ABOUT CANNA COMPANION – CANNABIS FOR PETS
Canna Companion is the result of nearly 20 years of research into the endocannabinoid system. By applying the scientific principles of veterinary medicine and pharmacology, combined with multidisciplinary research and our own testing and informal clinical trials, we developed and refined Canna Companion to where it can be a part of your dog and cat’s holistic care.
WHAT’S INSIDE CANNA COMPANION?
Canna Companion is a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains, frequently referred to as hemp, designed to enhance the benefits of the Cannabis plant while negating the ‘high-inducing’ capacity of THC.
NO CORN – NO WHEAT – NO SUGAR – NON-GMO – NO SOY – CRUELTY FREE
Canna Companion products contain a combination of phytocannabinoids, the main group of compounds in hemp; terpenes, which help to modulate phytocannabinoids; and flavonoids, which are found in a wide variety of foods we and our pets eat.
All of these ingredients are naturally found in the cannabis hemp plant and complements a holistic approach to your pet’s health care regimen.
NATURAL PESTICIDE FREE HEMP – VETERINARIAN DEVELOPED – VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDED
Produced by Washington State licensed veterinarians, Canna Companion is made from all parts of the hemp plant so your pets endocannabinoid system is optimally supported.
Animals, like humans, can benefit from the use of cannabis, which may help improve your pet’s quality of life. Cannabis is a beneficial supplement option for many individuals and comes in two main types: marijuana and hemp. While marijuana can be wonderful for humans, it’s not ideal for pets.
Marijuana causes the feeling of euphoria because it contains higher concentrations of the psychotropic compound, THC. While the effects promote relaxation for many individuals, the same is not always true for animals. Marijuana products can lead to negative effects for pets, including the following:
- Low blood pressure
- Inability to walk straight
- Extreme lethargy or excessive pacing
While overdoses are rare, they do occur far more frequently with marijuana than with hemp due to the higher concentrations of cannabinoids. Our hemp supplements are designed to give your companion animal the benefits of cannabis while minimizing the negative side effects commonly associated with marijuana.
Hemp is Better for Pets
Even though hemp is not marijuana, the phytocannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid profiles in hemp work perfectly for pets. Due in part to their small body size, dogs and cats can take advantage of small amounts of CBD, THC and other naturally-occurring, non-psychotropic cannabinoids found in hemp. They can thus utilize the full value of one of the most beneficial plants on Earth while avoiding the feeling of being high. Even in small concentrations, these compounds help maintain animals’ healthy digestive tracts while also aiding a normally functioning immune systems and encouraging natural immune responses to external stimuli.
Hemp Supplements Use More of the Plant
When the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenoids from the cannabis plant, known as “whole plant,” are used, as opposed to a single-compound only product, an increase in health benefits and a decrease in adverse effects are observed. Many cannabis products do not offer animals the desired and most efficacious results of the “entourage effect” our hemp supplement provides. The entourage effect results when the entire cannabis plant’s major phytocannabinoids, like CBD & THC, as well as components present at the time of harvesting, are permitted to work synergistically with each other, as nature intended. Instead of focusing on one small portion of the plant, your pet can benefit from a whole plant product like Canna Companion. Our products rely on a unique, balanced approach to cannabinoid ratios and terpenoid combinations, allowing for low average CBD mg/product. What this means for your pet is a better supplement delivered in small quantities specifically designed to support the endocannabinoid system’s health benefits while greatly limiting adverse effects.
Clear Administration Guidelines, Every Time
Cannabis administration is largely unregulated and unmeasured. Many products bought in dispensaries don’t even tell you the exact amounts of THC/CBD in each serving size, making it impossible to determine how much of the beneficial substance you’re ingesting. Since pets are far more sensitive to cannabis, knowing precisely how much you’re giving your pet is incredibly important when determining their supplement schedule so you can avoid instances of accidental overdose. Our licensed veterinarians developed Canna Companion products via a method called bracketing dosing. Thousands of patient responses were analyzed relative to multiple design parameters, until distinct patterns were observed. Those patterns corresponded largely to weight ranges, which determined our capsule line and hemp oil product administration recommendations. Our products are created with your pets’ specific needs in mind. That’s why many veterinarians and pet parents around the country administer Canna Companion.
Hemp Has All the Benefits and None of the Risk
While marijuana is not overtly poisonous to most pets, it’s not uncommon for animals to overdose on high concentrations of CBD and THC found in medical and recreational marijuana products. Since it’s still a member of the cannabis family, the hemp plant has many of the benefits of marijuana without the risk of your pet feeling high or stoned.
Hemp is Legal
Medical marijuana is legal in most states, it’s important to remember that regardless of its health benefits, possession is illegal in much of the country––even for use as a pet supplement. Hemp, on the other hand, is completely legal to possess in the entire country, and our supplements are no different. Canna Companion is classified as a dosage form animal health product and does not have high concentrations of phytocannabinoids (naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in plants, like cannabidiol or CBD).
Hemp is a wonderful way to introduce the benefits of cannabis to your pet. Rather than using a medical or recreational marijuana product, our hemp supplements are developed by veterinarians, removing the guesswork for you and your pets’ doctors. Ultimately, the cannabis plant is beneficial and using it can only help support your pet’s overall health and wellbeing.
Canines & Cannabis
An in-depth review of supplemental CBD for your fur babies
Next to humans, dogs and cats are the most popular recipients of legal cannabis products. Pet owners claim the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) is helpful for a range of conditions, including the reduction of anxiety-type symptoms, regulated and prolonged sleep, increased appetite, fewer symptoms of arthritis, and even faster healing from injury. It’s important to clarify that cannabis and its constituents, including CBD, have no accepted or approved medical value from the FDA, and it can’t be recommended by veterinarians. Hesitation among medical professionals is mostly due to a lack of empirical research, although CBD is non-toxic for pets, that doesn’t necessarily mean “safe,” especially when considering the toxicity of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in pets.
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A groundbreaking new study from Cornell University conducted this year examined the effects of CBD on osteoarthritic dogs. The study was a randomized, placebo-controlled, owner and veterinarian double-blind, cross-over trial, wherein dogs received each of two treatments in random order: CBD, 2 mg/kg every 12 hours, or placebo every 12 hours. Each treatment was administered for 4 weeks with a 2-week washout period in between treatments. Blood was collected to repeat complete blood counts and chemistry analysis at weeks 2 and 4 for each treatment. At each visit, the dog was evaluated by a veterinarian based on a scoring system, as well as by its owner (canine brief pain inventory [CBPI]). One limitation of this study is that only sixteen dogs completed the trial and were included in the analyses. Nevertheless, the trial results state that “…canine brief pain inventory and Hudson activity scores showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity with CBD oil. Veterinary assessment showed decreased pain during CBD treatment. No side effects were reported by owners, however, serum chemistry showed an increase in alkaline phosphatase during CBD treatment.” The study concluded that “this pharmacokinetic and clinical study suggests that 2 mg/kg of CBD twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with OA (osteoarthritis).”
While one study on sixteen dogs is highly inconclusive, the results are promising enough to anticipate further research. Most earlier research on cannabis examined the toxicity of high doses of THC to concern pet owners with the potential dangers of accidentally letting your pet consume THC-laced treats. The study from Cornell University is the first of its kind researching some of the positive effects of CBD for pets. An important point is dosage: researchers used 2mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight, considering the weight of your pet is very important in accurately dosing CBD.
THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, is actually toxic for pets, unlike for humans, and it’s generally advisable not to give any THC to your pet at all. The research from Cornell was conducted with industrial hemp based CBD, which has only insignificant trace amounts of THC. Research has found that adding a fat to the oral administration of CBD for pets better facilitates absorption and efficacy, since cannabinoids are fat-soluble compounds.
The market has catered to the rising popularity of CBD supplements for pets, with CBD infused treats and tincture sold in a variety of stores. These products are formulated to have little, if any, THC, and often include specific charts for how to dose according to the weight of your pup.