CBD for Pets
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Dogs can show 100 facial expressions, most of them made with ears. Horses’ hooves are made from the same protein that makes human hair and fingernails. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping.
These are not just intriguing facts. Take a moment to think about how much and how well you know your pets.
Pets give us a great sense of security. We learn to be more compassionate humans from them. They are an immediate cure for all our stress-related problems. There are limitless benefits of having pets.
A safe shelter, good health, and loads of love is what we could give back to our pets.
This article is heading towards addressing possible questions that pet parents could have in mind while considering CBD for their pets.
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What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is the primary non-psychoactive chemical compound present in the cannabis plant. THC is its notorious cousin, known for its psychoactive properties. Historical references from our ancient past prove that different cultures have generously used the cannabis plant and its by-products for a multitude of purposes.
Although both THC and CBD come from the same plant, they exhibit different characteristics.
Why? The Cannabis plant’s genetic variation is quite complex, hence its classification also has been difficult. However, for our simple understanding, there are three species namely cannabis Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. Each of these strains possesses different chemical and genetic compositions.
For example, Hemp ( also known as Industrial Hemp) belongs to the cannabis Sativa species that is cultivated as an agricultural crop for its seeds, fiber, oil, seed cake, and hurds. Also, the predominant trait of Hemp is that it contains high levels of CBD. Hence CBD is extracted from Hemp.
To briefly sum up our understanding so far about CBD, it is the non-psychoactive chemical compound that is abundantly found in the Hemp variety of Cannabis sativa strain.
What is this endocannabinoid system made up of?
Endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes together make up the ECS system.
Endocannabinoids are molecules that are naturally produced ( endogenous) in the human body. These are similar to the cannabinoid compounds of the cannabis plant.
The receptors are present in the nervous system and immune system, and the enzymes are the substances that regulate the rate at which chemical reactions take place in the body.
How to give CBD to pets?
Choosing the right product with the optimum potency for your pet is not very daunting. There is an overwhelming choice of products that are available online. But, it does call for some homework.
Always keep in mind the size of your domestic animal when choosing CBD products for your pets. Also have a clear idea of what you want to achieve through the use of CBD.
CBD Tinctures is most efficiently absorbed transmucosal from the oral cavity. Through oral mucous membranes, gums, inner lips, tongue. Also, the dosage could be scalable according to the size of animals and can be mixed with food such as treats or wet food.
Soft chews and hard biscuits are the easiest forms of administration. But you need to keep an eye on the dosage.
Therefore, each CBD product comes with its own merits and demerits. Pet owners need to take some time to observe their pets carefully after administration to detect any possible reactions to CBD.
For a quick overview, listed below are some of the CBD products that you can choose for your pets.
- CBD infused pet oil
- Microencapsulated oil beads
- CBD Pellets and
- Hard CBD biscuits
- CBD Dental sticks
- CBD Chewables
Different concentrations of pet CBD oil for different sized animals
From mice to elephants, people like to keep pets of all sizes. Yet, when it comes to anything, which needs to be digested, the dosage needs to be scaled up according to the size of the animal. Large animals have slower metabolic rates.
For example, an elephant could generate or lose less energy per gram than a mouse. Thus utilizing less replacement energy per gram.
Also, when it comes to administering CBD or cannabis-based extracts to animals, the dosage is the key. Besides dosage, do consider the following:
- The potency of the CBD oil
- Size and weight of the animal
Do keep in mind that each of these aspects is interdependent on the other.
Can humans take pet CBD oil?
CBD oil for humans and pets are not the same. Although the source of the CBD extract is hemp-derived, there is more to know:
The FDA (in the US) mandates appropriate labeling of CBD products for humans and pets. Also, the label has to include information on total net quantity, amount of CBD per serving, ingredients, manufacturing, and expiry date.
CBD products for pets are made pet friendly to suit their taste better. For example, CBD oil for dogs with beef and chicken flavor, CBD oil for cats with fish, Cheweables enriched with multivitamins.
CBD products for pets should not have any added terpenes as opposed to the ones for human consumption.
The purpose of use and size of the animal are the two factors that you need to consider while deciding on the potency of CBD oil. Humans could tolerate higher concentrations, but might not be suitable for pets.
Pet CBD products should be sugar and contaminants free. Stick to purchasing standard products.
Do Vets approve of the use of CBD for pets?
Today, pet owners are proactive in trying new approaches to treat their companions. Two reasons could be moderated.
- Increase in the supply of CBD based products in the market.
- Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals, promoting and sponsoring more studies that focus on the clinical efficacy of cannabis-based products.
There is a demand load from pet parents on Vets for endorsing CBD products. So, the Vets are slowly keeping pace and are working to see possibilities of incorporating CBD for pets alongside other therapies. Vets are skeptical due to the lack of double-blind published studies.
In short, if your Vet is hesitant to talk, go ahead, feel free to initiate the conversation.
What to look for in CBD oils: Best CBD oil for pets.
The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC.cc) in partnership with the FDA has established guidelines for manufacturing processes that deal with animal nutraceuticals. This is to ensure the highest standard for quality and transparency.
Testing-Third party lab testing and quality control testing from laboratories certify standard products.
Sourcing-Good agricultural practices and organic hemp cultivation
Labeling- All contents and ingredients of cannabis products should be listed on the product label and in marketing materials alongside dosage instructions.
Potency- The strength and effectiveness of CBD per milligram per dosage clearly define the user to select appropriate products for their animal.
Contamination- Cannabis-based products should be free from soil, pesticide, and microbiological contamination. The heavy metal testing certificate ensures clean and safe products for pets.
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