5-25 mg/kg of body weight.  Take your weight, divide it by 2.2, then multiple that by 5 and that's your average starting dose of CBD based on the plethora of research.

 

Even with human dosing being documented for years, the CBD industry continues to tell humans that 5-10mg will set them straight.  The “recommended doses” defy nearly all the research. A little taste of placebo? Maybe...

 

So what about your dog? How do you know how to dose them safely?  Well if you read any research (not Bob’s Pot Blog) you’ll see the doses range from 1mg a day up to 1,500 mg a day.

 

But... What kind of dog? What disease? What weight? What other medications are they on? How old are they? The very questions people should be asking about humans, they should ask about their dogs... but at least there is solid research on the safety, efficacy, and dosing of CBD with humans. 

 

If you’re going to start your puppers on CBD, first you should talk with your vet. Then go low and slow. Try a few mg a couple of times a day and pay attention to the following:

  • how much water they are drinking
  • do they have loose stool
  • are they eating normally
  • do they have a change in energy
  • is the reason you gave them CBD getting any better

 

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Meet Mali, the 17 year old chihuahua from hell.

I gave Mali 10-20mg of CBD twice a day for a few weeks to see if it would help with her Lyme disease, but it didn't do a damn thing. I also gave my German Shepherd 150 mg of CBD in MCT oil twice a day and it didn’t do anything but give her diarrhea. However, my shepherd did great with a 10:1 of CBD:CBG in beef tallow.  I gave her about 125 mg total twice a day in her food for her hips and some extra applied topically and it really helped a skin rash.

 

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Meet Kila, my #1 girl (sorry Megan).

 

3.  Other medications can have negative side effects

 

Just like humans, one medication can make another go haywire  If your dog is on any kind of medication and you start giving them CBD, you could end up doing some damage.  CBD and other cannabinoids modulate drug metabolizing enzymes in the liver.  This means that the CBD could prevent a drug from metabolizing (changing into the correct/active form of the drug), which could build up in their system and have some really nasty side effects.  

Since you were supposed to check with your vet before giving your best friend CBD, you should be okay in this department.  However, it couldn’t hurt to research any drugs your pup is on and see if there are any issues with that drug and CBD in humans.  Even though humans and dogs are very different, there are also many similarities.  This information on humans with drugs interactions could save you a costly vet visit  

 

4.  Ingredients matter

 

You want to make sure you’re not giving your dog any CBD treats that have ingredients in them that would be different from their normal diet...otherwise you may be renting a carpet cleaner.  I would also be very careful of MCT oil based CBD tinctures with dogs.  Small amounts of certain triglycerides of MCT oils can wreak havoc on human stomachs and I’ve heard of it happening to dogs as well.  No one wants a dog with the shits.

 

5.  It’s easy to make your own treats!

 

You can buy CBD and CBG isolate, some beef tallow or lard, and make a really affordable treat for your delicate little Doberman.  Technically, dogs are omnivores because they occasionally eat grass.  In the wild, dogs would eat the stomachs of their prey, which has plenty of fibrous “stuff” in them, as their wolfy ancestors still do.  However, most of what a dog would eat in the wild, would be fat and protein.  So if you’re going to make a treat for them, keep it simple and natural to their ancestral diet.

 

A quick recipe for Fido:

Ingredients:

  • 2 grams of CBD isolate
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp of beef tallow, lard, or duck fat

Instructions:

  • Heat the fat in a sauce pan until melted on low heat
  • Add the CBD isolate, gently stir on low heat for 5 minutes until totally dissolved  
  • Let cool uncovered for an hour and then refrigerate 
  • Add to their food based on your vet's recommendation  

The Dose & Math:

  • 1 cup and 1 tbsp is about 250ml.  since you have 2,000 mg of CBD, that means that for every ml, you’ll have 8 mg of CBD.  
  • 1 tsp = 5ml = 40mg CBD
  • 1/4 tsp = 1.25 ml = 10mg CBD

 

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See the bare spot on Kila's nose?  It was a LOT worse before I started rubbing the recipe above (+CBG) with beef tallow on her nose.  Whenever I put conventional ointment on her nose from her skin allergy, she would lick off.  At least now she's getting healthy fat, CBD, and help with her allergy rash at the same time.

 

So there you have it folks.  5 things you need to tell your dog about cannabis!  Be sure to share this blog with all your furry friends!

 

Barks for reading,

 

The Allen Family

 

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P.S. Interestingly enough, giving animals medication can actually have a placebo effect on the owner!