Pot for Pets?
Got a pet that freaks out over thunderstorms, fireworks, vet trips, car rides and separation anxiety, or is just plain hyper? Or an older pet with joint pain or GI issues or cancer?
Some owners have found that a dose of CBD can make a big difference.
Most people hear CBD (cannabidiol) and automatically think marijuana, but it’s important to understand the difference between CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is made up mostly of hemp, while THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana. CBD gives a relaxing sensation but does not give the high that THC does. Found in pot and hemp, CBD is also the key ingredient in Epidiolex, a seizure medication that is the first cannabis derived drug approved by the FDA.
In humans, CBD oil has been found to reduce anxiety and treat epilepsy, even in drug resistant cases. It also relieves pain and benefits the heart. Though there is no scientific proof on this now, it may help treat the symptoms of cancer treatment such as nausea, chronic pain and loss of appetite to help keep animals comfortable.
“After years of back pain and facing back surgery, I tried CDB therapy, and it drastically changed my life,” says Michael Dunn, founder of Blue Ocean Lifestyle and CDB America Shaman stores. “I am living proof of the benefits, so I changed careers to help others. I opened two CBD stores in the Atlanta area.”
Cannabis can provide many benefits to humans, from everyday health to treating diseases, but it has not been proven to work in animals. The veterinary community is not going to condone CBD treatment until evidence-based medicine is solid. Currently, the American Veterinary Association (AVMA) does not allow veterinarians to recommend or prescribe cannabis to their clients. With most technology, law is often lagging behind, and so is the case for cannabidiol therapy. But the 2017 House of Delegates meeting at the AVMA annual convention discussed marijuana therapies for pets, and recommendations included having the AVMA investigate working with other research organizations and medical stakeholders.
Right now, there is a lack of research on the effects of CBD therapy in pets. AVMA is concerned that pets may die as a result of possible overdoses, negative drug interactions or bad ingredients from an unregulated seller.
Go to Animallawsource.org to find our published “Animal Law Source Toolkit©” on this subject for pet owners.
Can veterinarians prescribe or even recommend CBD Oil for pets in Georgia?
No. Regardless that some states have legalized marijuana, and physicians can recommend cannabis for medical purposes to their patients without any disciplinary actions, the laws are different for physicians and veterinarians. So even in jurisdictions where marijuana is legal, without a specific authorization for veterinary use, veterinarians are not protected in recommending and discussing its use to clients.
Can veterinarians discuss cannabinoid products as a treatment option?
Currently there are no FDA-approved marijuana or hemp products for use in animals, and thus the legality of veterinarians recommending any unapproved products can be confusing. Furthermore, any discussion regarding any therapeutic regimen should be consistent with a valid Veterinarian-Client Patient-Relationship (VCPR).
If a vet cannot recommend it, can a pet owner buy and use CBD for their pets?
Yes, anyone can buy CBD oil online, and there is fierce competition to attract pet owners. But remember, it is unregulated field. Dosages and drug interactions could be harmful or even fatal. There are side effects. Since the AVMA warns veterinarians not to recommend CBD therapy at this time, who will you consult with about these issues? If you plan on using CBD, you should at least tell your veterinarian and keep several things in mind:
• Cheaper is not always better, don’t look for the cheapest product you want to make sure you are getting good quality oil for your pet, be sure to research where and how the hemp was grown.
• CBD not THC. Some CBD oils can have higher levels of THC than others. Be sure you are checking the concentration and buying products with high CBD and low THC. You want your pet to have the relaxation and health benefits without the intoxication.
• Good quality CBD oil is manufactured using the whole plant which adds terpenes as well as flavonoids from the hemp plant, making the benefits all that much greater.
• CBD oil is a new industry there are no regulations that control the manufacturing process. How does company produce their oils and if they use the “whole plant”?
What are the side effects?
Most mammals have an endocannabinoid system and can metabolize cannabis. There are risks when giving our pets CBD oil. An animal’s liver immediately processes cannabis and then eliminates through their urine. Cannabis can also affect the production of liver enzymes and how the liver metabolizes certain drugs. The production of salvia is affected by cannabis causing dry mouth which may cause excessive thirst. High doses of CBD may cause low blood pressure as well. It is important to notify your veterinarian before giving your pet CBD to discuss negative drug interactions.
The cannabis industry is growing at incredible rates and benefits are front page news. Evidence-based veterinary medicine is paramount, and the laws and regulations are moving very fast in this arena. By the time this article is published, I expect there will be more changes. Know what you are getting into and speak to your veterinarian.
Copyrighted by Claudine Wilkins, Founder Animal Law Source (2014), Past Chair of the Animal Law Section to the Georgia Bar, [email protected], 770-356-9770, www.animallawsource.org.
Special thanks to Cassidy Brook for her contribution. Visit AnimalLawSource.org for a sample petition and order.
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KING KALM™ 600MG CBD with Copaiba & Krill Oil and DHA for Dogs in Atlanta is made with all natural cannabidiol from hemp. Our 600mg CBD with DHA and copaiba essential oil, is the most potent formula in our collection. It comes in a 30ml bottle with one oral syringe for easy delivery. Like the rest of the KING KALM™ products, this CBD, DHA, Krill & Copaiba oil for dogs also includes a dosing chart to help owners determine what the best dosage for their pets.
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Our CBD for pets in Atlanta combines high-quality cannabidiol with natural copaiba oil and DHA to deliver a more potent soothing effect than CBD alone. Owners around the world have used our products to support calmness and relaxation, joint mobility, and more.
Why Buy King Kalm CBD for Dogs In Atlanta
KING KALM™ Pet CBD Oil is made with extracts obtained from industrial hemp grown in the United States. All of our King Kalm CBD products are manufactured in our GMP Certified, ISO-9001 FDA registered facility. Our CBD for cats and dogs are always tested in a third-party ISO certified lab to ensure dose accuracy, purity, and consistency. Making us the best CBD oil for pets in the market.
See Our King Kalm FAQs for Further Information.
Suggested Dose: Use the dosing chart included in the box (also posted above with product images). Administer 1-2 times a day.
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Why choose King Kalm?
Broad spectrum Phytocannabinoid rich oils
- CO2 extraction
- Each product is formulated with your pet in mind manufactured in our GMP Certified, ISO-9001 FDA registered facility.
- Third party lab tested (available upon request)
- Homogenously suspended in Krill oil and lavender
- Edible recipes are formulated by our license holistic physician and nutritional expert
- Free of solvents, pesticides, metals and unnatural substances
- All oils come with a dosing chart and oral syringe (our charts and delivery method is to ensure the maximum amount of CBD per dose)
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of over 80 cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis/hemp plant. It is a completely natural, plant-based compound that is non-toxic, non-psychoactive, and does not produce a so-called “high.”
How do I know if my dog or cat needs CBD?
As mammals, all dogs, cats, and humans have what is called an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system contains receptors which when bound to create and modulate an immune system response, can have a profound effect on the nervous system and many common conditions that plague both us and our furry family members.
Will CBD interact with my pets medication?
We always recommend consulting with your veterinarian prior to using our products.
Is it as effective for dogs or cats as it is for humans?
What makes King Kalm CBD different from other CBD pet products?
King Kalm™ CBD is derived from Broad Spectrum Cannabidiol Oils. Extracted from the highest quality all naturally occurring hemp and suspended in high omega-3 Krill Oil. Our CBD is lab tested vigorously and often for its potency and bio-availability. We do not use ANY artificial ingredients, flavors, preservatives, or colors whatsoever. Our product is 100% pure and something that can be found only in nature. We only create and sell a product we would give to our own pets.
How do I know which strength/bottle to choose?
There are many factors in deciding which milligram bottle to choose which can also depend on the ailment you are treating. Since each dog and family is different it really becomes a personal decision.
Please use this chart to choose:
Small sized pet 20 lbs & under – 75mg bottle (approximately 2.5mg / 1ML)
Medium sized pet 21lbs to 50 lbs – 150mg bottle (approximately 5mg / 1ML)
Large sized pet over 50 lbs – 300mg bottle (approximately 10mg / 1ML)
How much CBD is there in the King Kalm Crunch treats?
There are approximately 3-4 milligrams of CBD per treat and approximately 30 treats in each 8oz bag.
How do I dose King Kalm CBD?
Each box of King Kalm™ CBD comes with a dosing chart that may guide you based on your pet’s weight.
Please note: This product has not been approved by the FDA and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease. Always consult a veterinarian prior to supplementing any product.
How do I give my pet the oil?
Each box comes with an oral syringe to administer in their mouth. That is the preferred method but you can put it in your pets food as a second option.
Is King Kalm CBD given more than once a day?
Administer the dose once a day and take notes of how your pet is responding. Monitor the signs and symptoms over a few days to weeks’ time. Make adjustments based on your pets response.
Once I start CBD therapy, do I have to always give it to them?
Ask yourself this; once you decide to eat healthy, do you have to continue eating healthy in order to gain the benefits from the nutrients and vitamins found in that food? The answer is yes. This is a lifestyle change and like all other lifestyle changes they must be consistent in order to achieve the best results. There are no greater results to be had than the health of our four legged family members.
How does King Kalm help with my pet’s health problems?
The FDA prohibits the correlation of our products and the healing of any medical condition and or ailments. We recommend trying one of our products for at least one month to witness any changes in your pet.
CBD for Dogs
As human interest in the health benefits of CBD products grows, so does interest in the potential benefits to our fur babies. This week we’re taking a dive into the world of CBD products for dogs but as always, we want to stress that we are not veterinarians and each family should seek the advice of a trained medical expert before trying any of the products mentioned below. Additionally, there is no definitive scientific data about the efficacy of CBD in treating canine health concerns, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from dog owners around the world.
How does CBD affect dogs and what can it treat?
CBD is the shorthand name for cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Notably, it usually doesn’t contain THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Dr. Klein, the AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, says that usually CBD comes from hemp, rather than marijuana.
Dog owners, and some doctors, suggest that CBD can help with a range of health concerns including nausea, appetite, stress and anxiety, seizures, cancer, and cardiovascular problems. Again, while there is no scientific data to back these claims, many dog owners swear by CBD and say that it has been transformative for their fur balls. The Canine Health Foundation recently launched a study to test the efficacy of CBD in the treatment of canine epilepsy, so we’ll standby for additional scientific data to support (or refute) these claims.
What CBD products are available for dogs?
The most commonly used CBD product for dogs is CBD oil which can be administered by putting a small amount of oil just inside their gums. It can also be added to treats/food for finicky pets. There are also several varieties of chews that contain varying amounts of CBD but we highly recommend reading the packaging thoroughly before purchasing these.
What risks does CBD pose to dogs?
Because CBD as a health supplement is a relatively new phenomenon, there is no official information about the risks and hazards associated with its use. The FDA doesn’t regulate CBD and as a result, there is no official dosing information available either. That being said, as with any supplement or medication, it’s important to administer the correct amount recommended on the packaging because too much is far worse than too little. Additionally, in consultation with your vet, we recommend starting small and monitoring Fido’s reaction before you progress to larger doses.
We always recommend during thorough research and consulting your veterinarian before giving your pet medications or supplements – especially those that haven’t been rigorously studied. The American Kennel Club is a great place to begin your CBD research.
Do you give our pups CBD oil? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!