If extremely healthy, young and active, an animal will likely do well taking CBD once per day.
However, for animals with current or previous health conditions, for senior pets, or for maximum benefit in generally healthy pets — we recommend administering CBD twice per day.
Supplementing with CBD every 12 hours always yields the best results. CBD is a cumulative supplement, so it works (and continues to work) better when it is consistently present in an animal’s body.
When an animal is unwell, their Endocannabinoid System (ECS) — which regulates all of a mammal’s anatomical systems and functions — is out of balance. Studies have shown that the introduction and maintenance of CBD can work intelligently with the ECS to reharmonize these imbalances — over time, and with consistent administration.
An ECS that is extremely unbalanced must be supplemented repeatedly with CBD, in order to kickstart itself and eventually return all systems to optimal function.
It is imperative that, when administering twice daily, pet parents do not skip a dose, or an entire day of supplementation. Because CBD is cumulative, interrupting the flow and consistent presence of CBD will upset the therapeutic benefits that have been initiated.
Once an animal has been taking CBD for a longer period of time (a few months) and has shown noticeable improvement, it is possible to reduce dosing to once per day and retain optimal health. However, if upon frequency reduction old symptoms begin to present, resume twice per day dosing.
Studies have shown that CBD is the most bioavailable in an animal’s body when taken with food.
Bioavailability — or, the rate at which a compound is absorbed and dispersed into the bloodstream, where it can affect the body’s anatomical systems — is key in making sure your pet is getting the most from CBD.
Because our treats and oils are taken orally, they are absorbed by an animal’s digestive system. This means CBD is broken down by the stomach prior to small intestine absorption. After the small intestine, CBD is sent to the liver. The liver’s function is important, because this is where foods that are present alongside CBD will improve CBD’s absorption.
Taking CBD with food helps a larger concentration of CBD to be absorbed than would be possible on an empty stomach. This is because food allows CBD to bypass the first-stage process of metabolization, allowing for faster and more concentrated bioavailability.
We find that the most effective way to administer CBD to dogs and cats is to drop oil over top of your pet’s wet or dry food at breakfast, and again at dinnertime, which is in alignment with our recommended window of twice-per-day/every 12 hours.
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