Top 5 Myths About CBD
CBD cures arthritis, seizures, cognitive and anxiety disorders and more!
CBD doesn’t cure anything, nor does it treat these conditions. Rather CBD works with the cannabis receptor system (ECS) returning balance to stressed tissues. This process can result in soothing effects whereby pets are able to get around easier and can experience the world around them clearly and calmly. The underlying condition is still present but the ESC is better able to support the affected areas, resulting in your pet feeling their best.
THC is bad for dogs & cats.
THC in large amounts isn’t pleasant for dogs & cats and should be avoided. It causes nausea, inability to walk, urinary leakage and sensitivity to visual & sound stimuli. In small amounts, however, THC is highly beneficial, helping to balance the calming effects of CBD. (Too much CBD causes severe sedation, GI upset and inability to walk.) The ECS works best with CBD:THC are kept ~3:1-9:1.
Oil is better than treats or capsules.
Nearly all administration methods have their place in pet CBD supplementation. It just depends on what outcome is desired and where the imbalance is located. Treats are often CBD only which is great for positive reinforcement during training exercises.
Capsules offer convenient dosing and are ideal for long term support of the ECS. Because they take longer to digest, the capsules both sit within the GI tract longer than oils, bathing local ECS receptors with CBD and other compounds, and allow for multiple passes through the liver. These passes through the liver metabolize primary compounds into sub-compounds that the ECS uses alongside CBD & THC.
Oils, when given during or after mealtime, work quicker than oils and have fewer metabolites & don’t last as long in the body. When given by mouth they work very quickly (minutes), last a few hours and can be used in combination with capsules, or oil, capsules & treats, for optimal ECS response in some pets while a capsule only regimen works best in others.
Effects are seen right away.
While some pets may experience results of CBD oil administration given by mouth within minutes – a method that bypasses the liver’s metabolism, allowing primary compounds to hit the bloodstream for immediate use – most need several days to a few weeks for their ECS’s to wake up. This ‘waking up’ process is called upregulation and involves an increase in receptors where they’re needed most, followed by a return to baseline or a new status quo. This is a normal response during acute conditions and when the ECS is appropriately supported during long term imbalances, respectively.
Ongoing dosing isn’t necessary.
While it’s true a single CBD oil administration may be all that’s needed for a one-way flight to the family’s new home, ongoing administration is needed to support the ECS managing conditions over time. The ECS is flexible but it can only make so many compounds internally. Once it reaches its limit it can no longer support older joints and reduced mobility is noted. Long term support of the ECS with a balanced CBD product, ensures older joints (or other distressed areas) receive adequate support for comfortable mobility.