How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?
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Our pets can benefit from many of the same benefits as CBD has for humans. Pet owners are using CBD on their pets for anxiety, pain, and seizures.

Pets can use the exact same CBD tinctures as humans but the dosage must be adjusted significantly.

Here is a good dosing strategy we learned from veterinarian Dr. Robert J Silver:

Range of dosing: 0.05 mg per lb twice daily to 0.25 mg per lb twice daily

Tier 1: 0.05 mg per lb of bodyweight is the low end

Tier 2: 0.125 mg per lb of bodyweight is the middle ground

Tier 3: 0.25 mg per lb of bodyweight is the high end

Notice how small those dosages are.

Dr. Silver advises pet parents to start at Tier 1 twice daily and observe over a week. It may not be necessary to go to tier 2.

If necessary, go on to Tier 2 twice daily and observe for a week.

And again, if necessary to go higher, go up to Tier 3 twice daily.

To do the dosing for your pet properly, you need to figure out how many mgs of CBD are in each drop of your chosen tincture.

This is easy and just takes some simple math.

Let’s take an example where I have a 30 mL bottle of CBD oil with a total of 700 mg CBD.

By looking at the serving size (.8 mL), I determined that there are 37.5 servings in the bottle. I determined this by dividing the bottle size (30 mL) by the serving size (.8 mL) and I got 37.5 servings.

Since there is a total of 700 mg CBD in the entire bottle, each serving of this product contains about 18.5 mg CBD. I got this number by dividing the total content of CBD (700 mg) by the total number of servings in the bottle (37.5)

Now that I know how much CBD is in each serving (18.5 mg), all I need to know is how many drops are in a servings. According to the bottle, there are about 24 individual drops in each serving.

That means each drop contains 0.78 mg of CBD. I got this number by dividing the CBD content of each serving (18.5) by the amount of individual drops in each serving (24).

I now know that each drop of my CBD oil contains just under 1 mg of CBD. This is necessary to know when dosing pets like cats and dogs because they require such small dosages compared to humans.

Let’s say you have a 6 lb pound Chihuahua. A drop or two per day will be enough for this tiny dog. Bigger dogs like German Shepherds will be able to take more.

For most domestic pets, a few individual drops per day will be sufficient. At least, that is where you should start. CBD tinctures are great for pets because you can dose them so precisely and they are easy to administer. Many pets will love the taste of the CBD oil – come on, I know you’ve seen your pet eat worse things!

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.



18 thoughts on “How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?

  1. I was given a bottle of + CBD oil Spray 3mg and 36 mg of Hemp Oil. I have a 14lb 17 yr old Lhasa Apso with an eye injury and Dementia. I understand the drop dosage formula, but any suggestions on how I should dose him with the spray I was given?

  2. Are you using the human grade CBD? My dog has a tumor in her urethra below her bladder. Both my vet and my 2nd opinion vet only suggests “Treatibles for dogs”. They said the THC level must be below .3 or it is toxic to animals. I have been using the Treatibles for over a month and personally I do not think it works very well or at all comparing it to the one I personally use for myself PLUS+ CBD Gold Formula in peppermint. I think it is awesome, but cannot get the info on the THC level so I can use that for my dog… What brand do you use? Is it human grade? Does it truly matter what the THC level is for pets or is that just a “marketing tool” to sell a product. I would appreciate any info from anyone who has used CBD for their dog and what brands they use… I have also heard that the CBD oil does not work unless there a certain level of THC…

  3. Hey  CBD professor, thank you for your videos. I have my dog on a cbd protocol. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given 2 months to live. I found a company that works with dogs and cancer.They have high grade strains, full flower extacted with food grade alcohol (in an organic coconut oil base). He started out with 3 tinctures to get his body acclimated. Tinctures:  A Cannabis Sativa, a AC/DC Cannabis Sativa Flower, (at night) Cannabis Indica flower. After 10 days on this, we introduced a half grain measurement of Feco to be rubbed into his gums at night… 1:1 CBD/THC.

    Once acclimated with the tinctures, he was given for the next ten days… 10 suppositories/ syringe form (half gram) each of Feco 1:1 CBD/THC, continuing with his tinctures and his specific dosing of these. Now we have moved on to 3:1 Feco THC/CBD. The second round of Feco (that I just mentioned), they made a mistake and sent 5 syringes to be administered as suppositories. They were supposed to be 10 at a half gram each but instead they sent out 5 with 1 gram each. They instructed me to administer the full gram suppository as the goal is to to get 20 to 25 grams of Feco suppositories over a 90 day period. That the full gram would just speed up and narrow the suppository dosing protocol. I told them, I would not do that. So they suggested and I put a half grams in a vegan gel cap size 0 and plan doing it that way.

    It hasn’t been easy by any means but I am hopeful. Once we started with the Feco they  mentioned that he would start to hack up a foamy substance (not vomit), and that was the beginning of Apaptosis.  He sleeps through the night with the half grain, now rice grain of Feco. In the morning my darling dog wakes up with goo in his eyes and hacking up the foam. I read accounts of people saying how there pets sprung back quickly with CBD but this protocol has been challenging on my dog. I am seeing progress however. They did mention it wouldn’t be easy once we got deep into treatment. He was given 2 months so that is why we had to start treating him in all directions.

    Please, if you can comment on this protocol. I don’t like to see my dog with low energy and now hacking foam in the morning but I keep telling myself, it is, to save his life. He is an Angel Golden Retriever and means the world to me.  

    Thank you for listening Professor.

  4. I have been having trouble finding information on this…is cbd oil the same as cannabis oil? Please answer if you can. I want to get it for my mom. Thank you in advance

  5. Can you make a video discussing what CBD oil is? One hears CBD oil cures. When people are referring to this, are they referring to cbd tinctures, full extract cannabis oil, Rick Simpson oil… are the latter two one and the same?The term is used but there is an umbrella of cbd oil. Which is the true CBD oil? Thank you CBD professor.

  6. Hello! I am the casting producer for an upcoming docu-series entitled MEDICAL MARIJUANA MIRACLES. The show aims to use artful, heartfelt storytelling and filmmaking to highlight individual stories while also bringing awareness to the benefits of medical marijuana. Would you be interested in talking about your use of medical marijuana with your animal?

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  7. HI Cbd professor, I wish I had seen your channel before I started on this journey. I believe Dr. Ritcher’s clinic would have guided me responsibly. I took him there today but it was too late for my beautiful boy. They were very compassionate and kind. I will never be the same. My Golden taught me how to love more profoundly. He was my sunshine, my best friend, my teacher.

  8. I want to start giving cbd oil to my dog to help with seizures. I am very confused with all the oils and dosage. I am in Missouri and have not found a vet familiar with how to use it I have heard all different recommendations of how much and how frequently–also I find that it comes in various mg. concentrations—my dog is 6 lbs. When you suggest .05mg per lb twice a day what concentration is the oil?

  9. Thanks for the dosage tips. Our dog has had seizures since the first night we got her and we finally decided enough and that we needed to try CBD. She still has her seizures, however they are less severe. After watching this video though I believe we have a better understanding on how much to give her. Thanks for posting

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