As an overview to a great article in the Washington Post in August of 2020 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/08/19/cbd-products-pets/)…CBD, correctly known as Cannabidiol, is a compound from hemp. It does Not contain THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the marijuana compound to make one ‘high’.
It is said to help pets with their anxiety, and some skin issues. In addition, to quote, “Some studies say it can decrease arthritis pain and control seizures. It’s available in several forms, including oils, capsules, topical lotions, and dog treats.”
With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill easing the restrictions on CBD products many companies, including celebrities, are jumping onto the band wagon to produce their own brands of CBD for pets and in various flavors. However, CBD is still not FDA approved and still has limited research available. So, veterinarians are urging clients to be cautious about using CBD and to start slowly and with lower dosages to watch and observe their pets reactions. Also pet parents should be cognitive of additives to the CBD products and be certain that No THC is included as it can make your pet sick.
According to MediaBias/FactCheck.com, Discover Magazine shows credible scientific sourcing and is unbiased. In Discover’s March 4, 2021 newsletter, they state, “As dogs host an endocannabinoid system just like humans, they’re able to experience the same benefits of CBD as well. This includes helping with symptoms ranging from mental anguish such as anxiety to physical ailments as well. The result has left pet owners astounded with how this natural alternative has been able to help their pets with a number of different everyday issues.”
With this popular trend, as mentioned, many companies have started producing their own CBD products. Unfortunately, some not so good, some good. Some are just taking advantage of making extra dollars. So beware of additives to CBD and do look closely at the dosages and that they are made here in the USA. Discover has made a guide of what they consider to be the top 5 CBD companies of those they researched…all USA.
Discover’s Top Picks
Here is a recap of their top 5 list of CBD oils for dogs starting with their best overall:
1. Verma Farms –All from USA-grown farms and THC free / salmon flavor.
2. Penguin –Made in Oregon, THC free, natural flavor, praised by Healthline.
3. R+R Medicinals – Dog Chews from Colorado organic farms, chicken flavor, good Google ratings. Author note: check ingredients for allergic pet reactions, i.e, pea flour.
4. Medterra – Made in Kentucky, 3 flavors, no THC, certified by US Hemp Authority.
5. Batch CBD – From Wisconsin, bacon flavor, noted for ‘best customer experience’.
Here is a link to the entire newletter article: https://www.discovermagazine.com/sponsored/best-cbd-oil-for-dogs-top-5-brands-and-buyers-guide.
I want to mention one other article from Pet Age in their recent digital newsletter of 4/29/2021. KadenwoodBrands.com of Newport Beach, California , recently introduced their CBD brand called Purity Preference in November of 2020. It is also USA-made with no THC, and is 3rd party tested. They have been established since 2019.
What I am wondering about from the above articles is ‘what about our cats?’ Here is a quote from PetMD.com regarding CBD for our cats:
“How to Find Safe CBD for Cats
If you choose to try CBD for your cat, here are a few ways that you can protect your pets from poor-quality CBD:
By: Jennifer Coates, DVM
- Find products that carry the Certified Seal of the U.S. Hemp Authority™ or the National Animal Supplements Council (NASC) Quality Seal, as these meet industry-imposed standards and have passed a third-party audit.
- Use only products that are designed for cats or that contain just CBD oil—and maybe a benign carrier like hemp oil, coconut oil or MCT oil.
- Talk to an experienced veterinarian. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association provides a “Find a Vet” tool on its website if your veterinarian is unable to help.”
I hope all of the above information clears up some of the mystery about the current trend of using CBD for our pets. I know it has for me.
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