Dogs and CBD
Pet owners all over the world are constantly looking for new ways to better help their pets. In today’s age, more and more people are treating their pets like their own children.
When it comes to the quality of life, people are doing whatever it takes to ensure their pet has the best and most comfortable life possible. One of those new trends is CBD oil for pets.
There is a ton of information everywhere about the uses of CBD in pets. Of course, everyone wants to know: is it safe, the concerns, and what is it made out of. All of which are very valid questions.
Another good question is: How do I know I am purchasing the right product for my pet?
There is a huge variety of companies out there that sell CBD products. Many that will sell you something you think you need but isn’t really what you are buying. You always want to look for the term – “full-spectrum” and make sure there is little to no THC in your product.
Always read the fine print.
Cannabidiol(CBD) is a chemical found in cannabis. It is not the same as tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), it does not create a ‘high’. There is not a lot of research on CBD yet, but research suggests that CBD can help with things like anxiety, pain, cancer, seizers and more.
CBD is a natural option to help treat these in pets and humans. A vast majority of CBD is derived from hemp which has 0.3% THC, not marijuana.
Currently, the F.D.A. is developing regulations for marketing CBD products. They have already begun sending out warning letters to companies for making claims about therapeutic uses and treatment of disease in humans or pets, or marketing CBD products as dietary supplements.
As a company is it important to not make claims like these for products that are not yet approved by the FDA. People are urged to look for a certificate of analysis from third-party testers to ensure they are getting what they paid for. A critical part of the future of this industry is testing and labeling.
This is essential because we want to make sure the products have the proper CBD levels, do not have pesticides or metals, and do not have high levels of THC. THC at high levels is toxic to dogs.
There have been very few health incidences with CDB and zero deaths to date. Researchers are slowly making progress on the safety and efficiency of CBD.
WHY USE CBD FOR DOGS?
Uses for CBD
Though there is little scientific evidence yet, pet owners are raving about the benefits of using CBD on their pets. Stating that CBD oil is helping pets with pain, controlling seizures, anxiety, arthritis, and even possible cancer benefits.
Like humans, animals have an endocannabinoid system that allows the active ingredients in hemp to help release many symptoms.
CBD oil or CBD dog treats are available to treat several conditions ranging from something temporary to chronic, including:
• Anxiety and Stress
• Moderate to Severe Pain
• Chronic Inflammation
• Arthritis and Joint Pain
• Epileptic Seizures
• Digestion Problems
• Cancer Symptoms
CBD PRODUCTS IN THE MARKET
CBD is not yet regulated so it is important to pay attention to these key factors while shopping for CBD products for your pets:
• Quality – cheap is not always best, a quality product will not be cheap; certificate of analysis on the product; how it’s processed; full-spectrum; 0.3% or lower THC level
• Certificate of Analysis – should be visible on the product if coming from a quality business, results of the independent testing
• How It Is Processed – supercriticalCO2 extraction used to draw out the plants compounds
• Independent Testing – ensures the consumer gets what they are paying for, good companies do not mind having outside sources verify what is inside the products for them
• Full Spectrum – a full range of cannabinoids found in hemp; triggers the ‘entourage effect’
• THC Level – Should be made with hemp, therefore should always fall before 0.3%
Third Party Testing
Full Spectrum CBD Processing
A method called superficial CO2 extraction is how they draw the compounds needed out of dried hemp plant matter. Resulting in fill-spectrum oil they contains all the cannabinoids hemp has to offer. Here are some compounds you can expect to find in full-spectrum products:
- Cannabinoil (CBD)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarian (THCV)
The Entourage Effect
Entourage effect is a synergistic effect. When all the compounds in cannabis work together the produce a better effect than they would alone.
Independent Testing & Certificate of Analysis
Independent testing ensures the customers are getting exactly what they purchase. Many companies make claims that their product has .03% THC, when testing revealed that they have too little or too much.
Testing also ensures that the product is exactly what they say it is and is within legal limits. Always make sure your getting your moneys worth. The better products true will cost more usually.
As a general rule, it is typically recommended 1-5 cc per 10 pounds of the dogs body weight.