CBD Micro Dosing Explained

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m barking about the approach my huMom & I are taking in regards to managing my canine idiopathic epilepsy with CBD oil. Specifically, how did we dogtermine my dosage (please note, I’m still taking all my regular meds).

HuMom & I have dug deep on this matter & learned about a method called micro dosing. Micro dosing means taking very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing unpleasant side effects. With cannabis these side effects appear as balance issues, fine-motor control impairment, tiredness, anxiety & dry mouth.

Finding that correct dose of CBD is wagnificently impawtant in having a pawsitive therapeutic effect. It’s not like other medications, there is no pawscribed quantity or frequency based on a dog’s weight & age.  This is because every dog responds differently based on it’s own unique physiology.

Cannabis dosing is best approached with a less is more manner.  Using too much will often decrease its effectiveness & increase those unwanted side effects.  Human patients using medical cannabis repawted that by using less cannabis they achieved maximum therapeutic benefits, had more energy, felt more clear-headed & had minimal to no unwanted effects.  Many repawted they did not feel any effects at all during first 1 – 3 micro doses.  But then they began to respond well.  This is what is known as the ‘sensitization’ effect.  At the right dosage cannabis can trigger production of more cannabinoid receptors, increase the sensitivity of existing receptors & increase the production of the body’s own endocannabinoids. High doses of cannabis have been shown to have the opposite effect, actually decreasing the number of available cannabinoid receptors.

Micro dosing improves the tone of the endocannabinoid system, which is a vital component in our ability to adapt to stress & restore balance at a cellular level.

As for me, when I first began my journey I used half of what the company pawscribed but found the side effect a little too much. So, huMom dialed it back even more & found two drops on each ear flap every 24 hours seemed to be pawfect for 149 days. Then a big weather front moved in bringing the monster with it & I had several seizures over a number of days. But huMom feels, if she had caught the warning signs, maybe we could have shut the monster down before it even attacked.

We tried adjusting the dosage to two drops on each ear flap every 12 hours but again that seemed too much. So we again changed the dose, this time to one drop on each ear flap at noon & 2 drops on each ear flap at midnight.  I have adjusted well to this increase & paws crossed, huMom & I believe that we are moving in the right direction, slowly.

I will keep everyone updated as this CBD journey continues.

CEO Olivia

Have you read my deep dig into CBD Oil?

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

Part 8 – CBD Micro Dosing Explained

Olivia’s CBD Journey Pupdate

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting another pupdate on my CBD journey. My first dose was July 11th & I’m happy to bark that I am 69 days seizure free!

In that time we’ve experienced heatwaves, intense humidity, extreme temperature changes, thunderstorms, & the full moon.  All of which are known triggers for me, but I’m happy to say, no grand mals.

Some of the many pawsitive changes may seem little to some but for this dog, they are wooftastic quality of life improvements. For example, today a delivery guy came by & he received my full throated bark of, ‘Don’t you even think about it dude!” but when huMom came out I settled down & looked to her for what to do & then went inside when asked. In short, I have been less reactive.

Yesterday on our walk a neighbor’s dog came huffing & puffing down the driveway,  acting all dog gone crazy, rushing at us as we walked by her house. In the past I would have been Miss “come at me B” & so out huffed & puffed her, but not this time, I remained calm & let the humans take care of it.

As I mentioned in my last pupdate, I have been hanging out past the fenced in area off lead.  I’m a good girl who now pays attention, comes when called & for the most part understands the boundaries.

My appetite is great, with little digestive issues if any. (huMom is making me include this next part but I do pawtest). I don’t burp.  I’m a lady, I hiccup.  Anyway, huMom noted in my journal that I burp/hiccup less & when I have it is less, um, noticeable.

My overall focus has greatly improved & I am calmer & more attuned to my surroundings which means less bumbling into things on our forest walks.

We are feeling pawsitive in moving forward & I have already ordered my 2nd bottle of full spectrum CBD Oil. huMom did extensive research into finding a reputable, effective product. So far we haven’t observed any negative effects from the CBD Oil. We are taking it slow giving the CBD time to repair my endocannabinoid system.  At the moment there seems to be no reason to increase the small amount I’m taking.

We haven’t had the opportunity to have my blood work done, but huMom is eager to see what if anything has changed with the hope of eventually being able to reduce the dosage of one or more of my harsher meds.

CEO Olivia.

What is Cannabis?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Let’s begin our exploration of CBD, Cannabinoids & endocanabinoids at the beginning, out in the fields. What is Cannabis anyway?

Cannabis has been cultivated by humans for many thousands of years. There is evidence of it being grown in what is today the Czech Republic, dating back to 26,900 BCE. It can be used for making rope, clothing, paper, bricks & also dog toys. BOL! You can even use cannabis in 3D printing.

There are two main varieties of cannabis. One is called marijuana & the other is called hemp. Both contain chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. There are 113 cannabinoids in all. But the difference between the plants comes down to how much one specific cannabinoid is present. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is present in both plants, however, Marijuana will have  a THC concentration higher than 0.3%. If the plant has 0.3% or less of THC it is then classified as hemp. Both plants contain another cannabinoid called cannabidiol or CBD.

All mammals as well as several other animals (like fish) have what is called an endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that are located throughout the central nervous system, including the brain. Research has shown these neurotransmitters help regulate appetite, pain, memory, mood/stress & sleep. It’s these endocannabinoid neurotransmitters that the cannabinoids found in cannabis bind to. I’ll dig deeper into this in a future post.

But first, next week I’ll sniff out the methods used to extract & process the cannabinoids from cannabis.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

Part 8 – CBD Micro Dosing Explained