If you’ve googled CBD oil recently, you’ll know there are numerous ways to introduce your dog to the benefits of this cannabis derivative. You can drop it on their treats and snacks (munchies assumed.) You can apply to your dog’s gums, paws, and joints—especially good for aches and pains in elderly dogs. Or, you could massage it directly into their skin.
But how do you decide which application method is best for your pet?
Why delivery method matters
Here’s the theory behind applying CBD oil topically to doggo’s skin, rather than having them eat it:
As a general rule, any method of CBD ingestion is going to have some level of whole-body effect, but as the largest organ in the body, the skin stands out as a way of targeting localized clusters of cannabinoid receptors, while bypassing the digestive or circulatory system.
When skin application is the right option
So, why might you want to target cannabinoid receptors in a dog’s skin? There are four main reasons for delivering CBD via the skin (but don’t feel limited by these—other reasons are just as good too!)