Cannabinoids like CBD interact with what scientists call the endocannabinoid system (ECS). All mammals (including our dogs and cats) have an ECS that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is the natural, balanced condition that optimally supports life. The ECS seems to play a major role in regulating and maintaining the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, nervous, endocrine, skeletal, and immune systems.
Remember when thinking about CBD side effects for dogs, that CBD is a natural cannabinoid. Your dog’s body already naturally produces its own cannabinoids to interact with it’s ECS. CBD oil is considered to be safe for dogs and cats. It has been extensively tested on both animals and humans in clinical trials and it is widely used by both species.
Can My Dog Overdose on CBD?
CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t cause a high. There is no known toxic dose of CBD and there have been no reports of any people or animals overdosing on CBD. As with anything else, there is a point at which administering additional CBD will have no further beneficial effect. It is always advisable, therefore, to give a dog small amounts of CBD first and then monitor the effects before increasing the dosage.
Potential Side Effects of Giving CBD to My Dog
There have been many studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of CBD. These studies have also reported that there are no serious side effects associated with the cannabinoid. The side effects of CBD for dogs and for humans are minor and are listed below:
Lowering of Blood Pressure
Decrease drug metabolism