What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating, non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis and hemp plant. It is the most prevalent compound found in the hemp plant and second in the cannabis plant.
Why the Hemp Plant vs the Cannabis Plant
The hemp plant is richer in CBD percentages and can test upwards of 15% CBD, while maintaining a THC level of less than .3%. The hemp plant is considered hemp when it tests and contains less than .3% THC. The hemp plant is legal on the federal level. Hemp is also rich in amino acids and omega fatty acids. The fibers of hemp can also be used in many commercial and industrial products like paper, building materials, compost and clothes. The whole hemp plant is used throughout the process.
The cannabis plant is rich in THC, and can test in upwards of 30% THC, while containing much less CBD than its hemp counterpart, usually in the 1-5% range and is federally illegal to grow and possess.
CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease. For those with cancer, it may even provide a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief.
How Can CBD Help?
CBD has powerful anti-anxiety effects that work almost the same on dogs as they do on humans.
CBD is thought to stimulate the receptors of serotonin in the brain. This means CBD blocks the absorption of serotonin for a time. During this time, the CBD helps produce a higher level of serotonin in the brain.
By boosting the serotonin in the brain, CBD helps reduce fear and anxiety, calm the mind, and improve the mood.
In other words, giving your dog CBD during a storm will help them calm down, relax, and function in a normal manner during a storm.
The CBD dog treats are an easy and enjoyable way to give your dog a dose of CBD. Just give them the treat 30 minutes before their meal or before a thunderstorm hits.
CBD oil can be a little harder.
You can administer a few drops of CBD oil (follow the instructions for the recommended dose) directly into their mouth. But some dogs can be a little mouthy and mixing it in with a bit of food may be easier on both you and your dog. Note that it may take an extra 15- 30 minutes for the CBD to take effect if they ingest it rather than take it sublingually.
How to Help Your Dog If They Have a Fear of Storms
Anxiety is natural in dogs, and so is a fear of storms. But that doesn't mean you have to sit back and watch them struggle on their own.
Giving them CBD may be the answer.
Because CBD can boost the serotonin levels in the brain. This reduces fear and anxiety and can help your dog relax. The next time you have a storm on the forecast, you should consider CBD.
Not sure where to get it?
We have several CBD products designed for dogs you can choose from.
Symptoms of Storm Anxiety
But there's a difference between a dog being startled by a thunderclap and a dog experiencing storm anxiety. If you don't know what to look for, it can be hard to tell which kind of dog you have.
We've come up with a quick list to help you figure out if your dog is suffering from anxiety during loud storms.
Some of the symptoms of dog anxiety include the following:
Loss of appetite
Licking the lips (nervously)
Having accidents inside the house (even though their house trained)
If you notice your dog displaying any of these behaviors during a storm, they might be suffering from anxiety.
Your dog might also try to hide if they get anxious during a storm. But it depends on the dog. Some might also become more clingy to you if they're afraid.
How to Give Your Dog CBD
Though CBD functions in a similar way in dogs as it does in humans, dogs are more sensitive to CBD. That means you have to give them smaller doses than you would take yourself.
We've put together a few tips that'll help you give CBD to your dog safely.
So let's take a closer look at the dose size and the treatment methods below.
The exact dose size for your dog will depend on what type of CBD you give them. It's a good idea to stick to CBD products design for pets.
Spend some time reading the instructions before giving anything to your dog. They'll tell you how many mg to give your dog per pound of body weight. We recommend 1-2mg per 10 pounds of weight, so larger dogs will end up needing more CBD that smaller dogs.
We made up a complete serving size guide for CBD oil so you can find the right amount of CBD to give to your pet.