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What Is CBD?
There’s been a lot of talk about CBD recently. Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized the sale of hemp-based products containing .3% or less THC, it seems like you can hardly walk into a store or see online advertising without the mention of CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a powerful substance derived from the hemp plant that interacts with systems in our bodies and has a number of amazing benefits. Because it has less than .3% TCH (the compound known to be in much larger amounts in marijuana), the user can experience these benefits without the feeling of being “high.”
A Little Bit of History
CBD derived from hemp is legal in the United States. However, CBD is also present in cannabis. In fact, hemp is technically a sub-species of cannabis and contains an abundance of CBD. Therefore, the history of cannabis and hemp is intertwined and quite interesting. We won’t go into the entire history here, but it is worth visiting this topic for a moment to gain an appreciation for how long humans have been aware of the medicinal properties of CBD and cannabis in general. The first recorded direct evidence of humans using cannabis in a medicinal capacity dates all the way back to 2700 B.C. It slowly gained in popularity, and around 77 A.D. the Romans began using hemp extensively for healing. At approximately the same time, the use of these remarkable plants in India became popular, and there are records of hemp being used in many medicinal preparations, oils, and tinctures. In the 1500’s and 1600’s, the use of hemp spread throughout Europe, with Henry VIII mandating that all farmers grow the plant. And by the early 1600’s, hemp made its way to North America where farmers grew it in abundance.
Documenting the Benefits in Early History
By the time the 1800’s rolled around, the health and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant and hemp plants were finding their way into pharmaceutical texts of the era. Here are just a few:
- Anatomy of Melancholy – written by Robert Burton. This text stated that hemp extract was helpful in influencing mood.
- The New England Dispensatory – A highly respected pharmacopeia of the day, also extolled the virtues of hemp as a healing plant.
- Edinburgh New Dispensatory – Another authoritative pharmacopeia of the day that hailed hemp’s healing properties.
In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, as the industrial era began to emerge, there were experiments into the effects of hemp extract as a treatment for ailments like cholera and rheumatic diseases. Hemp and cannabis began to be used in medicinal remedies like cold medicine and cough medicine. However, as opiods began to be introduced into the medical arena in the early 1900’s, the study and use of hemp or cannabis in medicine began to decline. Then, in the 1960’s, scientists discovered that the human body actually has what is called an “endocannabinoid system” that helps to maintain homeostasis and good health. But even with these discoveries, the war on cannabis continued in the United States and in much of the world from the 1970’s forward. It became illegal to grow, harvest, or even to study the possible health benefits of this plant that people in India used to hail as a “gift from the gods.” Jump ahead another 25 years and California became the first American state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Since then, there has been a proliferation of legislation at the state level that legalizes the use of hemp and cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Now that it is getting easier to cultivate these plants and legally study them, research is exploding into what these plants can do to serve mankind – and our furry friends. Modern technology makes it possible to extract and isolate the many cannabinoids, including CBD, that can be found in hemp and cannabis. We are now able to isolate the different cannabinoids from one another to study their individual as well as broad-spectrum effects. We are now even able to increase the bioavailability of these extracts so that our bodies can use them more easily.
Are Hemp and Marijuana the Same Thing?
No. Although they are similar and of the same plant family, hemp has very, very low levels of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the compound in cannabis that causes the user to feel “high.” By definition, hemp must contain less than .3% THC in order to be classified as hemp and to be legal to cultivate to use for CBD extraction. So even though both plants contain many cannabinoids, the virtual absence of THC makes hemp very different from cannabis.
How Does It Work?
The cannabinoids found in CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors that are housed in the central and outer nervous system. Introducing these cannabinoids into the body’s endocannabinoid system helps to maintain the body’s internal balance and keep it in a normal, healthy state. The interesting thing is that this endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals, not just humans. So logic would dictate that our loving, four legged pups would benefit from the use of CBD oil and other hemp-based products as much as we do. That logic seems to have held up to testing. While there is limited scientific data on the benefits to pets (because it is a new product and simply has not been studied much yet), plenty of anecdotal evidence from dog owners does exist. Many owners claim that using CBD on their pets has resulted in the relief of many physical discomforts and mood-related issues– just to name a few. In addition, the research that has been done on seizures is considered promising. So much so that even the AKC has begun doing research on the use of CBD oil on dogs.
But just as you must be careful about which CBD products you and your family take, you must be careful about which products your dog takes as well. Ever since CBD gained in popularity, there are many less than reputable companies trying to capitalize on this health trend. Unfortunately, these lesser companies have been known to:
- Use hemp grown for industrial purposes, not for ingestion. This type of industrial hemp is high in fiber and is typically used to create fabric, rope, and the like. However, this type of hemp is low in CBD and should not be used to make products for human ingestion.
- Use hemp that has been treated with chemicals that are physically harmful to humans and pets alike.
- Use extraction methods that are questionable, and allow undesirable chemicals and compounds to leach into the products.
- Use harmful fillers and binders that not only lessen the efficacy of the CBD product, but can cause negative reactions in sensitive people.
We Are Proud to Offer Only Premium Quality CBD Dog Treats
You will never have to worry about any of the above issues when you give your dog our premium quality CBD Dog Treats. Our product is considered premium grade because we use only the highest quality organic hemp and strictest extraction methods to bring your pet the best CBD available on the market today. We never use binders or fillers of any kind, and since our hemp is organic, there are no unwanted chemicals or substances. And because of our meticulous extraction methods and pure hemp, our CBD is “broad-spectrum.” What that means is that you get all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found in organic hemp (minus any THC), which work together synergistically to give you a full spectrum of benefits.
Can You Give Your CBD to Your Dog?
As we discussed earlier, all mammals have similar endocannabinoid systems in their bodies. And since this is true, it would seem logical that you can give your dog “human” CBD and allow your favorite furry pets to reap the benefits in the same way that you do. But dogs are typically much smaller than humans, so we say “yes” here with a few words of caution.
A Couple of Words of Caution
Side Effects and Dosage
Because CBD has very few side effects (which tend to be very mild, such as dry mouth or drowsiness) it is generally considered safe for humans and pets. However, few side effects does not mean no side effects. But fortunately, if either you or your pet experiences any of these symptoms, it can generally be fixed by simply adjusting the dosage. Dosage comes into play when using it with your pets – who are obviously much smaller than we are. (Well, most of them anyway!) So start your pet off with a small amount. It is recommended that you start with a small dosage of oil in our dog’s mouth or on their food – maybe just a couple of drops. Watch your pet closely for 5 to 10 days to make sure that they tolerate this initial small dosage well. If you see any of the symptoms above manifest, then cut back on the dosage. If your pet tolerates it well and you see the desired effects that you were hoping for, then you’ve got just the right dose. However, if they are tolerating it well but you haven’t noticed any changes, then increase the dosage slowly until the desired effect is established.
THC and Quality Standards
Another caution is that some CBD products do contain some THC, particularly the lesser quality products that you might see at stores or online. As we mentioned before, THC (or delta-9-tetrohydrocannibidiol) is the substance in large amounts in marijuana that gives the user that intoxicated or “high” feeling. Now, by law, any hemp-based CBD product has to have .3% or less THC. This amount would not give a human user any feeling of intoxication. However, because your pet has so much less body mass, they would be susceptible to feeling “stoned” with even trace amounts of THC. This is something you absolutely want to avoid and that is why we only offer broad spectrum (zero-THC) dog treats. And just as the quality of CBD matters for human consumption, so does it matter for pet consumption. With all the competition out there and lesser quality CBD products lining the shelves of quick stop gas marts and the like, you really need to be wary of where you get your oils from. Cheap knock-offs might be good for ‘shoes’ and handbags, but when it comes to something that you are putting into your body, you want the real thing.
So while you can give your pet human CBD oil meant for humans, as explained above, it takes a bit of caution as well as trial and error to be sure that Fido isn’t getting too much CBD or suffering from any side effects. This can be challenging for many on-the-go people. In addition, many pets are finicky eaters and sometimes don’t like the taste of the oil. This is why we offer a simple solution for you. You can let your pet experience the many benefits of CBD without the potential dosage and taste issues that can come from just giving them CBD oil meant for humans. Just give your pet our Broad Spectrum Hemp Dog Chews and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Only the Best for Your Pup
We use only the highest quality, water-soluble CBD, which ensures fast absorption. We use only organic farming methods and state of the art processing. This way, you know your dog is receiving all of the benefits of CBD without worrying about the oil it is based on containing heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, or other substances that could be detrimental to their health. Our dog chews are veterinarian formulated, and dogs find our phytocannabinoid-rich dog treats especially tasty. So you don’t have to worry about your four-pawed, picky eater turning their nose up at it. You can conveniently order our Broad Spectrum Hemp Dog Chews online. We know that you and your tail-wagging best friend will love our chews and enjoy the many benefits that they have to offer.
Some Questions Answered…
Frequently Asked Questions about Phytocannabinoids and Pets: CBD and THC
Q. How does CBD work in pets?
A. It works the same way it works in people, by stimulating the endocannabinoid system to create balance in the body which helps to relieve pain, reduce neurological problems, reduce anxiety, and address problems with diseases like osteoarthritis, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, asthma, etc.
Q. Is THC necessary for CBD to work?
A. No. This was a common belief before more research was done regarding hemp’s other cannabinoids. New information has shown that THC and CBD can sufficiently function without the other. Full spectrum products that are THC-free but still have several other cannabinoids present are the most beneficial as the cannabinoids are able to complement each other’s individual effects.
Q. Is THC safe to use in pets?
A. Simple Eats does not recommend giving THC to animals. Every species will experience different reactions to the compound. Dogs have been found to be highly sensitive to its psychoactive properties, while cats have been shown to be less susceptible. THC in larger animals like horses can be potentially dangerous to both the animal and owner.
Q. Is THC an important medicinal cannabinoid?
A. THC does have clinical value when combined with CBD for severe pain and aggressive types of cancer. Other than those two applications, the other major and minor cannabinoids and terpenes found in full spectrum hemp extracts are more than adequate to address most clinical conditions responsive to cannabinoids.
Q. What is the recommended dosage for pets?
A. We always suggest starting with a low dosage and seeing how it affects the animal before moving up. For the most common ailments, such as anxiety or mild pain, the lowest dose twice a day works very well. Even for more severe problems, the positive reaction to CBD can be profound enough at this low dosage to benefit the quality of life entirely. Every individual is unique and will process cannabinoids differently, meaning that there is no one-size-fits-all dose for all animals. The best way to make sure that the animal is receiving an adequate amount of CBD is start low and monitor behavior for 5-10 days before increasing intake.
Q. How was the recommended dose calculated?
A. Several scientific studies were analyzed and compared with firsthand evidence to create the recommended dose. Study groups of neurology and oncology veterinary specialists were given Folium’s Phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) tinctures to administer to their patients and examine the outcomes. Through their results and overwhelming anecdotal evidence collected over the course of two years from other vets and pet owners, this was determined to be the most advantageous dose to begin with.