A newer pet food product category getting a lot of buzz at US pet trade shows the past two years has been pet treats and supplements featuring cannabidiol (CBD). Sorry for the bad pun; this oil derives from the hemp plant, though a different species than ones containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for the psychoactive reaction, or high (buzz), in people or animals who imbibe it. CBD does not cause the same reaction, say its proponents in the pet industry.
Yes! I’ve seen SO much about CBD oil recently, but I’m hesitant to try it since it seems like a fad. I also feel like some are definitely better quality than others. The ones I’ve seen haven’t been as expensive, but I never really thought about dosage etc. Thanks for your review, Kermit has a vet appointment coming up for his yearly check up, I’ll ask about CBD oil. He’s pretty good in general but sometimes gets too hype over certain things (though we’re working with a trainer too).
HonestPaw’s CBD Dog Treats have provided comfort to hundreds of dogs and their owners. The company saw the need for an all-natural, organic CBD dog treat and jumped at the chance to provide pet parents with an alternative pain management option. However, even with all the success stories, the lack of proper research is a big concern for vets and pet parents alike. With that said, even the likes of Cancer.Gov has sung the praises of medical marijuana for humans. Hopefully, that trend will continue and more studies will emerge on CBD for pets.
With that said, cannabis remains a Schedule I drug in the US, and that is why veterinarians are hesitant to prescribe any cannabis-based medicine. It will take at least half a decade to see any promising scientific advancement regarding medicinal cannabinoid use for pets. Until then, people will continue to rely on the testimonials of dog owners who have tried these products.
The use of cannabis-based medicine will continue to develop, and what people need now is assurance that the effects of the cannabis products will not harm their beloved pets. There is much misinformation in the public sphere, and the most important thing is to get everyone to understand the promising medicinal benefits that CBD can provide to pets. Cannabis is not going away anytime soon, and pet owners should consider all sides of the issue when thinking about giving CBD products to the furry friend in their life.
Cannabidiol is not a psychoactive agent. Before we even get to CBD dog treats, some may shake their heads, cluck their tongues, and say they don’t want their dogs getting high. That objection is very common, but just as easily dismissed. CBD is not toxic, and it does not have a particularly strong effect, if any at all, on the receptors in the brain that are influenced by THC. CBD does not affect perception and is incapable of turning normally functioning people or their dogs into Cheech, Chong, Harold, or Kumar. CBD treats for dogs are not the canine equivalent of pot brownies.
These gluten-free treats, made with chicken soup, will satisfy the pickiest of eaters with their umami taste. I have a picky dog that routinely turns down treats from strangers if they don’t smell good enough—no Milk-Bones accepted—so I’m constantly looking for the smelliest, most pungent treats to give her. Unfortunately, premium juicy meat treats tend to leave stains in my pockets. But you get the best of both worlds with these biscuits: savory taste with yuck-free packaging.