CBD oil is gradually becoming a pet owner’s favorite product. And for all the right reasons.
Research has shown that CBD oil has an excellent safety profile and provides a host of medicinal benefits. This is why pet owners are increasingly relying on different pet CBD products to help their furry friends with their irritable sicknesses.
From edibles to tinctures, there are a lot of options you can explore. But, because there are so many choices, finding the right product can become daunting. Especially if you’re a pet owner who doesn’t know how to decipher product labels and other important info, you will face certain difficulties.
Here are some top things you need to consider to ensure your CBD product is safe and works for your pet’s condition.
Understand The Different Types of CBD Products
First on the list in the type of CBD product. You’ll come across many CBD products in the market. In the end, your choice will depend on your pet’s condition and intended use. Whatever product you set your eyes on, keep in mind that:
- Tinctures are readily bioavailable, i.e., they produce immediate effects. All you need to do is put them under your tongue, and from there, they get directly absorbed in your bloodstream. Thus, they are also considered very convenient to use and can be used to treat a variety of conditions, from anxiety to inflammation.
- Capsules take at least 20 minutes to have any therapeutic effect on your pet. Mainly because they have to pass through your pet’s digestive system before they can enter the bloodstream. Many owners prefer capsules because you can easily hide them in your pet’s food.
- Treats are obviously a popular choice because pets love them. But, like capsules, they take their time to kick in and produce their therapeutic effects. This is because they have to be processed in the digestive system before they can be absorbed into your bloodstream.
- Topical CBD is easy to administer and produces immediate effects. However, you can only use it to treat certain conditions, such as those involving inflammation, nerve, or joint pain.
Check The Country of Origin
The country of origin can tell you a lot about the quality of your CBD product. For instance, if the CBD is sourced from cannabis Sativa species in the US or any other country where proper growing conditions for the cannabis plant are available and where its production is not illegal, there’s a good chance’s high-quality. In these locations, producers take special care to use healthy soil, proper lighting, and growing conditions (optimal humidity and temperature) to ensure the end product is premium-grade.
Country of origin plays a big role in whether your CBD product is safe for your pet or not. So, it’s best to stay on the safe side and choose a cannabis product sourced from a cannabis-legal and regulated nation.
Verify The Manufacturer
This is a no-brainer. You should always get a CBD product for your pets from a reputable owner. But how do you define a reputable owner? A good CBD brand is that which offers comprehensive third-party lab results.
These results need to be easily accessible on the seller’s website. They need to list every ingredient that your CBD product contains, from heavy metals and pesticides to total CBD concentration. The more transparent a brand is about their products, the better. You can also check out the seller’s customer reviews and social media channels to see what other customers have to say about a company’s products.
Check The Extraction Method
If you want to get high-quality supercritical CBD, you have to factor in the extraction method. Companies that use inefficient extraction protocols compromise the quality of their products.
Currently, four methods are used to extract CBD. These include:
- CO2 extraction
- Solvent-based extraction
- Olive oil extraction
- Dry ice extraction
Out of these, CO2 extraction is proven to yield the most effective product. So, if you’re in the market for a CBD product for your pet, always choose one that’s been CO2 purified.
If you can’t find these products, opt for olive oil or dry ice derived as a second choice. But, you should never buy a solvent extraction-based CBD oil; it’s known to contain harmful additives, such as butane and propane, and may do your pet more harm than good.
The Contents and Third-Party Results
It would help if you always read the packaging before purchasing a CBD product. You should especially verify the THC content on the label. If the THC content is more than the legally permitted amount of .3%, choose another brand instead.
THC is known to cause adverse side effects, such as psychoactive episodes and aggravation of underlying mental conditions. If you can get a product with no THC at all, then that’s even better.
Keep in mind that most pet CBD products in the market are not regulated. Even if the product advertises something, you shouldn’t go ahead and believe it. Instead, you should check out the manufacturer’s website for detailed lab analysis, as already suggested above.
Also, make sure the brand you’re choosing has a certificate of analysis from a reputable organization, such as the International Organization for Standardization. This will confirm whether the information provided by the manufacturer is accurate or not.
CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum
You also need to understand basic CBD terminologies to make sure you’re buying a CBD product best-suited for your pet’s needs. CBD products are categorized into:
Full-Spectrum CBD products: Full spectrum CBD contains all naturally occurring phytochemicals and cannabinoid compounds, including vitamins and minerals, of the cannabis plant. They also contain up to 30% of THC, making them unsuitable for most pets.
Broad Spectrum CBD: Broad-spectrum CBD products contain all of cannabis’s beneficial compounds, except for THC. This makes them an excellent choice for pet owners.
CBD isolate: CBD isolate only contains cannabidiol. So, if you’re using a CBD isolate for your dog or any other pet, they’ll benefit from the therapeutic properties of CBD and nothing else.