What to Look for in CBD for Your Dog
Look for “CBD Rich Hemp Oil” instead of “Hemp Oil”
You’re probably thinking, what’s the difference? There actually is a HUGE difference.
Most “hemp oils” are extracted from hemp seeds, which contain minimum amounts of CBD. This is usually why you see the “hemp” products on the market for a much lower price.⠀
CBD Rich Hemp Oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and even the stems of mature hemp plants. The extraction process is expensive and sophisticated, but it is necessary to ensure quality and quantity of CBD. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost
Look for test results
When you are researching or looking into a product, make sure the products have been tested by a third-party, ensuring that there is less than 0.3% THC.
THC is one of the cannabinoids that is responsible for the “high” feeling when ingested. CBD derived from the hemp plant has less than 0.3% THC. In other words, your pup will not get high. THC in high doses can be toxic for pets.
You also want to see test results to insure you are getting a product that has good amounts of CBD in it.
Know your extraction methods
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. This process uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and low temperatures to assure the purity of the extracted oil. It’s the most expensive extraction method, producing a non-toxic, pure, natural, non-flammable product. The extract also has a cleaner taste.
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.⠀
Make sure the product is organic
Why is this important? Well, hemp is naturally resistant to pest and other pitfalls, so hemp is grown most of the time without using pesticides and herbicides. However, most people don’t realize the hemp plant actually cleans the soil. Because of hemp’s amazing ability to clean and absorb materials, it is vital that 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!
Obviously, you want to make sure your dog will actually take the CBD you purchase! Make sure the CBD product is palatable for dogs. Go for flavor-infused CBD oil – our Joint Formula chewable tablets our beef-flavored, so your dog will just gobble them right up! Treats are an easy way to make sure your dog will take the CBD; however, accurate dosing can be tricky sometimes (depending on how it is made and the manufacturer).
CBD products are typically available in 3 different forms: tinctures, capsules, or treats. The most widely known method of administering CBD oil to your pets is through tinctures – it is easy to measure dosage. Using the tincture, you can put the CBD oil directly into your dog’s mouth. However, since most dogs are not a huge fan of that and it could get messy, you can just drop the oil into your dog’s food or treats.
Capsules/tablets are another option for your dog as it can be a much easier way to administer a proper and effective dosage, and is less messy!
CBD treats are another popular way of administering CBD because you will most likely not have any issues getting your pup to gobble up the CBD – however, it is possible dosage will not be as consistent depending on the manufacturer process.
Find what works best for your dog and stick with it!
Very generally speaking, a rough “starting point” in terms of CBD for dogs is 0.05mg x lb., twice daily (Tier 1, Low Dosage). The idea is that if you start off small enough, you will be able to pinpoint the exact threshold where the effect of CBD becomes noticeable. Then after a week or so, you can increase the dosage as necessary. Make sure the product you will be administering has proper dosage amount for your size of dog.
As time flies by, there are more and more CBD products for your dog coming available. It is important to do your research before purchasing a product, ensuring that the product is safe and effective. Have any more questions? Contact us here!