CBD has become one of the fastest-selling holistic products right now, and its reach is beginning to extend into the reach of pets. As with any trend, we’ve seen a lot of knowledge and hearsay about the efficacy of CBD dog treats. However, as a dog owner, you should have a clear understanding of CBD and its usefulness before purchasing any product.
To help with that, today, we’re going to share everything you need to know about CBD dog treats. You’ll learn what they are, the benefits, their safety levels, dosages, and how to choose the best one for your beloved furry baby.
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What is CBD?
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a compound that is extracted from the bud and flowers of cannabis plants.
This compound is only one of at least 113 compounds that can also be extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant family. Another popular compound that’s extracted even more often than CBD is named tetrahydrocannabinol.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound responsible for giving humans the high that they feel when they take marijuana. But fortunately, CBD doesn’t have the same effect. CBD is a chemical that’s been proven to have medical properties that are beneficial to the body.
Both humans and dogs have a part of the body that’s made to receive signals from these chemicals. The endocannabinoid system has receptors that can be stimulated by these compounds, thus regulating various functions throughout the entire body. This system helps heighten the effect of the chemicals in the body.
But, tetrahydrocannabinol’s effect on humans manifests as a high, floaty feeling which isn’t dangerous. With dogs, it can be poisonous. Fortunately, CBD dog treats do not trigger negative responses and rejection from our canine friends.
However, because of the danger THC presents to dogs, CBD dog treats produced from the hemp plant is a great way of reducing risk. The reason is that, while CBD can be produced from both marijuana and hemp, marijuana has a much higher concentration of THC, especially in its thin almost-invisible trichomes.
A marijuana plant can contain as much as 30% THC. In contrast, the hemp plant has a meager amount at only a maximum of 0.3% THC.
The Benefits of Dog CBD Treats
CBD research is still fundamentally in its infancy. However, this doesn’t mean that scientists haven’t made some headway in deciphering its uses.
At this point, CBD dog treats are mostly recommended as holistic substances. They might provide assistance in different ways, such as:
- Increase energy levels
- Improve overall metabolic harmony
- Provide assistance with sleep
- Improve appetite
- Reduce stress
- Relieve minor discomfort and soreness
- Address minor skin issues and, in particular, dry skin
There are a lot of claims on the internet, indicating that pet products may assist with certain serious issues. However, as a company, we cannot corroborate or support these claims.
There simply aren’t enough studies that would provide a valid answer. As already mentioned, these products are mainly used to restore natural balance and reduce stress.
If you wish to use the product in any other way, we suggest that you consult with a veterinarian.
Is CBD Safe for Dogs?
CBD is actively researched as a medical alternative to a lot of drugs.
The main issue with these products is that they often lead to unavoidable side effects. CBD might provide assistance in such cases. And this is all well and good, except there are far fewer studies that focus on the impact of CBD on dogs.
However, there was a small study done by the Colorado State University that shows that there were no severe effects from ingesting CBD. That is, overall, healthy dogs tolerated it well with a few cases of diarrhea and a slightly elevated number of liver enzymes.
Researchers did conclude that the long term effects of CBD will need more time to ascertain. This is pretty obvious because CBD studies are a fairly recent game compared with some other compounds.
The most excessive side effects of CBD on dogs that have been noticed by other pet owners are drowsiness, diarrhea, dry mouth/increased thirst, and temporarily lowered blood pressure.
On the flip side, there’s evidence to back up CBD’s many potential benefits. If you administer CBD to your pup in the right way, you could give him/her a healthier, more balanced body. Altogether, you could say that the benefits greatly outweigh the risk.
The concept of CBD as a potential treatment method for pet illnesses is relatively new. There aren’t all that many studies out yet, and correspondingly, there aren’t any standard dosage rules yet. This means that there’s no precedence to go on.
You also have to take note of things like your dog’s weight, the brand you buy, and how much CBD is in each treat. This is why it’s essential to buy from a reliable source like Nature’s Stash to promote total wellness in your pup.
If your dog has never consumed CBD before, start small with less than two grams of CBD. Watch your dog for a while (a week to ten days) and note any physiological and behavioral changes. Then, you may increase or decrease the dosage based on what you’ve observed.
CBD Oil vs. CBD Dog Treats
In humans, the best way to absorb CBD is in a tincture placed underneath the tongue or as oil rubbed directly on the offending spot. With dogs, it’s still easier for bodies to absorb CBD in the form of oils. However, this does mean that CBD must be ingested only as an oil.
CBD dog treats are great for dogs who need the goodness of CBD without the somewhat grassy taste of CBD oil. Some people don’t like CBD dog treats because they believe that cannabidiol loses some of its effect under the extreme heat required for baking, but this theory has never been proven.
CBD dog treats come in a variety of flavors and even have dosage instructions, which is a load off of you.
How to Choose the Best CBD Dog Treats
- Hemp or Not?
You have to make sure that the CBD was extracted from hemp and has a THC level of less than 0.3%.
- The Other Ingredients
While you should make sure that the CBD extract is pure, also take note of the other ingredients. They should also be natural.
- Brand Reputation
Check out the brand reputation. Are they known for selling trustworthy products? What are people saying about them? How are their products reviewed?
- Dosage Instructions
Dosage instructions are critical. Though the package is labeled dog treats, CBD is still a chemical. You need to be extra careful in how you administer it, which means paying attention to the manufacturers’ guidelines. A pack of CBD dog treats without dosage instructions is like medicine within a prescription: easy to abuse.
CBD dog treats might be just the thing your dog needs to maintain his/her overall health. And if you’re trusting anyone with your pup’s health, you should trust Nature’s Stash.
Our CBD dog treats are made with all-natural ingredients, and we have the reputation to back it up. You and your dog will be glad you tried us first.
- National Library of Medicine
- Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
- National Institute of Drug Abuse