Sales of CBD pet products doubled in the US from 2014 to 2016, according to MJ Freeway, a data analytics firm referenced by Polly Mosendz in a December 2016 article on Bloomberg.com. Interestingly, the article lumps CBD in the same category as THC, even questioning the ethics of “getting the dog high” (paraphrasing a quote from a senior vice president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
One CBD treatment that surprises many pet owners is the fact that it is sometimes used to treat dogs who suffer from seizures. Products with high levels of CBD can help manage seizures brought upon by epilepsy or other genetic disorders. There have been numerous cases of cannabis helping manage, and over time reducing, the frequency of seizures in humans and animals.
Alas, I spoke too soon. There were still 12 treats left to go, and it quickly became a slog — dry and with a bitter edge that became more and more pronounced with my endless mastication. My dog watched me raptly. I washed them down with seltzer, which was helpful. I imagine that for a dog, who has only a fraction of the number of taste buds a person does, the experience would be delightful.
Along with Canna-Pet, another of the major reputable producers of CBD dog treats and supplements is Treatibles. Looking through their websites and scanning through the ingredients of each of their product lines, from a nutrition standpoint, their dog treat recipes contain primarily, if not exclusively, gluten-free, organic materials. Chemically, a trustworthy CBD treat should contain cannabidiol and other non-toxic, non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
We commonly hear about dogs being more receptive to Hemp CBD than traditional medications, especially with anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety medications.We recommend that you always check with your veterinarian before starting, stopping, or adjusting the dosage of any prescription medication. Many drugs, especially anti-seizure medications, must be weaned off slowly or else deadly withdrawal symptoms can occur.
A comparable plant that has gained wide acceptance and use is the opium poppy. In Washington’s time, it was the opiate properties of the poppy that were used and abused in liquid form as laudanum tinctures and smoked as opium. In our own time, chemicals derived from the opium poppy are used in the production of heroin. However, this same plant also gives us widely accepted medicines such as codeine and morphine. Over time, CBD advocates anticipate changes in the legal status of cannabis so that beneficial products can continue to be researched, refined, and distributed in forms that are both safe and well-regulated.
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.