What is CBD?
So what exactly is this magical herb?
Cannabidiol or CBD, is a natural substance called a cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids can produce effects on the body’s central nervous system and immune system. The cannabis plant is an umbrella term that encompasses several species of plants, including the hemp plant and marijuana plant.
Here’s where a few general misunderstandings occur. First, products from the hemp plant are legal in all 50 states. In fact, hemp-based products are likely already a part of your everyday life. Hemp is used in all sorts of ways, including fabrics, fibers, and fuel. Industrial hemp is used in manufacturing clothing, as well as beauty products and health supplements. You may also see hemp milk on the shelves of your local grocery store.
Hemp has an extremely low level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another well-known cannabinoid. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that people associate with “getting high.” The THC level in hemp can be no higher than 0.3%. Given hemp’s very low THC level, hemp-derived, CBD infused products will not have any mind-altering effect on Fido.
Second, while the hemp plant and marijuana plant fall under the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa L.), they are different in many ways, including genetic makeup, cultivation, and usage. The major difference that we want to make sure pet owners are aware of is the THC levels. The THC levels of marijuana plant-derived CBD can be as high as 20% (or even higher), making any product derived from the marijuana plant potentially very toxic for your furry friend.
Of course, CBD derived from the marijuana plant is legal only in states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal. Therefore, many pet owners won’t have the potential for mistaking the two. However, it is important to recognize that CBD products are not all cultivated and created equally (or even come from the same plant).
Regarding the CBD that your precious pup may benefit from, we’re talking about CBD that is sourced from the hemp plant.
Can Dogs Get High?
A huge misconception is that CBD pet treats and CBD oil for dogs will get your pooch higher than the moon. This isn’t the case. As we previously discussed, the CBD that you will purchase for Fido is derived from the hemp plant and will have less than 0.3% THC, thus making it appropriate.
However, if your pup were to ingest CBD oil or a CBD edible derived from the marijuana plant, it is possible for them to get “high,” but, more likely, they will get violently ill. If our readers use marijuana recreationally, it is imperative for the marijuana to be kept far out of reach of their dogs. Your pup will not benefit from oils or edibles derived from the marijuana plant, so it’s best for them to stay far away!
CBD from the hemp plant is the only way to go for your dog.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD provided by hemp oil is an all-natural substance that can do a variety of things. One of the most highly studied topics is the use of CBD for bone and joint support as well as promoting relaxation in humans and pets.
Although it’s rather unlikely that conventional veterinarians will begin stocking their shelves with CBD oils, the herb has holistic veterinarians singing its praises (and rightfully so).
Let’s dive deeper into these benefits…
Benefits of CBD for Dogs
Now, let’s get down to the remarkable benefits that CBD is continuously being recognized for.
CBD Oil Promote Relaxation
One of the ways that hemp CBD oil can benefit your dog’s health is through promoting relaxation. As humans, we know what it’s like to feel stressed, some of us more so than others. What pet owners may not realize is that their precious pup can also face a great deal of stress, whether it is in the form of travel-related stress or various phobias (e.g., fireworks, thunderstorms).
CBD Oil Supports Healthy Bones & Joints
Hemp CBD may also play a role in supporting healthy bones, joints, and connective tissue in people and their dogs. The CBD hemp oil can also help maintain a normal inflammatory response and may help relieve joint stiffness associated with normal daily exercise and activity.
Types of CBD for Dogs
As more and more research comes out on the incredible benefits of CBD hemp oil, more products are being created as a way for our furry friends to reap all the greatness that the herb has to offer.
We always recommend moving slowly when introducing a new product into your dog’s life, no matter what the product is. This rule of thumb is no different for CBD oil. Although CBD oil is all-natural and non-toxic, it is still something new. It is best to go slowly, even starting with half the recommended usage and increasing from there. Trust us, your pup will soon reap the benefits of this magical herb, so there’s no need to rush the process.
CBD Products for Dogs
There are a number of wonderful way to introduce CBD to your four-legged friend and luckily, Honest Paws has a variety of high quality CBD products you can choose from.
We recommend Honest Paws Wellness Bites. These delicious morsels contain organic coconut oil as well as organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD. These bites are perfect for supporting your dog’s health – specifically their cognitive function and immune system.
Another option is Honest Paws Calm Bites. These peanut butter flavored CBD delights will help promote relaxation, resulting in a care-free, happy dog. For our older and/or smaller dogs, we also offer Calm CBD Soft Chews. With a texture better suited for older and/or smaller dogs, these delicious chews are also great for promoting a calm demeanor.
Additionally, if your dog is in need of a little joint support, we recommend Honest Paws Relief Bites. These yummy delectables contain 100% organic turmeric as well as organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD. What’s more, they support healthy joint and bones and work to relieve occasional discomfort and joint stiffness associated with daily exercise or normal aging.
Lastly, we offer Mobility CBD Soft Chews, which are great for older and smaller pups. These melt-in-your-mouth chews contain Glucosamine for added joint support!
These cannabis dog bites are an easy way for pet owners to ensure that their furry friend is reaping all of the benefits that CBD has to offer through the ease of yummy hemp treats.
CBD Oil for Dogs
Pet parents may also choose to introduce CBD into their dog’s life through CBD oil. CBD oil tinctures typically come with a dropper and make it easy for pet owners to control the usage of CBD oil that they are administering.
Honest Paws offers organic CBD hemp oil that is ailment specific. All you have to do is make your selection and choose the size of your dog to receive the correct potency.
- Small Dogs: Up to 25 pounds
- Medium Dogs: 25–50 pounds
- Large Dogs: Over 50 pounds
The CBD oils are definitely some of our most popular products with a lot of pet parents opting for an auto-refill subscription to save money and get access to exclusive deals.
CBD for Dogs: Knowing The Product
We want to briefly mention that, with the increasing popularity of CBD products, pet owners will see a plethora of available products online. You’ll be able to find anything from CBD dog biscuits to CBD pet treats. We hope that you give Honest Paws a shot. However, if you decide to purchase elsewhere, we want you to be aware of a few things, primarily that not all CBD is created equally.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Pet owners will likely find cheaper versions of CBD oil, but this doesn’t mean that the ingredients and overall quality is still up to par. Be sure you are purchasing CBD oil products from a reputable company who sources from USA-grown organic hemp.
Also, make sure that the products are 100% organic, soy-free, lab-tested, and non-GMO.
Organic CBD Oil
If the CBD oil is not 100% organic, it is highly probable that it contains pesticides, fungicides, or solvents. In other words, the oil can potentially do more harm than good if the product isn’t high quality.
Additionally, what makes CBD hemp products such a beneficial alternative to conventional medications is the fact that they are all-natural. If the CBD isn’t 100% natural and is potentially contaminated with pesticides, fungicides, or solvents, its positive aspects are completely diminished.
Another important part of choosing the right CBD product is making sure that it is lab-tested. The manufacturer should be able to provide a certificate of analysis for the CBD product. This document is a lab report that lists out the chemical ingredients in a product. Be sure to check if the product is certified as THC free.
You’ll want a certificate of analysis because there are some companies that sell products that contain only very small traces of CBD and yet still sell it as a CBD product. It makes you wonder what else is in the liquid substance that you’re administering at mealtime, if so little of it is actually CBD.
CBD Dosage for Dogs
It is a common misnomer that you find a “dosage” for CBD. The truth is that the term “dosage” only applies to medication. CBD is a supplement which means that we will talk about CBD dosage for dogs in terms of “proper amount”.
The good news is that CBD hemp oil is all-natural and non-toxic. Therefore, time and time again, it proves to be an effective alternative for pets and humans alike. With that said, the optimal amount of CBD will take some trial and error.
We generally recommend about .25mg per pound of body weight. With that said, your dog may require more or even less.
We recommend starting slowly. Even beginning with half the recommended usage will ensure that your fur baby can soon reap all the benefits that the herb has to offer without being overwhelmed by it all at once.
CBD Side Effects
The side effects associated with CBD vary from species to species. In humans, tiredness, weight changes, decreased or increased appetite, and diarrhea have been reported.
Luckily, studies suggest the associated side effects of CBD oil and CBD dog treats are extremely mild or are likely not to occur at all. Lethargy and tiredness have been reported in some cases, but most pet owners do not find any negative side effects from the CBD products. However, when it comes to your fur baby, it’s always better to be safe than sorry which is why it is so important to start slowly.
CBD Dog Treats: Bottom Line
It can be challenging being a pet parent. You want what is best for your pet’s health, but sometimes it may seem impossible to figure out exactly what that is.
We understand the feeling. Your animals mean the world to you. We are also pet lovers and owners, so we get it, truly. That’s why we are so confident in the incredible benefits of CBD for pets.