CBD And Your Pet
You may have heard some buzz recently about CBD oil and its other forms.
It seems like for every ailment you or your dog or cat may have – someone on the internet will inevitably suggest CBD as a potential solution.
CBD is fairly new to the mainstream medical world and there is still a lot of controversy surrounding it. We’re here to help you decipher fact from fiction so that you can decide if CBD is right for you to use for your pet.
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What is it?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a natural ingredient derived from from the Cannabis plant. (Did I just lose you by mentioning Cannabis? HOLD ON – Its not what you think.)
Its important to make the distinction between CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) . Both are among the 100+ different cannabioids found in the Cannabis plant.
THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that produces the “high” that comes to mind for most people when they think of Cannabis.
CBD is different. This cannabinoid is not psychoactive and does not produce the “high” effect that you would get from smoking or consuming marijuana. Simplified – CBD and its various forms will NOT get your dog stoned or produce any type of psychoactive effect.
CBD products come in many forms with Oil being the most popular.
The extraction of CBD oil from the Cannabis plant began in the 1950’s but there is evidence that CBD has been used medicinally for hundreds and even thousands of years.
CBD Oil is extracted from the marijuana plant in a variety of ways. This helpful guide explains more about the extraction methods and goes deeper into the specifics of CBD vs. THC.
What can it help my pet with?
The following are some conditions that pet owners have used CBD to treat:
- Cancer – Pain and Nausea
- Heart and Circulatory conditions
- Joint and Mobility problems
- Nausea and Digestive issues
- Skin Conditions
See this quick & informative video from TONIC – Vice.com about one pet owners experience using CBD to treat her pups anxiety!
How does it work?
In laymans terms, CBD works by interacting with certain receptors in the brain that are responsible for pain, and the immune system, etc.
We could recreate the wheel – but instead we will direct you to projectcbd.com who does a far better and more complete job explaining it than we can.
If all the technical and scientific terms aren’t quite your thing – thehempoilbenefits.com also does a great job of explaining the effects of CBD on the brain in a visual and casual way that’s easy to understand.
What concerns should I have?
CBD is not currently regulated by the FDA.
That means its critical for you to do your own research – as you should be doing with ANYTHING you give your pet, FDA regulated or not.
It also means there is no set standard of dosage and no regulations requiring transparency for labeling ingredients.
Does this mean CBD is unsafe? No. It means you need to know where its coming from. Only buy CBD from a reputable, transparent company with a proven track record of trust and satisfied customers.
Most CBD/Cannabis companies have their own set of dosing information specific to the products they sell – do not purchase products that come without clear instructions from the manufacturer.
According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) – CBD is classified as a Schedule 1 drug.
Schedule 1 is defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” This is met with a lot of controversy as so many states are legalizing Marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes.
Even with its Schedule 1 status, many physicians, scientists, and members of the general public are believers in medical marijuana and CBD products. In fact, the FDA recently made history by approving the first drug to contain an active ingredient derived from marijuana – ever. That’s HUGE. (But apparently not enough for the DEA who as of now still has no plans to re-schedule CBD OR marijuana.)
Where to get it?
That brings us to our next point. Should you buy CBD products from your friends cousins brother down the street? No. Definitely don’t do that.
There are many places to buy CBD products. Many veterinarians carry it in some form as well as many natural pet food or holistic pet stores. You can also buy it online. Again, do your research. Make sure you are purchasing from a reputable site, and fortunately there are quite a few!
We like Canna-Pet because of their simplicity, straightforwardness, and money back guarantee.
They offer a variety of CBD products in various forms for all of your pets and they explain their products in a way that all pet owners can understand and feel confident about. The site is easy to navigate and they are currently offering new customers an exclusive 20% discount by entering the code new_customer20 at checkout.
But is it legal to buy and keep at my house?
Ah yes, the million dollar question.
The times they-are-a-changin. Many states are deciding on their own to make the decision to allow their residents access to CBD or marijuana products and thus the legality all depends on where you live.
For the most part, CBD products created and marketed for pets are safe and compliant with state laws and regulations.
Another reason to purchase from a reputable manufacturer. A reputable manufacturer wont risk their business by sending you an illegal product. Canna-Pet.com delivers everywhere in the world except Australia, New Zealand, Canada & Singapore.
However with all the ambiguity regarding the legality of CBD in some places, again, doing your own research is key. Make sure you understand you LOCAL laws regarding CBD and Marijuana based products.