Humans love things that go boom, but pets–not so much. So, this 4th of July, there’s CBD tinctures to try that may help them keep chill during what could be week-long fireworks shows, due to the sonically challenging holiday’s midweek schedule.
According to PetMD.com, “Cannabis oil can be used to treat seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, symptoms of cancer, and gastrointestinal issues, among other health conditions in dogs.” Based on anecdotal evidence, CBD can also be used with other pets including cats, horses, and potentially any mammals, since we all have endocannabinoid systems.
Scientific evidence of the effects of CBD (and hundreds of other cannabis-derived compounds) is hard to come by, however, due to marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug and the resulting federal prohibition on cannabis-derived products.
“I have been surprised by how many pets in my practice have greatly benefited from cannabis and its anxiety-relieving properties,” wrote Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, for the her Boulder Holistic Vet blog. “It is very important to note that dogs and cats with anxiety should use cannabis with high levels of CBD. THC, the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, should be avoided in pets with anxiety as it can worsen symptoms.”
Pet owners should always consult their veterinarian before starting any alterative medicinal regime, but veterinarians are unable to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients.
CBD-infused pet formulations are readily available online because they contain CBD from hemp oil, which comes from a cannabis variety low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. So, there’s no worry about your pet getting high; the tinctures featured here all have less than 0.3 percent THC.
Cannabis experts say the benefits of CBD are enhanced by including complimentary compounds–terpenes and cannabinoids (other than THC)–to produce a synchronous “entourage effect.” Experts and pet healthcare professionals do recommend to make sure all products are clearly labeled and even to purchase products infused with hemp oil from U.S.-grown plants, in much the same way pet experts say to avoid some treats from markets without strict pet food regulation.
HempRX for Dogs and Cats–This potent tincture is derived from whole plant cannabis using C02 extraction methods, which leave no contaminant residue or THC behind in this oil. “Compared to low-potency consumer-level brands of hemp labeled for pets,” said manufacturer Purcannaceutical, “HempRx gives you full disclosure of how much each administration of HempRx contains, so you can more accurately provide your pet with the hemp extract it needs.” This formulation is power-packed with beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. Each bottle contains 375mg of phytocannabinoids, with 0.5mg of effective essential oils per drop. At WellPetDispensary.com.
Mighty Mojo Mushroom PCR–Developed by Heidi Hill, homeopath and owner of Holistic Hound in Berkeley, California, this formulation features a full profile of cannabinoids and terpenes from whole plant PCR rich hemp oil, organically grown in Colorado. This unflavored tincture can be easily administered to dogs or cats with just a few drops. In various CBD dosages from 100-500mg per one ounce bottle, an added 13.5 grams of Chaga mushroom extract adds immune health benefits. From HolisticHoundHemp.com.
Canna-Pet Advanced MaxHemp Liquid – According to manufacturer Canna-Pet, cats don’t love this formula, but dogs and horses do. The trick is to get a few drops under their tongues daily, to aid in quick absorption and build up to beneficial effects. Great for pets with dietary restrictions because the liquid products are completely absorbed within the mouth and not digested. Each 10ml bottle contains enough drops for one month (approx. 90 drops), even longer if your pet is less than 20 pounds. At Canna-Pet.com.
Sol CBD Pure Hemp Oil for Pet Health Support–Sourced from hemp grown to organic standards in the U.S., this cold-processed CBD oil, uses CO2 extraction–so, no solvents or harmful chemicals. Boosts immune function, protects joints, and reduces anxiety and inflammation. Blended with MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil, to give your pet exactly what it needs. Sourced from whole plant cannabis, this tincture contains all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenoids, essential oils, and other compounds from U.S.-cultivated whole plant hemp, grown to organic standards. Visit SolCBD.com.