If you didn’t know Zoey is our 7-year-old, 70 pound Boxer. Even though Boxers can look tough like a Rottweiler or Pitbull I can assure you she is nothing but happiness, joy and a LOT of energy.
On the day we moved into our house, Zoey, being her playful, high energy self, attempted to jump into the front seat of the vehicle. In the process, she tore her CCL, the dog equivalent of a human’s ACL. Hearing her screech and seeing her in so much pain in the days to follow was very hard on our family. The vet gave us the option for surgery but warned us that there was only a 50% chance of success since it’s almost impossible to keep it immobilized long enough for it to heal. Between the low odds and the high cost, we decided to choose the other route which includes working on mobility with her and managing her pain. When the vet suggested CBD Oil as an option it was a no brainer for us to get on board. We had actually already been giving Zoey small infrequent doses of CBD because of her anxiety around new people and other dogs. The cannabidiol kept her calm and happy in social situations and when we had to go on car rides.
I’ve also been using CBD for years which stemmed from an injury. During training for an NPC Bikini fitness competition, I strained my shoulder. It was most likely a combination of stress and overuse. The experience was horrible. The acute but chronic pain was very debilitating for me and after trying acupuncture, rest, stretches, and physiotherapy for months, I finally found relief with CBD oil.
What is CBD Oil?
You’ve probably heard of CBD oil but I’d like to elaborate to cross off any myths about this amazing plant medicine. Cannabidiol Oil can be derived from the hemp or the marijuana plant. Because hemp is much higher in cannabidiol it’s more commonly sourced there. Hemp also contains just .03% THC, an incredibly small amount which is completely eliminated during the CBD extraction process. Both Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol are cannabinoid molecules, of which there are over 20. Cannabinoids react with the endocannabinoid system within our body which is made up of thousands of receptors that regular mood, appetite, immune, stress and more. CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, aka it does not make you feel high, whereas THC does and that’s the main difference. Additionally CBD oil does not have withdrawal side effects. CBD is an over the counter medication which is sometimes considered a health food. You do not need a prescription!
What is CBD Used for?
CBD was originally and is still successfully used, as a seizure medication for children with epilepsy. Now it is commonly used to aid in sleep, reduce pain, and lower anxiety for both humans and animals.
How do you take CBD?
The most common way is to simply fill the dropper with your calculated dose and put it under your tongue. Hold for a few seconds then swallow. To me, it doesn’t taste bad, maybe a little earthy. Putting it under our tongues is effective because it gets into the bloodstream quickly however CBD is also commonly made into salves/rubs, mixed into food products such as honey, or can be used with a vape pen.
Which CBD Should I Get?
In our household we use Curaleaf Hemp. Their products are hemp derived and grown and farmed in the US. They, of course, meet all quality standards.
The CBD industry is still more or less unregulated and there are a number of shady products on the market that aren't safe for pets because they could contain THC, which is toxic to cats and dogs. The only way pet owners can be sure about giving their pets CBD is to buy from a company that carefully formulates their CBD for pets and then have all their products third-party tested to verify the contents and purity—all of which Bido, by Curaleaf Hemp does!
Curaleaf Hemp as a brand is targeted towards an audience who prioritizes health and wellness which I love about them. They have a really unique product line which includes infusions of essential oils and CBD for added benefits and extra relief.
Their site is organized by mood state; relax, digest, relieve, revive and uplift so it takes the guesswork out of picking out the product you need! I love the Curaleaf Hemp Transdermal Patches and Curaleaf Hemp Revive and we use the Bacon-flavored Bido drops for Zoey.
Zoey’s CBD Regimen
Based on Zoey’s weight and injury we give her 10mg of the Bacon Flavored Bido CBD daily in 2 doses by putting it into her food. Although she still isn’t 100% better she’s been so much more comfortable because of the CBD and we’ve seen her mobility continue to improve. Zoey had a severe limp after her injury and I’ve never seen her stay in one place for so long. Although we did feel anxious about forgoing the surgery, in hindsight I’m happy with the decision we made. She is taking a natural, plant-based medicine which allows her to relax and feel relief from pain. She’s still our happy, loving, Zoey. Just a little less anxious and jumpy.
If you’re interested in trying CBD out on your fur baby shop here!
Is CBD part of your household routine? Are you giving it to your pets? I’d love to know how CBD works for the humans and animals of your home!
This blog post was sponsored by Curaleaf Hemp, but all opinions are 100% my own.