What do we need to know?
The good news is that it can help with many of your dog's health problems from allergies to cancer.
The bad news is that the pet CBD industry is still unregulated. This means that most pet owners could be being lied to!
There is a receptor system in your dog's body called the endocannabinoid system. It helps regulate sleep, appetite, pain, the immune system, and more. CBD affects the activity of receptors in this system and stimulates the nervous, digestive and immune systems as well as the brain. And it can do this because the endocannabinoids in CBD are very similar to those found in your dog's body.
This is why the benefits of CBD can be profound and significant. And why CBD oil is the fastest growing health plant in the world!

6 Ways CBD Oil Can Help Your Dog:
1. Dogs with joint problems. If your dog has joint pain, your vet may prescribe NSAIDs or other pain medications such as Gabapentin. But NSAIDs can cause joint and soft tissue deterioration...and can damage your dog's liver. Gabapentin can also cause kidney damage. It's also not that efficient.
📍 CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that does not carry the same risk of side effects as drugs. It works by binding to CB1 receptors in the brain. These receptors stimulate the immune system to reduce inflammation. CB1 receptors also change the way the brain responds to pain.
📍 CBD also binds to CB2 receptors found in the nervous and immune systems. When this happens, the body can produce more cannabinoids naturally. This helps to further reduce the inflammation and reduce the pain associated with it. In fact, Cornell University researchers found that dogs taking CBD for arthritis were more active and showed a reduction in pain.
Some of the common uses of CBD as an anti-inflammatory for joint problems in dogs include:
📍 Arthritis
📍 Hip and elbow dysplasia
📍 Sprains
Torn ligaments (CCL)
2. Dogs with cancer Unfortunately, 50% of adult dogs will develop cancer. Cancer is a huge health challenge for dogs, especially if they are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.
📍 Cancer researchers are always looking for new ways to treat cancer and relieve the pain and nausea that can come with it. And CBD has been widely researched as a cancer-fighting substance.
A study on mice showed that CBD slowed the growth of mammary cancer cells. And in 2018, researchers found that CBD increased survival time in mice with pancreatic cancer. Other animal studies have shown that CBD oil has cancer-fighting abilities and can slow the growth of tumors.
📍 In another study, cancer cells became more sensitive to CBD treatment. This means that CBD can increase the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatment.
📍 CBD also kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy. And it can stimulate the immune system to produce killer cells that cause death in cancer cells.
The researchers also found that CBD blocks a cannabinoid receptor called GPR55. This is important because GPR55 increases the growth rate of cancer cells in mice.
📍 CBD oil can also help with nausea associated with many cancer treatments. And studies show that CBD can significantly reduce cancer-related pain. 3. Dogs with seizures and epilepsy
📍 It is estimated that about 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. They can be terrifying for both dogs and their people...and can cause anxiety.
📍 Most veterinarians treat epilepsy and seizures with antiepileptic drugs. Common options are phenobarbital or potassium bromide. But these drugs are extremely harmful to your dog's liver and other organs. And even if the drugs don't cause unmanageable side effects, they don't always work...
So Colorado State University researchers got excited when they studied CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in dogs. A whopping 89% of dogs given CBD experienced a reduction in seizures.
📍 In human studies, CBD has even worked in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 out of 8 patients saw significant improvement within 4 to 5 months.  📍 CBD reduces the frequency and severity of seizures because of how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Abnormal electrical charges on neurons in the nervous system are thought to cause seizures. But CBD can bind to receptors in the brain...researchers suggest that this may improve the functioning of the nervous system. 4. Dogs with Anxiety Anxiety is a common reason dog owners turn to CBD. Anxiety can come in many forms, including:
📍 Noise phobia
📍 Separation anxiety
📍 Aggression
📍 Fear Of course, there are anti-anxiety medications available...but CBD is being studied for anxiety because it doesn't have dangerous side effects.
📍 Most people using CBD take it for pain, anxiety and depression. Over a third of these users reported that CBD worked "very well on its own." CBD has even helped manage anxiety and insomnia in children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And animal studies show that its antidepressant effects aren't just for humans. CBD can work quickly if given directly by mouth when your dog is stressed. It usually only takes 5 to 20 minutes of work. But CBD appears to be most helpful for anxiety when given over a period of time. So if your dog is prone to stress, a daily dose may be best.
📍 A 2012 study looked at stress in rats exposed to cats. Rats given multiple doses of CBD had less anxiety than those given a single dose.
Researchers aren't sure how CBD relieves stress and anxiety, but it's thought to help regulate serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that regulates mood, social behavior, digestion, sleep. 5. Dogs in pain. Perhaps the most promising research on CBD is that done on pain. From nerve pain to arthritis, it works well...without the harmful side effects of pain medication.
📍 CBD binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and nervous system, and this helps change the way your dog's brain perceives pain. In addition, CBD can help manage the other symptoms that accompany pain, such as insomnia and nausea.
📍 CBD can also help manage acute pain from injuries. 6. Dogs with allergies Allergies and skin diseases are increasing in dogs. And they are difficult to treat.
📍 The endocannabinoid system is also found in the skin...and that's good news for dogs with allergies. This means that CBD can help relieve dry and itchy skin. And it can promote the growth of new healthy skin cells.
📍 You can give CBD internally for allergies or use it externally for hot spots or interdigital cysts.
🌱 How to choose the best CBD oil for your dog?
📍 CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural substance in cannabis and hemp. Both provide incredible health benefits...but there are differences.
📍 Cannabis (marijuana) contains a relatively high amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is what causes the psychoactive activities of cannabis.
Hemp contains much lower amounts of THC. For hemp to be sold legally, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. Your dog will also receive the same pain-relieving and immune-supporting benefits of hemp CBD.
But not all hemp products are created equal... 1. Look for full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp Check the label of your CBD product to make sure it's full-spectrum or broad-spectrum. This means that your dog's CBD oil contains not only CBD, but also other important cannabinoids that occur naturally in full-spectrum hemp. This includes CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBG (Cannabigerol). Researchers have looked at CBC for … Cancer-fighting activities Ability to block pain and inflammation Positive effect on brain cells CBG has also been studied for its medicinal use. It can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and can protect nerve cells and eyes. It also supports healthy bladder function and fights cancer cells.
🌱 Full-spectrum CBD will also contain terpenes such as limonene, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene. These are also naturally occurring medicinal substances found in all hemp.
Together, cannabinoids and terpenes create the entourage effect. This happens when the compounds in the hemp oil work synergistically to enhance the healing properties of the hemp oil.  🌱 2. Make sure your dog's CBD uses CO2 extraction. There are two common ways to extract CBD oil from the hemp plant:
🌱 CO2 Extraction As you can probably guess, CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide to extract oil from the plant. Using a high pressure chamber, the CO2 puts pressure on the hemp. This breaks down the hemp and releases the oil.
🌱 This extraction method creates oils with a higher concentration of CBD. This means your dog will get more of his supplement. Of course, this also makes the product more expensive... but it's better than the alternative.
📍 Solvent Extraction The cheapest way to extract oil from the hemp plant is with solvents, such as…
📍 Propane
📍 Bhutan
📍 Petroleum products But residues of these solvents will be in the product and they can be toxic to your dog.
📍 Some CBD extractions use natural solvents, such as ethanol or olive oil. This is much safer for your dog, but these oils can destroy the waxes of the hemp plant and the resulting oil is not as beneficial. 3. Look for a certificate of analysis
📍 If your dog's CBD oil doesn't have a Certificate of Analysis (COA), don't get it!
📍 The Certificate of Analysis is a document that shows the amount and type of cannabinoids in the CBD product. And it usually comes from a third-party lab.
📍 COAs protect your dog from substandard products, and the manufacturer should have one for each batch of hemp.
📍 If there is no COA on the company's website, do not buy such oil.
📍 When looking at a COA, there are 5 important things to look for. 1.CBD is the same as advertised. 2.What you may see is something like "500 mg CBD" on the product label. But don't take the label at face value! Make sure the certificate of authenticity states the same quantity as the label. Some laboratory tests express the CBD content in mg/g. So to calculate the amount of CBD, you need to know how many grams are in the bottle of CBD. For example, let's say that the COA shows 16.9 mg / g of CBD. To calculate how much CBD is in the product, multiply the number of mg / g by the number of grams that the bottle weighs. (A typical 1 ounce dropper bottle of CBD will weigh 30 grams.) This will give you the total mg of CBD in the bottle. In this example, it is 507 mg (bottle 16.9 mg / g x 30 grams). 3.CBD is truly full spectrum. Again, never take the label at face value! Some CBD is from an isolate, which means it won't have other important cannabinoids and terpenes. Remember the entourage effect? You won't get that extra boost with CBD isolate. So how do you know if your dog's CBD is from an isolate? The COA will indicate that the product contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids. Stay away from these products. 4.Not too much (or too little) THC. If your dog's CBD contains more than 0.03% THC, it's probably marijuana, not hemp. This is not legal and your dog will not enjoy the psychoactive effects. You also want to avoid NO THC products. If there isn't one, then your dog's CBD is from an isolate...and the health benefits will be less. 5.Third party to do the tests. Once again, never take the manufacturer's word that the product is high quality. Make sure the product is properly tested by a third-party lab. Unfortunately, the CBD industry is unregulated, leaving you vulnerable to bad products. 6.No contaminants You need to know where and how the hemp used to produce CBD oil is grown. This plays a huge role in the test results you see in COA. Always look for an organic product to reduce the risks of toxins in the environment. You want to know that the soil and water they are grown in are as clean as possible. This is because hemp plants are really good sponges and can absorb pollutants as they grow. This is why heavy metal toxicity can be an issue when considering CBD oils. So be sure to check the COA for contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals. 7. Spending should not be a priority. It can be difficult to compare products and some people give up and just look at price. … but this is not the best approach!
🌱 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 observation.
📍 If the product you're considering has a price that's significantly lower than the competition, there's probably a reason for that...
📍 But the most expensive doesn't mean it's the best CBD oil for your dog.
8. How is CBD oil extracted? (CO2 is best.) Is the CBD concentration different than advertised? (The CBD on the COA must match the bottle.) 9.Is it full spectrum? (The product must contain other cannabinoids, not just CBD.) 10.Is the THC content a concern? (THC must be less than 0.3% but higher than 0%.) 11.Is it organic? (Hemp is a sponge for pollutants.) 12.Is it third party tested? (If you can't find a certificate of authenticity online, ask the manufacturer for one.) These variables are what you should look for when determining product quality. Price is never a sure sign of product quality.
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