How Long Will CBD Last In My Dog’s System?
To answer this question, we must know how your dog’s body processes CBD. Just like us, dog’s have what they call an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a group of cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body and are responsible for maintaining the natural balance in the body. The ECS is stimulated by … Continue reading “How Long Will CBD Last In My Dog’s System?”
To answer this question, we must know how your dog’s body processes CBD. Just like us, dog’s have what they call an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a group of cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body and are responsible for maintaining the natural balance in the body. The ECS is stimulated by endocannabinoids, which are produced internally. However, the ECS can also be stimulated by external cannabinoids, such as Cannabidiol (CBD). The system has two kinds of receptors: CB1 & CB2. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mostly in peripheral organs, especially immune cells.
The Endocannabinoid System has been found to exist in all vertebrates, including mammals. Animals, such as dogs, were specifically found to share almost 70% of biological homology with humans meaning that CBD can interact in a similar way in dogs than in humans. As a human, how long CBD stays in the system depends on how much CBD has been ingested into the body. Based on early data, here is what you can expect:
Single use: up to 3 days
Moderate use: 3 to 5 days
Repeated use: up to 10 days+
You can use these guidelines for your dog as well; however, one study in particular found that CBD binds to receptors in a dog’s endocannabinoid system for longer duration and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response. From this you can assume that CBD can stay in your dog’s body longer than the amount listed above and your dog can maintain the benefits of CBD even longer than we can!
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So Your Dog Got High?
As we grow closer to Marijuana becoming legalized, we are seeing an increase in the number of dogs coming into vet clinics with marijuana toxicity. Generally, dogs are the ones to be affected by ingestion of marijuana since they are willing to eat everything and anything. Cats, on the other hand, are much more picky at what they decide to eat and don’t have a sweet tooth that dogs have. The problem with eating marijuana buds or edibles is the THC component, which is toxic in high doses, or the sweeteners/chocolate that are in edibles.
The most common signs of Pot toxicity in dogs are drowsiness, staggering, urine incontinence, drooling, slow heart rate, dilated pupils, and over reactiveness to noise. Symptoms usually start within 30 to 90 mins of ingestion and can last a few days as THC is stored in fat cells and can take some time to metabolize in the body. Of course, cannabis affects each dog differently, same as humans, which means each dog will have different symptoms. Dogs are more sensitive to the effects of Marijuana as their CBD receptors are 10x that of a human, making it more toxic to them.
If you’re concerned that your dog has eaten any marijuana products, please let your veterinarian know. We are not going to report you to the police, but knowing what kind of toxicity we are dealing with is very beneficial for your pet’s wellbeing.
Typical treatments for ingestion of pot include inducing vomiting which can only be done within 30 minutes of ingestion as we don’t want to make an animal vomit if they are in any way sedated to ensure they don’t breathe in the vomit. Activated charcoal can also be given to bind to the THC. Lastly and more commonly, fluid therapy and keeping your pet warm while providing lots of cuddles. It’s a scary thing for your pet, and we want to ensure that they feel comfortable while the effects of this drug wear off. The fatality of this toxicity is very low but not unheard of.
Medical Marijuana for pets? Unfortunately, there isn’t enough research out there on how medical marijuana, or CBD oil, effects animals. Dosing can be tricky as well. Due to this and the legal state of marijuana at the moment, Veterinarians are unable to prescribe it to their patients. Some dispensaries sell pet products; however, it would be wise to consult with your veterinarian if you have questions about these products or medical marijuana for your pet in general. They will be able to give you the correct information and are looking out for your pet’s best interest.