What is CBD?
CBD is short CBD cannabidiol. It is the one word that will always be part of anyone who wishes to learn more about any form of cannabis usage. It is an active compound extracted from the cannabis plant. They are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with the endocannabinoid system that puts a physical body in homeostasis or in balance. Cannabis has become the new darling in natural holistic treatment for both humans and their pet counterparts.
At present, science has discovered that there are about 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. We have created an infographic for the major cannabinoids and a CBD oil benefits list. This will be applicable in your knowledge for CBD for pets.
How Does CBD Work?
What is an endocannabinoid system (ECS)? It is a network of receptors that exist in the body that was discovered in the 90’s by researchers. CBD oil effects include regulating mood, appetite, pain, stress, inflammation and anxiety among other things. The ECS manages complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs.
Dogs just like us have similar ECS systems like humans and this is why pharmaceutical companies often use them as test subjects. This handy guide will help explain what CBD can do for your beloved pet. Keep in mind that the THC components in this guide are controversial for animal use.
Fun fact: Insects do not have an endocannabinoid system
THC vs CBD
There will be two types of product that can fall under the THC classification. For Bark Avenue Hemp Treat’s peanut butter dog treats recipe, we use an industrial hemp derived CBD oil. This is where the THC or psychoactive content is .03% or less per dry weight. In short, it is high in CBD but with trace amounts of THC. This does not cause any psychoactive effects on the animal. This type of oil is also known as a full spectrum oil. It has all the benefits of the whole plant known as the “Entourage Effect”, minus the high. Our tests register around little less than half of the .03% regulated threshold of THC and falls under industrial hemp.
The second type of product you can buy that is .03% greater in THC, will be found in dispensaries. You cannot purchase this type of product online or in stores other than licensed dispensaries. We caution this usage and highly recommend veterinary advice when treating an animal where there are intoxicating effects involved. We would cautiously recommend this, except for animals that are perhaps at the end of life care, and comfort is the main goal. We suggest you consult your vet.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Dog?
This will largely depend on the age, condition and weight of your pet. Most importantly, you understanding your pet’s behavior best. For instance, seniors that are showing signs of arthritis in dogs, but otherwise is in good health. We at Bark Avenue Hemp Treats suggest to start with 1-2 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of dog, three times daily for a week. This begins to build up the levels in their system. If you notice he is feeling better, then you can give him a twice daily dosing session. If he is not doing as well as before, then you can go back to a three times daily routine. It is all a trial and error. This is why knowing your pet best is the key to finding the sweet spot for your pet.
Another scenario could be, you went on a long hike with your best friend the day before. Today you notice he is a bit achy and sore like we humans can often be after strenuous activity. Give him a CBD treat to help ease the pain.
As more and more researches have come out in favor of CBD, the veterinarians have finally agreed on some of the most basic uses of CBD oil. Even the FDA has approved a drug recently that is derived from CBD.
Available Dosing Formats of CBD for Dogs
For pets, CBD for pets is available in the form of pills, tinctures or oil, and infused in treats. While, treats infused with CBD may sound completely harmless, it is still good to consider the recommended dosages and recognize the possible side effects associated with CBD. Side effects associated with CBD are very rare but they still have been reported. Some warning signs include – disorientation, vomiting, drowsiness or excitement after ingesting CBD. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is always good to consult your trusted vet.
You will hear various form of CBD such as full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Typically, the hard chalky pills are made from isolate. From my personal experience, isolate is not as effective as the other two. This can be discussed in another article.
I give my dog several doses of CBD daily for her overall wellness. She is 9 with bright clear eyes, a nice spring in her step and people often mistake her for a 3-4 year old dog.
Bark Avenue Hemp Treats is a Colorado proud company and direct manufacturer. Our treats are manufactured in an SQF3 facility. This is the highest rating in food safety and quality management recognized by the food processing industry.
We are committed to the highest all-natural, quality ingredients that produce a great tasting product. Dogs should enjoy food good enough for humans and deliver the best functionality and purpose. We use carefully selected ingredients from North America. Then, prepare our tasty morsels in small batches with no additives or artificial preservatives. We use a Colorado fully integrated, full spectrum, organic hemp oil GMO-free grower, and extractor with the strict standards and highest quality. All manufacturing is done in FDA approved facilities with complete license and certification documentation.
We were the first in 2016 to roll out a specialized, true double functional treat for large, extra-large, or giant breeds. It not only offers the beneficial aspects of CBD oil, but is infused with a powerful glucosamine and chondroitin supplement all rolled into the CBD bone dog treats! We also carry straight CBD dog treats for small to medium, and large to extra-large breeds.
Don’t let other companies out there fool you. Many are not direct manufacturers but white labeled product with their brand slapped on it. They do not know where their supply chain comes from or the manufacturer’s production process.
Feel free to zoom in on our whole food ingredients labels to pick the right one for you. Or drop us a line and we will help you find the right dosing method, quantity and frequency that’s right for your pet even if it isn’t our own! Learn more at www.barkavenue.co
Giving Back to You
Bark Avenue Hemp Treats makes donations to Max Fund, a no kill shelter in Denver, and the Denver Animal Shelter. Each purchase supports the local animal shelters. The Chef/ Founder is also a volunteer SCUBA diver at the Downtown Denver Aquarium. She is also a chef instructor for Cooking Matters Colorado. This is part of the national No Kid Hungry Program, and a volunteer with the Retriever Rescue Organization of Colorado.
We are giving free bags of CBD dog treats to anyone who adopts a senior dog. Any dog over 7-8+ we flexible on this. Just provide us proof of adoption papers. Learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 303-323-9080
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