With the recent buzz and fuzz surrounding the cannabidiol craze, you’re probably aware that it is one of the hottest pet care wellness trends, too. From oils to treats and topicals to gummies, there are several options to give your furry pals to help them achieve optimum health.

For some reason, CBD oil is the most popular form. Basically, it is extracted from the cannabis plant and has become incredibly common as an alternative therapy for various conditions as the modern approach in pet care.

The growing popularity of the cannabidiol industry is moving at a rapid pace (read more), and you might wonder— does it really make a promise? Will it be safe for your pets?

Your worries are understandable, but to make it clear, we’ve listed the frequently asked questions to further know all about CBD.

  1. What Is CBD?

Much confusion exists regarding what CBD oil is and what benefits the users get from using it. Cannabidiol, or simply CBD, is a phytocannabinoid naturally found in cannabis plants. Even though cannabidiol is a critical component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, a close relative of marijuana.

According to a World Health Organization report in 2017, CBD shows no signs of abuse or dependence. Additionally, there is no evidence that it is linked with any public health issues. At the same time, in dogs, the WHO says that cannabidiol is well-tolerated by animals in its pure form.

The Benefits Are The Following:

  • Improves skin condition
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • It helps treat seizures
  • Improves metabolism and appetite
  1. What Is THC?

Like CBD, it is also a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It exists in trace amounts in hemp plants, but higher concentrations of it is found in marijuana. Perhaps you’ve heard about the controversy with marijuana—THC or tetrahydrocannabinol— this substance is the primary psychoactive ingredient that makes people or even animals high and euphoric.

When your dogs consume too much of this substance, it can cause irregularities in their heartbeats. This can cause toxicity and may be harmful to your dog’s overall health.

  1. Does CBD Cause Intoxication To Dogs?

Cannabidiol, in contrast to its cousin THC, does not produce intoxication. One of the most popular claims of cannabidiol is that it is a non-psychoactive component of any of the said plants. Thus, it won’t make your canines high and intoxicated.

However, your very first concern should be whether or not you give your dog a product that contains high amounts of THC or anything else that contains many additives in one product. As you may know, cannabidiol can be consumed in multiple ways by humans, but it isn’t the same case with dogs. In the same way, there should be a specific product for your furry pals.

CBD oil for dogs and CBD oil for humans are fundamentally different. Dogs and humans host the same system (endocannabinoid), but their bodies react differently depending on the potency. Obviously, a canine is relatively smaller, and they’re not used to a large concentration of any substances like cannabinoids. Thus, we should avoid using products that aren’t formulated for them in the first place.

  1. What Are The Types Of CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol is available in three different forms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate.

Full-Spectrum

It is often cited in full-spectrum oils that it has the most potent entourage effect, which occurs when multiple cannabinoids work together. It is designed to be more effective and provide faster results.

Full-spectrum contains all the cannabinoids present, and that includes THC in 0.3% concentration. Also, it includes terpenes that may heighten the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD.

If you’re wondering if the existence of THC may harm your dog, don’t worry because it won’t make your dog intoxicated. The trace amounts of THC present are not sufficiently potent to cause adverse effects.

Broad-Spectrum

Like full-spectrum, it also contains all the cannabinoids but without the presence of THC. Thus, it also produces an ‘entourage effect,’ which many believe enhances the overall experience. This is an excellent middle ground between CBD isolate and CBD full-spectrum if you want to make your dog achieve better health effectively.

Isolates

In this one, isolates are processed in which all of the components of the hemp plant are removed, leaving only the CBD. A popular reason for this method’s popularity is that it contains no THC and other cannabinoids (though traces can be found in some).

Isolates are usually the least expensive among the other types of cannabidiol. Also, it is beneficial in treating a specific concern as it is one of the most convenient ways to accurately administer cannabidiol to your pets’ health care.

  1. How To Find A Reputable Seller?

In purchasing cannabidiol oils, research is a must to receive the most up-to-date and accurate information about high-quality oils. The CBD market has become an industry for a long time. There will always be misleading companies (link: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/cbd-and-false-advertising-lessons-75613/) looking to profit from customers by defrauding the consumers into purchasing cheap goods. Here’s what you should check:

Source Of Hemp

Keep in mind that hemp plants can absorb anything present in the soil where they are grown and harvested. It goes without saying that a hemp plant that grows in rich soil will produce high-quality CBD and that the substance extracted from that plant will be of high quality.

Lab-Tested

Third-party testing ensures that the products you use for your dog contain the exact types and amounts of ingredients that the manufacturer claims they do. The seller should provide you with all of the certificates that ensure the quality, potency, and elements contained in their products were tested and safe.

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Raushan Kumar
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