Is CBD legal in Canada?
You betcha, bud! The Canadian federal government officially legalized all types of cannabis in 2018, which means that CBD oil has been legal for consumers to buy from licensed sellers for several years.
Transporting or shipping CBD products either way across the border, however, is far more of a grey area—even if moving between Canada and a state where cannabis is also legal. We don’t recommend taking any CBD products on any international trip.
What’s the right CBD dosage for dogs?
The general consensus among CBD brands and animal healthcare experts is to start low and slow when giving dogs CBD oil. If a pup seems to be tolerating CBD well, then owners can gradually increase their dosage to achieve maximum effectiveness.
We recommend a starting dose of 0.2mg of CBD per pound of a dog’s body weight. As seen above, CBD oils and treats often come in multiple concentrations, so you’ll need to know how much CBD is contained in every unit of oil or edible treat to accurately work out the right amount.
Here’s our full dosage guide for the full details on how to give CBD to your dog.
How does CBD help dogs?
Dogs and humans share a regulatory mechanism called the endocannabinoid system. This part of the body is responsible for monitoring and responding to internal imbalance (allostasis). It releases hormones and other chemical signals that stimulate inflammation, swelling, and pain, as well as the onset of the sleep/wake cycle.
CBD and other cannabis compounds are able to stimulate the endocannabinoid system in a manner that has a proven anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. Other results may include a sense of calm, relaxation, and occasionally, sleepiness. This makes CBD an appropriate supplement for several common canine conditions, including arthritis, seizures, and separation anxiety.
Every year, another handful of studies on the efficacy of CBD for dogs are published. So far, initial results have been highly promising across all major inflammatory conditions.
Is CBD right for my dog?
Because CBD is an anti-inflammatory, happy dogs without symptoms like pain, swelling, stress, or anxiety should not take CBD products. In other words, CBD is only relevant to certain symptoms, and shouldn’t be viewed as a cure-all.
How do I tell if my dog’s CBD oil is working?
Depending upon the symptoms that CBD is being used to treat, dogs may show no visible effects of treatment. Because of this, it can be hard for owners to tell if their dog’s CBD is working.
Keep a symptom log is a great way to track more subtle changes in a dogs’ condition. A written, photo, or video diary can be used to make comparisons at increments before, during, and after CBD treatment.
After around a week or two of consistent doses, most owners should be able to see some form of improvement in symptoms. For example:
- Improvements in movement (running, standing, chasing)
- Improvements in communication (fewer nerves, less barking or whining, an increase in interactions)
- Reduced symptom frequency and/or intensity
Do vets recommend CBD oil?
Most vets can’t recommend CBD for dogs in a professional capacity, as they’re bound by the official guidelines of medical regulators and oversight boards who themselves haven’t given CBD products the green light.
However, most vets recognize the popularity of pet CBD products. Many will have heard a significant number of positive anecdotal reports from owners. Because of this, you should feel free to discuss CBD options with your dogs’ healthcare provider.