It’s no secret that dog owners give their pets CBD oil. They do it because they want to help their pet feel better and stay healthy. As it’s true now, CBD can help dogs with many health problems, including arthritis, epilepsy, nausea, vomiting, and others.
In order to ensure that a product is of high quality, dog owners look for specific information related to the product. That includes country of origin, bioavailability, the manufacturer, and type of CBD product.
Some of them even look for the conditions under which the cannabis plant was grown, such as soil quality, the LED grow lights spectrum, humidity, temperature, and watering system. But, if you are choosing your first CBD oil product for your dog, here are the 6 things you should definitely consider.
1. The Type of CBD Product
The first thing you should consider is the type of CBD product you need. There are various types. Which one you choose depends on your preference and the condition you will use it for. However, you should consider that:
- Tinctures have an almost immediate effect due to being directly absorbed by the body. They can help with most health conditions and are easy to use.
- Capsules take around 20-30min before affecting your dog because they need to pass through the digestive system. They can help with most health conditions and are convenient to use because you can hide them in or between your dog’s food.
- Treats are probably the best type because every dog likes them. However, just like capsules, they need some time before taking an effect because they also need to pass through the digestive system.
- Topicals are easy to apply and have an almost immediate effect because they are directly absorbed through the skin. However, they can be used for treating only certain (physical) conditions, such as joint, muscle or nerve pain and inflammation.
2. Country of Origin
The country of origin can tell about the growing conditions of the plant the product is derived from. Namely, if the cannabis was grown in the USA or another country where growing it is legal, it means that it was grown in proper conditions, including healthy soil, proper lights, specific temperature and humidity, and so on. However, if the cannabis was grown in a country where growing it is illegal, then there’s no guarantee that it has been grown properly.
This plays a big role in whether or not a CBD product is of good quality and safe to use. So, make sure you choose a product that originates from the USA or another country where growing cannabis is legal and regulated.
3. The Manufacturer
It’s an unwritten rule that you should buy products from well-known, reliable brands. Therefore, you should always check the manufacturer before choosing a product. You can do that by visiting their website, checking their social media profiles, and reading customer reviews. These things will show you whether the manufacturer is reputable and reliable or not.
4. The Extraction Method
The extraction method is a very important factor to consider because it determines the safety of the product. There are 4 main extraction methods: CO2, olive oil, dry ice, and solvent-based extraction. CO2 extraction is the best method, so always try to find a product that was produced using this extraction method.
If you can’t find such, you can look for products that were produced using olive oil or dry ice extraction method. However, you should never buy a product that was produced using solvent-based extraction because this method uses substances such as butane and propane, which are toxic to your dog.
5. The Contents and Third-Party Results
When choosing a CBD product for your dog, make sure you read the label and check the contents. You should pay special attention to the THC content. The maxim legal amount of THC is 0.3%, but if you don’t want THC at all, you can look for products with 0% THC.
Once you check the label, you should check if the information is correct. You can do that by looking at the third-party lab results found on the Certificate of Analysis. This certificate is issued by an independent lab and confirms whether or not the information on the label is correct. If there isn’t a Certificate of Analysis included in the product, don’t buy it.
6. CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum
A CBD product can be CBD isolate or full-spectrum. If it’s a CBD isolate, it means that it contains only cannabidiol (CBD). In that case, your dog will experience only the benefits of cannabidiol.
On the other hand, if the product is full-spectrum, it means that it contains various cannabinoids, including THC, terpenes, and flavonoids. In that case, the CBD product offers an entourage effect, which means that all the components work together to provide your dog with maximum benefits.