CBD oil for dogs is the subject of an interesting and ever-changing conversation. Since CBD products are now legal in some form in all 50 states, access isn’t as much of a problem. But how do you know which company and their products are good for the problem your dog is having?
CBD products are credited with relieving so many different issues. It seems like a miracle substance! CBD is supposed to be the way to go, from decreasing anxiety to relieving pain to controlling seizures and much more. But are all the claims true?
CBD vs Hemp
The first question you need to ask when you’re looking for CBD oil for dogs is this; what’s the difference between CBD and Hemp? The hemp plant, with lower levels of THC, and the marijuana plant are very closely related. CBD can be derived from either plant, but the products are often labeled differently.
Some sources use the names interchangeably. Hemp SEED oil, however, is different than CBD oil. In general, I’m talking about CBD products and not hemp seed oil. While they are labeled differently, the explanations and recommended uses get pretty murky.
CBD can be derived from both marijuana and hemp plants, although extracting oils from the plants is done differently. Hemp seems to be used more for beauty products and possibly calming effects, while CBD oil for dogs seems to be used more for seizures, pain, and other health conditions.
As much as I’d like to clear this up, the subject is too new and growing too quickly to have a universal answer. Bottom line, you need to research the products you’re interested in, read reviews, do comparisons and make a choice.
Ways to use CBD oil for dogs
The market for CBD products has boomed recently, with new products and fresh promises of help offered all the time. Products for dogs are no exception. CBD oil for dogs promises relief of
- Joint and arthritis pain
- Stomach issues
- Skin issues
Methods of giving CBD to your dogs include
- Tinctures (drops) you put in your dog’s mouth or on their food.
- Chews that have joint supplements or antianxiety properties.
- Salves for skin issues.
- Treatments for hotspots or ear infections.
Plus there are new options coming on the market regularly. But how can you tell if a product will work without wasting money?
Choosing CBD oil for dogs
We have dogs with arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other various senior issues, so I started researching a bit. I tried products from a couple of companies but wasn’t really convinced that they were working. As I found out more about how testing helps ensure quality, I came across the company we’re using now.
We started using CBD tinctures from Veritas Farms a couple of years ago and have been very happy with the results. This company has a good reputation, tests their products for THC level and effective ingredients, and excellent customer service.
Our CBD experience so far
I started by giving it to all of our dogs, starter doses for the seniors that don’t have major issues, and higher doses adjusted for efficiency for the ones that had definite issues. They get the tincture in their food twice a day.
As we used it for a couple of months, I cut back on the maintenance doses for the dogs who didn’t show any big issues to start with. The dogs that are on pain meds and have chronic pain were a different story.
When I adjusted the CBD oil for dogs with pain, I saw less pain behavior. Because of this, I think it’s helping quite a bit. Those dogs are more playful and rest more easily when they are getting their CBD. When they don’t get it, they are irritable and just don’t seem to feel good.
We’ll continue using these products, at least for now, since they seem to be making the lives of our dogs better. For more information about CBD, read my post, “What is CBD oil, and how can it help my dog?”
Have you tried CBD oil for dogs in one form or another? Tell me about it in the comments below.