What Type of CBD Is Best for Your Pet?
CBD and CBD related products have seen an incredible surge in popularity over the last 5 years, with products for humans ranging from CBD infused gummies, coffee, to tinctures and oils, with so many products on the market it can be difficult to choose which one is best.
Now, with research into how CBD can help your pet, the market has also opened up to products that your pets can take, but where do you start?
Here we look at the best type of product for your dog or cat.
What is CBD and What Does It Do?
CBD or cannabidiol is one chemical component found in the cannabis stevia.
You can synthesize CBD from both traditional marijuana and hemp, in varying quantities.
In humans, CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety, help with sleep and nausea, as well as reduce seizures and promote immune system responses.
The CBD works with our own endocannabinoid system where the receptors in our body create amazing effects when it enters our system.
Whilst the research into pets is still in its infancy, the evidence is showing that giving our pets CBD can be as effective as when we take it.
The results can increase comfort, especially in pets with degenerative diseases, reduce anxiety and maybe even work to promote immune system responses.
The research hasn’t gone as far to uncover exactly how it works with canine or feline receptors, but the early results are suggesting that it works in similar way to humans.
When you are selecting a CBD product, chances are you have seen the heading ‘full spectrum’.
Full spectrum products are one that have been synthesised from any plant in the cannabis family, but the extracted serum hasn’t then been subjected to distillation.
It results in a product that will give your pet all 421 compounds found in cannabis at varying levels.
If the product has been extracted from hemp, then naturally the CBD content will be higher than if it had been extracted from cannabis.
Moreover, if the product is hemp based, it results in lower THC levels (the psychoactive) component, than the traditional marijuana counterpart.
In humans, research has shown that a full spectrum product creates the entourage effect, or symbiotic relationship, meaning that the impacts are greater than the sum of its parts.
Isolate products are exactly what they say on the tin, isolate refers to the isolation of one singular compound found in the cannabis stevia, in this case, CBD.
It means that whilst you don’t get a product that may benefit from the entourage effect, you can be sure that you won’t be dosing your pet with anything other than CBD.
Isolate products are an excellent choice if you are unsure what to buy for your pet.
Most isolate oils and associated products are derived from hemp, which is naturally lower in THC and other compounds, meaning you get a strong product full of beneficial CBD.
There are a wide range of products now available for you to choose to help your pet, but don’t be weighed down by the decision.
You can either select an isolate or a full spectrum product, depending on the results you want.
Hemp products are naturally lower in THC than traditional marijuana derived products, so even if you buy a full spectrum, it will still be lower in THC than counterparts not derived from hemp.
IF the THC component is a concern for you, then look to purchase an isolate product that is distilled down to just CBD.