How To Choose The Best CBD Products For Pets
CBD’s popularity has blown up over the last two years, and it’s incredible to see how many owners are rushing give their pets something derived from cannabis. You know, if you had told me that just a few years ago, I would have thought you were crazy.
But because of all this new popularity, there is a tremendous amount of confusion over which CBD product is the best. But have no fear because I’m here to help you find the best CBD products.
Hemp Not Marijuana
This is the most import rule you need to follow when looking for CBD oil for sale. CBD is a phytocannabinoid that comes from both hemp and marijuana varieties of the cannabis plant.
In fact, pet CBD oil — and most people CBD oil — is actually all 113+ phytocannabinoids found in these plants, not just CBD. This is great too because all of these cannabinoids work together and create a more therapeutic oil that most prefer over CBD isolated by itself.
Because we take all the phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plants when we extract the oil from them, we want to avoid the one phytocannabinoid that causes a high, THC. That’s right, out of 113+ cannabinoids, only one causes a high when ingested.
THC is the only thing that separates hemp plants from marijuana plants. Hemp plants naturally have extremely low levels of THC, and farmers are able to use a variety of natural methods to reduce the THC content even further where it can’t possibly get you or your pet high.
All phytocannabinoids have therapeutic properties because the cannabis plant uses them for self-defense against everything. This is why they closely mirror endocannabinoids that all mammals create and use for a vast number of regulatory and restorative functions.
So while phytocannabinoids from hemp can’t get you or your pet high, they can work with endocannabinoids by strengthening them and picking up their slack when their numbers fall short.
This improves health on all levels, all the way down to the individual cells that make up an organism, and it’s why you see CBD products help in so many ways.
Besides THC producing a high, it’s also more dangerous for your pets than you. Remember when I said that all phytocannabinoids make up different parts of cannabis’ self-defense system? THC is the phytocannabinoid that protects them from getting eaten by animals. Humans don’t have an extreme reaction and THC isn’t toxic to us, but for other animals, especially dogs, it is and needs to be avoided.
CBD oil from hemp is perfectly safe for your cat and dog.
Oil Vs Treats Vs Topicals
Now that you know you want CBD oil derived from hemp and not marijuana, it’s time to look at which form we want our CBD in. First, hemp treats, tinctures, capsules, etc. all use the oil as their base, and I prefer the oil because of this. Why buy CBD treats when you can just let the oil soak into a regular treat?
Another reason I prefer the oil form is it lets you dose in small and precise increments where treats and capsules are a one size fits all. This is important if you’re using CBD to treat a dog with epilepsy as a precise dose is needed to ensure that CBD does not negatively interact with their seizure medication — this is a rare interaction, but care is still advised.
Topicals are nice if your pet has surface level pain and inflammation as it can be applied directly to the area targeting just it. Treats and capsules are still great and can provide a quick and easy way to give your pet CBD. Because they have to be digested, they can take up to an hour before they start working however.
A Better Oil: Distillate
CBD products are evolving faster than its popularity is growing, and besides seeing hundreds of new CBD products, we are now seeing different quality CBD extracts. Until recently, most CBD products contained raw hemp extract. This is created by taking hemp plants and using CO2 extraction to release the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. This extraction is then mixed with a carrier oil, such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil to dilute the concentration. As well, it improve the raw hemp’s bioavailability and stability.
This CBD oil is great and all, but by adding in one extra step, its quality can be significantly improved. Raw hemp extract isn’t made up of just the beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, as well, it contains non-beneficial plant matter like sugars and chlorophyll.
When you take raw hemp through a distillation process known as short-path distillation, you remove all non-beneficial plant matter that dilutes potency and creates an unpleasant taste. CBD distillate is considered the gold standard of CBD products for this reason.
All CBD products require a carrier oil, but some carrier oils are healthier than others. The biggest requirement for a carrier oil is it has to be high in fats. Because we are giving CBD to our pets to improve their health, we want a carrier oil that has healthy fats.
What’s great is hemp oil — derived from the seeds — is high in healthy Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats. Coconut oil is really high in saturated fats and makes your CBD product no longer 100% hemp. I like the idea of using only one plant to better my pet’s health instead of a concoction of plants.
Another reason I prefer a CBD product that uses hemp seed oil for its carrier oil is hemp can be grown completely free from pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
Hemp plants simply don’t need them because of the all phytocannabinoids that are kicking butt and taking names. Some phytocannabinoids, like THC, are used to deter animals from eating it, while other like CBD are fighting bacterial infections and healing wounds.
If you see a company selling CBD products that used pesticides, do not buy them. Most companies do not distillate their CBD oil yet. Therefore pesticides can be found in high concentrations and will be absorbed into the bloodstream.
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