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.
While hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the plant, it has very little CBD, not enough to provide pain or anxiety relief. I've been using CBD oil with my dogs for a few years with my dogs and I love the idea of incorporating CBD dog treats into their diet because treats can taken on a drive, a walk, or to the vet's office with no mess. I've spilled a 1/4 of a bottle of essential oils into my bag once. That sucked. It would suck even more if it was a bottle of CBD oil. CBD dog treats are also an excellent option for dogs, like Sydney, that don't like CBD oil.
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!
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.
Brand ambassador and inspiration for Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots by Treatibles. When Mariah Harmony from Villalobos Rescue Center shared the story behind his adoption and how much of a difference Treatibles has made in his life, we were inspired to share his story. When we discovered that Villalobos Rescue Center’s annual veterinary bills exceed $500,000, we knew we had to help.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which approves pet food ingredient definitions, addressed the issue at its January 2017 meeting, Dzanis said. “AAFCO has subsequently issued guidelines to note that to date, no hemp-based ingredients have been defined or otherwise sanctioned for use in animal feed, hence any inclusion in a feed or pet food would be objectionable to state feed control officials.”
However, there are veterinarians that support THC-free hemp supplements for animals. Miami-based veterinarian Dr. Patricia Khuly, VMD, has recommended hemp supplements to her patients, and has even made homemade versions using hemp oil for her pets. “I find they can be somewhat effective as part of a well rounded chronic pain protocol,” she tells Leafly—though she has never used them for pet anxiety or improving fur and skin. “Hemp oil sounds interesting for use in the same way fish oil would be implemented for these other indications,” she adds, “especially for my vegan clients who prefer to source non-animal based products for their pets.” She would like to see more research first, though.