What’s the best way to give dogs CBD oil?
There are four common ways to give dogs CBD oil:
- Adding CBD oil to your dog’s food
- Dropping CBD oil directly into their mouth
- Rubbing CBD oil into your dog’s gums
- Giving your dog a CBD treat
Some experts believe that the most effective way to give dogs CBD oil is to rub it into their gums or place it under their tongue – the idea being that direct contact between CBD and the soft tissues of the mouth creates maximum absorption and means no CBD is lost during digestion.
However, research suggests that there is no special benefit to rubbing CBD into dogs’ gums. Studies show that the first three methods listed above are equally effective when giving CBD oil to dogs.
In a recent study, scientists from the University of Perugia in Italy tested whether there’s any extra benefit to rubbing CBD into dogs’ gums, over dropping it in their mouths or adding it to food, finding no significant difference between the two methods.
What happened in the study?
Researchers picked 12 dogs of different ages and breeds who were all suffering from chronic conditions causing mild pain (10 dogs had osteoarthritis and two had IBD).
They gave half the dogs CBD oil by dropping it onto their meals and massaged CBD into the inner cheeks of the other half. The researchers also fitted each dog with an IV to take blood samples to check CBD plasma concentration, as well as how long the CBD stayed in the dogs’ systems.
For both methods of delivery, CBD was detectable in some of the dogs’ blood within 15 minutes, most of them within 30 minutes, and all of them within an hour.
Also for both groups, the maximum concentration of CBD in the dogs’ blood occurred between one and four hours after taking CBD.
Even though the effects of the “first-pass metabolism” mean some CBD is lost during digestion, the researchers found no real difference in CBD absorption between adding CBD to dogs’ food and rubbing it in their gums.