QOW – Pain/Inflammation

Q: How do I determine the optimal dose for pain/inflammation if my pet is still on pain/anti-inflammatory meds?

A:  The answer to this question can be complicated. Sadly what we don’t know about drug interactions outweighs what we do know. The good news is that new information is emerging daily that is helping us to better understand the dynamics of cannabinoids and how they interact with prescribed meds.

To best answer the question for your situation, first ask yourself what is your ultimate goal.

Is the goal to continue giving the prescribed meds? If yes, space administration.

Be aware that while CBD can positively enhance the pain reducing and anti-inflammatory properties of many prescribed medications, it can also potentiate negative effects that may come from the prescribed meds, such as lethargy, nausea or GI distress.

Therefore, best practice is to separate when you give the CBD from most prescribed medications by 2-3 hours. If you are giving a medication in the steroid family*, it is best to separate the administration of the CBD by 3-4 hours.

Many families have found that by alternating administration of CBD and other medications, they are able to see more clearly which product is doing what for their pet. Once they understand what CBD is doing in comparison, adjusting the amount and frequency of the CBD given to find the optimal dose is more readily achieved.

 

Is the goal to wean from the prescribed meds and replace with CBD and/or other natural remedies? If yes, be sure to first discuss a weaning protocol with your veterinarian.

Our expertise is with CBD and we are unqualified to comment on prescribed medications or weaning. That said, we do work with many families wanting to use CBD in lieu of.

The first step is to meet with your veterinarian regarding a weaning program. If you intend to replace medications with CBD, simply follow our three step program and begin to add the CBD into the regime, always monitoring for positive effects while ruling out or balancing any undesired/negative effects.

Through the weaning process, most families begin to see the positive effects the CBD is bringing and are able to quickly find the optimal dose for their pet.

Patience. Consistency. Observation.

This is the mantra and the keys to success with CBD. I hear all too often that a family stopped using CBD when it didn’t work after giving it a few times. On average, we find it can take 7-14 days of consistent administration before you see the desired result.

*If unsure, confirm with your vet the type of medication you are giving.


This article is not intended to denote or replace veterinarian advice. We are sharing best practices that we have learned through helping thousands of pets over the past decade.


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Caley’s Journey -Anxiety/Arthritis

Caley’s CBD product wasn’t helping.

In early 2019, I met Caley and her human, Laurie. The primary reason Caley was receiving CBD at the time was to calm her anxiety/fear especially for vet visits, training sessions or when new people visited her home. Caley would be become very withdrawn and slink away to hide. Laurie had purchased a CBD product online and after 6 months of use, saw no noticeable improvement.

Why a full spectrum CBD matters.

We looked at the COA of the product and found it had negligible concentrations of other cannabinoids such as THC, CBG, CBC and naturally occurring terpenes. I explained how when we use products that contain a full spectrum of compounds, we get better results. After discussing Caley’s specific situation and understanding Laurie’s comfort level, I helped her select a product that we always had good success with for anxiety, in this case –Myriam’s Hope.

She started with 0.1mL 2x a day and followed our three prong dosing guidance ensuring Caley received it consistently for 14 days and then began to determine the best maintenance dose.  Within a month they found that 0.1mL 2x a day turned out to be ideal for Caley. When they anticipated high anxiety situations that might cause her anxiety to increase, such as a vet visit, they increased the dose to 0.2mL to help Caley stay more calm.

Adjusting the dose over time.

Over time Caley did build a tolerance and Laurie found she had to increase daily dosing to 0.25mL and then to 0.3mL. Even with the increased dose, they noticed Caley’s anxious behavior began to creep back.

At that point, it had been almost two years since Caley started with Myriam’s Hope for anxiety and her family reconnected with us, asking for guidance and also informed us that they were hopeful it would help ease her arthritis symptoms.

Sometimes, trying a new formula is a good approach.

We recommended a two-layer approach that has worked with other dogs (and cats). We sent her  a sample of a new formula –Healer CBD to try for a few days and also added a small amount of CBG to the routine.

Her family reported that with the new regime, not only were they able to decrease the amount of CBD to 0.25mL, combined with 4 drops of CBG,  just once daily, her anxiety is much improved, as well as her mobility.

Caley’s Maintenance Dose.

“She is doing well with 0.1ml of the CBG and .25ml of the CBD once a day in the mornings. If she has been more active than usual or seems sore, I just increase the amounts for a day or two and she is back to feeling comfortable. I am pleased and relieved at how she is handling stressful situations with less anxiety and more enjoyment in being out in the world!”

Cooper’s Journey

Cooper’s journey with CBD began with a call in April of 2021. At that first meeting, Kelley, Cooper’s Mom explained that she had been using a CBD infused treat to help with pain and mobility.  Cooper was 14, approximately 30 pounds and was suffering arthritis that was affecting his mobility, he was also blind and beginning to exhibit signs of anxiety.

Kelley had been giving him one 2.5mg CBD treat daily for quite some time and it seemed to help some with the pain, but Cooper’s anxiety was beginning to worsen, especially at night with constant pacing & panting. That’s when her vet suggested she talk with us.

Sometimes changing brands is a good idea.

As Cooper had been using the same brand for some time with limited success, I suggested switching to a tincture that met specific criteria for dementia type symptoms and for better absorbability into his system. In this case I recommended the Myriam’s Hope Daily 25. Because Cooper wasn’t very cooperative about taking the tincture, she would use a treat to administer it.

Cooper’s night time anxiety was getting worse.

By September, Cooper’s anxiety at night, specifically, was getting worse. He was doing a lot of pacing, getting up 2-3 times nightly. Kelley reported that she was giving Cooper 6 drops of the CBD oil at night, but none during the day and asked for guidance to help promote more night time sleep.

My suggestion was to increase the dose and give 6 drops in the late afternoon and another 6-10 drops about an hour or so before bed. Continue to increase by 2-4 drops at a time until she found the amount that was helping Cooper to be more restful, but not overly sedated. I also reminded her it was ok to give a dose at the first middle-of-the-night waking to see if it would settle him faster so everyone could get back to sleep.

Don’t be afraid to increase the dose or layer in other cannabinoids.

A few days after increasing the dose, we received this message from Kelley, “OMG. He slept through the night.  This is the first time he slept through the night for a very very long time.  Oh, besides that, he is improving with more mobility.  I think it is the combination of food, supplements, and CBD. I cant think you enough for your help.”

In mid October, Kelley wrote to let me know that “Cooper was doing better, but was up to 20 drops”.  She had also added melatonin to the mix.  At this point, we sent a sample of CBG for her to layer in with the CBD and melatonin. The goal with the CBG was to try to reduce the volume of CBD, while increasing the overall positive effects that Cooper needed to be comfortable.

In late October 2021, Kelley reported, “He is better, but he still gets up twice in the night and sleeps all day. At least he is not pacing and panting. When he wakes up he has to go outside, so at least he is letting me know. I am giving the CBD, CBG and 6 mg of melatonin.”

Saying Goodbye.

Sadly, in late January 2022, Cooper passed. While it always breaks our hearts to learn that a client has passed, we take gratitude in knowing that we were able to help Cooper have a better quality of life and for Kelley to get the rest she needed to give him the best care. In our book, sleep is not overrated, especially when caring for a senior dog.

Cooper is a good example of a pet who needed lots of adjustment to his regime. I always say that cannabinoids are not one size fits all and while Kelley was a bit nervous about increasing the dose at first, her commitment to adjust the dosing to fit Cooper’s changing needs was exactly the right approach. In the end it resulted in lessened anxiety and more comfort for Cooper, which directly translated to better time together.

from Kelley.

“Thank you for all that you did for us.  I am so glad my vet recommended me to you.”

 

Cannabinoids v Covid

There’s been some promising news from researchers on how cannabinoids such as CBDA and CBG can help  block CV-19 from entering the body. Researchers from Oregon State University find certain hemp compounds can indeed prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.

The study finds that a pair of cannabinoid acids in cannabis sativa (hemp) bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, consequently preventing a critical step in the COVID-19 infection process. Click the links below for a nice synopsis of the findings and the full research report.

Read article 

The full Research Report

Add’l Research

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7451410/

New Book! CBD Made Simple for Pets

Inspired by the thousands of people we have had the privilege to help.

I’m so very pleased to announce the publishing of my new book, CBD Made Simple for Pets: 6 Steps to Getting Optimal Results from CBD.

This is a do-it-yourself booklet with step by step guidance for achieving best results when using CBD oil for pets. It is my fervent hope that we will be able to reach and help even more pet parents achieve the level of positive results so many of our clients have through the years of following our program.

Now available on Amazon.

Please share this link with all who may benefit.

 

About the Book –

The definitive guide to getting the best results when using CBD for your pet.

When it comes to cannabinoid use, there is no one size fits all and I’m proud to have helped more than 20,000 people and their pets on their CBD/cannabis journey. Based on the experiences and feedback both from our clients and local veterinarians, we’ve developed best practices that have helped pet parents find the results they want. This easy to read booklet cuts through the hype and misinformation surrounding CBD giving you practical guidance you can put to use right away.

In the 30-minutes it takes to read the entire booklet, you will:

  • Learn how to select a quality CBD product that is appropriate for your pet
  • Understand how to determine the right dose for your pet
  • Be informed with best practices for safely getting the results you want from CBD

This booklet is ideal for those new to CBD, those who are nervous about trying CBD, those who may have tried CBD without results, and even seasoned CBD/cannabis users who want their pets to get all the benefits the compound offers.

 

Rocky, CBD and the Moon

Can the Moon Affect our Dog’s Behavior?

Many clients working to dial in both the optimal and maintenance dose of CBD for their pet contact me with feedback about things they have noticed. Rocky’s story is a great example of why observing and keeping a log as you go through the process are key steps to getting the best result. Based on what you see, you may need to adjust your pet’s dose for environmental shifts, including perhaps,  the cycle of the moon.

About Rocky

Here’s a little background. Rocky is a 13 year old Chihuahua/Min Pin diagnosed with lung cancer, Cushing’s disease and who experiences severe fear episodes.

The family set Rocky’s goal to be:  Lessened episodes of fear, calmer/happier, quality of life

We helped his family to select an appropriate product and explained the three step process to find the optimal therapeutic and maintenance dosing. About a month later, we received this message from his Mom.

Message from Rocky’s Family

“Rocky continues to do well on Myriam’s Hope! I continue to give him four drops twice a day. It just seems to work for him, so it seems as though this will be his maintenance dose.

Interesting story, he’s been oddly struggling the past two days again (having more severe fear reactions, etc.), so I decided to look up when there would be a full moon in August and funny enough, it was yesterday. So crazy how that seems to have an effect on him! I suspect today and maybe tomorrow will continue to be a bit off for him and then go back to normal.

Anyway, thank you again for all your guidance. I feel so grateful to have your knowledge and expertise guide us to help my little man out.”

-Chelsea

My Reply

Thanks so much for the feedback. So happy to know Rocky has found his optimal dose and that you have settled on a good maintenance dose.

I’m not surprised about the moon cycles. I would suggest keeping tabs on that and maybe increasing the dose as needed during that time as it may help. Certainly being aware of triggers, whether tangible or not will help to keep him on the right path.

The Bottom Line

We are all unique in how we respond to CBD. Following a consistent regime and paying attention to what you observe are so critical to getting good results. In this case, it was something a bit more obscure, but Chelsea followed her instincts. Rocky continues to do well with his product and his maintenance dose and his family knows that it is not only safe, but beneficial to adjust his dose based on his needs.

CBD for Pets Q&A Webinar

We’re pleased to bring back our CBD for Pets Monthly Q&A Webinar on Wednesday, January 12 at 4pm PST.

This is a live webinar that is highly interactive. Bring your questions about CBD and invite your friends and family to join for an informative session.

This month, we’ll:

  1. Present our top product picks by condition
  2. Share a client Pet success with CBD
  3. Answer questions from participants

When: Wednesday, January 12 — 4pm-5pm PST
Who: Clients of One Minute Cannabist and their friends/family
Details: Free to attend. Register here.

We take about 10 minutes to explore products and share the latest success story and then we spend the bulk of the time answering your questions.

 

Our mission is to help pet parents (and their humans) achieve the best results from CBD.

Be sure to share this invitation with anyone you feel might benefit.

Free to attend, please REGISTER HERE.

OMC is Now on YouTube

We are now on YouTube.

To find us, simply click this link or  search One Minute Cannabist to find our channel.

What You’ll Find

Initially, our channel will be populated with short and informative videos focusing on CBD for pets. We’ll be adding more human specific content in the first quarter of 2022.

Be sure to like, share and subscribe to help us spread the knowledge.

New Videos Will Post Each Week

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Client CBD Journeys

Because we have so many  inspiring and touching stories to share, we are planning to expand the library with stories from our clients. If you would like to participate in a video and share your journey, please contact us.

QOW – Combining CBD with Prescribed Meds

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Can I safely combine CBD with prescribed medication?

In most cases, the use of CBD with other medications has been found to be beneficial.

While we are learning new things each day, what we don’t know about drug interactions outweighs what we do know. We often see amplification of the positive effects when combining CBD with pain relief or seizure meds.

The key here is to observe for any amplification of negative side effects.

In conjunction with the veterinarians and healthcare practitioners we’ve worked with through the years, we’ve come to make this suggestion when using CBD (or other cannabinoids) with prescribed medications.

  • Separate the administration of the CBD or cannabis product from most prescription or over the counter medications by 2-3 hours.
  • For medications in the Benzodiazepine or Steroid family, it is best to separate administration by 3-4 hours.

 

Foria Intimacy Products Now Available

Foria is a line of products designed for sexual wellness and enhanced, well…, everything in the bedroom.

When these products first appeared on the market nearly a decade ago, I was skeptic number one. But, let me tell you, they have won me over and are part of my personal toolkit.

Here are some quick and fun ways to use these products, from my own personal experience and feedback from our very satisfied clients.

Foria Awaken

A personal stimulant with a blend of CBD, MCT and select botanicals to enhance libido and sensation. The yummy formula stimulates the senses and warms the parts.

This is a topical personal stimulant that enhances sensation, vulva engorgement and intensifies orgasm. It is applied topically (a small amount will do) directly to the clitoris and labia area.

My #1 suggestion is to apply it 20-30 minutes before you engage. If you’re going out, take a little with you, pop into the ladies room and apply before you leave for home; then you’ll be good and ready when you arrive. If you’re already home, apply it and, partner(s), this part is for you: give some good long, kisses and lots of touching everywhere except the clitoral area, before jumping right in. I always think of John Cleese saying, “How about a kiss, boy?!” from that hilarious movie The Meaning of Life.

Between the activation of the Foria in the clitoral area and the anticipation, the results reported are explosive.

Foria Intimacy Suppositories

Tip #1: store these in the refrigerator or freezer so they remain solid. These are a great option for use as an all natural lube and much less messy than traditional lubes. It’s an ideal option for women experiencing vaginal dryness or painful intercourse. Depending on your planned activity, you can use the full suppository or stretch your budget and cut it in half. After inserting, be sure to stay in a prone position for 15-20 minutes before engaging.


Foria Sex Oil

I love that Foria has begun to produce this product. It comes in a 4 oz. bottle so you’ve got plenty to work with.

Slather this wherever you need a little more glide. Great for exploring new frontiers and a wonderful all natural vaginal lube.

For added pleasure to your sex time, mix a little with your favorite essential oil to make your own massage oil.

Did you get too excited and over-do it or feeling a little raw? Apply a little post-sex to soothe the clitoris, labia, vaginal or anal areas. Keep this bottle close at hand to use as needed before, during and after sex.

use coupon code FORIA-CBD
and we’ll take 10% off each Foria product

(offer expires June 30, 2021)

And as always, feel free to reach out and speak with one of our knowledgeable Certified Cannabis Advisors.

Be safe and have fun!