There is a tremendous amount of research being carried out with regards to the effect that cannabidiol (CBD) has on the human body. This has led to many people asking the question. What would be the effects of cannabis, on other animals? Such as pets. Most vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is within this system that cannabinoids, such as CBD can interact, the same as with humans. This similarity between us and our pets has created a new demand.
CBD FOR PETS:
While Veterinarians have noticed that CBD dog treats and CBD oils etc have become common place in the pet supplements market. They are increasingly being asked about CBD products, and their benefits for their customers pets. Because of some confusion in the law as it stands at the moment, they have not taken an official stance on the subject. However, we know of many vets that are actually embracing the use of CBD products.
IS IT LEGAL?
Some of the confusion comes from the fact that the DEA lists Marijuana as a schedule one drug, and this makes it illegal for vets to prescribe. CBD is sourced from industrial hemp, which although it is related to the Marijuana plant, they are very different in their chemical composition.
Industrial hemp has to have a THC level lower than 0.3% to be considered legal. The only way to make sure the CBD product you purchase is legal, is to ask your supplier for a Certificate of analysis (COA). Which our company provides for every batch produced, within our USDA approved GMP manufacturing process. This not only lets you know its safe to use, but also proves its legal too.
WHEN SOURCED FROM A REPUTABLE SUPPLIER CBD PRODUCTS ARE LEGAL BOTH IN THE USA AND THE UK !!!
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THC AND CBD?
As a responsible pet owner, it is important that you know the difference between CBD and THC. Although both are cannabinoids that come from the cannabis plant, the variety of plant is different and so are the levels of each compound. To cut it short, Mairijuana plants are bred to have high levels of THC ( WHAT GETS YOU HIGH). The industrial hemp plant is bred to have very low levels of THC and high levels of CBD, the essential nutrients and compounds that it needs to be medicinally beneficial to our pets. Without causing them harm.
THC is the psychoactive compound, ( the high effect), whilst CBD HAS NO PSYCHOACTIVE AFFECTS and will not intoxicate your pet in any way. In fact CBD has been known to reduce the action of THC and will reduce any psychoactive effects of THC.
SOURCE YOUR PRODUCTS FROM A REPUTABLE SUPPLIER?
As responsible pet owners we know how important the safety and wellbeing of our pets is to us all. That’s why its so important to find the right supplier for your pets CBD products.
There are a number of important factors you must look out for when researching a suitable supplier.
- All good CBD products begin at the source. Choose a farmed crop that has been organically grown using GMP manufacturing methods. Many of the reputable farmers are growing their crops in Europe or the USA. Crops grown in these countries have very strict legislation placed upon them and are subject to very rigorous safety checks throughout the whole process. Don’t choose a product that has been grown in Asia, where pesticides are likely to have been used, and heavy metals may have been present in the soil.
- Also the way the oil is extracted from the plant, plays an important role, in the potency, safety and quality of the end product. Super critical co2 extraction is the cleanest and safest method of extraction, which doesn’t remove any of the nutritional benefits of the oil, nor does it leave any harmful solvent residues either. It is the most expensive process, but by far the most beneficial, in terms of the quality and purity of the resulting product
- When choosing a suitable CBD product for your pets, be sure that it comes with a certificate of analysis (COA). This is a laboratory test certificate, that tests for, cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, microbials, heavy metal presence, as well as the level of THC and CBD content within that particular batch.
There are many people using CBD products without prior consultation with their veterinarian. We would advocate that you consult a veterinary professional beforehand, as there can be some very inaccurate claims made about its benefits and also some suppliers with poor quality control methods, to be aware of.
BENEFITS OF CBD FOR OUR PETS:
Numerous research is being carried out into the benefits of CBD and its creating a lot of enthusiasm into the direction the results are going. There is though, no current published evidence on the benefits of CBD use in animals. Currently Colorado state university is conducting research into the use of CBD in epilepsy and osteoarthritis in dogs, unfortunately the results are not yet published.
SHOULD OUR VETERINARIANS BE ABLE TO SELL CBD?
With the questions being asked more about the benefits of CBD, we would encourage all veterinarians to be more transparent about all the available research and the possibilities of this being a natural homeopathic remedy, which could have many beneficial properties for a variety of our pets ailments.
As the law becomes more relaxed on CBD, there is no doubt there will be more research carried out into the benefits of CBD. Having said that. There are literally tens of thousands of people that are currently reaping the benefits that CBD products are having on their pets. There are thousands of testimonials from people, who may prefer an holistic approach to more conventional medicines.
We would encourage veterinarians from both side of the pond, who may be reading this article, to seek more knowledge from the ever increasing resources, that are available, into the Benefits of CBD in animals. The ever increasing demand for this product, from veterinary practitioners, suppliers and distributors will only increase their need to be able to give their clients balanced and reliable information. As research uncovers different benefits all the time, this will be beneficial to both the Vet and his clients.