The benefits of CBD oil have been accepted in naturalistic human medicine for years with tons of new research released almost daily. Thankfully, as we learn more and more, CBD has finally begun making its way to the pet wellness space!
As CBD has grown in popularity, it’s popped onto the market in a variety of forms. If you are considering using CBD for your dog or cat, you may be confused about which products will be safest and most effective.
CBD is marketed in the form of oils and tinctures and has also started making an appearance in pet treats. Treats might seem like they would be easier and more convenient, but are they really?
We have the answers to your questions here. If you are wondering why you should choose CBD oil over CBD treats, keep on reading so you can make an informed decision for your pet.
What Is CBD?
Before we dive in, let's talk about what CBD is and why so many people and pets love it. CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is the dominant active phytochemical in the hemp plant, which is a cousin to marijuana plant that does not have the psychoactive properties (ability to get you “high”). Hemp is known to have trace amounts to THC but must be below the the legal limit of .3%. Based on scientific studies, our view is this trace amount of THC enhances the efficacy of CBD so it is in our product with observance of the law.
In the United States, CBD is federally legal in all 50 states. Keep in mind that some states have conditional legalities, so check with your own state for the most up-to-date legislation. As the use of CBD continues to grow, research has begun to increase, which has only continued to unlock potential uses for CBD.
Many people and pets have used CBD as a natural support for things like:
- Trouble sleeping
- Joint discomfort
- Unmanaged seizures
- Appetite stimulation
- Issues associated with aging
CBD has very few reported side effects, although since every animal is different, they won’t all respond in the same way. Always let your veterinarian know if you have started your dog on a new supplement to prevent possible negative drug interactions. If your veterinarian is unfamiliar with CBD or you would like to know how to start that conversation, here is a blog post that can help.
Choosing A CBD Product
When choosing a CBD supplement for your pet, there are some things to look for. Since CBD is marketed as a supplement, it is, unfortunately, not closely regulated. That means that unethical companies can take advantage of the CBD craze. They can use unhealthy or even toxic additives in their treats or tinctures.
Here’s what you want to keep in mind when making your selection:
- You want to find a high quality product from a reputable company. Reputable translates to transparent; where was the hemp sourced, extraction methods and additives used in the finished product are good questions. Their product quality testing should be readily available for you to view on their website.
- All of their products should be tested by an independent laboratory. This helps ensure the results you see have not been tampered with.
- The company you purchase from should be easy to contact and willing to answer any questions you may have.
- Look for an organic product or one that contains no pesticides.
- The CBD product you buy should be made specifically for animals. Make sure it indicates that it’s for your dog or cat. And it should also include the dosage amount for your particular animal. It is true that hemp products for pets are made the same way as for humans, but some additives that people safely use could be toxic to pets.
- You should easily be able to find the percentage of CBD in the product.
- Don’t equate quality with price. There are actually good quality products in a range of prices but the price may be higher with a company who sells CBD for humans and pets. On the other hand, the bargain CBD company will likely be less transparent or use low quality ingredients like carrier oils or additives. Use your best judgement, and do a little sleuthing!
CBD Oil vs. CBD Treats
When it comes to making the big choice between CBD oil or treats, CBD oil wins hands down. CBD has become a little bit of a buzzword, meaning just having CBD printed on the package can increase a company’s sales. So, as consumers, we always want to make sure that what we’re buying is truthfully what it says it is.
This doesn’t mean that CBD treats are bad, but if you have the option, there are numerous reasons to opt for CBD oil instead.
- CBD oil may seem more expensive than a bag of treats. The truth is, you are saving money by purchasing CBD oil. You will go through treats fairly quickly. CBD oil will last much longer at a comparative dose. You only need to apply a few drops of oil inside their mouth or on your pets food or treats, meaning that little bottle will outlast that bag of treats.
- Giving CBD oil directly means that you have better control over the dose and know the exact amount your pet is getting. There’s really nothing like peace of mind, right? For example; if the treat has 5mg of CBD, what do you do if you are trying to give 8mg? You can always add drops to a treat you know your pet already likes. With the CBD treat, you must guess and break up the treats.
- Your pet will be able to get the full effects of the CBD from the oil since it will be more easily absorbed. Ideally given between meals, CBD drops are partially absorbed in the mouth and in the stomach before a digestive process.
- CBD oil is very easy to administer and can be given directly to your pet or dropped and mixed into their food bowl if they will not take it by mouth directly.
If you are looking for a CBD product that checks all of the boxes, give one of our supplements a try! Companion’s Best Day is organic, independently lab-tested, and our graduated dropper makes it super easy to give the correct dose to your pet.
Still have questions? Contact us here! We’re committed to helping you find natural ways to support your pet’s overall wellbeing! You can also visit our about page to learn more about us and our vision!