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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