What is CBD oil and how is it used for dogs?
It might be surprising to know that both dogs and humans have the same endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) within the body. Cannabidiol (CBD) does its work by targeting these receptors located in the central nervous system, organs, brain and the immune cells that can stimulate relaxing effects. As more people seeking the help of CBD to treat their furry friends, the benefits of CBD as a treatment for pets are becoming clearer. CBD oil derived from hemp with no THC is generally well tolerated by both humans and pets, however CBD is said to decrease activity of liver enzymes that are used to metabolize some prescription drugs. In this case, if your dog is already on medication, it is important to check with your holistic health practitioner or your vet before you administer CBD to them (source).
Cannabidiol (CBD) іѕ a соmроund fоund in thе cannabis plant. Marijuana is the most popular type of cannabis that almost everyone has heard of. While legality of marijuana varies from state to state, THC based products are not recommended for use on pets. Dogs especially are known to have a negative reaction to THC based products. CBD оіl is extracted from marijuana’s tamer relative; hemp. Hemp has been used for hundreds of years in textiles, medicine, and therapeutic tinctures (although not fully legal until recently) like our M CBD Pet Tincture. While research in veterinary science has yet to catch up to the myriad medicinal benefits of CBD for pets, savvy pet owners have been utilizing it as a home remedy for years.
How does CBD help dogs?
Thеrе аrе mоrе thаn 60 synthetic соmроundѕ found in thе саnnаbіѕ рlаnt (hemp and marijuana), these compounds are referred to as саnnаbіnоіdѕ. Out оf those 60, thеrе аrе twо рrіmаrу types: саnnаbіdіоl (CBD) and tеtrаhуdrосаnnаbіnоl (THC). THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that produces psychoactive effects (it gets you high) but CBD does not produce these effects. While some people may enjoy the stony effects of THC, your pets will not. So what are some of the most common home remedies that pet owners use CBD oil for? In his book CBD Oil for Dogs, Michael Oliver outlines the following list of beneficial uses for dogs:
- Joint Pain or Irritation (especially beneficial in older or heavier dogs)
- Lack of appetite
- Nervousness and Excessive Barking
- Nausea and Car sickness
- Fear of loud noises and irritation
- Dog Aggression
- Nerve Pain
How do I choose the right CBD oil for my pet?
Only Purchase CBD from Organic Hemp
Hemp has the amazing ability to absorb minerals and nutrients from the soil, the benefits of this are passed on to the plant and create healthier nutrient rich hemp. On the other hand, the same applies for toxins, pesticides and harmful heavy metals that can be found in factory farmed hemp. M CBD’s hemp is organically grown and craft harvested right here in the United States in accordance with the farm act.
Chооѕе “Nano-Sized Microemulsion” CBD
Not all CBD is created equal, one of the distinguishing factors between the best CBD and inferior CBD products is the technique used to emulsify the CBD. M CBD uses “liposomal emulsion” also known as “nanoemulsification”. Standard CBD emulsions (the process by which the CBD is extracted from the plant) produces large particles of CBD which leads to poor digestion and absorption. Nanoemulsification produces smaller particles which leads to better retention, greater absorption and a significantly better product. Low cost is a key indicator in a CBD oil’s quality as the liposomal emulsion process is more time consuming and expensive.
Check the THC Content
All hemp based CBD must contain low traces of CBD (under .3%) in order to be considered non-psychoactive and to be legally sold. M CBD has zero perceptible THC which means there will be no mind altering effects from our products and they are 100% legal in all fifty states. Pets, especially dogs, react much differently to THC than people do, so it is important that CBD oil given to pets be THC free.
Hemp Oil is not CBD
Caution should be exercised when purchasing “Hemp Oil” from 3rd party sellers like Amazon or eBay. One of the loopholes that sellers use to circumventing rigorous testing and certification standards is by producing “hemp oil.” Hemp oil is not the same as CBD as it has none of the active ingredients that make CBD beneficial for your health. Hemp oil is no different than peanut oil or olive oil. You can make a nice salad with it, but it will not benefit you in any way medicinally.
When Possible, Purchase Only Full Spectrum CBD Oil
While CBD is considered the most important active ingredient, a full spectrum product can have even greater effects. Our raw hemp is carefully dried and then cured until ready for use. After being processed into a potent powder, it is ready to be extracted into an oil. M CBD is the best hemp based CBD oil because it’s not only organic, nanoemulsified and grown in the USA, but we use a full spectrum extraction process so our oil does not lose any of its’ medicinal properties. Learn more about our process here.
For therapeutic use, buy a tincture
When dosing CBD oil for pets, it’s best to use one of M CBD’s tinctures. Many “CBD Pet Treats” are low quality junk food for pets sprayed with CBD oil after production. Which means that the dose cannot be accurately gauged, the quality is not monitored and often the advertising dosage is not what makes its way into the final product. If you would like to give your pet CBD infused pet treats, we’ve collected some great recipes below to make at home using only the highest quality M CBD Pet Tincture.
What are some recipes I can use to make CBD oil treats for my pets?
These easy to make treats take about 5 minutes of prep time and are a great way to dose your pet before a vet appointment, before 4th of July Fireworks (or let’s be honest, before 12 of August fireworks if my neighbors are the norm) or to help reduce symptoms from conditions like cancer, arthritis or anxiety. Enjoy!
CBD OIL DOG TREATS
Approx 24-30 treats
- 2/3 C organic apple sauce
- 1/4 C organic or natural peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 C coconut oil
- 3 C flour or gluten free flour substitute
- 1 t baking soda
- CBD Oil amount varies (see our dosage guide for pets to get an idea of how much CBD oil to use)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line 1-2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
Mix wet ingredients in stand mixer or by hand (applesauce, peanut butter, eggs, coconut oil and CBD oil)
Fold in dry ingredients (flour, baking soda) or blend with a dough hook, cookie blade or by hand.
Roll mixture out onto a floured surface until about 1/2″ thick and cut cookie shapes
drop directly onto parchment lined cookie sheets by the spoonful and press down until about 1/2″ thick with your hands
BAKE FOR :15 MINS
*For this recipe a safe measure for CBD dosing is about 2 drops of CBD oil per cookie.
You don’t have to splurge on fancy dog CBD or bake your CBD into treats, human CBD products are safe for pets.
In fact, our CBD Pet TIncture is the same exact formula as our 250mg Hemp CBD Tincture. Why? Because that’s the safest way to dose your pets, high quality CBD safe for human consumption. The following MCBD products are perfectly safe for both you and your pet. Just keep an eye on dose strength and if you’re unsure, check out our CBD Buying Guide.