3 Tips to Know When Buying CBD for Dogs (Oil, Treats, or Biscuits)

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019

For the uninitiated, CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Unlike THC, it doesn’t produce the euphoric or intoxicating effects consistent with marijuana use.

CBD still plays an active role in the body. It also influences a huge array of physiological processes and modulates endogenous cannabinoid receptors.

Numerous studies have shown that CBD works via manipulation of receptors in the CNS. According to research, CBD plays a role in reducing inflammation, easing chronic pain, and reducing the viability of tumor cells. It also appears to minimize symptoms of anxiety, reduce the severity of seizures, and more.

A common use of CBD for dogs is to help treat pain associated with arthritis. However, CBD oil for dogs can be used for a host of conditions. However, much of the veterinary community remains skeptical about its effectiveness due to a lack of published research studies.

Darlene Arden, a certified animal behavior consultant and proponent for medicinal marijuana use in pets, says that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will not approve the use of cannabis in pets until an acceptable amount of research and data is put forth on the subject.

When selecting CBD products for your pets, ensure that the product actually contains CBD. A brand can easily enough label something as “hemp-infused” or “hemp-based.” It’s another thing altogether to actually have appropriate levels of cannabidiol present. Without sufficient CBD content, a product will not initiate any chemical or physiological change. Look for lab verifications reports, and if in doubt, get in touch with the company. Another key consideration is dosage. While CBD is less dangerous to dogs than THC is, improper dosing can result in lethargy or 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. Site Name 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