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What Is The Best CBD Oil For Pets?

6/4/2021

What Is The Best CBD Oil For Pets?

CBD products are most times formulated for human use, but it is also possible to make CBD oil products explicitly for pet consumption. Pets given CBD oil supplementation may experience some health-based benefits depending on the quality of the CBD product and the extent of usage.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol, shortened as CBD, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it cannot get your pet ‘high.’ CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, including THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the principal psychoactive agent responsible for the conventional ‘high like’ feeling associated with hemp use. CBD products generally contain little or no THC, meaning that the intake of CBD products is typically safe and devoid of any psychoactive effects.

What is CBD oil for pets

CBD oils for pets are CBD oils explicitly made for pet intake; they are different from those produced for humans. CBD oils for pets are made in such a way to optimize the possible benefits of CBD in pets. CBD oil is a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or even hemp oil infused with a CBD concentrate. This concentrate is gotten through various extraction methods that could mainly vary between CO2 extraction and solvent extraction. Solvent extraction, when used, is generally cheaper, but the concentrate produced is less pure compared to those made through the CO2 extraction process.

CBD oils for pets come in several Concentrations based on the CBD content and can either be full spectrum or isolate. Isolate CBD oils contain just CBD in its purest form as the only Cannabinoid in the product. At the same time, full-spectrum CBD oils for pets contain most of the constituents found in the hemp plant. This includes CBD as well as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and also essential oils. Pet owners should also note the difference between CBD oils and CBD tinctures for pets. These two products are often confused for one another. Still, they are entirely different, with CBD tinctures being the suspension of CBD in alcohol while CBD oils being the suspension of CBD in a carrier oil. Care should be taken in giving alcohol-containing products to your pets as alcohol often is unsuitable for their consumption. 

What is the best CBD oil for pets

The best CBD oil for your pet would be based on various factors, but most importantly would be taste and your pet’s tolerance to CBD and overall condition of health. As with any new substance in your pet’s regimen, it may be helpful to consult your veterinarian before giving your pet CBD oil supplements.  A few indicators of quality CBD oils for pets and pet owners should consider it when picking CBD oil products for their pets.

Formulated specifically for Pets: first and foremost, all CBD oils that should be given to pets have to be developed according to specific guidelines for pet use. This makes sure that the product is entirely safe for pet use.

Full-spectrum CBD oil: Full spectrum CBD oils contain almost all the cannabinoids present in hemp, including the primary content: Cannabidiol. Full-spectrum CBD helps give your pet the full benefits that come with CBD oil intake. Ensure that there is little or no THC in any CBD oil product you buy for your pet.

Third-party laboratory-tested: certain CBD products come with the third-party laboratory-tested stamp meaning that the product has been tested by an independent lab away from the manufacturer and has been ascertained to be both safe and effective.

Availability in different potencies: availability in different strengths makes it easy to administer CBD oils to your pets without inconveniences. In getting any CBD oil for pets, get one with a potency that matches your pets needs 

No preservatives, additives, artificial flavorings, Gluten, or Dairy: specific additional contents in CBD oil products may be harmful when taken in by animals. A good CBD oil product for pets would be free of any harmful additives or preservatives. It would also not contain any artificial flavorings, gluten, and even dairy. 

All-natural, non-GMO, and organic: a good indication of a quality CBD oil for pets is made from premium high-quality US-grown hemp. These all-natural products ensure that your pet takes in only the best CBD.

Can pets take CBD oil meant for humans

CBD oils for humans are most times made precisely the same way CBD oils for pets are made. However, it isn’t advisable to give your pets CBD oil that is made specifically for humans. This is because specific contents in CBD oils for humans may not be acceptable for pet consumption. Also, certification standards for CBD oil formulated for pets are different from those of CBD oil developed for humans. To be on the safe side, avoid giving your pets any CBD oil not specifically formulated for pet use.

It is recommended to give your cats between 2-4 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of weight. Cats generally have lesser Cannabinoid receptors, so dogs usually take less CBD. For dogs, the recommended CBD intake is 1-2mg of CBD per 10 pounds of weight. As a guide, make sure you follow the dosing instructions that come with the CBD oil product, and when in doubt, visit your veterinarian for more information. Remember to always speak with your veterinarian before giving your pet any CBD products as a precaution.

Common methods of applying CBD oil to pets

  1. Apply the drops using a dropper with plastic instead of glass just if your pet bites down. 
  2. Apply the drops directly to the middle of the tongue or back of the cheek/gum line.
  3. Apply the drops to a treat or meal.
  4. Apply the drops to the water bowl (use this as a last resort because the oil drop could get splashed out of the bowl).

Conclusion

There are several different CBD oil products you can get for your pets based on brands, formulation, and even potency. Make sure you get one that is of high quality and suits your pet’s needs ideally. Also, make sure you give your pets the appropriate dosing as directed on the product.

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