To answer this question, we must know how your dog’s body processes CBD. Just like us, dog’s have what they call an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a group of cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body and are responsible for maintaining the natural balance in the body. The ECS is stimulated by endocannabinoids, which are produced internally. However, the ECS can also be stimulated by external cannabinoids, such as Cannabidiol (CBD). The system has two kinds of receptors: CB1 & CB2. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mostly in peripheral organs, especially immune cells.
The Endocannabinoid System has been found to exist in all vertebrates, including mammals. Animals, such as dogs, were specifically found to share almost 70% of biological homology with humans meaning that CBD can interact in a similar way in dogs than in humans. As a human, how long CBD stays in the system depends on how much CBD has been ingested into the body. Based on early data, here is what you can expect:
Single use: up to 3 days
Moderate use: 3 to 5 days
Repeated use: up to 10 days+
You can use these guidelines for your dog as well; however, one study in particular found that CBD binds to receptors in a dog’s endocannabinoid system for longer duration and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response. From this you can assume that CBD can stay in your dog’s body longer than the amount listed above and your dog can maintain the benefits of CBD even longer than we can!
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