If you and your veterinarian decide that you should try CBD as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing CBD oil. Not all oils are the same; you’ll want high-quality CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Dr. Klein says it is essential to note that in most cases, CBD oil does not contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. In fact, most CBD products are derived from hemp and not from marijuana.
Why are we hearing so much about CBD oil now? Dr. Klein points to the legalization of marijuana in many places, which has triggered interest in potential health benefits of marijuana-related products. “We are likely to see continued interest in CBD and an increase in research about its uses and efficacy in the coming years,” he says.
Risks of Using CBD Oil for Dogs
While there’s no scientific data on the side effects of CBD usage for dogs, there are potential side effects based on how CBD affects humans. To minimize any potential side effects, make sure you are following the proper dosage.
Learn more about the CBD study funded by the Canine Health Foundation.
Currently, there has been no formal study on how CBD affects dogs. What scientists do know is that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state.
According to Dr. Klein, CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.
2. Does the oil contain THC (anything over 0.3% THC should be avoided for use with dogs)
Some of the recent third-party tests on this oil indicate high concentrations of the adjunctive cannabinoid — cannabichromene (CBC). This cannabinoid has received a lot of attention lately for its role in supporting anxiety. Some experts believe it may even be a stronger anxiolytic than CBD itself — though more research is needed to find out for sure.
Despite how new the company is, Gold Bee has a lot of recommendations behind it already (Cleveland Scene, Riverfront Times, VentureBeat, CL Tampa, and CityBeat, for example).
Royal CBD has won awards for several of its CBD products already. It’s best known for the premium status of its products (organic hemp, high-tech extraction methods, thorough testing, organic carrier oils). You can find mentions of this brand on websites, including We Be High, SF Weekly, Weed News, LA Weekly, SF Examiner, Orlando Weekly, SA Current, Metro Times, and Observer.
Unfortunately, there are many bad players in the industry selling CBD oils that simply can’t do what the company claims. The leading cause of this is a lack of active CBD in the product. It’s not uncommon for a CBD pet oil to register less than 50% of the CBD advertised on the bottle.
Blessed CBD doesn’t have a specific lineup of pet products, but this doesn’t mean these oils aren’t already well-suited for use with dogs.
5. What’s the cost per milligram of CBD? (a metric used to determine value)