CBD for pets is generally regarded as safe and non-toxic to dogs; however, does that mean every CBD or hemp product out there is safe? Really, no. With all of the new products and companies coming out with products, it is so important, now more than ever, to do your due diligence and research the product you are looking into.
Do CBD products for dogs contain THC?
THC is the main psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, and can be found in small amounts in industrial hemp – it is the compound responsible for creating the “high” or “buzzed” feeling. THC can be toxic to dogs, especially in large amounts. The Animal Poison Control Center has reported an increase of calls about cannabinoid treat and tincture ingestion, largely in dogs, consistent with symptoms of THC overdose. This is why it is so important to do research on the products you are giving your dog to make sure it contains 0% THC. Even if a product has trace amounts of THC, why risk it? A reputable company will include test results on their website or provide them if asked. This is the only way to insure the products you are giving to your pet has no THC.
But it says CBD on the label, doesn’t that mean it’s okay?
Just because a company has CBD on the label, does not mean it contains only CBD and is safe for your dog. Check the label on the product for ingredients – look for what kind of carrier oil are they using and if the product contains other unfamiliar ingredients.
You also want to make sure the product actually has an effective amount of CBD in it. This can be shown on test results as well.
Lastly, the extraction method use to get the CBD from the hemp plant affects the safety as well. There are many ways to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant, each has its pros and cons. Some methods are safer and more effective than others. The best extraction method is supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 extraction. It’s the most expensive extraction method, producing a non-toxic, pure, natural, non-flammable product. Avoid any products made with solvents like propane, butane, pentane or hexane (toxic flammable hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum) – inhalation can cause cardiac and respiratory problems.⠀
Is the product made from organic hemp?
You’re probably wondering why this is important, but it actually is! The hemp plant actually cleans the soil it is grown in. Because of hemp’s amazing ability to clean and absorb materials, it is crucial that the industrial hemp is grown in good, organic soil. Organically grown hemp needs soil that is free of toxins, so those toxins don’t show up in the finished product. In other words, it is important to make sure your pups CBD product is made with organic hemp so that is it free from toxins and therefore safe!
Can my dog overdose on CBD?
CBD is non-toxic and there is no lethal overdose; however, if your dog ingests too much CBD, he can have a few mild side effects that can include: drowsiness, nausea/upset stomach, or itchiness. You should watch for the dosage/serving amount for the product you are looking at. Make sure the dosage amounts are suitable specifically for dogs; the dosage amount for humans will be higher. Though the side effects are mild for giving too much CBD, it is better to avoid them altogether for your dog. You can find more information for proper dosing here. The important thing is to find the dosage amount that’s right for your dog’s weight and personal needs.
Because CBD is becoming so increasingly popular, there are tons of companies and people who are trying to tap in on the market of CBD for pets. However, not all CBD products are the same and it is essential to research a product before you buy it so that you can keep your pet safe, happy, and healthy!