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How Long Does it Take for CBD to Start Working in Dogs?

As pet owners, we always want the best for our furry friends, especially when it comes to their well-being and overall health. With the increasing popularity of CBD for pets, many pet owners are turning to this natural supplement to support their dogs’ wellness. One common question that often arises is, “How long does it take for CBD to start working in dogs?” In this article, we’ll explore the factors that can influence the onset of CBD’s effects in dogs and provide insights into what you can expect when using CBD for your canine companion.

Understanding CBD and Its Effects: CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the hemp plant. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body, which plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological functions. The ECS helps maintain balance and harmony, promoting overall well-being.

Factors Influencing CBD Onset in Dogs:

  1. Administration Method: The method of CBD administration can affect how quickly it starts working. We at Natural Pet Oil always recommend the sublingual method for administration under the tongue, held for 60-90 seconds before swallowing if possible. 
  2. Dog’s Metabolism: Just like humans, each dog has a unique metabolism. The metabolism can impact how quickly CBD is processed and utilized by the body. Factors such as age, size, and overall health can affect metabolism, ultimately influencing the time it takes for CBD to take effect.
  3. Dosage: The dosage of CBD given to your dog can also play a role in the onset of effects. It’s important to follow the recommended dosage guidelines provided by the CBD brand. Starting with a low dose and gradually increasing it allows you to find the optimal dosage for your dog’s specific needs.
  4. Condition Being Addressed: The specific condition you’re addressing with CBD can also impact how long it takes to see results. Some dogs may experience immediate relief, while others may require more time for the CBD to build up in their system before noticeable effects are observed. Patience and consistency are key when using CBD for your pet.

Expected Timeframe and Observations: While there is no definitive answer to how long it takes for CBD to start working in dogs, many pet owners report seeing positive changes within a few days to a couple of weeks. However, it’s important to note that every dog is unique, and individual responses may vary. Some dogs may respond faster, while others may require a longer adjustment period.

It’s crucial to establish a routine and consistently administer CBD to your dog as directed. Keeping a journal or notes of your dog’s behavior, symptoms, and any changes observed can help track the progress and determine the optimal dosage and timing for your furry friend.

Conclusion: CBD can be a valuable addition to your dog’s wellness routine, offering potential benefits for various conditions. While the exact time it takes for CBD to start working in dogs can vary, most pet owners report observing positive changes within a few days to a couple of weeks. Factors such as administration method, metabolism, dosage, and the condition being addressed can influence the onset of effects. Remember, always consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new supplements to your dog’s regimen.

At Natural Pet Oil, we understand the importance of your pet’s health and well-being. Our CBD products are specially formulated with the highest quality ingredients to support your dog’s vitality and promote a sense of balance. Start your pet’s CBD journey today and give them the care they deserve.

*Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or veterinary advice. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian before making changes to your pet’s healthcare routine.

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CBD, CBG, CBN Basics: Question + Answer Live Training

Please enjoy the following summary of the questions discussed in our Live!

Question #1: How do you start taking?  Strength? Dose?

In the most simplistic terms, our Formulas are designed with a concentration to that can be begun dosing at ¼ of a dropper, and then increasing every 3 days or so until “The Sweet Spot” is reached. “The Sweet Spot” signifies the spot at which you do not notice an increase in benefits from taking a higher dosage. At that point, you reduce dosage to when you stopped seeing benefits.

We recommend starting at night, and then trying to incorporate into both Day + Night depending on desired results.

A low dosage of CBD is typically between 5-20mg per day. This may be suitable for individuals who are just starting with CBD or have a low body weight, or less symptoms to treat.

A high dosage of CBD can range from 50-150mg per day or more for Chronic Conditions.

Question #2: How long  until I feel the effects of taking CBD oil?  How will I know if my me or my pet is benefitting from CBD?

The time it takes for CBD oil to take effect can vary depending on several factors,   such as the method of consumption, the dosage, and the individual’s metabolism.    Generally, when CBD oil is ingested orally, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes   to two hours to feel the effects.

CBD works with your endocannabinoid system in an interesting way; the more you consume it, the more receptive your body becomes to it. It might take some people a couple of months of continuous CBD consumption in order to fully experience the benefits of the compound. For others, they may experience effects right away. You may have different experiences with CBD from your peers because each body’s biological makeup & balance within homeostasis is different.

Also to note: CBD does NOT make you high and you will probably not feel any immediate effects when taking it. Rather, you may gradually notice the absence of some of your ailments.

Sublingual consumption (placing the oil under the tongue) can lead to faster onset of effects as it is absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly.

Topical application of CBD oil may also take some time to show effects and can depend  on the area of the body where it is applied. The back of the neck has the most receptors.

Research suggests that CBD can have a half-life of 18 to 32 hours, which means that it   can take around four to five days for the compound to be eliminated             from the body. However, the time it takes for CBD to build up in the  bloodstream and become  noticeable can depend on the individual’s body  chemistry and the  frequency and dosage of CBD consumption.

Some signs that your pet (or you) may be benefitting from CBD oil include:

Reduced anxiety or stress

Improved mobility and joint health

Improved appetite and digestion

Improved skin (or coat) health

Improved sleep quality

It is important to keep track of yours and your pet’s behavior and health before and after starting CBD oil to determine if it is helping.

Question #3: Can I take too much? 

A 2011 review article published in the journal Current Drug Safety titled “Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa Constituent.” The article summarized the existing preclinical and clinical studies on the safety and side effects of CBD and concluded that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated compound, even at high doses up to 1,500 mg/day, in humans.

Question #4: Is it addictive?

No. In contrast to pharmaceutical antidepressants, CBD does not have addictive properties. You can start and stop using it at any time without side effects. In fact, CBD is even being tested to help treat addiction (Devries ands Schoffelmeer 2005; Mahler, Smith, and Berridge 2007, Gerdeman et al. 2003b).

Question # 5: Can I develop a tolerance to CBD?

No. In 2000, there was a study published by The Kennedy Center of Rheumatology titled, “The Nonpsychoactive Cannabis Constituent Cannabidiol is an Oral Anti-arthritic Therapeutic in Murine Collagen-induced Arthritis”. The study reports that “prolonged treatment with CBD does not induce tolerance, a phenomenon often observed by cannabinoids”. This means that in contrast to many Pharmaceuticals, you will not develop a tolerance, or a reduction in efficacy as you use Cannabinoids in the treatment of your ailments. Additionally, the study ends by summarizing, “all of this suggests that CBD may be valuable in the treatment of other chronic inflammatory diseases as well.”

Question #6: What are potential side effects that someone or someone’s pet can, or has, had?

It’s important to take note of small changes in health to see how CBD is affecting you – good and bad. As with any supplement or medication, CBD can have side effects, but they are generally mild.

For humans& pets, some potential side effects of CBD include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Changes in behavior or mood
  • Lethargy or drowsiness
  • Increased thirst or hunger
  • Vomiting

It is important to note that the side effects of CBD are generally mild and rare, but can vary depending on the individual and the dose.

Question #7: Can you explain the difference between CBD, CBG, and CBN?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential therapeutic effects, which include reducing anxiety, inflammation, and pain. CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex signaling system that regulates various physiological processes such as mood, appetite, and immune function.

CBG, or cannabigerol, is a lesser-known cannabinoid that is found in smaller amounts in the cannabis plant. It is considered a “stem cell” or “mother” cannabinoid because it is a precursor to other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. CBG has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and neuroprotective effects. CBG has also been studied for its potential use in treating glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, and other medical conditions.

CBN, found in our PM Formula, or cannabinol, is a mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that is formed as THC breaks down over time. It is found in small amounts in fresh cannabis plants but is more abundant in aged or oxidized cannabis. CBN is known for its potential sedative effects and is being studied for its potential use in treating insomnia, pain, and other medical conditions.

Question # 8: Are the True Natural Oils products safe for children or at what age do you recommend for children?

The use of CBD in children is a controversial topic, and there is limited research on its safety and effectiveness in children. For us, we use the same logic for children as we recommend for puppies: unless there is a specific condition you are looking to treat, let the child/puppy mature and equilibrate to their environment before providing a supplement.

In some cases, CBD has been prescribed by healthcare providers for children with severe epilepsy or other medical conditions, but this is done on a case-by-case basis.

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Episode 4 of “Let’s Talk About CBD” with Cathi Wilcox, of “Ultimate Air Dogs” Dock Jumping


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Cathi Wilcox, along with her husband, former Detroit Tigers Pitcher, Milt Wilcox, run the Dock Jumping Organization, “Ultimate Air Dogs”.

Cathi has seen some seemingly miraculous CBD healing stories for her own dogs; including an incredible boost in vitality in her senior dog, a calming effect on her dogs suffering from Post Traumatic Stress & Anxiety during Thunder storms, speedy recovery from Dock Diving and Protection training, topical skin healing from bug bites, etc., and thus firmly believes in, and resells our Natural Pet Oil. 

For herself, she has seen a reduction in Anxiety & PTSD and received some much-needed Sleep Support from our True Natural Oils Bliss Formula

Cathi has seen a clearing of Skin Rashes from chafing from using our Golden Bee Hemp Pain Salve. 

It is also her husband, Milt’s, favorite product for his Neuropathy!

Share this episode with anyone you think may benefit from CBD for their own health or their pet’s health!

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New Podcast Episode “Let’s Talk About CBD” with Pam Sheets, Dog Sports Trainer & Maker of Wild Raw Meals for Dogs!

Pam Sheets is considered an expert in her field for her knowledge on training dogs and keeping them Healthy! She prioritizes Dog Health, and has compiled a raw multi-protein meal recipe complete with vegetation she grows in her own garden!

Pam is an avid proponent of supplementing with Natural Pet Oil for her dogs, and uses our Human lines for herself and all of her family members!

Enjoy this talk with Pam as she talks to us about dog sports, walks us through the benefits she has seen from using our products, and even details how she got her mom off of daily painkillers and onto CBD for treating her pain!

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