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To your dog, everyone in your household is part of the same pack, a member worthy of exceptional loyalty. It's an easy, mutually beneficial relationship. You provide for their basic needs. Your pet gives you their companionship, endearing displays of unwavering affection, and unconditional love. As your relationship develops, you'll pick up on subtle (or not-so-subtle) cues that let you know when your pup is feeling content, playful, bored, anxious, or uncomfortable. Your dog picks up the same cues from you.
Of course, you do your best to ensure your canine companion has everything they need for a long, healthy, happy life. Whether you typically shop for pet supplies locally or have everything shipped to your home, you've likely noticed a significant number of retailers stocking various brands of CBD-infused dog treats and pet tinctures. With so many people investing in CBD pet products, you might even be tempted to give your dog a serving or two of your personal favorite. Before you do, there are a few important things you should know about giving full spectrum CBD Oil to your dog.
There are three main types of hemp extract, full spectrum, broad spectrum, and pure CBD isolate powder. Of those three types, full spectrum hemp extract is the least processed. It's also the only option that retains the various plant-derived chemicals and compounds in the same naturally occurring ratios (Jacobs, 2016). The product most people know as CBD oil is a blend of hemp extract and a carrier oil. The carrier oil helps with cannabinoid absorption.
When you choose pet products made with full spectrum hemp extract, you're treating your four-legged friend to the health and wellness potential of CBD, plus an impressive number of antioxidant vitamins, essential minerals, and more than 113 minor cannabinoids, including a small amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) (Jenkins, 2018). Each active component has unique properties that contribute to CBD's health and wellness potential in different ways (Komarnytsky et al., 2021).
CBD is an active plant element shown to interact with at least 65 molecular targets, including the receptors of the largest regulatory system in the body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) (Marzo & Piscitelli., 2015). Whether that system is human, feline, or canine, the communication between the ECS messengers and receptors is involved in the modulation of nearly every crucial function related to overall health and well-being, from stress responses and muscle movement to sleep cycle regulation and the perception of pleasure and pain (Mouslech & Valla, 2009). Since CBD mimics the effects of similar substances produced as needed in the body (endocannabinoids), cannabis researchers believe CBD's interaction with cannabinoid receptors helps support ECS function in a way that promotes essential balance (homeostasis) (Sallaberry & Astern, 2018).
Based on the feedback of nearly 2000 survey respondents, most human CBD users report positive results using hemp-derived CBD products for relaxation, better sleep, discomfort after physical activity, and mild or temporary anxiety.
Hemp-derived CBD is just as safe for dogs as it is (or could be) for you. The plant extract is not toxic to animals. It's also not habit- forming and has an impressively low risk of (minor) side effects (WHO, 2020). However, you may want to think twice about sharing your personal supply without checking the ingredients. Most high-quality CBD tinctures intended for human consumption are made with fractionated coconut oil (MCT oil). Although giving your pup MCT oil is unlikely to cause lasting harm, it's hard for dogs (and cats) to digest. Instead, choose a pet-specific product formulated with a carrier oil selected for canine (and feline) digestion.
As you're comparing your options, it's also important to know that product quality can vary by brand. Far too many pet products are made with low-grade hemp extract by companies that don't provide the type of information you need to verify purity or potency. Before giving any full spectrum CBD product to your dog, take a few minutes to view the documentation verifying the product is third-party tested. If you can't find a Certificate of Analysis (COA), move on. Reputable CBD brands rely on the services of an independent lab to ensure their products are as potent as advertised and have been evaluated for heavy metals, pesticides, solvent residue, mold, bacteria, and other potential contaminants (Hazekamp, 2018).
CBDistillery® hemp-derived CBD products are made from naturally cultivated hemp. We use the cleanest extraction methods available, and every product we offer is batch tested to ensure purity, potency, and consistent quality. We were also one of the first brands, if not the first, to post our third-party test results. You'll find serving size suggestions printed on every label according to your dog's weight.
However, every dog is different. Since a serving size that works for other dogs could be quite different than the amount ideal for your faithful friend, we suggest starting with a partial serving, even just a few drops. Then, increase that serving size in small increments. The following CBDistillery® CBD Oil Pet Tinctures can be administered orally, added to food or water, or applied topically. Most pet parents select their first bottle based on the size of their dog.
The goal of gradually increasing serving sizes is to determine the smallest amount of CBD your pup might need to achieve the effect you're hoping for. CBDistillery® 150mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil Pet Tincture has 5mg of CBD per (1 ml) dropper. For dogs under 25 pounds, we suggest starting with half a dropper (or less). If your dog is over 75 pounds, we suggest starting with 1-2 droppers (or less).
If you have a large dog, the potency of CBDistillery® 600mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil Pet Tincture could be the better option. You'll be giving your best bud 20mg of CBD with each 1ml (1 dropper) serving. You can also use this product for a smaller dog in lesser amounts. Calculated at 20 drops per ml, each drop gives your dog 1mg of CBD. Using smaller amounts of a more potent tincture can help reduce the overall cost of daily use.
CBDistillery® Full Spectrum CBD Oil Pet Tinctures are made with high-quality hemp extract and an easily digested carrier oil, hemp seed oil. Many CBD users feel the effects of full spectrum CBD oil are considerably more potent than products made with broad-spectrum extract or pure CBD isolate powder because of the way the combined effects of hemp's many additional cannabinoids and terpenes maximizes the contributions of each active plant component. It's a property unique to cannabis researchers call an "entourage" effect (Nahler et al., 2018).
To learn more about some of the many potential benefits of supporting ECS function with hemp-derived CBD, visit CBDistillery® to download our Ultimate CBD User Guide, the #1 resource guide for CBD users. Then consider browsing our selection of CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBN, and THC products. All CBDistillery® products are US Hemp Authority® certified, third-party batch tested, manufactured in a GMP-registered facility, and backed by our 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
If your dog has a medical condition or takes medication, consult your veterinarian before adding any hemp-derived product to their daily routine. Although generally well-tolerated and safe for most pets, CBD and other cannabinoids can interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
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