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CBD Oil for Dogs: Best Practices

Dogs provide the family with a hiking partner, a shoulder to cry on, and a best friend. They show us unconditional love and support and deserve the same in return. That’s why millions of pet owners are turning to CBD oil for dogs. CBD for dogs gives your four-legged loves a load of hemp-based benefits that may help with anything from anxiousness to dealing with achy joints.

For animals, it’s not the quantity of years; it’s the quality. Their short time here should be as pleasurable as possible. With CBD treats for dogs and CBD pet tinctures, you can help your dog maintain or recapture that youthful spirit. Here is why CBD oil for dogs may be the right choice of therapy for your pet.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the primary active compounds found in the hemp plant. CBD is one in a group of 113 chemical compounds that are nearly exclusive to the hemp plant. These molecules are known as cannabinoids.

Research indicates that cannabinoids in hemp interact with a series of receptors throughout the body that influences everything from motion sickness to appetite to anxiety. This complex communication network is known as the endocannabinoid system.

Studies on CBD are still in its genesis. However, early analyses indicate the relationship between CBD and endocannabinoid system makes CBD oil for dogs a beneficial supplement.

How is CBD Oil for Dogs Made?

If you look closely on the exterior of a hemp leaf (or lavender, chamomile, etc.), you will notice tiny hairs. These are known as trichomes.

To get CBD oil for dogs, you must apply external pressure on the trichomes. This action will cause these hairs to burst open, releasing its essence into the atmosphere.

High-quality CBD for dogs is extracted using one of two methods:

Food-Grade Solvent (Ethanol)

Pressurized Carbon Dioxide

As the cannabinoids enter the atmosphere, they bond to carbon molecules either in the solvent or pressurized carbon dioxide. From there, they are separated from these non-toxic elements and are used to formulate CBD oil for dogs.

Why Buy CBD Oil for Dogs?

CBD products have become so popular among the mainstream. With millions of humans finding relief for anxiety, appetite, and pain perception, why shouldn’t animals have the same respect? After all, many animals are given supplements like fish oil for heart health like their human counterparts!

The reason why hemp oil products for dogs is such a viable option for dealing with separation anxiety, aggressive behavior to strangers, or lack of appetite is due to the endocannabinoid system. While research on the endocannabinoid system on dogs is limited, we do know a bit more about it in humans and the effects are similar.

Based on the fact that many human supplements can be altered to meet the correct dosage for dogs, CBD servings can be tailored to pets as well. To figure out this serving size, you first need to understand how CBD oil for dogs interacts with your pet’s system.

Dogs and the Endocannabinoid System  

We mentioned earlier that our pets’ bodies have a series of receptors. These are known as cannabinoid receptors, and they trigger the symptoms your dog experiences.

There are two cannabinoid receptors, appropriately called, CB1 and CB2. Between the two of them, CB1 and CB2 receptors have almost all the surface area of the body covered. These cannabinoid receptors also bring their own unique benefits, which is crucial in promoting balance throughout the system.

If your dog barks relentlessly every time you leave, there’s a receptor in the endocannabinoid system sparking this reaction. The same can be said for when this ill-behaved pup decides to tinkle on the floor. A receptor is also causing tingling pain in the elder pup’s joints. These cries for attention from within are all apart of the intricate endocannabinoid system.   

When you administer CBD for dogs to your pet, the cannabinoids in the formula enter the bloodstream. From there, they will receive the distress signal being parlayed by the receptors. In turn, CBD will react one of two ways.

CBD will either stimulate and sedate the upset receptor, or bind onto the compound that causing the receptor distress. Either way, the endocannabinoid system is essential for the symptoms your dog is experiencing and preventing them.

CBD for Dogs: Anxiety

If there were any doubt that your dog missed you while you were out, then take a look at the destroyed pillow. While your puppers may have missed you, your now angry with them and have a mess to clean up when they act this way. Separation anxiety is a real problem among dogs. They get very attached to their owner. Every second you’re gone seems like an eternity to them.

Whether it’s a loud thunderstorm, past owner abuse, or a trip to the vet, dogs can be very anxious. Anytime they experience anxiety; their adrenal glands produce a hormone known as cortisol.

If you work five days per week and come home to a trashed house each time, that means your dog is producing a lot of cortisol. Chronic stress not only destroys your house, but it can destroy your dog’s health.

Research on CBD indicates this cannabinoid can naturally balance cortisol levels. In turn, it also helps in the production of calming neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. As a result, your dog should have less stress, and you should have less mess.

CBD for Dogs: Appetite and Nausea

What’s so great about CBD for dogs is its ability to promote balance throughout the body. Therefore, if your young pup tends to overeat, one of the CBD benefits for dogs is to satiate that hunger. However, if your dog needs some extra encouragement getting chow down, CBD oil for dogs can help with this problem as well.

CBD to Suppress Appetite

Research indicates that hunger is brought on by the CB1 receptor. If the CB1 receptor becomes overstimulated, your dog can end up binging their kibble. However, CBD acts as a CB1 antagonist, bringing the opposite effect to the body. That makes CBD oil for dogs a great way to control your pet’s appetite.

CBD for Appetite

While CBD benefits for dogs does include suppressing appetite, it may still assist your dog in eating. A big part of the reason elderly or sick dogs don’t eat is that treatment or illness is making them nauseous. Just like humans don’t like to eat when they don’t feel well, neither do our four-legged friends.

Research on CBD finds that its interaction with both CB1 and CB2 may help your dog not feel nauseous or vomit. Dogs are instinctual. They want to eat. Therefore, if they don’t feel sick while eating, they will continue to munch. In turn, your dog will get more nutrition into their system, and hopefully, strength to get through their day.

CBD Oil for Dogs: Seizures

What first brought medical cannabis to the forefront was the way CBD has been used to help those with epilepsy. Research on CBD shows that cannabinoids help neutralize receptors that are causing impulses related to epilepsy.

Last year, the first CBD medication for humans with epilepsy became regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While there hasn’t been any research on epilepsy and dogs, the promising results in humans have made therapy for epilepsy one of the top CBD uses for dogs.

CBD Oil for Dogs: Pain

There is nothing worse than seeing your best friend, once full of life, now groaning by your feet. Getting old is inevitable, and pain seems to come with the territory. Therefore, we should try our best to make these years the most comfortable for our loved ones.

Pain is a perception. It’s something your dog experiences because their mind is drawing its attention to a symptom. Typically, pain is triggered by an inflammation setting off a cannabinoid receptor.

Through the endocannabinoid system, the receptor relays the message of an intruder to the brain. Depending on the intruder, your dog’s mind manifests the symptoms your dog experiences. Pain such as a sprained ankle after a hike in the woods will subside with time. However, chronic pain like arthritis will persist.

Two CBD Benefits for Dogs with Pain

There are two ways to stop the pain your dog is experiencing:

Stop the cause of the inflammation

Stop the Receptor’s Message

Depending on the severity of your pet’s pain, these two might be the best benefits of CBD for dogs.

Research on CBD shows that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory properties. They also exhibit antioxidant-like abilities. Therefore, cannabinoids may help reduce the inflammation within the system while simultaneously helping to clear out the debris causing the inflamed cells.

Secondly, CBD soothes the receptor triggering the dog’s brain to experience these symptoms. Research indicates that cannabinoids calm the receptors, which changes the message being relayed to the endocannabinoid system. In turn, your dog no longer fixates on the problems their body is trying to solve.

If the condition is chronic, the anti-inflammatory qualities of CBD might not be enough. However, CBD is an all-natural way to bring your dog temporary relief.  

Can CBD Oil for Dogs Get My Pet High?

While there are no known cannabis overdoses for humans, the same can’t be said about dogs. Just like dogs have a heightened sense of smell and sight, their endocannabinoid system is more sensitive. Notably, they are far more susceptible to the psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

In hemp derived CBD oil for dogs, there can be very low levels of THC. This is because the hemp plant contains 0.3% THC or less in its genetic makeup.

Therefore, there isn’t enough THC to cause the psychoactive effect side effects in CBD for dogs.

If you are a medical marijuana patient or in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, please look at the label before administering CBD oil for dogs. Some CBD oil formulas are made from marijuana plants and those may contain more THC and be unsafe to give to your dog.

Side Effects of CBD for Dogs

No matter what, always consult a veterinarian before bringing a new supplement into your pet’s routine. It is important they are aware of any changes you make. Please heed to any advice they give you and seek a second opinion if you passionately disagree.

Since our products are derived from hemp, there are no known harmful side effects to CBD for dogs. If you administer too much CBD to your pet, you might notice they become a bit lethargic. In that instance, stop administering and watch your dog’s behavior. If their sluggish behavior doesn’t improve, then consult their veterinarian immediately.

When your dog regains their energy, you now know what dose exceeds their CBD threshold. Cut the serving down in the future and pay attention to their behavior.

Read full article at madebyhemp.com

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How to Make Cannabis Infused Caramels

These soft caramels are delicious and addicting. We recommend making some extras without cannabis so you can eat them when you inevitably get the munchies, or you may end up eating the whole batch of infused edibles!

Here’s how to make them:

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream full fat

1/4 cup evaporated milk full fat

1/4 stick (1oz, 29.5ml) butter unsalted

29.5 ml coconut oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Directions:

Step One: Decarb Dry Cannabis Flower. See our article here for how to decarboxylate.

Step Two: Make the Canna-oil (substitute coconut oil for butter) Check out our article “How to Make Canna-butter” here for further instructions.

Step Three:

Combine all ingredients except for the vanilla extract into a medium sized pot on a burner set to 80 percent heat and stir occasionally until all is melted and consistent. With a candy thermometer in the pot, increase heat to almost full burner and stir every five minutes. Mixture will bubble and may increase in volume. If this occurs, turn down heat to low for 5-10 minutes and stir, then increase heat again.

Prepare a glass pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. If no parchment paper, grease pan with a light coat of butter. This will make your candy greasier and will reduce shelf life. Parchment paper is highly suggested.

When mixture hits 250 degrees immediately pull from heat and continue to stir slowly to prevent the mixture from burning on the pot. Slowly mix in the vanilla extract being careful to not let it touch the pot—this will burn the extract. It can give a stronger flavor if done right, but if it’s your first time, it is not worth risking.

As you continue to mix, pour finished mixture into your desired cooling receptacle and let sit until cool (approx. 5-7 hours). If you want to quicken the cooling process, do not use a glass pan; use a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay completely flat in the freezer for at least an hour after letting sit out for at least 15 minutes to set.

Cut caramels to your desired size/potency and wrap individually in wax paper. Keep in an airtight container or bag in the freezer for up to six months.

If you or anyone you know is seeking a cannabis prescription, feel free to reach out via phone (1-844-312-5143) or email (associates@medmc.ca)

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Decarbing 101

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you sprinkle some of your ground cannabis on a salad, mixed it into a drink, or simply just ate it raw?

Well, you’re not alone. The difference between what you’ll feel if you eat dried cannabis flower versus the effect you’ll feel when you eat a homemade cannabis edible is night and day.

This post will explain the process of dried flower decarboxylation (or decarbing) and why it’s necessary to feel any effects from your cannabis.

What is Decarbing?

Decarbing refers to the process of heating your cannabis in a way that activates its potent components so that you’ll feel the effects when you ingest it. This could include ingesting in its raw form, or in forms such as smoking or vaporizing dried flower, oils, capsules, or edibles. Cannabis contains the popular cannabinoid known as THC, but it doesn’t start out that way. For it to become THC, the cannabinoid is known as THCA (or THC acid) needs to be heated/activated. This could mean simply lighting it with a lighter while you’re smoking or it could mean baking your dried flower in an oven to make your own edibles.

When it comes to decarbing your cannabis, it’s important to know the ideal temperature to heat your cannabis. This allows us to properly gauge just how much heat our cannabis needs to activate without burning away some of its components. Due to this, vaporizing and being able to choose the temperature your dried flower is heated at is the most effective and efficient method of immediately consuming dried flower. When it comes to smoking, although the THCA is being heated enough that it turns into THC, a lot of the beneficial medicinal effects are being lost because of the high temperatures.

Something else that’s beneficial to know about your cannabis before decarbing is how many milligrams of THC is in it before you heat. Each strain and THC amount has an ideal temperature to decarb based on how much THC is in it. Similar to baking any foods, the temperature that you have the item in the oven for varies depending on the specific recipe. This means that having it in the oven at a higher temperature will result in it decarbing more quickly and would require less time in the oven.

For example, if you’re cooking your whole bud strain that has 3 mg of THC per gram in it, then baking it at 145 degrees Celsius would require baking it for 7 minutes, whereas baking it at 106 degrees would require it to bake much longer for 51 minutes. What’s also good to know is that the terpenes in your cannabis will start to burn away at 154 degrees Celsius.

Here is a great dosage calculator: https://wakeandbake.co/thc-dosage-calculator/

Heres a great decarb time and heat calculator

from our friends at https://greencamp.com/decarboxylation/

How to Decarb Your Cannabis:

What You Will Need:

  • Cannabis
  • Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven
  • Thermometer

Steps:

1)    Heat your oven to 121 degrees Celsius (250 degrees Fahrenheit). Its a good idea to use a thermometer to test the internal temperature of your oven to ensure it’s accurate. Make sure the oven is fully preheated before putting your cannabis in it.

2)   
Break up your flower and buds into smaller pieces using your hands or a
grinder, while removing the stems.

3)   
Spread those pieces onto a baking sheet, on a strip of oven-safe paper
(such as parchment paper). One with a rim would work best to prevent spillage.
Make sure the pieces are spread out well and that there isn’t any overlapping.

4)   
Bake your cannabis for about 25 to 30 minutes. It should be a golden
brown or dark green colour and very dry. If it’s not, you can put it back in
for an extra five minutes, while keeping an eye on it to prevent it from
over-cooking.

5)   
When you’ve determined that it’s finished, remove from the oven and let
it cool for a while. Be sure not to touch it, as it would easily crumble with
the pressure while it’s freshly baked.

6)   
Voila! Your cannabis is activated!

If you or anyone you know is seeking a cannabis prescription, feel free to reach out via phone (1-844-312-5143) or email (associates@medmc.ca)! Happy Decarbing!

When it comes to smoking, although the THCA is being heated enough that it turns into THC, a lot of the beneficial medicinal effects are being lost because of the high temperatures.

By: Bryar Pace

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What is Microdosing?

Microdosing involves a person consuming a small amount of cannabis; enough to provide therapeutic properties without feeling the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Many people who microdose report that they have more energy and have improved concentration. Small doses of THC can help to treat a number of things such as: improving mood, sleep, anxiety, depression, and many more ailments.

Microdosing allows people to remain functional while they are medicating. This is good for people who have jobs where they cannot be “high.” It could also be beneficial to people who have low tolerances or experience anxiety from too much THC.

There is no standard for microdosing, each individual’s chemistry makeup is different, therefore what is a high dose to one person may be a low dose to another. Typically, the recommended amount to start with is between 2-10mg of THC. It may require a lot of trial and error to see what works best for the individual and it is recommended to discuss dosing with a medical professional. Start low and go slow when going through this initial experimental phase.

If you are interested in being authorized for cannabis fill out our intake forms HERE

If you are already a patient at MMC and want to learn more about how microdosing could be right for you, give us a call at 1-844-312-5143.

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How to Properly Dose Edibles

There is no shortage of reasons to cook with cannabis. It’s a different high, it last longer using less weed, and it removes carcinogens from the equation. Because of the way we metabolize the THC when it enters our body through ingestion even season smokers become lightweights.

One of the biggest rookie mistakes is not measuring the amount of THC That is going to be in a serving. Most people don’t even think about dosing at all. If you’re new to edibles, it’s best to start at around 5-10mg per serving till you learn how your body reacts. It’s also important you wait at least 45 minutes after ingestion before trying anymore.

Using the cannabis cooking calculator by, THCoverdose: https://thcoverdose.com/cannabis-cooking-calculator/ , you can quickly plan the dosage of your recipe. But, you can do the math on your own too.

For starters, you need to know the amount of THC that is in your flower. Cannabis that is sold at dispensaries is lab tested and will be properly labeled. If you grow your own, however, you’re not so lucky. If this is you, use a base of 10% THC for average and 15-21% for really high-grade
cannabis.

Now, let’s say your recipe will make ten cookies, you want to use 2 grams of cannabis, and your bud has a THC percentage of 10%. To figure out how strong your cookies will be you multiply 2 (amount of bud) by 1000 to get the total milligrams, then multiply that .10 (THC percentage), and you’ll have the total amount of THC you’ll be using. Divide this number by the number of servings, and you’ll find that your cookies will each have 20mg of THC.

If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, you need to remember to take it slow and be patient. And, make sure not to grind up your flower to finely. A more coarse grind will help deter the some of the chlorophyll taste.

A lot of beginners also don’t realize the importance of decarboxylation and how much stronger it can make their edibles. See, raw cannabis isn’t psychoactive. The chemical compound on the plant is THCA until it’s activated and turn into THC, it’s psychoactive counterpart. Well, what
activates THC? Heat.

While most of the THCA will activate during the process of cooking butter, you’re leaving THC on the table by not decarboxylating beforehand. Make your edibles better by placing your cannabis on a cooking tray and baking it for 30-40 minutes at 240°F stirring every 10 minute before using it for your recipe.

You also have to think about the potential loss of cannabinoids during both decarboxylation and handling. This loss could make your edibles weaker than you planned. Unless you send edibles to get lab tested you’ll never know the exact dosage, but use the cooking calculator as a
guide, and you’ll be able to get your edibles to the potency you desire.

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Editor-in-Chief | THCoverdose.com

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How to Make Cannabis Gummies

Gummies and edibles, in general, are a great way to consume cannabis as they are very discrete. You don’t end up smelling like cannabis when you consume edibles. Also, it’s better for your lungs, as you aren’t inhaling toxic smoke, but instead consuming a delicious treat!

The first step to almost all edibles is to make canna-butter! See our How to make Cannabis Butter article HERE to learn how to make your own delicious butter! As well as How to Properly Dose Edibles HERE.

Here’s what you will need to make these fantastic gummies:

1/4 cup weed-infused coconut oil

1/2 cup water

1 oz unflavored gelatin

1 package of Jell-O (6 oz pick your favorite flavour!)

Silicone molds

(Check out Amazon for silicone molds or Dollarama carries them as well!)

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring the oil and water to a low boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

2. Add the plain gelatin in one-two packets at a time, stirring until it’s incorporated.

3. Add the Jell-O mix and stir for about five minutes until fully combined and the mix starts to come to a rolling boil.

4. From here, move quickly as the mix will start to set quickly.

5. Spray your silicone molds with cooking spray. Next you will want to pour your mixture into the moulds. (Pro tip: a glass measuring cup with a pour spout will work best for pouring.)

6. Cool in the fridge for at least an hour, then pop the candies out of the mold and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

TIP

Always remember to start slow and low. The following are some great videos and articles should check out before consuming edibles (link to our YouTube videos and other articles about edibles and how to dose properly.)

Recipe inspired by: https://www.inlander.com/spokane/this-sweet-edible-gummy-recipe-will-give-you-something-to-chew-on/Content?oid=11082062

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Easy Vanilla Cannabis Cupcakes

Who doesn’t like an easy recipe? Make this recipe even easier by purchasing store bought pre-made cupcake mixture and adding your cannabis butter into the recipe!

This recipe makes 30 mini cupcakes. You can dose the cupcakes depending on your preference to your by following our how to calculate dosing article HERE.  Not sure how to make cannabis butter? We have an article for that too! (Click HERE)

For the recipe you will need:

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp Salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

Pre-made icing

Sprinkles  

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin cups with papers.

2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy (make sure the butter is room temperature, so the mixture doesn’t clump) Beat in eggs one at a time.

3. Add flour (mixed with baking powder and salt) alternating with milk beat well; stir in vanilla.

4. Divide evenly among mini cupcake pans and bake for 15-19 minutes.

Take the pans our of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Add icing, sprinkles and enjoy!

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