CBD for Dogs – What to Look For

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CBD has become a huge part of the market these days. But with so many different brands, its hard to know how to buy the best CBD oil for dogs. Cannabidiol or CBD for short is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. Our dogs can benefit from CBD, the same way that we do.  But, how do we know what to look for when buying dog CBD? We have tried many products and found the following to be helpful when choosing the best CBD oil for pets.  

Full Spectrum

When buying CBD, make sure you purchase a Full Spectrum Oil. Check the label of your CBD and make sure its Full Spectrum. This means your cat cbd or dog cbd contains all cannabinoids. There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the hemp plant. This includes CBC (Cannabichromene), CBG (Cannabigerol), and it should even include THC. But not too much of course, it should be no more than 0.3% THC. CBC has been found to help block pain and inflammation and CBG has shown to help fight against cancer.  A Full Spectrum CBD will also contain Terpenes. Terpenes and cannabinoids work together to create the entourage effect. This happens when all the compounds of the hemp plant work synergistically and increase the healing properties of one another.

CO2 Extraction

Make sure your dog CBD is extracted using Carbon Dioxide. There are two main ways to extract hemp, solvents or Co2. Solvents use harsh chemicals like propane and butane to strip the CBD from the hemp plant. Solvents are cheap and easy but these solvents can leave residues and other contaminants in your pets CBD that can be harmful. CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide and pressure to release the cannabinoids from the hemp flower. This high pressure results in a highly concentrated CBD extract, so your dog CBD is more beneficial.

Certificate Of Analysis

Not all CBD is made equally. If your dog CBD oil does not have a COA or certificate of analysis, do not buy it! A certificate of analysis is a document that shows the amount and type of cannabinoids in the CBD product. It also shows contaminants, heavy metals and solvents. And it usually comes from a third-party laboratory,

COAs protect your dog from poor quality products and the manufacturer should have one for each batch of hemp. If there isn’t a COA on the company’s website, ask for one before you buy any CBD oil.

Once you have a COA, make sure the amount of CBD is the same as the amount being advertised on the label. Believe me when I tell you, this is more common than you may think. Most companies advertise one thing, but the COA says differently. The COA never lies! Check the amount of THC. Make sure it is under .3%. If it is over that amount, than it is not hemp! Hemp has low amounts of TCH. If the CBD oil does not have any THC, then its an isolate, and not a full spectrum hemp oil and therefor it has less benefits. Be sure to check the COA for any contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and solvent residues.

Caution with Additives

Dogs are highly sensitive when introduced to new supplements. Make sure there are no chemical additives or preservatives in the product you buy. These will cancel out the health benefits, even if the hemp is grown organically. Also be aware of companies who have added essential oils (EOs) to their CBD oil. Even if they say, “natural”,  EOs can affect animals profoundly. Always make sure to get the go ahead from your Vet before introducing anything new to your dogs diet.

Cost Should not be top priority

Just because something is expensive or cheap doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. When finding the best dog CBD, price should not be prime concern. You want a high-quality and safe product for your dog. Extracting CBD from hemp requires a lot of plant material as well as careful handling and monitoring.

If the product you’re considering has a price that’s significantly lower than the competition, there’s probably cause for that. But the most expensive isn’t always the best CBD oil for dogs either.

Instead, consider what we have discussed.

How was the CBD oil extracted? (CO2 is best.)

Is the CBD concentration different than advertised? (CBD on COA should match the bottle.)

Is it full-spectrum? (The product should have other cannabinoids, not just CBD.)

Is the THC content worrisome? (THC should be less than 0.3% but higher than 0%.)

Is it organic? (Hemp is a sponge for contaminants.)

Was it third party tested? (If you can’t find a COA online, ask the manufacturer for one.)

These variables are what you need to look for when determining the quality of a product. The cost is never a sure sign of a product’s quality.

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