Pet CBD Buyer's Guide

At Hemp Tail we know one of your biggest concerns is your pet's health and happiness. You want to help make your furry friend feels better without the need for toxic medicines with severe side effects. Cannabidiol or CBD can help.

Recently, CBD has been taking the medical world by storm, but many people don't know this amazing medical discovery is safe for humans and animals alike. 

As with most major medical advancements, fly-by-night companies have began surfacing quickly in the CBD industry selling low quality, impotent products. If you're wondering how to find the most effective CBD for pets, we've got you covered. This is our ultimate pet CBD buyer's guide.

We'll explain everything from what CBD is, to how pet CBD oil works, and what are the most popular types of CBD products for pets.

First, we’re going to answer the most common questions. We receive these questions all of the time and want to clear up and confusion about pet CBD.

What is Pet CBD Most Typically Used For?

CBD for pets has a huge variety of uses from the calming stress to the treatment of certain skin conditions. Below are the results from a recent Hemp Tail customer survey where we asked why they were buying hemp CBD for their pets.

Customers Use of Pet CBD Ranked from Highest to Lowest:

  1. Different Types of General Pain
  2. Basic Support of Anxiety
  3. Skin Issues
  4. Appetite Regulation
  5. Aid with Sleep
  6. Seizures 
  7. Other
🛑 WARNING: While initial research is very hopeful a lot more needs to be completed before any claims can be made. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stated while pet CBD oil brands may share research and testimonials about animal CBD use, they can not make any formal claims or promises. If you see a bunch of claims, run.

Is CBD the Same as Cannabis or Marijuana?

Knowledge is power. The first thing you should know are the differences between Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana. Many believe these are all the same thing, but they are actually very different. Each is grown, harvested, and processed differently.

Cannabis is the name of the entire flowering plant which comes from the Cannabaceae family. This plant has three different types of species including cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis (which is a combination of the other two).

Hemp is a species of Cannabis which come from the Cannabis Sativa family.

Marijuana is referring to a certain way cannabis is processed, dried and used.

Since Hemp and Marijuana come from the same family, they have a lot of the same features including healing abilities. Due to their biological structure, they have several clear differences including general side effects.

⚠️Important Note: ALL pet CBD products on Hemp Tail's site are made with the highest quality of HEMP CBD. 

Is Pet CBD Legal?

Yes, pet CBD is completely legal throughout the entire United States. You can learn more by clicking the link at the top of our website called Know Your Pet’s Rights.

Will Hemp CBD Get My Pet High?

Nope, your furry friend will not get stoned.

Cannabis grows many chemical elements (up to 75 that we know of), but the two most prominent cannabinoid chemicals from the plant are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC is known for the high or psychoactive effects. CBD does not contain the high effects and has become known in recent years to hold massive medical benefits.

CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical compound associated with the cannabis plant, meaning it will not get fluffy high.

🛑 WARNING: Hemp CBD is safest when third-party tested to verify the THC is less than .03 percent. Look for brands with third-party tests.

Will My Pet Become Addicted?

While specific research has not been conducted regarding pets and addiction, significant research does exist regarding human use and addiction.

One study even used rats as the test subjects. These studies concluded that the use of both CBD and THC do not change or alter the pleasure centers of the brain, which is the main cause of addiction.

Furthermore, research has been conducted to show how CBD may help individuals recover from addiction to certain substances including prescription medications.

CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” wrote the World Health Organization, a U.N. agency with a focus on public health.

How Does Hemp Tail CBD Work?

Hemp Tail uses the highest quality of hemp CBD, therefore, it is extremely effective. When potent CBD is introduced to the system here’s what happens.

Your fur baby (and you) have a unique system called the endocannabinoid system or ECS.  The ECS is a series of cannabinoid receptors which work throughout you and your pet's body to help regulate everything from mood to pain function.

The two main receptors in the body include the CB1 and CB2 receptors. While more research needs to be completed, we know the CB1 receptor aids in pleasure and pain tolerance, and the CB2 receptor is known to work with the immune system.

Your pet's body uses a series of chemical coded messages called neurotransmitters. These messages regulate how your pet feels, thinks and even eats.

The ECS works to prevent the receptors from becoming overworked. CBD slows the messages going in and out of the receptors. This stops the receptors from becoming so clogged it misses messages or worse misfires sending the wrong message to different parts of your pet’s body, which happens a lot more than people realize.

Missed or misfiring messages can lead to a huge assortment of elements in your fur baby’s body including the development of serious chronic illnesses.

CBD also helps your pet by increasing anandamide. Anandamide regulates serotonin and dopamine, which are known as the feel good chemicals in the brain.

Legally we cannot make any diseased based claims because not enough research has been completed. Please be wary of any brand that does make unsupported claims. To us the studies speak volumes so please visit our glossary section to learn more about how CBD can help your specific health concerns.

We want to be clear. Not all CBD oils are the same. Choosing a quality CBD is about trusting the company you’re buying from and knowing everything that’s in that product. We HIGHLY recommend you try different types of CBD products and doses.

We hear from customers all the time who’s pet suffered after they gave up when their pet didn’t like a flavor or they didn’t see a change after using poor quality CBD. Our best advice is to be patient and keep trying.

Below we are going to share exactly how you choose the best pet CBD for your pet. 

Where Does the CBD Oil Come From?

Since hemp CBD is bioaccumulator (it pulls nutrients from the earth and sun) not all hemp CBD oils are the same. If the hemp CBD is not grown with the right nutrients or care it will produce less cannabinoids than a quality grown plant. CBD products containing little cannabinoids are a complete waste of your time and money as they are not potent enough to be truly effective for your pet's health.

Ask the CBD company where the oil is sourced and how it is grown. Another way to know it was quality grown is by checking the third-party lab tests of CBD percentages within a product.

How Was the CBD Extracted?

The extraction method of the CBD oil matters as well. Industry standard is to use the CO2 method. This keeps harsh chemicals like alcohol or other added chemicals from diluting the CBD oil. It is considered the safest method of extraction known today.

Be sure to avoid oils using extraction methods with dangerous solvents such as ethanol or butane as this can be harmful to your pet.

What Hemp CBD Product Does Your Pet Need?

CBD oil comes in many methods of consumption. Choosing the one that works best for your pet can be difficult. This affects how long the CBD lasts and how fast it activates.

We highly recommend you try different methods of CBD for your pet. Below we'll go over the top three ways pet owners are providing their pets with relief.

Pet CBD Oils

The most popular method of consumption for CBD is through the use of oils. CBD oils are usually taken via dropper and placed under the tongue. CBD oils for pets are safe to be swallowed. CBD oils are extremely fast acting.

These oils come in different strengths and should be chosen based on the size of your pet. The bioavailability or absorption level based on a 2009 study is between 4% and 20% depending heavily on the quality of the oil.

Top Tips:

  • Mix the CBD Oil in peanut butter or your pet's favorite wet food
  • Place oil directly under your furry friend's tongue for full absorption
  • Rub oil directly onto skin irritation or visible tumors to help pain

Pet CBD Sprays

CBD sprays for pets are great for traveling with your furry loved one and wonderful for quick usage during emergency situations. These can be applied as a topical and are safe to take orally.

CBD pet sprays usually come in different formulas to make for a more targeted experience.

Top Tips:

  • Don't force your pet's mouth open when introducing the spray, this could scare them/add stress
  • Start by spraying directly onto your pet's food for a few days before administering orally
  • Can be sprayed directly onto areas of pain/irritation of the skin

Pet CBD Treats

Many different types of pet treats with CBD exist out there. They come in a variety of flavors and shapes. CBD pet treats are great for offering a quick snack to your pet and are known as the common method for introducing CBD products to a pet’s diet.

Top Tips:

  • Mix with peanut butter or your pet's favorite dry food
  • Start with a small dose then add as needed depending on the pet's size and pain level
  • Check the other ingredients in the product, avoid fillers and corn grains
  • Cats LOVE when the treats a sprayed with catnip

Summary: What to Look for in Your Pet's CBD Oil?

  • Tested for a high percentage of cannabinoids
  • Non-Dilute oils with hemp CBD listed as the first or only ingredient
  • Grown pesticide free & non-GMO
  • CO2 extraction
  • Made in an FDA compliant lab
  • Made from the Hemp plant
  • Soy free
  • 100% natural
  • Exclusively made for pets

Resources:

Harvard Health CBD education

10 Things to Know CBD for Dogs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

http://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

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