With the new Farm Bill passing late last year, the floodgates for CBD for pets are being flung wide open. This has been exciting news for pet product companies around the country looking to get into the CBD world but also poses some challenges for dog owners.
First, what is the Farm Bill? The new 2018 Farm Bill basically legalizes the growing of hemp. Growing hemp has been outlawed since the 1930s because it was categorized with other drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. But the new Farm Bill is changing that perception. It is important to note that not all farmers can just start growing hemp though. Hemp farmers will still have to comply with state and federal regulations and they must be licensed by their state. The farmers must also produce hemp that has less than 0.3% THC to be compliant.
CBD and Dog Owners
So what does this mean for you as a dog owner? It means that there is going to be a lot of new products and companies entering the market, so it is important to be educated about CBD for your pets. Here are a few things to look for:
- “CBD or Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Oil” instead of “Hemp Oil” – know the lingo of CBD products
- Make sure the products have been tested by a third-party, ensuring that there is less than 0.3% THC (THC can be toxic to dogs)
- Make sure the product is organic
- Correct dosage method and measurements
It can be challenging as a pet parent to know which product is best for your dog, but the best recommendation we can give is to do your research and know what you are buying. If you are unsure about your research, ask a veterinarian with experience in the CBD world. They will be able to direct you to a good product for your dog.
The Future of CBD for Dogs by the Numbers
Projections for CBD in the human and pet worlds are astronomical. According to a new estimate from a cannabis industry analyst, the hemp-CBD market (human & pet) alone could hit $22 billion by 2022. With such extreme growth, you can expect CBD to be a huge trend for pet parents seeking natural alternatives for their pets’ ailments. So many people don’t even know what CBD is and the benefits it has for their dogs right now, but you can bet by the end of 2019, CBD for dogs is going to be the new norm.