Research shows that CBD can help pets who have mental health problems (anxiety, aggression, hyperactivity and depression), as well as those who have pain in their joints and other parts of their bodies (skin problems, arthritis, inflammation, seizures, inner organ pain, cancer-related pain, minor pain).
Because pesticides and herbicides can have bad effects on your pet’s health, make sure any product you think about is certified organic so you can be sure it doesn’t have them in it.
GMOs are organisms that have been genetically changed. It is important to ensure that the CBD product you buy for your pet comes from hemp and nothing else.
There are a lot of animal-friendly CBD products on the market right now. A lot of them come in the form of oil, tinctures, and animal-specific food, like equine pellets or dog cookies. But not all products are the same. You can use these tips to choose the best for your pet:
- Ensure you buy CBD oil– CBD oil for dogs is a lovely dietary supplement, but it lacks medicinal cannabinoids.
- Potency- Make sure you buy the same thing so that you can get it right more often. The first thing to do is to look at the manufacturer’s certificate or insert to see how much CBD is in a certain amount. This is also how you can ensure that there isn’t any harmful THC in the food.
- Find out what else is in it- If you want to avoid THC, you’ll also want to make sure that the products you choose don’t have any harmful ingredients, like herbicides or heavy metals. To make sure you get the best possible product, read the labels, talk to your veterinarian about reputable manufacturers, don’t cut costs, and look for something organic.
- Tincture– Putting a tincture in your dog’s food might not be as exciting as giving him a biscuit, but these liquids make it easier for you to change how much your dog gets.
- Shop from a local store– Online shopping for your pet’s cannabis treats is tempting, but it’s better if you buy them in person. In addition to supporting a local business, you can talk with salespeople about different products and what might work best for your needs when you go to your local store.
- Keep in touch with your veterinarian– Many veterinarians are unsure about giving CBD to our pets due to a lack of scientific evidence. Keep track of what you use and how much you give. This way, they can watch out for drug interactions and unexpected side effects.
Full-spectrum or broad-spectrum
CBD isn’t the only thing you should think about when looking for a product for your pet. “Broad-spectrum” and “full-spectrum” are words that appear on labels when you look at the products. They give you some idea of what other compounds are in the products.
- Broad-spectrum– The hemp plant is used to make broad-spectrum beneficial CBD products for pets that are safe for them to take. There is no THC in them. Broad-spectrum products don’t have THC in them at all when they’re made.
- Full-spectrum– All of the cannabinoids (THC and CBD), terpenes, and flavonoids from the hemp plant are found in full-spectrum CBD products for pets. There is less than 0.3% THC in full-spectrum, hemp-derived products by dry weight. The entourage effect is when all of these active ingredients work together to boost their health benefits.
- Isolate– You may also see the term CBD isolate during your research. It is made by taking CBD from the plant and removing everything else. A lot of the time, isolate is almost 100% pure. Because of the entourage effect, though, there’s strong evidence that it’s better to use a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum product instead of just one drug.
Contact your veterinarian if you want to learn more about the safety of CBD for your pets.