How to Give Your Pet CBD Tincture
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, one of the 100 that are naturally existing in the cannabis plant. CBD has been used over the years for its many health and wellness benefits including reducing inflammation, stress, anxiety, and pain, even chronic pain both in you and in your pets.
You probably have heard about the psychoactive effect or the “high” feeling that you get when you take any cannabis-related product. CBD itself is a non-psychoactive compound so it will not make you feel “high”.
On the other hand, THC which is another naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is a psychoactive compound meaning that it is what is responsible for the high usually associated with cannabis use. As a result, FDA approved CBD products must carry an amount that is less than 0.03%.
There are many forms of CBD on the market for you, and just as there are for your pet, there are also many forms for your pet, be it a dog or cat. You get to choose from CBD topicals like CBD balms that you can apply to targeted areas, CBD edibles in the form of treats that you can feet your pet, then there is CBD oil tincture for pets that have a wide array of applications, and the one we would be talking about shortly.
The term “CBD tincture” is most times used interchangeably with “CBD oil” when they are two different things, and the difference is basically in how they are prepared even though their results look similar. CBD tinctures are made by soaking CBD in alcohol while CBD oils are made by suspending the CBD in a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. A good example is Penelope’s Bloom CBD Oil Tincture for Dogs and Cats.
CBD tinctures can be administered to your pet just as you would take it. This is because, like humans, mammals like dogs and cats have cannabinoid receptors in their mouths which are even more sensitive than yours. The CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to deliver a myriad of positive health effects.
There are several methods you can use to give your pet a CBD tincture, here are some of the best options you should test out. When you find the method that sits perfectly with your pet, stick with it.
- Placing The CBD Tincture Directly In Your Pet’s Mouth
Dropping the dose of the CBD oil tincture on the gum-line of your pet is incredibly important unless you don’t want overall effectiveness. Rubbing the inside of their cheek with it also creates a high absorption rate. This way your pet gets the exact amount of the recommended CBD dosage.
- Mix With Food
Just in case placing the CBD tincture directly is not possible for you, you can as well make your pet lick it off a plate or spoon and wait 30 minutes before feeding. You can do the 30 minutes wait before or after administering the dose.
You can also add the recommended CBD dosage to their favorite meal. This way the taste of the CBD tincture is covered up by the flavor of the food.
- Dilute The CBD Oil In Water
When you dilute CBD tincture with your pet’s drinking water without them knowing, at the end of the day, they get the full dosage of CBD and the full benefits. Although this is only effective when your pet drinks water frequently.
All of these methods allow some of the cannabinoids present in the CBD tincture to bypass their digestive system and liver which in turn increases its bioavailability i.e. the percentage of CBD absorbed into the bloodstream. In the end, they swallow whatever is not absorbed through the membranes in their mouth, and when they do this, some of the CBD would end up in the digestive tract which is still a good thing although may have slower effects since it’ll work more like a CBD edible.