More and more pet parents are turning to a key component of marijuana derivatives in order to bring some much needed relief to their anxious, sick, or aging pups. CBD, phytocannabinoid, and hemp oil have all been used and recommended to people for years, and more recently several state governments have approved their use as medicine. A few new companies are focusing on providing CBD for dogs in order to live a better quality of life without the need to load up on pharmaceutical pain killers and calming products.
Rodrigo has a laundry list of fears, and most of them are adorable.  He's afraid of baby gates, brooms, and a cleaned or re-arranged garage.  Yep, you read that right.  J used to fix up TransAms and BMWs, and when he started his business this summer, he sold all of the cars and parts.  Rodrigo took one look at our clean and organized garage, backed up and ran to another room.  Nope!  He wasn't having it.  I had to walk with him, while he was glued to my side, around the garage before he gave his okay.  Now he doesn't care.  Adorable.
Let’s start with the basics. Phytocannabinoids are the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis and hemp plants. What’s a cannabinoid, you ask? Well, to put it simply they are the chemical compounds produced by cannabis flowers that scientists and doctors have discovered can be useful for treating a variety of ailments, from nausea to arthritis. Now, there are two cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but the one that seems to have the most health benefits is the CBD. Still with us so far? Ok good!
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Activated hemp is one of the leading ingredients in the cultivation process for hemp pet nutrition. These phytochemicals are formulated from whole plant extracts, which produces a natural and safe supplement for your pet. The abundance of hemp in our products come from the activated hemp, which has been carefully cultivated in U.S. soil and formulated and processed in U.S. laboratories.


Our Edibites are handmade and baked in small batches in the Pet Releaf Colorado kitchen. After a year of extensive research and development, we’ve created a proprietary cooking method to ensure that the way our Edibites are baked does not impact the beneficial cannabinoids found in our certified USDA organic full spectrum CBD hemp oil. Whether your dog is in incredible health or is suffering from illness or injury, our Edibites are the immune system turbo boost they need.  They contain no fillers, no chemical preservatives and no 12 syllable ingredients. Pet Releaf Edibites are also corn, soy, dairy, and wheat free as well as being completely vegan. Our Edibites aren’t just made in the USA they are also farmed in the USA with 95% of our ingredients coming from American farmers.
But I'm not comfortable giving my dog something I wouldn't try for myself, because I am a crazy dog lady. So that's what I did. I bought "Holistic Hound CBD Dog Treats" in pasture raised savory chicken-flavor and "Treatibles Hemp Wellness Dog Chews with naturally occurring CBD" in blueberry, and, on two separate evenings, I hunkered down to eat them.

Our Edibites are handmade and baked in small batches in the Pet Releaf Colorado kitchen. After a year of extensive research and development, we’ve created a proprietary cooking method to ensure that the way our Edibites are baked does not impact the beneficial cannabinoids found in our certified USDA organic full spectrum CBD hemp oil. Whether your dog is in incredible health or is suffering from illness or injury, our Edibites are the immune system turbo boost they need.  They contain no fillers, no chemical preservatives and no 12 syllable ingredients. Pet Releaf Edibites are also corn, soy, dairy, and wheat free as well as being completely vegan. Our Edibites aren’t just made in the USA they are also farmed in the USA with 95% of our ingredients coming from American farmers.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight or heat can cause the Hemp Treats to prematurely spoil. When temperatures rise above 160°F, it will cause the phytocannabinoids in the Hemp Treats to break down and become ineffective. Refrigeration is the easiest way to extend the product’s shelf life. However, refrigeration will not be needed in the majority of cases.
One message that cbdMD repeats to their customers is that “not all hemp is created equal,” and I couldn't agree more, especially after this year's SuperZoo and seeing so many brands promoting CBD oil products without understanding the benefits and how to give it to our pets.  Because of the ignorance in the market, it makes me wonder about their sourcing, quality, and testing; so I was excited to try these treats.
And then, of course, there are the more urgent medical conditions that might make CBD a necessity. Studies have shown that CBD is an especially effective way to treat epilepsy, and when given to epileptic dogs it can help to improve their quality of life dramatically. The research available suggests that not only can a steady CBD treatment reduce the number of seizures and epileptic dog experiences, but it can, in time, even get rid of them all together. More evidence is needed before a definitive statement can be made regarding that, but everything we know now certainly looks promising.
The dosage is one treat per 25 pounds of body weight.  Rodrigo weighs 65 pounds, so I gave him two dog treats.  And since I was handing out treats, the other dogs lined up as well – two per dog (although Sydney and Scout should have had three each).  And, as I stated, 30 minutes later, the dogs were all dozing on their beds (what dog mom's office doesn't have dog beds?) and slept soundly through the night despite the fireworks.
All available evidence indicates that long-term use of Hemp Treats causes no long-term side effects. However, Hemp CBD has only truly been available for pets for the last few years, so there is of course still time to find an issue. However, phytocannabinoids work naturally in the body because they act like self-created cannabinoids — they can increase their concentrations, as well as attach to the same receptors.
Doubts that linger around cannabidiol in dogs involve the continuing confusion and conflation of CBD with THC, as well as the cannabis plant’s legal status. To reiterate, CBD does not get anyone high, neither human nor dog, since the chemical is non-toxic and non-psychoactive. You may be aware that, in 2015, there was some controversy, as the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to CBD dog treat manufacturer Canna-Pet. The substance of this warning was that Canna-Pet’s site announced claims on their website, touting the medical benefits and medicinal uses of their dog treats.
Each of these no-nonsense biscuits contains 4mg of CBD. There are only five ingredients involved in their making, which is so straightforward and simple that you probably could make them on your own for much cheaper. But you probably won’t (I’m a devoted dog mom too, but I don’t have time to DIY everything), and if you’re looking for nothing but CBD with an appetizing bacon flavor to please your pupper, here you go.
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