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CBD Benefits For Pets

February 15th, 2021 by Hannah Laing

Pets and CBD

Many of us use CBD daily as a supplement to help us with recurrent problems. What if we could do the same with our pets? Well, as surprising as it may be, there are more similarities between humans and pets (when it comes to CBD) than one would first assume. For example, did you know that your pet has a similar endocannabinoid system to the one found in your body? Or that many pet owners report seeing improvement in their pet’s anxiety, seizures, pain, inflammation skin issues, allergies while using full-spectrum hemp products? Here at Green Wellness Life, we believe in informed decisions and using all available knowledge to better our lives and the lives of our pets. 

Your pet’s endocannabinoid system

Just like the human body, the body of your cat or dog has an endocannabinoid system. In fact, ECS are widespread in mammals, and your pet is no exception. However, despite the knowledge that most mammals possess an ECS, little else is known about how they function in animals commonly interacted with in our daily lives. Currently (and understandably), most research into animal ECS focuses on canines. We really want to know more about man’s best friend!

But hold on. If we don’t know that much about the ECS in other mammals, how can we be confident using supplementary CBD? There was a key word in that question that clues us into how we can supplement the diets of our furry friends safely: mammals. Humans are mammals, just like dogs and cats, and our ECS works the same way, chemically. Therefore, with a little caution, we can infer that supplementary CBD will act on the system in a similar manner. We will have to do this until more studies on mammalian ECS are published. 

Full-Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate

Most anecdotes from pet owners (and many veterinarians) state that full-spectrum products work best with their pets. While CBD isolate products will have some effect (and are better for anxiety in pets), the entourage effect from multiple cannabinoids found within full-spectrum products is best suited to interact with your pet’s ECS.

That doesn’t mean that a full spectrum product is always the best fit for you and your pet. The same reasons a person would take a broad spectrum tincture, your pet might want to do the same. Broad spectrum pet tinctures can be beneficial when trying to find similar benefit to a full spectrum product but without those trace amounts of THC. The Social CBD pet tinctures are a higher strength, 750mgs, to account for the likely increase in serving size to find the same benefit.

Moreover, isolate tinctures may be more beneficial when addressing a pet’s anxiety or looking for mood stabilization. Medterra Pets CBD tinctures are an isolate and also 750mgs to account for the likely higher serving size needed to find benefit, similar to a full spectrum product. Just keep in mind that isolates aid your pet’s anxiety and moo, and full-spectrum product assists with your pet’s inflammation, pain, and also mood, with broad spectrum pet product being somewhere in the middle.

Tips on how to best help your pet

Before taking any action, talk to your veterinarian. While they may not be as informed on how CBD can help your pet, asking them questions about your pet’s body and how it functions can never be a bad thing. In the process of learning more about your pet, your veterinarian may decide to look into CBD to see what the potential benefits are! Here are some tips to keep in mind when helping your pet with CBD:

  1. Ensure you are using a high-quality product.
  2. Start small we recommend 1mg per every 10 pounds to start.  CBD must be given daily to see full benefits.  After 5 to 7 days at the lowest serving size you can increase by doubling if your pets are not experiencing relief.  You should continue this process increasing every 5 to 7 days until benefits are found.
  3. You can administer CBD to the gums, or ingesting CBD through treats, capsules or oil in their food. 
  4. Keep in mind placing the CBD oil on food if your pet isn’t a good eater will not allow for the greatest absorption level, therefore, decreasing the best result.  So choose delivery mechanism based on your pets habits. We can help for those difficult pets, so reach out.
  5. Monitor your pet closely and record the effects in a journal. Even if there are small differences, you will be more likely to notice them if they are written down.
  6. Consult with an expert or veterinarian who has experience in the field.

Pretty simple, right? 

 Just keep in mind that your pet has a system like yours. If you wouldn’t put it in your body, then why would you give it to your pet? I have found that this is one of the easiest rules to follow regarding CBD for pets. In fact, most CBD products for pets have been rated for humans as well (I say this as I shamelessly think of the CBD peanut butter in my pantry that was manufactured for dogs. I don’t own a dog.). 

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We all love our pets. If you have an issue and you’re unsure of whether or not CBD can help, feel free to contact us. We would love to help out a fellow pet-owner, especially in our area of expertise. Even if your pet is doing great and has no issues whatsoever, we would still love to see cute photos of your dog or cat (or other) on our social media accounts! 

As always, If you’d like to learn more or have additional questions, press the live chat button, call us at (888) 772-7875 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EST), or fill out our online contact form. We cannot wait to see you and your furry friend!  Here are a couple of GWL’s staff babies!

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A Buyer’s Guide to CBD for Dogs

December 11th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD Dogs Buyer's Guide

CBD has become incredibly popular in the United States. You may have seen it in beauty products at the drugstore, for sale at a local boutique, or even at the pet store. But what exactly is CBD, and how do you know what product to buy for your dog?

There are a lot of good reasons to try CBD, a naturally occurring compound of the cannabis plant that has been shown to have a range of health and wellness benefits. It is generally safe for dogs, and may be used to reduce symptoms of pain, anxiety, seizures, and more. However, before you add anything to your dog’s diet, including CBD, you should check with your veterinarian.

Buying CBD for your dog doesn’t have to be complicated. Below, we break down what you need to know about CBD and how to choose a product that is right for your pooch.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike another compound found in the cannabis plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it isn’t psychoactive, which means that it doesn’t produce a sensation of being stoned or high.

While research on the topic is still emerging, scientists believe that CBD may produce a range of benefits by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This system is present in both humans and dogs, and is responsible for maintaining balance or homeostasis in the body. For example, if you suffer an injury that puts your body out of balance, the ECS helps your body return to its optimal operation.

The ECS consists of three components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Our body produces endocannabinoids as needed. When they are released, the endocannabinoids bind to receptors throughout the body. Once the necessary action has been taken, then the enzymes break down the endocannabinoids.

It isn’t entirely clear how CBD interacts with the ECS. However, preliminary research on both humans and animals have shown that CBD may boost health and well-being in a number of ways.

Can My Dog Benefit from CBD?

There have been few scientific studies performed on CBD using dogs to date. A 2018 study involving dogs concluded that CBD may help to reduce pain and inflammation and improve pain and mobility in dogs with arthritis. A small study in 2019 found that CBD may help to reduce seizures in epileptic dogs.

Studies performed on humans, mice, and rats have shown that CBD may be effective at reducing chronic pain and inflammation, anxiety, depression, acne, seizures, and high blood pressure. Because the ECS is found in all mammals, this research may also be applicable to dogs.

According to one recent survey of licensed veterinarians who had clinical experience with cannabis products such as CBD, these products may be helpful with chronic pain (79%), anxiety (62%), acute pain (50%), and seizures (41%). Most veterinarians surveyed (over 80%) had not observed or received a report of any adverse effects, other than sedation.

Keep in mind, however, that while CBD is generally safe and well-tolerated, it may produce some side effects in dogs. For example, in humans, may produce side effects such as dry mouth, changes in appetite and weight, and fatigue or tiredness. It may also interact with certain medications, which is why it is important to always check with your veterinarian before adding it or any other supplement to your dog’s diet.

How to Buy CBD for Your Dog

Under current law, CBD products are legal in the United States – but they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This can make it hard to figure out which products are safe and effective.

As an initial matter, you should only purchase CBD products that have been independently tested for safety and quality. The manufacturer should make these results available on their website so that you can review the third party lab results. Otherwise, there is no real way to know what exactly you are buying or what the product contains.

Next, look for products that are made from industrial hemp grown in the United States. Under federal law, industrial hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC – a trace amount. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) considers THC to be a toxic substance for dogs and cats. While your dog would have to eat a lot of THC to reach a lethal dose (3 grams), the safest choice is to only buy CBD made from hemp grown in the United States.

Understanding CBD Processing Levels

CBD products are typically labeled as either full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate. These terms are used to categorize products based on whether they contain all or some phytochemicals found in the cannabis plant.

  • A full spectrum product will have CBD and all other beneficial compounds found in hemp, including 0.3% or less THC, flavonoids and terpenes.
  • A broad spectrum product will have everything that a full spectrum product does, other than THC.
  • An isolate product will only have CBD, without any THC, flavonoids and terpenes.

The amount of THC in a full spectrum product made from American-grown hemp will be minimal, and is generally considered safe for dogs. However, if you want to avoid giving your dog any THC, you could choose a broad spectrum or CBD isolate instead.

Types of CBD Products Designed For Dogs

CBD products for pets come in a variety of forms, including treats, oils, and creams. Generally, oils or tinctures that you put under your dog’s tongue will work the fastest and may be the most effective. However, it may be easier to get your dog to eat an edible, or to rub a balm or cream onto an affected area, like an arthritic knee.

Introducing Your Dog To CBD Oil

Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting to use CBD products on your dog. Each dog will respond differently to CBD, which is why you should start with the smallest serving size possible and monitor how it affects your dog. From there, you can adjust the serving size. When you first start giving your dog CBD, you should document your dog’s experiences so that you can continue to refine their serving size and delivery for better results.

Some of Our Favorite CBD Products For Dogs

HolistaPet Superfood Dog Treats

HolistaPet Superfood Dog Treats are specifically formulated for dogs and our furry friends around the office can’t get enough of them. The treats come in three different flavors, so you can find the variety your dog enjoys best. The three flavors are:

  • Blueberry & sweet potato
  • Green apple & peanut butter
  • Pumpkin spice & cinnamon

Each treat includes 10mg of cannabinoids and there are 30 treats in the bag. The treats have no additives or preservatives and contain only the best organic ingredients to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Roxy By Hemplucid CBD Tincture For Dogs

Roxy by Hemplucid is a full-spectrum CBD tincture formulated specifically for dogs. It has a chicken flavor that your dog will be sure to love and is well-suited to help with pet pain or pet anxiety. You can mix a few drops into your dog’s food or apply the drops directly into your dog’s mouth to give them the daily benefits CBD can provide.

Honest Paws Happy Tails Peanut Butter

If your dog is a picky eater, Happy Tails Peanut Butter by Honest Paws may be your best bet. No dog can resist the incredibly enticing flavor of peanut butter. The peanut butter jars contain 160mg of CBD per jar, but Honest Paws also makes a peanut butter snack pouch that contains 10mg of CBD per pouch. The pouch is portable and perfect as a snack on the go.

cbdMD Pet CBD Balm

If your dog is suffering from dry skin or concentrated pain in one specific area, the pet balm from cbdMD may be able to help. The balm contains a mix of CBD, olive oil, shea butter, beeswax, and MCT oil to moisturize skin and provide relief from external irritations.

Social CBD Oil For Pets

Social is a well-known brand for humans, but their pet line is just as stellar. Their broad spectrum pet tincture comes in three different options: unflavored, bacon, and peanut butter. Green Wellness Life offers a $5 people and pets discount. So, you can buy the Social tincture for pets and a social product for yourself and get $5 off of your order!

Looking for Safe, Healthy CBD Products for Dogs? Start Here.

It can be hard to know how to best help your pet when they are struggling with pain, anxiety, or another condition. If you have decided to give CBD a try, you may be confused and overwhelmed by all of the terms and choices available. We are here to guide you through the process and can point you to the product we feel may be best for your dog from our online CBD shop for pets.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t veterinarians, and we cannot diagnose or treat your pet’s medical condition. What we can offer is the latest scientific research on CBD, as well as our experience and insight on which products have worked best on our pets. If you would like to learn more or simply need help picking a CBD product for your dog, contact us today at (888) 772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 EST), or fill out our online contact form.

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Does The CBD I Buy For My Pet Matter?

June 8th, 2020 by Cara Oorbeck

Types of CBD for pets

Cara OorbeckBy Cara Oorbeck

Green Wellness Staff

You might already know that the type of CBD you take matters, but did you know it also matters to your pet?  That is right, giving your pet an isolate can affect your fur baby differently than giving your fur baby a full spectrum product.  Mind blown, right? With that being said, let me help you unpack the differences a bit.

If you know me at all, you know that I love pets!   My husband Mike and I have always had pets in our house.  Currently we have 7 of them.  Seven, you say!?! You can imagine that with 7 animals in our house it can feel a lot like a zoo.  We actually call it “our zoo”, and like a real zoo, each of our animals has different needs.  Most of our fur babies were rescued, which can come with its own set of issues.  Some of these include anxiety, allergies and joint pain.  These different concerns lead to the use of different products.  Before we get started, it is important to note that I am not a veterinarian.  I do absolutely include my vet (she’s fantastic!) in our care plan for each of our fur kids.  This is what I have found to work with my pets.  Keep in mind that each animal is different and can respond differently so starting small daily and increasing is key!

Full Spectrum CBD & Lucy

You’ve likely heard us talk about this quite alot, but a recap is always helpful.  A full spectrum product means that manufacturers use the whole plant and all the compounds found in the plant(over 100 compounds called cannabinoids). LucyThese cannabinoids can include CBD, CBG, CBN and even trace amounts of THC .3%.  At GWL we are whole plant advocates, which means we tend to recommend full spectrum products to assist with pain, inflammation, seizures,  and a myriad of other different issues. Full spectrum is unique in that the compounds in the plant work synergisticly with one another. Often you do not need as many milligrams of a full spectrum product and you can still see the same benefits as if you were taking higher milligrams of the isolate or broad spectrum. As a rule of thumb we usually recommend starting with 1 mg per every 10 pounds per animal.

I know you are wondering who this adorable little grey dog is? Well this is my little buddy Lucy, age 13.  She utilizes full spectrum CBD for aging, joint pain, inflammation and allergies. She is spry as can be and has no issues jumping on the bed, couch, my lap or running after critters in my yard. She takes around 2 to 3 mg of Full Spectrum CBD everyday. I usually use either the Bluebird tincture or the Charlotte’s Web Tincture. For a treat I also love the Treatibles hard chew for Lucy. She is a meat eater and she loves the turkey treats.

Isolate CBD & Rizzo

RizzoThis is my Pitbull / Basset Hound who we rescued two years ago, Rizzo, age 4. He is hilarious and we love him. He is also incredibly nervous! We are pretty sure he was abused and noises, movements, new people or darn near anything out of the ordinary freaks him out. He is the most lovable and goofy pup when he is not afraid!  We have found that with Rizzo his anxiety responds best when we use an isolate product.  I have had him on full and broad spectrum products and although they help, our best results for his anxiety have been on isolated CBD products.   We sure can tell tell a difference if we miss his CBD for even a day!  Rizzo gets 5 mg daily, with an additional 2 mg when we have company over.

An Isolate is just what it sounds like.  The CBD from the hemp plant is isolated and extracted from rest of the compounds and plant matter.  It is then added to a tincture, capsule, or treat.  With an isolate, you are not getting the benefits of all of the other  cannabinoids, terpenes or plant matter in the plant.  Some might say that the isolate is missing some of the other compounds that make full spectrum oil special. While this is true to an extent, there are plenty of reasons why you may choose an isolate product over a full spectrum product.  One being there is 0 THC in an isolate product, but another reason is you are looking specifically for benefits with mood and anxiety for your pet.

Others reasons to try an isolate may include allergies.  When there are more compounds in the product, there are more moving parts that an animal can be allergic to. In this case, a CBD isolate would be the best choice to make sure he or she only consumes a product that’s pure, with no trace of other compounds or plant matter.  Rizzo loves both the bacon and the peanut butter tincture from Social CBD on his food.   He also devours any chewable treat!

Broad Spectrum

My Great Dane, Molly, takes a broad spectrum product.  She is 6 years old and she has always struggled with stomach issues and allergies.  We have to make her dog food and Molly The Great Daneshe gets 15 mg of CBD daily.  Why did we choose a broad spectrum for Molly?  A broad spectrum means that the manufacturer has removed the trace amounts of .03 % THC from the product but it still has some  of the other cannabinoids left in the product from the hemp plant.   This means Molly can still get some of the benefits of a full spectrum product without the THC or plant matter.

Molly does not currently have joint pain and is not showing signs of aging in her hips or joints, but as a big dog she could eventually struggle because of her 135 pound body!  We wanted to take care of her joints early, so we figured the broad spectrum can assist with that as she ages. Molly can also be a Nervous Nelly, so we have found the broad spectrum eases her anxiety a bit along with aiding with some of her stomach issues. I am assuming she has had inflammation in her digestive track and the broad spectrum has helped with keeping her food down and staying down.  We do notice when Molly misses her CBD for a couple of days as her tummy acts up.  Molly is a picky eater, so the KOI soft chews are our go to.  She refuses to take any other products…Well wait, she also loves our Honest Paws peanut butter  but she is too big for this regularly.  She would need 4 to 5 tablespoons daily!!

Can’t Leave Out My Other Fur Babies!

LunaI am sure you can imagine that my house is the perfect place for sampling CBD.  So here are a couple of our other favorite products and the rest of my zoo.  (They would be mad at me if I did not include them!)

Luna,our Great White Pyrenees, was rescued last year.  Luna is probably 3 or 4 and she was a mess when we got her.  Her skin and coat were awful with skin infections and rashes everywhere. We started her on a full spectrum as well.  I use the Bluebird with her because she is a big girl like Molly.  I stay away from treats with her because of her sensitivities.   I also use a topical on her when she gets a sore or a hot spot.  Her tummy always gets red rashes so I apply our Honest Paws coconut oil to her tummy daily and it keeps that ugly red itchiness at bay!

Kitty,Bella & Sophie

SophieKittyLast, but not least, are my cats!  My  cats (Kitty, Bella & Sophia) are all in all pretty healthy! I do have two young cats and they can be a handful, so CBD has helped with that!  We give them a tincture in their food and it seems to bring a bit of calm to our climbing beasts!  I do need to note that Kitty is a perfect pet.  She’s shown to the far right.  She chose us when she literally showed up on our front porch in a snow storm.  We were not going to keep her, so I told the kids not to name her.  “Kitty” has been at home with us for 5 years now!

Here are the products we use with these three.  I interchange!  (Side note – my smaller dogs also love the cat treats!)

As always, we love to hear from our customers.  Please reach out and let us know what you’re using with your fur family – we can all learn from each other! Be kind and Stay well.  We hope to hear from you soon!


What Are Some Of Our Favorite Pet Products?

October 18th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Pet Product

GWL Group PicPosted October 18th, 2019

by the GWL Team

Too Many Furry Friends?

Between the three women in the office, we have 7 cats, 5 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 1 bearded dragon and 1 fish.  There used to be 2 fish, but we had a sad sad day last month at the Palmer house. RIP, Princess. So, I guess you could say we love pets.  We know that mammals all share the same endocannabinoid system, and we hear awesome stories every week about CBD helping those furry family members. Let’s dive into some of our favorites for a pet product review this week:

Brandy

My dog Lilly is a 6 year old labradoodle.  No one has told her, though, so she’s firmly convinced that she’s still a pup – complete with short attention span and all.  When she was actually a puppy, we dealt with severe separation anxiety. She was destructive when we left her home alone, and when we crated her, she would actually injure her face trying to chew her way out of the crate.  Neither of us felt good about that situation and I started her on daily Purfurred Drops for Pets. We saw some improvement within about a week – by the end of week two, she was much less anxious. We gave her the Purfurred drops for pet every day for about 9 months and then I ran out and missed a couple days. (Much like the cobbler’s son having no shoes, I sometimes forget CBD)  I then decided to be intentional about stopping the CBD to see the impact on her anxiety. Quite frankly, there was none. I think that those anxious behaviours were no longer habit, so she didn’t need the daily CBD any more. We still gave her treats during storms or before we hosted events, but that was about it with no behavioral lapse.

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Can CBD Help Pet Allergies?

August 2nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Dog's Allergies

Quinton with dog
By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles 

Published August 2, 2019

Does your pet have allergies?

Once again, it’s time to talk about our favorite family members: our pets. A lot of people don’t know this (and those who do, wish that they didn’t), but dogs and cats can have allergies as well. Just like humans, they can be sensitive to certain allergens in the air (such as pollen or dust); and, like their masters, they can lose out on a lot of life by constantly being burdened by these allergies.

How do pets display allergies?

Allergies in animals work very similar to allergies in humans; symptoms can include itchiness, runny noses, red or inflamed eyes, and sneezing. However, despite these similarities, animals will often have allergy symptoms manifest themselves in the pet’s skin. This is due to the high prevalence of “mast cells” (a type of white blood cell) in the pet’s skin. Normally, these cells help combat germs and infection, but they can become overwhelmed by allergens at times.

How do I know if my pet has allergies?

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