3 Tips to Know When Buying CBD for Dogs (Oil, Treats, or Biscuits)
If Killer from Half Baked is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dogs and pot, we totally forgive you. Not only is the adorable little rottweiler pup one of the best parts of the film, he’s also probably a better and more memorable actor than both Jim Breuer and Harland Williams combined.
As it turns out though, it’s unfortunately not a great idea to get your pup high. While detailed scientific research on the matter is understandably lacking, a recent 5-year study out of Colorado showed an overall increase in ‘canine toxicosis’ due to THC ingestion. In other words, unlike in humans, THC can be potentially toxic – even fatal – to our furry little sidekicks. So better to just keep it out of their reach altogether.
But that’s THC — what about CBD?
While cannabis in any form is not an FDA-approved drug for animals, there are plenty of veterinarians out there who don’t hesitate to recommend CBD treats for dogs that suffer from a range of various diseases and chronic ailments.
But be careful — more than a handful of ‘reputable’ companies have recently been busted by the FDA for bogus claims of having CBD in their products, when in fact they’ve tested for virtually none.Table of content Of course, the #1 thing you’ll want to look out for when selecting CBD products for your pets is that the product actually contains CBD. It’s easy enough to label something as “hemp-infused” or “hemp-based”, but it’s another thing altogether to actually have the appropriate levels of cannabidiol present in order to initiate any sort of chemical/physiological change. Short of going into a whole thing about which brands and products are ‘legit’ and which are not, take a quick look at this list of FDA warning letters, which exposes a handful of companies for advertising their products as “CBD-containing”, when in fact they are not. Another super key thing that you need to consider is dose. While CBD is less dangerous to dogs than THC is, improper dosing will commonly result in lethargy/drowsiness, and in more severe cases, intense nausea and/or vomiting can ensue. The general rule of thumb when using tincture is to start out with one drop per 10 lbs of your dog’s weight (i.e. 4 drops of oil if your dog weighs 40 lbs), and administer the oil directly under the tongue once a day. Monitor the dog’s health and behavior closely for about a week or so, and if there isn’t any clear improvement in condition, try upping the dosage to twice per day. The goal is to start low and work your way up until you reach a point when you notice an obvious improvement. And of course, if you have the means to work with a veterinarian – particularly one who has experience in CBD products for pets – by all means make sure to do so. (The only thing you might run into is a vet who’ll reprimand you for wanting to give your dog cannabis, and tell you you need to be using prescription meds instead). No pesticides, solvents or chemical fertilizers 3rd party laboratory tested Compounded by a licensed pharmacist Highly concentrated extraction process Full-Spectrum Extract (Made in USA) 100% Natural and Organic Contain no artificial flavors or preservatives Prices range ($48-$125) CBDPure uses a chemical-free CO2 extraction process 3rd party laboratory tested Certified hemp grown in Colorado Price Range ($29.99 – $79.99) Ship to all 50 States Price Range ($49.00 – $299.00) Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture Price Range ($62.00 – $204.00) Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture Available in Cinnamint & Natural