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One of the things you’re going to be hearing a lot about in the pet industry is “pot for pets”.

Now, before we get too far into this, I want to tell you that you can’t run out, get your marijuana medical card, and start dosing your animals. To do so would result in major complications and you could even kill your pets.

Animals react quite differently to this natural remedy and it’s important to understand the pros and cons, as well as how to source and what parts of the plant are valuable. 

That said, let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of the hemp plant and it’s very important Cannabinoid (CBD). 

Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants in existence. It has been around for thousands of years and for many good reasons.

Here are a few facts you probably didn’t know about hemp: 

 

  • It thrives in nearly any type of climate
  • It naturally “cleanses” the soil it’s grown in (which makes sourcing organically grown hemp very important)
  • It’s naturally resistant to parasites and doesn’t require pesticides to grow
  • Nearly every part of the plant can be used
  • It’s 100% biodegradable
  • One acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as 2-3 acres of cotton
  • Its durable, ecofriendly and fast growing (it can be ready to harvest in just 120 days)
  • It’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, mildew-free fiber 
  • It’s nearly twice as strong as cotton.

These are just a few of the reasons why hemp is so popular. We’re seeing it in every part of the pet industry, from hemp toys and collars to Cannabinoid (CNB) supplements.

Forward thinking companies (like Honest Pet Products) have been using hemp for years, but you’ll be seeing manufacturers taking it in a whole new direction in coming years.

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You know those shredded rubber and plastic toys you have lying around the yard? Hemp toys are ecofriendly and those shards will naturally be reabsorbed by the soil. Rubber toy remains will not. Hemp toys are wonderful ways to be environmentally friendly.

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Since hemp is twice as strong as cotton, it makes perfect sense that we would start using this soft natural fiber for leashes. We have several of the collars and leashes and wouldn’t trade them for anything. Best of all, when we’re done, we know they are completely biodegradable. 

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But the reason you’re probably reading this article is to learn how you can help offset chronic pain in your dog, cat or horse (or other species) – which leads us to this…

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You’ve probably already heard of the new line of pet supplements from Canna-Pet, and the “CBD cookies” from Treatibles. This year, you can expect to see hundreds of new supplements that are centered on CBD. 

Cannabidiol (CBD), is not psychoactive like the more commonly known compound, phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors on cells that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain.

CBDs have naturally occurring compounds that have been proven extremely effective in human patients with epilepsy, behavior disorders, pain management, and other neurodegenerative disorders. As a result, it’s believed that CBD offers amazing benefits to pets, particularly senior pets or those with chronic pain and health conditions. We’re seeing this therapeutic compound appear in treats and supplements designed for all species, including dogs, cats and horses. 

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There are many companies coming out that offer CBD products, but it’s very important you pay attention to sourcing before you buy. CBD is one of those things that can be very easily adulterated since it is also known as “cleansing” plant – that is, it’s often planted to help recondition soil after it’s natural minerals have been reduced from traditional crops. Because it easily absorbs anything in soil, it’s also a great plant to use in contaminated soil to help remove toxins.

If you’re considering adding CBD supplements to your pet’s daily care, it’s important to do your homework on choosing a reputable supplier. “The CBD that is produced in high-quality products like those from Hemp Health are produced in a quality-controlled lab and contain no fillers, preservatives, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers or any other additives,” said Katarina Maloney, co founder of Hemp Health, Inc.

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While several studies are currently underway to assess the benefits of CBD in pets, official dosing has yet to be established. It’s reported that most companies operate on the 616 rule (6 mg per 100 pounds every six hours). This is not scientific, FDA-approved, or even proven to any extent. It’s important to understand this before you start giving it to your pets. 

It’s also important to understand that many, many people have had amazing results with CBD.

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According to Canna-Pet®, one of the first hemp (CBD) products designed specifically for cats and dogs,  a pet would have to “…ingest the equivalent of 1.25 times its own weight (approximately an absurd 60,000-120,000 Canna-Pet® capsules), before the THC level would approach toxicity.”  

Auntie Dolores is an eight-year old company who is well-known for creating a marijuana edibles brand that’s sold throughout California. They now produce Treatibles brand CBD pet treats.

“Treatibles was created because we wanted to make treats for dogs and we’re in the business of infusing medicine into treats,” said Julianna Carella, founder and CEO of Auntie Dolores and Treatibles. “Our metric is 1 mg per 10-20 lbs of dog weight.”

While there are many benefits to using CBD in pets, most companies cannot share these stories due to FDA regulations. Veterinarians cannot legally counsel you on marijuana as an option for pets if there are still conventional methods of treatment available to try. There are many potential benefits to using CBD supplements with your pets. But, do your homework and weigh the pros and cons before you start administering.

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