Can you Mix CBD Oil with Other Pet Supplements?
With the popularity of CBD oil and related CBD products skyrocketing, you may have given thought to add CBD oil to your pooch’s lifestyle.
Given the long list of benefits and positive effects CBD oil has on the human body, it seems like a great idea for your pets too.
And it can be, if you use it correctly and be sure to administer it only if it is safe to do so, based on any other medications your pet already takes. Let’s talk a closer look into mixing CBD oil with your pet’s medication.
How Safe is CBD?
When CBD first started making waves in the market, many people were skeptical about it. This skepticism was predominantly fuelled by lack of knowledge about CBD and how it is different from using cannabis (also known as weed, marijuana or pot).
Smoking marijuana or eating marijuana-laced edibles produces psychotropic effects in humans. It’s no wonder people were skeptical about giving their pets CBD. CBD is a component of the cannabis plant as is THC.
CBD is a non-psychoactive component while THC is the psychoactive component of the plant that causes you to get ‘high.’
With more and more information being made available to the general public, it is now clear that CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which is known for being a strain of cannabis with very small, trace amounts of THC.
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My Pet Doesn’t Take Any Other Medication, Can I Give Him CBD Oil?
Since CBD is now known to be non-addictive and non-toxic, it safe for both humans and their furry friends. The only side-effects of CBD felt by pets is some drowsiness which can be avoided by administering smaller doses.
High doses may cause sedative effects, while smaller doses have shown boosted energy levels. If your pet is not on any other medications, it is safe for you to administer small doses of CBD to him or her.
How does CBD Interact with Medications for Pets?
Even though CBD is safe, and pets tend to have a good tolerance of it, interactions are possible if taken in conjunction with some medications. These interactions are caused by a group of enzymes in your pet’s liver.
This group of enzymes is known as cytochrome P450 and is responsible for the body metabolizing two-thirds of medications available on today’s market, such as antidepressants, anti-epileptics, and ibuprofen.
CBD is shown to inhibits the activity of these enzymes which reduces the liver’s ability to metabolize other medications. These effects are greatly dependent on what dosage of CBD is administered as well as in what form it was administered too.
Additionally, the origin of the CBD (whole plant or isolate) can also affect how the enzymes affected by the CBD.
Which Medications Interreact with CBD?
While the list of exact drugs that interact with CBD is quite lengthy, let’s look at a few of the more common ones. Some of the common medications that are known to be metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzyme group include:
- Benzodiazepines (these include anticonvulsants and anxiolytics)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
- Steroids; and
- Certain Antibiotics
What are the Benefits of CBD Oil for my Pets?
As with humans, CBD oils have a whole host of health benefits for pets too. Pet owners have seen positive results in their pets from using CBD oil. Some conditions include regulating the metabolism, relieving allergies, relieving stress and anxiety as well as reducing inflammation.
The reason CBD oil works so well for pets is that it activates the Endocannabinoid System, known for being integral to a vast majority of bodily functions (in both humans and pets). CBD is also known for its painkilling properties, making it a great tool for pain management, especially for older pets who may be experiencing pain associated with old age.
Tips for Administering CBD Oil to Pets
Before diving in head first to give your pet CBD oil, you need to ensure it is the right things for them at the given time. Determine why you will be giving it to your furry friend if it will be to treat a specific symptom or simply as a general health supplement.
Secondly, you will want to assess your pet’s current medications and supplements, if he or she is currently taking any and how they are metabolized.
Speak to your pet’s veterinarian to fully understand how their current medications work and if they are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzymes. You should also discuss the effects that CBD might have and if it interacted with the medications.
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If you find that there is a risk that the medications could interact with CBD oil, determine if it is possible to take your pet off of those medications to try CBD oil. During a short trial, you can decide if CBD oil is a possible natural alternative to your pet’s medication.
If taking your pet off a certain medication is not possible, consider adjusting dosages to the point that it will minimize any possible interaction between the CBD and the medication in question. If neither of these is a possibility, find out if there are any alternative medications that your pet could take instead that will have minimal interaction with the CBD.
To answer the underlying question: you can mix CBD oil with your pet’s supplements to a certain extent. You will need to do your research beforehand to ensure that it will be safe to combine with whichever medications your pet might be taking presently.
CBD oil has great health benefits for both humans and our pets, and if it is possible to give your pet a daily dose of CBD oil, you may just be giving him or her a new lease on life. What’s more, you may be able to eliminate all artificial, prescription medications from your pet’s lifestyle. This could not only improve and prolong your pet’s health but improve their mood too.