3 Reasons Why CBD Oil Is Good For Your Pets
The CBD industry has grown immensely, and that’s a fact that nobody can deny. There is probably no person left on the face of the Earth that hasn’t heard about this product at least once.
It seems that everywhere you go, people are talking about Cannabidiol and its magnificent effects. Its popularity has grown thanks to its quality.
It’s true that people are talking about this product and its effects, but there is something a bit more important right now that I need to share with you. I have the gift of understanding the language animals, and they too seem to be fascinated with CBD. Every time they meow, bark, neigh or produce any sound whatsoever, the words “I love Cannabidiol” come out.
Okay, okay, you got me there. I don’t really have a gift of understanding the language of animals, but as a pet owner myself, I do have a pretty good understanding of their body language. When they start using CBD oil, they appear to be happier, more energized and healthier in general. That’s enough for me to figure out that they like this product as much as us humans.
If you still aren’t informed enough about this product, I suggest you try this site and get all the useful information you need in order to understand what CBD is and how it works. The task that I have given myself for today is to show you why this oil is actually good for your pet and what it is that you can expect from it. It’s time to learn the truth about Cannabidiol.
It Makes Animals Happy
When someone tells you that a cannabis-based product can make your animal happy, you instantly start thinking that it has something to do with marijuana and its psychoactive effects. That’s definitely not the case here, since CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp. I am assuming that you already know the difference between hemp and marijuana.
The way it makes animals happy is by reducing their symptoms that come with certain health conditions. It helps manage pain, reduce seizures, alleviate inflammation, treat anxiety and even fight cancer. When you have a perfectly healthy animal, it is bound to be happy.
Even perfectly healthy animals can benefit from CBD oil and become even happier. This is because this product is responsible for achieving homeostasis and getting their bodies in a state of the perfect balance. CBD oil can be used as a dietary supplement for healthy cats, dogs, horses, and other pets in order to keep them happy.
It Energizes Them
Almost all dogs are highly energetic. Cats probably not so much, but they do have a healthy dose of energy driving them. When it comes to other animals, each and every one of them has a certain amount of energy that is regarded as normal, depending on the breed. As the owner, you can sometimes notice that those “normal” levels are starting to drop.
This lack of energy can be a sign of an underlying medical condition, or it might be a temporary issue. In any case, it is a sign that the homeostatic balance has been disrupted. Luckily, there is a way to bring the balance back. CBD oil will help get your pet back on track and as energized as it was before.
We are sometimes annoyed with their enormous levels of energy, but we immediately start worrying when those levels drop. That’s why CBD is a great option. It leaves no room for worrying about your pet’s energy. Of course, it leaves room for getting annoyed if their energy is through the roof, but that is much better than seeing them tired and exhausted.
It Keeps Them In Good Shape
Let’s get one thing straight. When I say that it keeps them in good shape, I’m not saying that it helps them lose weight. In fact, most owners are generally more concerned when their cat or dog starts losing weight excessively and without an obvious reason. Usually, that is a reason for concern and it is always a sign that something is troubling them.
It is important to check whether your animal’s eating habits have changed when it starts losing weight like this. If they aren’t eating the way they used to, you need to do something to increase their appetite. Once again, the homeostatic balance has been disrupted and it is your responsibility to restore it successfully.
CBD oil is perfect for resolving this issue, because it can significantly increase your pet’s appetite. That means that your animal will be in great shape and it won’t lose weight when there is no need for it. Its eating habits will go back to normal and you will have a perfectly healthy and good looking little friend.
CBD and Your Pup: What To Know And What To Ask Of Your CBD Brand
Using CBD for its health benefits is one of the most energized wellness trends happening today. This is thanks to more robust recent scientific research, better knowledge, and changing laws that have facilitated CBD’s wellness potential. Of course, pet lovers want to be able to share with their dogs the same benefits CBD provides people – particularly joint pain relief, stress reduction, and its calming effect. As leading CBD pet wellness company Prospect Farms’ CEO Brad Tipper simply sums up, “Because our pets comfort us, we want to comfort them.”
But Tipper is the first to admit that there is a lot of confusion around CBD, and that not all CBD products are created equal. Educating ourselves to a few key aspects of CBD can ensure that we give the safest, most effective CBD support to our canine companions. “These are the questions you should be asking,” says Tipper. “Is the CBD pet product Full Spectrum or not? Is it made naturally with good ingredients? Is the CBD carefully sourced and processed? Does it include terpenes that promote greater physiological benefits?” But, before we get ahead of ourselves with terpenes, let’s break down the basics of CBD and its wellness applications for our pets with a few important questions you should be asking of your CBD brand.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in Cannabis Sativa L. (the botanical name for cannabis and hemp). Most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.
How does CBD work?
Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
Will CBD get my dog high?
In short – no. CBD will not get your dog high. THC is the cannabinoid perhaps best known for its psychoactive effects, primarily when consumed via recreational or medicinal marijuana. Full Spectrum CBD (CBD-rich Hemp Oil) does contain trace amounts of the cannabinoid THC because it uses the whole hemp plant – less than 0.3% THC.
How can CBD help my pup?
Different CBD products for pets promote different physiological benefits that tend to fall into two main categories: physical (i.e. inflammation management) and emotional (i.e. stress management).
According to the American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, “CBD is used for dogs because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits.” (SOURCE: American Kennel Club, “CBD Oil for Dogs, What You Need To Know”)
Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences conducted a study on using CBD to treat epilepsy in dogs and help control seizures. (SOURCE: https://cvmbs.source.colostate.edu/results-from-cbd-clinical-trial-to-assess-efficacy-on-seizure-frequency-in-dogs-encouraging/)
How much should my dog take?
A good starting point is 5 mg of CBD for every 25 lbs of your dog’s body weight. Products should always tell you how many mg of CBD there are per dropper.
Is it possible for my dog to take too much CBD?
In short, no. Studies on the safety and side effects of continuous CBD use found that even in high doses, it is well tolerated by humans and dogs.
2011 review conducted at Department of Clinical, Toxicological and Food Sciences Analysis, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22129319/
Now that we have an understanding of the basics, let’s go a little deeper into the questions that Prospect Farms’ Brad Tipper says we should be asking:
Is the CBD pet product Full Spectrum or not?
First, it’s important to understand what Full Spectrum means. Check the labels on CBD pet products and you should see one of the three types of CBD: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or Isolate. Neither Broad Spectrum nor Isolate have all the positive attributes of Full Spectrum. If a product is labeled as CBD Isolate, it only contains cannabidiol (or CBD) molecules, just one of the many beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. If it is labeled Broad Spectrum, it includes major cannabinoids like CBD but no secondary beneficial compounds like terpenes. Only Full Spectrum products contain all of the beneficial compounds like cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found naturally in hemp plants. And it is the way these ingredients work together that produces the greatest results for your pet.
Full Spectrum hemp preserves as many beneficial compounds as possible during the extraction process, resulting in a phenomenon called the entourage effect. Research shows that CBD amplifies within the body when other cannabinoids are present. And CBD is actually most effective when paired with terpenes because of the added physiological benefits.
Is it made naturally with good ingredients?
Ingredient quality can actually range dramatically in different companies’ CBD pet products – and high quality ingredients make a big difference. After all, nearly 95% of the product is made with ingredients other than CBD! First off, make sure that the CBD oil is free of cheap fillers and contaminants. Only buy products from companies that provide a full ingredient list, and even better, companies that tell you why each and every ingredient is included in the product.
If it is a tincture product, what carrier oil does the CBD pet tincture use?
It is important to identify what type of carrier oil is being used in the CBD pet tincture. Hemp seed oil and MCT oil have been understood to be low cost fillers that, while not harmful, provide minimal to no secondary benefits respectively. Safflower oil, while more expensive, is regarded as one of the best carrier oils. It is high in Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties, promote a healthy metabolism, support the immune system, and help maintain your dog’s healthy coat.
Is the CBD carefully sourced and processed?
It is possible for CBD products to contain actionable levels of heavy metals like arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, and even pesticides. Sometimes the makers of a CBD product don’t even know what’s in their product because they get the CBD from third party suppliers.
Look for single source CBD listed on the product label. When the CBD all comes from one place, then the makers of the product can have more knowledge and confidence in the purity of the CBD. And even better yet, CBD pet product companies that grow and cultivate the hemp themselves – can have every batch tested at various stages to demonstrate the purity of the product.
Are third-party lab reports available for the CBD product?
It is important to buy CBD products from companies that not only test their products but can also provide independent, third-party lab reports for each product. Lab reports may sound complicated at first, but they are not hard to learn to read. A Certificate of Analysis (Lab reports that certify what’s included in your product) will shed light on different tests that can be run to show what is in, and more specifically what is not in your CBD wellness product. The most common is “Cannabinoid Concentration” which breaks down the content of each cannabinoid based on its weight and will show the ratio of CBD:THC. Less commonly shared with customers are analyses such as Heavy Metal, Pesticide, and Bacterial which will show contaminants that should not be in the CBD product. Brad Tipper added, “At Prospect Farms, we believe a truly clean product should have non-detectable results which is why we test our products upwards of 14 times from flower to extract to finished product to provide our customers with true transparency. We ensure your product is free from mycotoxins, heavy metals, microbiological contaminants, bacterial contaminants, pesticides, and residual solvents (volatile organic compounds) which should all have non-detectable results. With this level of testing and transparency, we aspire to elevate the CBD pet industry standards by providing true transparency into our supply chain from farming to extraction and formulations to manufacturing. This is the only way to ensure that what you are giving your pup is pure!”
Does it include terpenes that enhance the physiological benefits?
Okay, it may sound like we are getting super scientific talking about “terpenes,” but you can read a lab report, right? And terpenes are definitely worth knowing about.
So, what are terpenes anyway?
Put simply, terpenes are organic compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and plants. These naturally occurring oils give flora their unique scents and have been used for centuries for their medicinal benefits. In CBD pet products, terpene blends can promote specific physiological benefits for your dog, and improve the efficacy of the product. Terpenes can reduce stress, encourage calm, and help manage pain and inflammation, among many other benefits.
There are over 100 different types of terpenes in the hemp plant alone that promote effects ranging from aiding mobility to calming and stress-reducing. By including different blends of terpenes in your pup’s CBD products, the makers can target different physiological issues. Check the labels of the CBD pet products – the best will indicate what they are designed for. For example, one formula might be meant to reduce stress and increase calm, another might be anti-inflammatory for joint pain relief and better mobility.
Armed with this background knowledge and these simple but important questions from Prospect Farms’ Brad Tipper, you should now be able to confidently find the best CBD pet products for your pup. Just remember to look for companies that value transparency. There are a lot of vague labels out there, and the best way to know what is in your dog’s CBD product is to see a comprehensive ingredient list and lab report. Any company that’s happy to provide you with all that information is one you can trust with your dog’s health and comfort.