CBD and How It Feels and Acts In Your System

CBD – How It Feels – What It Actually Does

Want me to nut shell it? Summarize to ONE word?


CBD Can give some people a “whatever” disposition. It’s okay in dogs.

You’re adding this word to the lexicon of any animal or person that gets CBD (cannabidiol) in sufficient quantities.

Sometimes that’s PERFECT –  other times not-so-much.

It doesn’t affect a dog’s engagement in ‘happy’ stuff. Who says “Whatever” to fun?

But stuff that used to cause anxiety – –  “Whatever

CBD stands for “Can’t Be Disturbed” it basically inserts the term “whatever” after most of the things that would otherwise frighten or annoy a dog or cat.

“I’m not doing this with you right now“ 
Irritability is short-lived and you’re quick to give up on things that make you mad.

“Whatever.” This term moves into the lexicon of the person or animal taking CBD with consistency and at a sufficient dose. For better or worse, a dog might get a lot less angry about other dogs when it is being walked. A cat, might take less notice of another cat or its behavior in the household.

Paradoxically, that attitude is not taken towards things that a person or animal might enjoy. In fact, their ability to be in the moment when doing something they enjoy seems intensified.

“CBD helped me cope with a great loss.”
It’s very hard to hold something in your mind. You become “forgetful“ of the things that annoy you. It’s not that you don’t think about them, it’s just that you don’t dwell on them. In fact, unless it’s something you really like, it’s hard to dwell on anything. This can be a drawback for people who make a living as large problem-solvers.

CBD can reduce the sense of urgency that you feel from moment to moment. This would *NOT* be a good compound for world leaders to be taking as they try to work out important matters that require passion, effort, surrounding potentially hostile issues. No problems would be solved, they would simply shrug their shoulders and say “Whatever.”

CBD might also be a poor choice for someone with a tendency to procrastinate. Or if you are already overwhelmed by situations in your life, it will be difficult to fixate on those issues and then have the passion to situate them.

CBD oil does not make you calm. It does not have a calming affect. You don’t take CBD and then become calm. When mixtures of THC and CBD are available, we will start to see some of the greater benefits of cannabinoid therapy.

“I Sleep Better”
CBD is much less likely to make you sleepy, then it is to keep you from holding onto things that would otherwise keep you from falling asleep. If that makes any sense.

CBD is not a “you take it – you feel it” compound like THC containing oil’s are.

For people, and speaking for myself, and perhaps based on the dosage that I was taking, I think there may be better ways to control inflammatory processes like arthritis. The anti-inflammatory process is gradual and cumulative. Stay on it, and the CBD will gradually decrease the arthritis pain until it’s very minimal. 30 days or so for me.

There is no doubt in my mind that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties as I saw consequential improvements in a stress related skin and bowel disorder that has been with me for quite a few years.  TMI right?

Dogs and cats don’t have first-world “problems” to fix so in my opinion CBD is perfect for them.

I, on the other hand, will be discontinuing my CBD, because I do have real problems, and I need to have the passion to fixate on them long enough to fix them. I will miss the anti-anxiety effects and improved “being in the moment” benefits.





Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.