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.

For more techniques and tips, take a look at our growing library of short videos on YouTube.


  -or- order CBD Made Simple for Pets, now available at Amazon.com


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


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.”


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.

CBD Truths


CBD comes from the Hemp plant. THC comes from Marijuana.

I see this statement on many mainstream media outlets and always find it quite disturbing because the average consumer is being misguided. Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant -specifically the plant known scientifically as Cannabis sativa L.


CBD is present in nearly all Cannabis plants.

Cannabidiol (commonly referred to as CBD) is present in some concentration in nearly all cannabis plants. If you smoked pot in your youth, you were likely getting some CBD. If you’re using cannabis products from a dispensary today, chances are there is anywhere from 1-2% CBD in the THC rich products you are selecting.

If you’re buying from a CBD outlet, be sure you are getting CBD from a cannabis plant that has been bred to produce CBD in high percentages (or what I refer to as non-industrial hemp derived CBD).

The Bio-availability Conundrum

I get many questions about water-soluble CBD products. This week a client sent me a 46-page piece about CBD and wanted to know my thoughts. Here is my short answer to a very complicated question.

The document was one of those –-if you want the answer, you’ll have to keep reading— type marketing pieces that I find personally insulting. Having been a marketing professional in technology for 30 years, I am always very turned off by this type of consumer marketing tactic. But I was asked, so I took a deep breath and read through it with an open mind, as I am ever hopeful that I will learn something new or of value.

I found many statements that were simply inaccurate, misconstrued (causing ever more confusion with consumers) and downright sensational. Of course, the purpose was to suck the reader into why they would want to purchase the particular product that was being offered by the author of the document.

The bottom line is that cannabinoids, including Cannabidiol (CBD) are naturally ‘fat’ soluble. They always have been, it’s how nature evolved. When the oil from the cannabis plant is extracted, the compounds are generally activated through a heating process known as decarboxylation which activates the cannabinoids from their natural acid state. It is these activated cannabinoids, when ingested, that bind to our endocannabinoid receptors.

Manufacturers that are offering water-soluble solutions, purporting that water based is best, are manipulating the CBD molecule to fit their model and the word bio-available is becoming a CBD industry buzzword. There is much discussion (and disagreement) around which type of CBD is better, but we don’t necessarily know if a water-soluble cannabinoid is good, better or bad. Not yet.

My personal philosophy is – First: Why mess with nature? If cannabinoids are naturally fat soluble, then the best way to use them is the way nature intended. I have personal concerns over what we don’t know about breaking down the molecule and making it water soluble. What is this actually doing on a cellular level to our system? I fear we won’t know the answer to this question for years. Second: The best product is the one that delivers the desired result for the individual using it.

So, as you jump into that cannabis S.E.A. (select-experiment-adjust), if you find that one product works better for you than another, you’re right. CBD is not a magic pill, nor is it a cure-all. But it can be a very effective remedy for many situations.

That is my two-cents. I hope anyone reading this post finds it helpful. Enjoy your journey!

Can CBD Damage Our Livers?

We’ve had lots of questions about the recent mainstream press regarding CBD and liver health. As we all know, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And sadly, research can be skewed (and sometimes is) to deliver the desired result.

We hold firmly that CBD when used properly can be a good addition to your healthful regime for achieving decreased pain, decreased inflammation, decreased anxiety and a multitude of other benefits for overall wellness for ourselves and our animals.

The Greek poet Hesiod (c.700 bc) is famous for stating: ‘observe due measure; moderation is best in all things’. Let’s keep this in mind when considering what is best for us individually.

There is a lot that can be said about the research and the article that appeared in Forbes, but below are two key points about this particular research to put it into perspective:

  1. The amount of CBD administered that caused the mice to die was 0.25% of their total body weight –about 600mg per kg of weight. We don’t know of any person taking doses at this level, nor would we ever recommend it.
  2. The CBD administered to the mice in the study was extracted using a hexane process (a dangerous compound that is a known neurotoxin). The CBD products we always recommend and offer use Co2 or alcohol extraction techniques and are fully tested for dangerous residuals.

To learn more, we refer you to ProjectCBD. This article written by Adrian Devitt-Lee is a very good perspective and he does a great job of really breaking it down in easy to understand language. Also, is a link to the research as published, so you can draw your own conclusions.

At the end of the day, CBD is a safe compound. Our bodies are the best judge of what works and what does not. If you are using CBD and achieving positive results, then you are on the right track.

Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions or concerns.


The One Minute Cannabist, Integrative Veterinary Care Announce Strategic Partnership Aimed at Elevating Awareness for Safe Cannabis Use in Pets

  • Alliance Aims to Bridge the Gap Between Veterinarians, Pet Parents and Cannabis Products

The One Minute Cannabist (OMC), a leading consumer-focused cannabis education center and Integrative Veterinary Care (IVC), a holistic veterinary practice, today announced a unique alliance to bridge the gap between the veterinarian, the pet parent and the multitude of CBD and cannabis products available.

The partnership will provide those seeking alternative approaches to their pet’s health with all-encompassing service options, including cannabis. OMC’s experienced team and programs will dovetail into Integrative Veterinary Care’s holistic approach to veterinary care providing new options and ideas, while further enhancing pet patient care.

Integrative Veterinary Care maintains the veterinarian patient-client relationship, provides veterinary medical services and recommends the use of cannabis compounds where appropriate. One Minute Cannabist’s certified cannabis specialists and CBD experts provide specific information about how cannabis works with the physiology of the animal, suggests products types, guides purchase options and provides best practice dosing strategies for maximum safety and effectiveness based on years of research and work with humans and pets.

“We are thrilled to partner with One Minute Cannabist in their mission to deliver accurate and easy to understand information about cannabis and its use for pets,” said Dr. Katie Kangas, DVM and owner of Integrative Veterinary Care. “In our practice, we focus on preventative health and supporting natural healing or wellness through many holistic options in combination with traditional veterinary medicine. Our clients are asking about cannabis and as our team continues to learn and we await the final rules from CVMB, we are confident in OMCs unique approach and are certain the pets we serve will benefit from our partnership.”

“We are constantly looking for ways to reach people who want to learn about cannabis. This partnership is perfect for pet parents wanting to try cannabinoid therapies, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Cannabis is a natural addition to Integrative Veterinary Care’s breadth of alternative therapies,” said Robbin Lynn, CCS and co-owner of One Minute Cannabist. “Together, as the regulations unfold, we expect to incorporate a range of new ideas, services and product offerings which will ultimately enhance the lives of pets and their humans, not just in San Diego county, but across the nation.”

The partnership comes at a time of growing acceptance of the cannabis plant across the nation both for humans and pets. On September 27, 2018, Governor Brown signed AB2215, which made it legal for veterinarians to discuss cannabinoid therapies with their patients. This is the first time in California since 1937 that veterinarians may discuss cannabis without fear of having their licenses suspended or revoked. It is anticipated that it will be a full year before the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB) develops the guidelines under which veterinarians may operate with respect to cannabis. This leaves those seeking guidance with few options as many veterinarians will first need to become educated on the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid therapies, products and best practices for use.

Integrative Veterinary Care is hosting an open house and pet fair on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at their new brand office located at 11189 Sorrento Valley Rd #105, San Diego, CA 92121. The public is encouraged to visit from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and learn more.

Clients of Integrative Veterinary Care may schedule a private cannabis pet consultation with a certified cannabis specialist from One Minute Cannabist at the IVC office in Sorrento Valley, the OMC office in Oceanside or by on-line video conference/phone. One Minute Cannabist also offers a Cannabis for Pets Workshop. Interested pet parents may sign up at oneminutecannabist.com or call 760-760-2020 for more information.

About One Minute Cannabist

One Minute Cannabist Education Center bridges the gap between the person who wants to try cannabis and the dispensary. Founded by Terry and Robbin Lynn, industry veterans and Certified Cannabis Specialists, they specialize in helping people understand and navigate all the latest methods for realizing the maximum benefits the cannabis plant offers. The pair realizes that the lines of medicinal and recreational cannabis use have been greatly blurred over the last two decades and that people are confused and often scared. They’ve made it their mission to change the perception of those who choose to use cannabis, help people understand and move past the negative societal stigma, and elevate the people and the industry through educational workshops, conferences and private consultations.

For more information, please visit oneminutecannabist.com

About Integrative Veterinary Care

Integrative Veterinary Care was founded by Dr. Katie Kangas, DVM with the vision to provide a positive environment where pets and their people could receive the care, support and education to promote a higher quality of life for all. IVC focuses on preventative health and natural healing or wellness through many holistic options, which can effectively complement conventional veterinary medicine. The team at IVC provides services such as nutrition therapy, functional medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, cancer support, immune disease and allergy conditions, massage therapy, ozone therapy, essential oil therapy, energy healing and more.

For more information, please visit intvetcare.com