Are you interested in buying CBD for your pet but have no idea where to start? This comprehensive guide will walk you through the ins and outs of CBD oil for dogs & cats and where to buy it.
It’s no secret that CBD oil is gaining massive popularity due to its non-psychoactive properties and amazing health benefits. Recent research reveals that the body’s overall equilibrium greatly improves after using CBD.
It is important for you as a pet owner to learn the ins and outs of this newly discovered super-herb, as it can help manage many different health conditions that your pet may have.
It is also important to know where to buy high quality CBD oil for your dog or cat, as you never want to give cheap supplements to your pet.
Here are some of the important areas concerning the use and purchase of CBD oil that every pet owner should read about.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural occurring compound in the industrial hemp plant. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the plant. Currently, CBD is undergoing research as it can potentially carry some really amazing health benefits.
Although humans have been using CBD for years, it is now available for cats and dogs too! CBD is beneficial for pets in many of the same ways as it is for us. These benefits include fighting anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, suppressing seizures, treating nausea, slowing tumor growth, treating allergies, and helping to improve overall health and wellness.
You have probably heard the term “CBD oil”, also known as CBD tincture. This is a combination of raw CBD extract and a carrier oil. There is an entire process for making CBD oil, which you will learn about next.
How Is CBD Oil Made?
In one sentence: CBD oil is made by separating CBD from the hemp plant and combining it with a carrier oil. Let’s expand on this a bit more.
First, to separate the CBD from the hemp plant, it must go through a process known as extraction. There are several ways you can extract CBD. Each way requires a different kind of solvent to pull the CBD from the plant. Four common examples of solvents are CO2, olive oil, butane, and alcohol.
If this sounds confusing right now, don’t worry. We’ll just get straight to the point. The purest and highest quality CBD oil comes from the CO2 extraction method. Other solvents such as butane leave behind nasty byproducts that could potentially be dangerous for your pet’s health.
Once you have the CBD extract, it’s time to combine it with an oil. Hempseed oil is a popular choice as it is exceptionally rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate
While browsing for CBD products, you may notice several terms such as “full spectrum” or “isolate”. To get a better understanding of what these terms mean, let’s take a look at the forms of CBD that are available today.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum, also known as “whole plant” CBD includes all of the hemp plant’s naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This form of CBD is unique as it also includes THC, although in very low levels. THC is the cannabinoid which gives the user the “high” feeling. However, the amount of THC in hemp-derived CBD is under 0.3%, which is not enough to get your pet high.
In a 2015 study by The Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology, researchers found that full spectrum CBD extract had a much greater anti-inflammatory effect than CBD isolate alone. What does this mean? In higher doses, the combination of CBD, THC and the other cannabinoids in the hemp plant provides more anti-inflammatory relief than pure CBD isolate does. This is known as the “entourage effect”.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad Spectrum CBD is very similar to full spectrum, although with one key difference. The difference is that while full spectrum CBD contains small amounts of THC, broad spectrum contains absolutely no THC. Aside from that, broad spectrum CBD also includes cannabinoids and terpenes just like its full spectrum counterpart.
Although broad spectrum CBD contains no THC, we suggest you give your pet full spectrum CBD oil for best results. This is because of the entourage effect we went over in the last section.
Simply put, CBD Isolate is CBD in its purest form. It is isolated from all other cannabinoids and terpenes, hence the name “isolate”. CBD isolate is made by refining raw CBD extract into its molecular form, leaving behind only CBD molecule itself.
CBD isolate can come from either the hemp or marijuana plant. Regardless of the source, CBD isolate will never contain THC. This is because isolate contains no other molecules besides CBD.
Please note that marijuana and hemp are not the same. Both contain CBD but one also contains high amounts of THC. So what’s the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out…
What’s the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
There are two main species of the cannabis genus plant that you should know about – Hemp and Marijuana.
Both plants naturally produce more than 80 different chemical compounds commonly referred to as cannabinoids. Each one of these cannabinoids are unique and can have different effects on your body or brain.
The cannabinoid content differs between the two species, as hemp tends to have a lower concentration of cannabinoids than marijuana. Let’s dive deeper into the similarities and differences between the two species.
Hemp vs Marijuana
Hemp (species 1) is a tall bamboo like species historically originating from Asia. Farmers around the world harvest the hemp stalks to make paper, textiles, rope and clothing. They also harvest the hemp seeds to make food, cosmetics, paint & lubricants.
The cannabinoid content in hemp is low, resulting in a lower THC levels (legally the THC levels needs to be less than 0.3%). Since hemp is legal to import, ship and sell in the US, this makes it a popular source of CBD – the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp. CBD (Cannabidiol) carries many health benefits but will not get you “high”.
Marijuana (species 2) is Hemp’s shorter, bushier cousin. It is popular for its for high yielding flowers and high concentration of resin. Both the flower and resin glands are rich in THC – the psychoactive part of the plant that get’s you “high”.
The marijuana plant can contain upwards of 20% THC or more, depending on the strain. This is what makes marijuana such a popular candidate among the masses to smoke and ingest. Like CBD, THC also carries many health benefits. However, by taking THC, you will experience a “high”.
Why Buy CBD Oil for Your Dog or Cat?
Now that you know where CBD comes from, let’s take a look at why you should buy CBD oil for your pet.
Earlier, we briefly mentioned that CBD is important for your dog or cat because it has medicinal benefits. We can categorize these benefits into two areas. CBD oil has the ability to fight both chronic diseases and also acute diseases in pets.
CBD Oil and Pet Ailments
One chronic disease is arthritis, which is a serious condition that affects the joints and mobility of many pets. Many aging dogs and cats are prone to arthritis, and the inflammation in their joints results in the loss of their ability to move around efficiently.
According to research, CBD has anti-inflammatory effects which can help with healing some chronic and acute diseases. This is achieved through the ability of CBD to target the specific receptor sites in the brain and central nervous system of the dogs and cats.
Another group of chronic diseases in pets are autoimmune disorders. These include allergies, immune system failures, and growth of cancer cells.
CBD is also important because it can help with pain, anxiety, neurological disorders, stimulation of appetite, and the reduction of muscle spasms.
What Types of CBD Products Can I Buy for Dogs and Cats?
CBD Pet Tinctures
CBD Pet Tinctures, also known as “CBD oil”, come in small glass bottles filled with highly concentrated CBD. The glass bottle will usually include a dropper which makes it easy to administer the oil. You can drop CBD oil in food, water or directly into your pet’s mouth.
There are several things to consider when buying quality CBD oil for your dog or cat. First, be on the lookout for full spectrum CBD oil. This will allow your pet to experience full benefits CBD has to offer. This is due to the entourage effect, as mentioned earlier in this article.
Second, check the ingredients label to see the type of oil the tincture. Coconut oil and hempseed oil are two of the most commonly used oils in CBD tinctures. Hempseed oil is a great option, as it includes a high concentration of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids promote a healthy skin and coat for your pet.
Finally, look for CBD oil that is organic, grain-free and non-GMO. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your dog or cat is eating the highest quality foods. Therefore, the quality of CBD oil is not something you should overlook. In addition to this, the safest and highest quality CBD tinctures come from the USA. Keep an eye out for tinctures that are not made in the USA. You do not want to be feeding your pet supplements made in an overseas Chinese lab.
CBD Pet Capsules
CBD Pet Capsules are yet another effective way to deliver CBD oil to your dog or cat. They are also quite easy to use. You can hide the capsules in their snacks. You can also split them open and mix them in your pet’s food or water. CBD capsules are easily absorbed into the body after entering the digestive system. These capsules provide the same benefits and relief as CBD tinctures. The only difference is that the dosage is already measured for you.
Once again, we recommend you look for organic, grain-free and non-GMO options. Furthermore, most capsules in stores use animal gelatin. For a healthier option, look for plant-based or “vegan” capsules. These will not include any animal gelatin.
Also, check the ingredients label to see the filler used in the capsules. Most commonly, you will find either coconut powder or hempseed powder. Both of these are fine options. As mentioned earlier, hempseed powder includes fatty acids which are beneficial to your pet’s health. Not only do they boost the immune system, but they promote healthy skin and fur as well.
CBD Pet Treats
CBD Dog treats are a great option for dogs that have a problem taking pills or tincture drops. These dog treats are already infused with CBD oil so there is no need for mixing or any other additional work.
HolistaPet’s CBD Dog Treats come in 3 yummy flavors, each with a different formula for your pet’s specific condition. These flavors include Blueberry & Sweet Potato (Heart & Immune Care), Pumpkin Spice & Cinnamon (Joint & Mobility Care), and Green Apple & Peanut Butter (Stress & Anxiety Relief).
Each of these flavors include a different group of superfood ingredients, which make them some of the world’s most effective dog biscuits. Superfood ingredients include: flaxseeds, turmeric, hemp seed powder, boswellia, L-Theanine & chamomile, to name a few.
HolistaPet’s CBD Dog Treats are made with all-natural non-GMO ingredients. They never include artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Furthermore, these dog treats are gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, making them a smart choice for health-conscious dog owners.
CBD Cat Treats are becoming a very popular option for cat owners. Like the dog treats, these treats also include full spectrum CBD oil. As we all know, cats can be very picky about what they eat. These treats make it much easier for cat owners to give CBD to their furry companion.
HolistaPet’s CBD cat treats are salmon flavored and include 2mg of full spectrum CBD oil per treat. These delicious treats are made with all-natural non-GMO ingredients, and include no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are also gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, making them a healthy choice for all cats.
CBD Pet Topicals
Topicals are ideal for pets who are either suffering from serious joint and body pains or skin allergies. You can apply them directly to your pet’s skin to deliver immediate relief. The topical is only for external use, so make sure that your pet does not ingest it. CBD topicals include a mix of carrier compounds that allow fast absorption of cannabinoids into the skin.
What Dosage of CBD Oil Should I Buy for My Dog or Cat?
When you’re looking at CBD products for your pet, you may notice that they come in many varieties and dosages. But, which dosage is optimal for your pet?
To give you a better understanding of how dosage works, we need to consider two factors. The first factor is the weight of your pet. The second is the severity of your pet’s condition.
Calculating the Right Dose
When it comes to weight, the general rule of thumb is to use 0.25mg of CBD per pound of bodyweight. For example, a dog that weighs 80 pounds may need 20 mg of CBD oil to manage its symptoms. In this case, a 600mg bottle of CBD pet tincture may give you just enough for 30 doses. On the other hand, a smaller dog weighing 20 pounds may only need 5 mg of CBD oil per dose. In this case, a 150mg bottle of CBD pet tincture will give you just enough for 30 doses.
In regards to the severity of your pet’s condition, a more severe case may require a higher dosage. The general rule of thumb is to use 0.5mg of CBD per pound of bodyweight for severe cases. For example, let’s say the 80 pound dog normally requires 20mg of CBD oil. Now let’s say she is suffering from a severe case of epilepsy- to the point where she experiences heavy seizures on a recurring basis. In this case, you may consider using upwards of 40mg, which is half of her body weight.
For more details on which dosage your dog or cat requires, check out our complete CBD dosage guide for pets.
Where to Buy CBD Oil for Dogs & Cats
Nowadays, there are hundreds, if not thousands of brands selling CBD for dogs and cats. But how many of these companies should you actually trust? Where you buy the CBD oil for your dog or cat can greatly determine the effectiveness and quality of the product.
The first thing to look out for is the source of the CBD. There are countless numbers of hemp farms in the United States, but not all are grown equally. In order to cut costs and increase production, many suppliers of CBD grow their hemp farms using artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals that are very toxic for your pet. Many of these farms may also use genetically modified (GMO) seeds in order to grow pest-resistant hemp crops. These crops are inorganic, and not healthy for the body.
In order to ensure your pet is not consuming any of these toxins, it is important to only purchase 100% organic CBD oil. It is a well known fact that Colorado is one of the biggest exporters of high quality organic hemp. Be on the lookout for CBD that is made from Colorado-grown hemp.
All HolistaPet CBD products come from all-natural, 100% organic hemp grown in Colorado, USA. We take great pride in using only the highest quality ingredients in our products. This is because we believe your pet should only be eating great things, just like you are.
Here is a comparison chart that displays some popular choices for CBD and the dosages available. Be sure to do your research on choosing the best option for your pet and avoid overspending when possible.