Could Hemp-Based CBD Treats Help Your Pet?
Things turned around fast once Valerie started giving her dog Chuck this hemp-based CBD treat from Treatibles.
As Chuck aged she had developed osteoarthritis in her back and the once energetic dog could only handle one or two long walks a week.
“Before CBD, Chuck limped and couldn’t enjoy longer walks even though she clearly had the desire for them,” Valerie says.
“Once she started taking [Treatibles], she could leap around again! She started doing her play bows again, and wanting to play! She chased squirrels and pranced around the park! THIS was the new dog I’d been told I’d see!”
All from a hemp-based doggie treat?
Yes, and Valerie isn’t the only pet owner we’re hearing from about the efficacy of this CBD-rich snack.
Benefits of Hemp-Derived CBD for Pets
“The number one reason people are using CBD treats is for separation anxiety. The second reason is age,” says Treatibles founder Julianna Carella.
“We’ve got a lot of elderly dogs using the product for arthritis, pain, immobility – all things that faze dogs in their later years.”
With Treatibles, Carella has essentially created a hemp-derived snack that seems to work as an effective alternative to pharmaceuticals for pets. Other pet owners simply use it as a holistic supplement for preventative care.
“We’re not doing anything other than unlocking this already powerful medicine that grows naturally, it comes from the earth,” Carella says.
Wondering what makes these CBD treats so effective for animals?
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System in Animals
CBD (Cannabidiol) is an all-natural, non-psychoactive compound cultivated in both cannabis and the hemp plant. With hemp-based products, there is little to no THC involved.
So while Treatibles will not get your pooch “high,” the CBD included can provide a wide range of benefits.
Curious how one compound can lead to so many benefits? This is where the endocannabinoid system (ECS) comes into play.
Experts believe this complex biological system has actually been present in living organisms for over 500 million years!
(Perhaps this explains why cannabis was used as a veterinary medicine among the ancient Greeks and Romans.)
From mammals to amphibians to even invertebrate animals, the ECS is present in countless species.
The ECS basically helps modulate a wide range of processes including but not limited to:
The whole system works by way of protein-based molecules throughout the body known as cannabinoid receptors, which are stimulated by plant-based cannabinoids like CBD or endocannabinoids, which the body produces.
Naturally reacting upon receptors located within an animal’s body, cannabinoids assist the body in regulating homeostasis – key to fighting off disease.
Is Hemp CBD Safe for Canines?
Like any good pet owner, you’re concerned about the well-being of your furry friend.
CBD is a plant-based compound which simply mimics a compound the body already produces – more natural than most things you will find in pet stores today.
But how do you know if a CBD-infused product is actually safe?
Hemp isn’t inherently dangerous but the way in which it is grown and processed can be. With hemp products, you want to look out for heavy metal contamination as well as the usual suspects: mold, fungus, pesticides, bacteria, and mites.
It is important to be mindful of these things and to find hemp products like Treatibles, which are rigorously lab tested.
Another reason why Treatibles makes a big deal about lab testing is for consistency and accurate labeling.
“What I’ve noticed is that 90 percent of products don’t even tell you how many milligrams are in the product but what they will tell you is how many grams of hemp material or hemp paste,” Carella says. “That doesn’t tell you the milligram content of the active CBD ingredient.”
So, if you’re considering hemp-derived dog treats, be sure to check out the ingredients, as well as the actual milligrams of CBD.
And don’t hesitate to ask the manufacturer for lab test results or any other quality assurance questions.
Determining the Right Dosage
Wondering how much to give your pet?
Even without the risk of overdose, you will still want to monitor how much your canine is consuming.
Carella suggests 1-3 servings on an empty stomach spread out in 4-8 hour intervals.
Keep in mind that some animals may need more or less depending on their physiology.
She also notes that pet owners have reported various lengths of time before the treats take effect – anywhere from five minutes to one hour.
Remember, you know your pet better than anyone else.
For best results, observe your animal closely and monitor their reaction. If you do not see any substantial difference within one hour, give another half to whole treat.
Ways to give your pup CBD treats?
- Offer as a plain treat
- Break apart and mix with other treats
- Dissolve into wet food or water
- Add to dry meal
With no risk of overdose or dependence, CBD treats can be used regularly for any length of time.
What About the Effects of THC on Pets?
With all of this discussion about hemp and CBD for pets, you may be wondering if THC is being left out of the picture.
Because hemp by law can only contain 0.3% THC, experts question the plant’s versatility as a medicine.
In reality, hemp products like Treatibles are simply a different (non-psychoactive) option, and for many pets in this case, a seemingly effective option.
“There’s certainly medicinal values to THC. We started off as a company that infuses our products with THC so we certainly aren’t against it,” Carella says.
“We just find that it’s difficult to manage the correct dosage for an animal when they’re more sensitive to the cannabinoids.”
THC’s psychoactive properties tend to be unpredictable in comparison to CBD for animals, she adds. “There is so much education that is needed. We have hardly scratched the surface here and I’m very curious as to what more research is going to bring.”
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