As a hard-working pet parent, you only want the best food and products for your four-legged child. Latterly, pet owners have come to the conclusion that cannabis therapeutics are not just beneficial for them, but for their companions too.
CBD can be useful for your pets, for the same reasons it’s useful to you. If you have done a bit of research, you will know that pets and humans have a complex endocannabinoid system inside the body. As a matter of fact, all mammals also have this system. Cats and dogs have CB1 and CB2 receptors ready to bind with CBD compounds and turn it into therapeutic benefits.
What Are in These Products?
The main ingredient will be cannabidiol, which is a pure established substance found in both the cannabis and hemp plant. Legally, the hemp must contain less than 0.3 % tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC) to be sold. This percentage is instituted in CBD so your pets can enjoy all the aids of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Watch this home video of a pet owner using CBD oil to cure symptoms of their dog’s seizures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOMrMWZCR4M, without getting high. Intoxication may be fun for us, but our pets don’t experience this ordeal the same way. This is where reading labels and asking questions comes in handy. Because not all hemp products are the same.
When buying cannabidiol products, do the professional thing and ask for the certificate of analysis (COA), to ensure absolute quality additives from your cannabidiol brand.
What Is a Certificate of Analysis and What Should I Consider?
A COA is an evidential document assuring that a product accommodates strict guidelines as rigorously required by Quality Assurance. This detailed archive will indicate the varieties and total measures of the cannabinoids present in the product.
This includes whether or not the product contains, CBC, CBG, or any terpenes. You can look for words like ‘full’ or ‘broad spectrum’ which indicate that the oil not only contains CBD but also other natural occurring CBC. Studies have shown that CBC helps with pain blockage and fights inflammation while CBG advocates fighting cancer cells, reduces digestive tract inflammation, and improves healthy bladder function.
Check the label for the inclusion of terpenes. Full-spectrum CBD just means that all the natural terpenes like Myrcene and above-mentioned cannabinoids remain unscathed during processing. This is important, seeing that the terpenes contribute to the multiplication of CBD’s properties.
Terpenes and cannabidiol have a synergistic work ethic. Terpenes adds its own benefits to the body but when it interacts with cannabinoids all benefits are enhanced. A big win-win for your pet.
If your cannabidiol is derived by applying the CO2 method, an accurate amount of terpenes won’t be given on your COA. This is because the CO2 method ensure that it’s pulverized. Solvent extraction usually preserves terpenes more effectively. These methods are usually more expensive, but much more effective and of higher quality.
We only want the best for our furballs, so if you see products priced remarkably lower than the competitive market price, there is probably a reason for that. Have a look at an official statement to compare.
Take Caution with THC and CBD Oil Additives
Aside from size, there are also subtle differences between our endocannabinoid systems and those of our furry friends, which includes their sensitivity to THC. Dogs, especially, are very sensitive. Because they have far more cannabinoid receptors in their cerebellum than humans and other animals.
A common sign of this toxicity in dogs is called ‘static ataxia’ which will cause your dog to seem rigid and struggling to stand or walk. Double-check the ingredients on the COA again for any additional chemicals or preservatives which can annihilate some of CBD’s characteristics. As well as the possible side-effects and what the drug interactions with your pet’s current medication will be.
By checking off a few things on the list of quality features the right CBD product for your pet must-have, you are inevitably assuring better results. With various products to choose from and certain needs that should be met for effective treating, follow this guideline to dog nutrition and feeding needs.
It is always important to consult your vet about dosages that are tailored to your pet’s breed and size.