Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound that is derived from cannabis
CBD is different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Therefore, it will not get you “high.” While CBD may contain traces of THC, it is not enough to have any psychoactive effect. Most of the CBD products on the market today are derived from industrial hemp which contains only traces of THC.
Some of the medical conditions in dogs that CBD can help with include anxiety, loss of appetite, inflammation, pain, seizures, neurological disorders, arthritis, and so much more.
4 Types of CBD Products for Your Dog
- CBD Tincture: CBD tinctures are made by combining pure CBD oil and a carrier. Coconut oil or alcohol are some of the most popular carriers used in CBD tinctures. Many people choose CBD tincture because it is easy to administer. This product usually comes in a glass bottle with a dropper cap. You can use the dropper cap to measure precisely how much CBD oil you want. Many people choose CBD tincture because it is easy to use. You can put a few drops under your dog’s tongue. You could also mix it with your dog’s food or drink.
- CBD Oil: Just like CBD tinctures, CBD oil also comes in the form of oil. With CBD oil, you can determine the amount of CBD that your dog is getting. There are generally two types of CBD oils; full-spectrum and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD oil contains CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plant. CBD isolate, on the other hand, contains only CBD. As you can guess, with CBD isolate, the CBD is isolated from the other components of the plant. Both products are equally good. Although it may appear that CBD isolate is a better product, that is not the case. The other cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plant have been shown to contribute to the healing effects of this product in a process known as “entourage effect.”
- CBD Edibles: This is the best product for pet owners who do not want to go through the hassle of putting a few drops of CBD oil in a dog’s mouth or in its food or beverage. If you find that your dog is hesitant to eat or drink when you put CBD in its food or drink, try CBD edibles. There are different types of CBD edibles on the market today, and they are designed to appeal to the palate of dogs. The only issue with CBD edibles is that you may not be able to measure precisely how much CBD your dog is getting. Also, it takes longer to kick in since the CBD has to travel through the digestive system of your dog. When you administer CBD sublingually to your dog, it is absorbed through the blood vessels under your tongue and kicks in much faster.
- CBD Topicals and Sprays: CBD topicals and sprays are excellent for providing localized relief from aches and pain. You need to apply it to the affected part of the body. It can be a little tricky to use CBD topicals on your dog since unless you shave the fur on the affected part of the body. CBD sprays, on the other hand, may be easier to administer over your dog’s fur. When you use CBD tincture or spray, it is absorbed through the pores of the skin.
There is no best CBD product. The product to choose depends on the ailment of your dog and what is most convenient for you. Always consult your veterinarian before you give CBD to your dog.