Have you ever taken a look at the potential adverse reactions associated with your pet’s conventional medications? Trust us when we say it’s pretty scary. Possible kidney failure from seizure medicine. Relief from chronic pain but at the risk of severe gastrointestinal issues. Potential liver damage from just about any drug you can think of. The list goes on. Therefore, it only makes sense that pet owners actively began seeking out all natural alternatives for their furry companion’s ailments. However, it couldn’t be just any supplement. The alternative had to not only be safe, but equally effective. That’s where CBD oil comes into play.
CBD For Dogs and Cats
Every day, more and more people are using CBD (Cannabidiol). CBD oil is changing the ways in which individuals can manage and treat their own health conditions. It was only a matter of time before pet owners began to consider whether CBD oil could also serve their four-legged friends.
If you haven’t already heard, we are thrilled to be the ones to share the news. CBD oil can be safe for dogs and cats. While this may seem like a recent study, it’s far from it. In fact, experts have been researching its effects on animals for well over three decades, yet only in the past five years has CBD oil become readily available for purchasing.
But, First… A Warning
With the enormous hype surrounding CBD oil and the conversation growing every day, there are a few important facts that pet owners must be aware of. The good news that comes along with the supplement gaining so much attention is that it is available for purchase with a click of a button. Unfortunately, that also presents potential bad news. We’ll explain.
You see, with the growing popularity comes certain CBD companies producing products with one thing in mind: money. Many companies are developing CBD oil and CBD treats that are far from what we consider to be the necessary standards. This is concerning for a number of reasons. For starters, purchasing CBD oil that isn’t of the highest quality is a waste of money. Plain and simple. However, perhaps more troubling is that when the product doesn’t end of working (which will inevitably be the case), pet owners are left no choice other than to resort back to using conventional medications.
Luckily, there are a few essential ways to ensure that you are purchasing the best CBD oil possible.
First and foremost, the CBD oil that you purchase for your dogs and cats must be hemp extract derived from the hemp plant. In most states, this won’t be an issue due to the fact that CBD derived from the marijuana plant is still not legally sold. However, if you live in a state like California and choose to purchase CBD from your local dispensary, make sure that you only buy hemp derived CBD. CBD derived from the other species of the cannabis sativa plant (marijuana) will contain trace amounts of THC. While THC certainly has its medical benefits for people, it isn’t safe for canines or felines, even in small amounts.
To learn more about the key differences between THC and CBD and additional benefits of hemp oil products, click here.
100% All Natural
Next, it is imperative that the CBD oil that you purchase is all natural, all the time. This means that the hemp product was not treated with any pesticides, fungicides, or solvents. Think about it. The reason why pet owners are avoiding conventional medications is because they are chemically-based and, therefore, can cause a slew of adverse reactions. Yet, if you are treating your pet’s ailments with hemp treated with chemicals, it is essentially negating the purpose of choosing an all natural alternative.
Additionally, in order to ensure you are purchasing the very best CBD oil, ask to see the company’s Certificate of Analysis(CoA). Any reputable CBD brand should be able to easily provide it. The Certificate of Analysis shows an in-depth lab report of exactly how much CBD their product contains. It proves that the product has not only been lab tested, but is actually something that you want to buy. Some companies are marketing their product as being CBD oil, yet it only contains trace amounts of CBD. Doesn’t make much sense, does it? Ensuring the CBD levels are up to the necessary standards is an essential way to make sure your pet benefits from the hemp plant.
CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD
Furthermore, it is important for pet owners to understand the differences between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD and how the different extraction methods can truly alter the ways in which it benefits your pet.
It was once believed that CBD isolate reigned supreme over full spectrum CBD. Experts thought that CBD isolate was a concentrated, more potent version of the cannabis plant. However, this thought process was proved incorrect in a 2015 study that showed full spectrum CBD has substantially greater effects on the body as it contains strains that work together for stronger, longer lasting relief.
With the information widely available regarding full spectrum CBD versus CBD isolate, you may want to ask yourself why so many companies are choosing to use the latter. The answer is simple. It’s cheaper for the CBD company. Therefore, companies can use the cheaper CBD (CBD isolate) and compete with the prices of companies using full spectrum CBD all while profiting at substantially higher rates. It’s one of the unfortunate truths that come with the rise in popularity of a product like CBD.
Furthermore, companies that are using CBD isolate are not going to be forthcoming with the information. Therefore, it is imperative that pet owners know to ask for the Certificate of Analysis. The lab test will show exactly what form of CBD their product contains. We highly recommend only purchasing full spectrum CBD oil.
To learn more about CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD, click here.
CBD Oil & Treats Formulated for Animals
This may go without saying, but it is extremely important to only give your cats and dogs CBD oil products from hemp extract that are formulated for animals. If you own a vape pen, do not blow the smoke into your pet’s face or ears. It will not get them high and can ultimately cause irritation and harm. Vaping CBD is fine for people, but certainly not for our animals.
When it comes to CBD oil, you truly get what you pay for. Due to the high demand and even higher amount of competition, you may find price points that vary quite a bit. We encourage our readers to ask themselves why this may be the case. Is the cheaper CBD oil using full spectrum CBD? Likely not. Is the company able to provide a Certificate of Analysis? Is the product really something that you want to give to your beloved furry companion?
In the same breath, it is important for pet owners to understand that CBD oil should be affordable. Like most great things in life, CBD oil works best with consistency. Therefore, purchasing an extremely expensive product but not being able to continue with providing the supplement ultimately isn’t the best use of your money. CBD oil from Honest Paws will cost pet owners roughly $2 a day. That’s less than a trip to Starbucks.
Why Choose CBD Oil for Dogs & Cats
We know that your dogs and cats mean the world to you. Here at Honest Paws, we are all animal lovers. Therefore, we know just how daunting a trip to the veterinarian can be. Medications you’ve never heard of. Tests and examines you can’t pronounce. Not to mention, the price tag on it all. Sadly, most traditional veterinarians still won’t recommend CBD oil over conventional drugs. When it comes to CBD oil, you have nothing to lose and truly everything to gain.
The Best CBD Oil = The Best Results
At the end of the day, we know that you want the very best for your furry friend and, in our humble opinion, that should mean only the very best CBD oil. That means oil solely derived from hemp, all natural 100% of the time, lab tested, and full spectrum. If your thoughts align with ours, look no further than CBD oil from Honest Paws. The oil comes in tincture form rather than in capsules and makes it easy for pet owners to have total control over how much product their four-legged friend receives. Additionally, the CBD treats from Honest Paws contain only the best ingredients.