Because of their reported anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, anti-anxiety, and other properties, CBD oil products are gaining popularity as natural remedies for humans.
What about our furbabies? Can hemp oil help aging dogs with arthritis or pups that struggle with anxiety? If these products had been around when I was in small animal practice, they would have been a useful option for clients interested in a natural and holistic approach to their pooch’s care.
In this review, we’ll examine hemp oil for dogs: what it is and how it might benefit your special pal. We’ll talk about the difference between CBD oil and phytocannabinoids like hemp oil and what you need to know when selecting a product for your furbaby. Then we’ll look at Tree of Life Seeds Hemp Oil products and why you can trust them.
Ready? Let’s dive in.
Tree of Life Seeds CBD Pet Products
Based in Little Rock, AR, Tree of Life Seeds is an industry leader in premium hemp genetics and CBD products. Using natural cross-breeding, the company developed Cherry Wine, their flagship hemp plant. This hybrid produces as much as 25% CBD with virtually undetectable traces of THC. As a result, Tree of Life Seeds is able to produce THC-free products using domestic non-GMO hemp that’s responsibly-grown. With a commitment to honesty, integrity, and stewardship, the team at Tree of Life Seeds strives to help the Hemp Industry reach full potential in US agriculture.
To confirm that the materials are free of heavy metals, pesticides, toxins, or solvents, they undergo testing at a 3rd-party lab. The CBD products themselves are made using all-natural, full-spectrum, PCR oil. Then the oil is nano emulsified to render 3-5 times better absorption than other brands.
These claims have not been evaluated or confirmed by the FDA. Therefore, the products are not intended to treat, prevent, or cure any disease.
As with any supplements, consult with your veterinarian before giving this product to your pooch. They know important health details about your furry friend and can provide direction. Remember to start slow when introducing the chews.
After consulting with your furry friend’s doctor, start slow with the product. Take time to observe how your pooch responds to the oil and adjust dosing accordingly. Always communicate changes with your veterinarian.
While most studies concerning the benefits and potential side effects of CBD have involved rats or humans, there are many commonalities between people and their pets. Because this is true, the potential risks or side-effects of this product are likely to be similar between dogs and their owners.
Fortunately for both man and animal, when you’re dealing with CBD oil that’s free of THC, like the Tree of Life Seeds products, there are very few side effects. However, if you administer too much, you may notice:
- The condition you’re trying to impact in your pooch. For example, you may see reduced anxiety in 30-60 minutes, but it could take 2-4 weeks to see noticeable improvements in chronic joint pain.
- The method of administration – sublingual or oral
- The dosage
- Your dog
There are no guidelines from the FDA, so you should follow the producer’s recommendations. Tree of Life Seeds lists their dosage instructions on the product label.
What are Phytocannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur naturally in animals and cannabis plants. Those found in plants are known as phytocannabinoids. There are over 80 naturally occurring phytocannabinoid compounds in the hemp plant. They’re formed by removing carbon dioxide from the carboxylic acids found in the plant’s resin. Two of these compounds that are better known are the psychoactive chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD).
What Does PCR Hemp (full spectrum) Oil Mean?
- reduced arthritic pain and swelling
- neuropathic pain relief
- relief from fibromyalgia
What is Hemp Oil, and How Does it Differ From CBD?
Marijuana and Hemp are two different varieties of the Cannabis plant species. While the former has high levels of THC, the hemp plant must have less than 0.3% of this psychoactive compound by law. These trace amounts are not enough to produce a “high” sensation.
Hemp plants also have at least 12-18% CBD. CBD oil for dogs products come from the hemp plant, but they often go through an extraction procedure to leave nothing but pure CBD. Hemp oil, on the other hand, is a whole-plant extract that includes other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant.
Comparing Phytocannabinoids and Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids (sometimes called endocannabinoids) are naturally occurring chemicals in mammals that help to regulate a variety of functions in the body including mood, sleep, injury response, and appetite. There are cannabinoid receptors throughout our and our pups’ body systems where these compounds exert their effects.
Phytocannabinoids are chemicals found in the hemp plant that closely resemble the cannabinoids found in animals. When the plant compounds go through a heat process, they convert from cannabinoid acids to chemicals like CBD and THC. These products can interact with the receptors in our bodies to produce a range of effects.
Never Purchase a CBD Oil for Your Dog Without Looking at the Certificate of Analysis (COA): There are lots of CBD oils on the market, and some are better than others. You want a product that has a COA from a third-party laboratory. This certificate shows that the product was tested and provides evidence that claims on the company’s label are accurate.
Choose “Nano-Sized Microemulsion” CBD: Nano-sized microemulsions or nanoemulsions are products that undergo a process to combine two different liquids that usually won’t mix. This allows for maximum absorption of the oil.
Learn More About the Company Selling the Products: You want to know about the company’s product sourcing. Do they have their own farm or get their raw materials from a consistent farming partner? Having a single source helps to ensure greater product consistency.