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CBD Oil - best way to give for maximum absorption?
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12 November 2022 - 5:30 am
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I’ve read and listened to contradicting information on the best way to use CBD Oil for maximum absorption for humans and pets. 

Apparently swallowing or placing in food results in gastric acids destroying most of it. Which also means dosing is wrong.

Now I have access to a decent CBD Oil I’m rubbing a couple of drops onto the hairless skin inside of my tripawd Trixie’s ears at night.

Is this more effective or can I simply put the drops into the evening meal?

I have other dogs and a cat that would really be helped by the claimed benefits of CBD oil as well as myself and family members so getting maximum absorption is key.

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12 November 2022 - 11:18 am
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Hi Carolina!

That’s a great topic for my next Cannabis Corner post. Meanwhile, what I can tell you is this; cannabis oil is best absorbed and lasts longest in the system when given with a fat. When taken with a bit of peanut butter or something yummy and fatty, it’s most effective. Sublingual is the best but the problem is that many people contaminate the dropper by doing so, which ruins the oil over time. Rubbing in the ears is probably the third most effective, but I can’t be certain. I’ll look into this to put in my post.

Can I ask what kind of oil you are getting? I love looking at products so I know what’s out there. 

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13 November 2022 - 6:45 am
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Thanks for the info Jerry, I look forward to your next post.

I gave the bottle to my mother after I extracted some for my household. So I can’t read the label until my new bottle arrives. I recall it’s 30% strength and produced in Uruguay by a company that several folks here respect for quality.

The contamination of my dropper is always going to be an issue. For example a cat or dog nudges me or I sneeze (yep I have many pets and allergies!). So I transfer from the main bottle enough to fill a small dropper bottle. That way the main source bottle is never contaminated and can be stored correctly at all times maintaining its quality far longer.

Can drops be placed in a small square of soft cheese? This is how I sneak pills to my dogs…make a small hole in cheese and insert the offending item!

My cats however are not so daft as to fall for that! 

However I do use a vitamin sticky paste that I dab on my cats when they least suspect it. They’re so appalled at this that they lick the offensive paste clean off! Job done!

However, I’m not really sure how to mix the right dose into a paste and insert into a squeeze tube for cats. Maybe I make a pre-made mix with honey, the vitamin paste and CBD Oil then insert into a small syringe? Minus the needle of course, the syringe can be used to dab 1 or 2 ml on the cat to lick off and then the syringe is capped. After a few days the syringe is replaced with a new one (they’re relatively cheap). However making sure I thoroughly mix the CBD oil in will be a challenge. I’d really like my new rescue cat Cindy to get CBD oil for both health and calmative reasons, hence my preoccupation.

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14 November 2022 - 11:17 am
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Hi Carolina!

I think the contamination issue isn’t as bad as you might think. Transferring into a small bottle is super smart! Should be just fine.

Yeah I think the soft cheese idea is perfect too. Great idea. As for the cats, that sounds like a lot of work to mix the paste and honey, etc. I’m thinking a transdermal application gently rubbed into the ears might be easiest for everyone?

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14 November 2022 - 12:28 pm
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Hi Jerry, a good trick when you have kids and pets, etc is to transfer a portion of important/expensive tinctures into smaller bottles because they tend to get knocked and messed with, and it’s easier to store the main bottle safely and correctly.

To regularly rub CBD Oil on my cats in an area where they do not have hair is somewhat of a miracle. They can smell and see it coming a mile away! The vitamin spread I dab on my cat Cindy, which forces her to lick herself clean and ingest it, is always by stealth and even with only one eye, she’s a deft escapee and way ahead of me! So cats are an interesting puzzle, especially if giving them something on a long term daily basis.

I want to give my cat Cindy a drop of CBD oil daily but there’s not much point if her hair gets in the way of it reaching her skin. I might have to try transferring a smaller amount of CBD oil into a smaller dropper bottle. Then when she is off guard and sleepy I can try putting the pipette against her skin and under her hair to apply – like we do with flea/tick pipette’s. Then I’d need to clean the dropper before returning it to the bottle if it was to be used more than a few days.

Cindy will be my test case for the rest of the feline gangsmiley3

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14 November 2022 - 10:28 pm
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You need to put together a list of tips and tricks for medication giving, those ideas are things I have never thought of but make so much sense.

I have these little refillable plastic squeeze bottles I use for my jewelry work. I put liquid in them and it comes out with a gentle squeeze through a thin but not sharp needle. I would think it would be pretty hard for a cat to smell it in that container. I wonder if something like that might work for cats.

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15 November 2022 - 6:03 am
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I’d like to get my blog going and then I can add/create mini-articles that might be useful for Tripawds and fun for me to do. I learn a lot when I add comments because some things we do unconsciously and we also forget our trials and errors that maybe worth sharing. 

However I found that the WordPress blog site requires I have to be a paid subscriber to upload video clips. This poses a dilemma for me as I do not approve of their ruthless and random censorship “policy” at all. I made an initial blog for Trixie so you and Dr Pam could help advise me and then still had to revert to using my website (which has nothing to do with Tripawds so was only a good emergency option). That worked brilliantly and helped me with Trixie immensely.

Any suggestions for an alternative free (or v. cheap) platform that allows blogs with video clips?

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15 November 2022 - 10:52 am
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Hi Carolina! We would love some posts like that! You have many great ideas!

So yes, Video clips take up tons of storage space on a server (and cost Tripawds $$ as a result). Our free blogs can only hold so much data so that if people are able to help us cover the costs of additional storage, they can upload more video and photos to their blog. But we understand some folks aren’t able to subscribe and that’s OK.

The workaround for video on free blogs is to get a YouTube channel going, upload your videos there, and then come back to your blog and paste the video (“share”) URL into your posts. It’s the same concept for photos: upload to a photo sharing site like imgur.com, and paste them into your blog. If you have any questions just holler in our Technical Support topic!

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15 November 2022 - 12:55 pm
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Oh that’s interesting, best you message me. I didn’t know I could subscribe to something Tripawds run to have a blog with video clips etc. I’m happy to pay a small fee.sp_hearticon2

I just don’t want to give wordpressblog a pennysmiley2

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15 November 2022 - 2:19 pm
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carolina said
I didn’t know I could subscribe to something Tripawds run to have a blog…

smiley16 We’re currently overhauling our Supporter Blog platform, you can start with a free blog anytime. Use this link for now.

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