Many customers who are thinking about giving CBD to their beloved dog or cat often turn to us with questions about the safety and benefits associated with doing so. For this reason, we decided to create an article that answers common questions about giving CBD to your pet dog or cat.
Because CBD is still new and not regulated as heavily as most supplements, customers have concerns with giving their dog or cat something they’re unsure of. Some CBD retailers have been known to sell CBD products which are not pure isolate and that contain adulterated products. It’s important to be cautious while shopping for any type of health supplement, even CBD. We encourage all CBD users or prospective users to do their research on retailers before buying and always check for a certificate of analysis. A certificate of analysis is going to tell you exactly what the ingredients are in a CBD product and is a great way to validate the authenticity of an all-natural CBD isolate or full spectrum extract.
After reading this article, you should feel educated enough to give your pet CBD with confidence knowing that it is safe and that it can provide a lot of health benefits for your furry four legged friend.
What is CBD (AKA Cannabidiol)?
First, it’s important to understand what CBD is. CBD is found in the Hemp plant and it does not produce any type of hallucinogenic effects like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD which is short for Cannabidiol is one of the most common types of cannabinoids found in Marijuana. There are over 100 different types of cannabinoids and each of them provide unique medical benefits. For example, some cannabinoids like CBC are known to produce anti-tumor effects in cancer while other are known to help as a sleep aid such as CBN. Cannabinoids are produced naturally by humans and CB1 receptors play a role in mediating the effects of Cannabinoids in our body which are directly related to our immune function.
It’s important to know that dogs, just like human’s product cannabinoids via their endocannabinoid system. Pets have central nervous systems that contain CB1 cannabinoid receptors that mediate the effects of Anandamide and 2-AG in cats and dogs. These cannabinoids are involved with the functions of a dog’s immune system primarily.
Is Full Spectrum CBD Ok For My Dog Too?
Full spectrum extracts are going to contain all of the cannabinoids that the marijuana plant including THC in very small amounts (usually less than .3%). THC is not good for dogs and we recommend sticking to a CBD isolate instead of a full spectrum extract when using CBD for your dog or cat. Even though 3.% THC is not enough to harm a dog or cat, it’s still not advised because THC is not good for dogs or cats. With a CBD isolate product, you only get CBD which is perfectly safe for dogs. Some full spectrum extracts are THC free but most dog treats with CBD use isolates instead of full spectrum. [Insert chart of different cannabinoids and their health benefits]
Our CBD dog treats are free of THC and use only a pure CBD isolate so you don’t need to be concerned with your dog ingesting any THC. Our dog treats are tested for quality and are accompanied by a certificate of analysis which can be found in the lab report section of our website.
What Can it Do For My Dog?
CBD provide many health benefits for dogs and there are no harmful side effects even when pets take CBD in large quantities. Simply put – your dog or cat cannot overdose on CBD but you still should not try to overload your dog or cat on any supplements because it could result in weight gain if they eat too many treats (this can happen with any type of treats). Following the recommended dosage amount on the label of the CBD product for pets is usually the best way to go to get the most out of your CBD dog treats.
As a herbal extract, it is all natural and provides many great benefits for dogs that suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia and cartilage degeneration. Our customers who have senior citizen dogs and cats are constantly explaining how CBD has rejuvenated their dog and has greatly reduced their arthritis pain. Some dogs are able to become mobile again after taking CBD because it works as a great anti-inflammatory.
In addition to helping elderly dogs and cats with joint pain, CBD is also very effective in easing anxiety in dogs. Especially during thunderstorms, lightning storms, holidays that involve fireworks or any type of situation that can cause your dog to suffer from anxiety or stress. When a dog is showing signs of elevated stress or anxiety, you should give him/her some CBD dog treats and within an hour you should notice that your dog is starting to calm down. Some pet owners even tell us that their dog made a complete transformation with respect to how they are able to cope with fireworks and thunder storms. Even Jeffrey Powers who happens to be the vice chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, gives credit to CBD for easing his dog’s distress. He first started giving his St Bernard Ella CBD when he noticed that during thunder storms his dog was suffering from severe anxiety like a lot of dogs do. CBD has since then helped Ella obtain calmness during storms and Ella couldn’t be happier.
There are many other benefits that are being researched when it comes to CBD for pets. As time goes on, more and more articles about scientific research on CBD are being released and we are always on the look out for this type of information so that we can share it with our customers. Be on the look out for more news updates regarding CBD for pets and follow us on Social Media to stay up to date with our products and company news.