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CBD Oil for Cats: Official Guide for 2020

Posted by Megan Tankersley on Jul 31st 2020

CBD Oil for Cats: Official Guide for 2020

Finding the best CBD oil for cats is tough, and using it the right way can be even harder!

If you haven’t heard about CBD by now, you missed a lot of headlines. CBD comes from hemp, which was defined in the 2018 Farm Bill to be cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC.1 This bill also allowed hemp cannabis to be cultivated across the United States.

Hemp-derived oil is rich with full spectrum CBD cannabinoids. These phytochemicals have been widely held to be useful to help humans with inflammation, stress, anxiety, and supporting healthy sleep cycles.*2

The hemp plant contains 150 cannabinoids, one of which is CBD.3,4 CBD does not produce the euphoric “high” associated with THC. But it still contains some mild psychoactive qualities that helps with mood stabilization.5 The World Health Organization acknowledged that hemp oil can help with a variety of medical conditions due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipsychotic properties.6

"Hemp plant" and "cannabis plant" are not interchangeable terms. All hemp is cannabis, 7 but not all cannabis is hemp. This is because hemp is simply a genetic strain of Cannabis sativa that produces 99.7% CBD compounds and no more than 0.3% THC.8 Hemp looks, smells, and grows the exact same as marijuana plants. You can only tell the difference between a hemp plant and a marijuana plant through lab results.

CBD Oil for Cats

There is a lot of information out there for CBD for dogs. But, pet owners what to know: what about CBD products for cats? The answer is that CBD can do great things for cats, too! Our feline friends have an endocannabinoid system9 just like humans and dogs, so cats can also experience the benefits of CBD!

It can be difficult to choose which CBD product to buy for your cat. And it can be overwhelming to figure out the right way to administer that CBD product to your cat. To help made it easier to understand, we created this official guide to give your cats CBD oil.

Cats love hemp CBD oil


Will CBD Get My Cat High?

No. CBD will make you high, nor your cat. This is because hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC, as mandated by the Farm Bill of 2018.10 CBD products are different from marijuana products solely because they contain a high level of CBD, and a legal trace amount of THC.

CBD might relax your cat; CBD might make your cat chill out. But CBD hemp oil will not get your cat buzzed or stoned. That’s what catnip is for.

But is CBD safe for cats? Absolutely! With few if any side effects, is is generally safe for cats to take CBD oils derived from hemp cannabis plants.11 

How CBD Works

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. 12  According to research, the ECS helps the body to relieve itself from inflammation and stress.13

The ECS is a series of cannabinoid receptors overlaying the central nervous system. These receptors can be found all throughout the body including organs and skin. Our bodies produce neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids that pair with the cannabinoid receptors to help the body regulate balance and homeostasis.14

Cannabinoids from hemp oil are called phytocannabinoids. When ingested, they can provide some of the same effects that our body feels when producing endocannabinoids.15

a cat taking CBD oil


Benefits of CBD for Cats

Most CBD treats and CBD pet products are marketed towards dogs, but cats can experience comfort with CBD, too! Maybe your nervous kitty needs some help managing her stress, or your elderly chonk is experiencing joint pain and discomfort. These are good reasons to try to give your cat a CBD product. (Be sure to check with your veterinarian before starting your cat on a CBD regimen.

Cats with Anxiety

Full spectrum CBD may help your cat manage their stress. Your aggressive or skittish kitty may benefit from the calming effects of cannabis oil. 16 It’s also handy for anxious situations like travelling or moving.17 

Cats with Mobility Issues

Older cats just don’t get around like they used to. Their mobility can be severely limited due to significant joint discomfort or inflammation. For cats like these, pet CBD can be quite effective at giving them higher quality of life and general well being in their later years.18

Studies show that full spectrum CBD products are more effective in animals than THC-free, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate formulations for addressing pain.19 That’s why it’s important to give your cat full spectrum CBD products if possible.

Cats with Gastrointestinal Issues

Like any mammal, cats can have inflammation in their digestive systems that can turn their litter box into a problem area. These issues can range from inflammation of the colon (Colitis); feline enteric coronavirus (which causes inflammation in the small intestines); inflammation of the stomach (Gastritis); or other inflammatory conditions often lumped together as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

CBD has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing gastrointestinal inflammation in people and animals.20 If your cat has tummy troubles, it's worth it to see if hemp CBD products will work for them.

Cats with Skin Issues

Cats can suffer from skin conditions like any other mammal. These conditions can present themselves in a wide range of symptoms, including discoloration, elevated lesions, pustules, wheals, excoriation from self-trauma, ulcers of the epidermis, loss of hair, scaly skin, crusty skin, or clogged hair follicles.

To the extent that these skin issues are a result of inflammation, CBD may help. Studies on other animal groups shows evidence of “ cutaneous cannabinoid signaling,” or the skin responding to cannabinoids when applied topically.21 This means that CBD oil for cats might be able to reduce the underlying inflammation that causes the skin condition.

Cat CBD Oil Cornbread Hemp

This is Buddy, Cornbread Hemp’s #1 Cat Customer and a big ole chonk with a skin issue.

Choose the Best CBD Oil for Cats

If you’re new to shopping for CBD oil for your cat, or new to a cannabis product in general, all the new terminology, and wide price variation can become overwhelming. That makes it difficult to determine the best CBD oil option for your cat.

There aren’t many regulations on CBD hemp oil production, so consumers need to be aware of what they are buying. Producing a hemp extract requires a lot of hemp plants. You need to make sure those plants are free of pesticides and toxins for hemp CBD products to be considered safe to consume.

Oils that use MCT coconut oil are more as a base absorb quicker and stay fresh longer than one that use hemp seed oil or olive oil.

COA’s from Third Party Labs

Trustworthy CBD companies test all their CBD products by sending them to a third-party lab. Those labs produce reports called Certificates of Analysis or COA’s, to verify a product’s legality, quality, and safety. 22 These CBD brands always make their COA’s available on their website and the lab test results should have full disclosure on toxicity levels. The best companies make it easy to access their lab test results from the packaging.

Cornbread Hemp goes the extra mile by having scannable QR codes on all of their product packaging that links directly to COA’s. Consumers just need to scan the code with their smartphone camera app to see full lab results of whatever product they are buying.

Choose Full Spectrum CBD Oil

When all of the cannabinoids work together it is called the "entourage effect." This effect allows the ECS to operate at its best, which is why it's important to have all of the cannabinoids to notice any health benefits.

To find the best CBD oil, choose a full spectrum oil. This means it contains all of the cannabis plant compounds, including a trace amount of THC. Cornbread Hemp's Pet Oil for Cats and Dogs are full spectrum for maximum effect!

Reviews About CBD Oil for Cats

If you’re a pet owner who does not already use CBD products, you might have no idea why you should consider cats CBD oil. When shopping for CBD oil for cats, make sure to look for reviews of success stories from cat owners.

reviews about cats and Cornbread Hemp products

 

Brands can use platforms that verify whether a customer is real or not, just like Cornbread Hemp does with our platform Stamped.io. Today, we have over 500 reviews about the health benefits of our USDA organic CBD products.

Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil for Cats and Dogs is a wonderful option for our furry friends. It starts with full-spectrum oil distilled from Kentucky-grown hemp and blended with organic MCT coconut oil in an amount that is safe for animals the size of your feline.

CBD Dosage guidelines

After lab testing, the next big factor to understand is dosage accuracy. Giving your cat too much CBD has the potential to cause a negative reaction. So be sure to pay attention to CBD dosage for your cat! If you can find a holistic veterinary care center in your area, it’s always a good idea for cat owners to talk to them first and answer any questions like is CBD oil safe for cats.

While cats can safely take CBD, it’s important to remember their small size when it comes to dosage. We recommend a starter dose of 2mg per 10 pounds of critter.23 A full dropper of Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Oil for Cats and Dogs is designed for an 80-pound animal. One quarter of the dropper is suitable for a 20lb animal. Cats less than 20lbs only need a few drops of our formula to get their daily recommended dosage!

To help you get started, we created this simple CBD dosing chart just for cats! You will see that 2mg of CBD is perfect for a 10 pound cat, but keep in mind the efficacy of CBD use can also be dependent on their health issues. As the days go by, you can begin to increase your dosage as needed.

Cat CBD Oil Dosage Chart

CBD oil for Cats Dosage Chart

The Best Way to Give CBD to Your Cat

Administering CBD oil to your cat doesn’t have to embody the drama most people associate with giving pets their medicine. While it may work faster when administered orally, 24 many cats don’t appreciate having a dropper shoved into their mouths. But CBD capsules may be too large and too high of a dosage for kitty.

Luckily, Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil is super easy to mix into food or put it on a favorite treat. Our cannabis flower extract's distillation process removes the harsh, hempy taste that most pets don’t like. The organic extract is blended with organic MCT coconut oil for maximum absorbency. Then we add corndog flavoring, providing a little extra deliciousness to whatever you put it on.

Wait, corndog flavoring? That’s right! Cornbread Hemp’s CBD oil for pets is not only made from 75% pure full spectrum Kentucky hemp distillate, but we then add corndog flavoring to make it even more palatable for those picky eaters.

Your kitty will be meowing for more before you know it!

Side Effects of CBD Oil for Cats

While full-spectrum oil contains no more than 0.3% of THC, you don’t want to overdo it and cause harm to your fur-baby. Studies suggest that hemp CBD oil is virtually harmless to cats. 25 That being said, no two cats are exactly alike, so all cats have the potential to have different reactions to a hemp derived supplement.

One of the main side effects CBD may have on cats is sedation. 26 If your cat seems more lethargic than usual after taking oil, simply lower the dosage. Another side effect that may occur with over dosing your cat is diarrhea, because things got a little too relaxed.

So long as you start with a low dose and pay attention to how your cat reacts, they will be fine. However, make sure to talk to your vet if your cat is taking any medications. CBD can cause drug interactions that may be harmful to your pet.  

Giving Your Cat CBD

You can buy premade CBD treats, but sometimes either the treat's ingredients or the CBD may be inferior. Be the cat owner who makes the healthiest choices for your pet. Find all-natural treats and food with clean, simple ingredients will provide the best medium for your cat’s specially selected CBD oil. 27

Also, you want to be sure to use CBD oil with a legal amount of THC. Products that are very high in THC can make cats feel sick and uncomfortable.28 Cornbread Hemp’s Pet Oil contains no more than 0.3% THC, just enough to trigger the entourage effect, but not enough to get your cat “high.”

Remember, the best way to make sure you don’t give your cat too much CBD, is to start small and work your way up. By starting with our recommended dose of 2mg of CBD per 10 pounds of critter, you’ll be sure to be at a safe level that is both comfortable and effective.

Check With Your Vet About Cat CBD

Veterinarians agree that CBD is generally safe for most pets, but to be on the safe side, make sure to check with your vet before starting your pet on any CBD products. 29 If you can manage it, try using a holistic veterinarian, as they are usually much more accustomed to how CBD oil treatment should be handled.

Bottom Line: CBD Oil for Cats

Giving your cat CBD oil products can improve the quality of your pet’s life, and it may help with many different ailments and conditions. Just make sure you are purchasing it from a reputable brand who has the trust of cat owners already. And that you are giving your cat the correct dosage based on their body weight.

Also, talk to your veterinarian about different treatment options for the health conditions that your furry friend is dealing with. Cannabis products might not be on their radar yet, but if you bring up CBD for cats, you might be surprised to find that they recommend cats take CBD already! Talk about an alternative treatment plan with your vet, and if they give you the green light on cannabis products, give your cat the best: Cornbread Hemp!

Why Choose Cornbread Hemp Cat CBD

Cornbread Hemp is one of the most trustworthy brands on the market today. With over 300 five-star reviews, Cornbread Hemp has been serving cat owners with corndog flavored CBD oil for pets since the company was founded in 2019. Every drop of hemp oil from Cornbread Hemp comes from organically grown Kentucky hemp that is 100% pesticide free and grown outdoors. If you’re wondering if our CBD oil products for cats and dogs are safe, make sure to check out our third party lab results.

Cornbread Hemp is a family-owned, Kentucky-proud business dedicated to producing the highest quality CBD oil in the region. The Cornbread team actively seeks out the best strains from hemp farmers in the Bluegrass State. We only use organic hemp that was grown with organic farming practices. We never use a harmful extraction method with sketchy solvents – our pet products are made by using organic hemp extracts produced with organic sugarcane ethanol extraction.

Third-party lab test certificates of authenticity are available via a scannable QR code on every product and on the Cornbread Hemp website. This ensures that each bottle is free of any heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins. It also shows the full cannabinoid profile of the tincture so you can be sure you are getting a potent, high quality product.

We don’t carry a salmon flavor – we took it one step further. Our cat CBD oil is flavored with an all natural proprietary blend that perfectly resembles “Corndog Flavoring.” Ready to see our lab reports? View our library of lab reports to see every single report on every batch we’ve ever produced.

Whenever you’re ready to shop, choose from our selection of organic CBD oil for cats and dogs. You may even end up wanting to use CBD oil for yourself! Cornbread Hemp products are legal to ship to all 50 states.

*All rights reserved. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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