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Best CBD Oil For Pets

May 17th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

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I have been working for Green Wellness for the past four years and I have had the privilege of getting to know many of you and your stories. I have heard about how CBD has given you a better quality of life, assisted you with pain, or helped many of you with your anxiety and mood. Many of these stories have included how CBD has benefited your pets. I have heard of CBD benefitting pets with everything from CBD for dog arthritis, pet seizures, pet anxiety, to pet issues pets like hot spots, allergies. I love hearing the success stories and I personally have seen first hand how my four dogs and three cats have benefited from the use of daily CBD oil for pets. 

What Is CBD?

First let’s talk about what CBD hemp oil for pets is and why it can be helpful to your pets. You see, all mammals share the same Endocannabinoid System (ECS.) That means that all of your family members – including the furry ones – can see benefits from cannabinoids like CBD. So what is CBD? CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in either the hemp or the marijuana plants. These compounds are actually called cannabinoids. In the hemp plant, CBD makes up more than 40 % of the cannabinoids. Because CBD is non psychoactive it makes it a great option for our pets health and well being.

CBD and many of the other cannabinoids that benefit our pets bodies act as a neutralizer or as a stabilizer for the body, assisting a human or pet’s body in returning to a neutral state or a state of homeostasis. This is why many people believe that CBD can be used to benefit a pet with pain and inflammation issues as well as anxiety, stress, seizures, fireworks and more. It is important to note that all CBD is not the same and finding the right CBD for your pets can be tricky. Let’s take a look at the different types of CBD. There are three main ways CBD is processed: 

  •  Full Spectrum CBD for pets which consists of the whole plant and all the plants compounds or cannabinoids are present.
  •  Broad spectrum CBD for pets which consists of the part of the plants compounds or cannabinoids while other compounds, cannabinoids and terpenes can be removed. Usually the cannabinoid that is mostly removed is THC..
  • Isolate CBD for pets which means everything from the plant has been removed and only the cannabinoid or compound CBD are present.

In all cases, it’s important to only give your pet lab tested products.  You need to know that your CBD is free of contaminants. Additionally, you want confidence in the amount that you’re giving your furry family member and you need to know that what you think is in that bottle is actually there.  Rest assured that everything GWL carries is lab tested.  If you want to learn more about that, take a look at our recent article on unraveling lab reports.

How do I give my pet CBD oil?

We always recommend starting with a small serving for pets and people. Begin with 1-2mg per 10lbs of pet body weight for the first 5-7 days. If enough benefit is not seen, we recommend doubling that serving for week two. Those gradual increases can continue, giving your pet’s body several days to adjust each time. Our goal is for them to see benefits within 2 to 3 weeks. While we know that our pets can’t talk, we can usually tell how they are feeling by their actions. If you are not seeing that these products are helping them, please reach out by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com or by phone toll free at 888-772-7875! We are here to help you and your pets on this journey.

Pet CBD Side Effects

One of the benefits of using CBD verses other pharmaceutical products prescribed by your pets veterinarian is the minimal side effects. CBD can cause some drowsiness or upset stomach if given without food. There is one more important concern that should be mentioned. The American Kennel Club described it as “The main concern with CBD is that it inhibits a chemical in the body called cytochrome P450 that is responsible for metabolizing most drugs. If a drug’s efficacy depends on its metabolized product, CBD could render it less effective. If a drug’s safety depends on it being cleared from the body within a certain time frame, CBD could cause it to build up to toxic levels. Never give your dog CBD without your veterinarian’s knowledge if your dog is taking other drugs.”

What are some of the best CBD oils for dogs and cats?

Part of my job is researching and trying CBD to bring into our store. That also means my family, including my pets try a lot of CBD. Here are a few of our favorites in our household. My fur babies definitely have some they love more than others! I have also included pictures so that you can meet the GWL taste testers.

1. Most Cost-Effective Pet CBD

The most cost effective CBD for pets is usually in a tincture format. Hemplucid Pets CBD Tincture with 300 mg per bottle is (formerly Roxy Pets CBD by Hemplucid) a formulated full-spectrum CBD tinctures that can be used with cats or dogs. Available in two great flavors including fish flavored CBD tincture and chicken CBD pet tincture your cats and dogs are sure to love it. Yum!

This is a delicious, nutritious addition to your cat or dog’s daily diet. It’s also the only fish oil based CBD product that we are aware of on the market today! I give this tincture to my feline babies shown above. I just add a little to Sophie, Bella and Miss Kitties food and we see a difference in joint mobility for our older cat Miss Kitty and calming for our busy cats that are sisters. With 300 mg per 30 ml/1 fl oz each, it is a great option for smaller pets or pets who do not need to take as much. Each dropperful has 10 mg.

2. Our favorite CBD for an older dog

Holistapet CBD Dog Treats are a favorite in our house. Lucy pictured above is our 16 year old schnauzer. That is right, 16!!! She takes her CBD daily and she is an incredibly active 16 year old dog (that is 112 years old in dog years!!). She is still playful and happy. She can even jump up on our couch, we truly see the difference when we do not give her Holistapet CBD Joint and Mobility dog treats. These treats are not only for joint mobility, with three different options to choose from they are definitely a fan favorite at our house! I have listed the three different options below and I am not the only one that loves these treats for dogs. They are also a leading brand in the CBD pet market.

  • Blueberry & sweet potato (Heart and Immune Care) – Formulated with blueberries, flaxseed and sweet potatoes to boost your pets immunity, strengthen cardiovascular health and promote healthy skin and coat.
  • Green apple & peanut butter (Stress Relief) – Enhanced with hemp, chamomile and L-theanine to help your dog maintain a calm energy and relaxed state of mind.
  • Pumpkin spice & cinnamon (Joint and Mobility Care) – Formulated with turmeric root and boswellia to increase strength in joints and reduce physical discomfort.

3. Our favorite CBD for larger pets

CBDfx CBD Pet Tincture is a must have in our house with a Great Dane. Due to Molly’s big size, (she is our big princess) weighing in at 140 pounds and measuring 6 foot 2 inches tall, she is not able to use just any CBD. The CBDfx CBD Broad Spectrum Pet Tincture increases the milligrams of the CBD boasting a whopping 1000 mg of CBD per 1 fl oz. The CBDfx Pet Tincture is uniquely formulated to be a great fit for your larger pets while giving you a 0 THC option, made from hemp. The tincture is a yummy bacon flavor that your fur baby is sure to love, just like our big girl Molly. This CBD pet oil is a great option for those larger pets who need a little more CBD. We give Molly 12-15 drops in her food once a day and we notice a difference in her joint pain and every day movement. Only the best for our princess!

4. Our favorite CBD for anxious Dogs

Martha Stewart Treats

In our house we are a sucker for a hurting animal. Rizzo, our little mutt, came to us from a very abusive and bad situation. We have had him for four years now and he is the most loving, quirky dog I have ever owned. He is also incredibly anxious. We have worked with him in helping him deal with his anxiety and to help him in feeling safe, but without his CBD he is a bundle of nerves. The difference we see in Rizzo when he takes his CBD and when he doesn’t is remarkable. He loves the Martha Stewart CBD dog chews. They smell delightful and are, in true Martha fashion, gourmet!

These CBD Soft Baked Calm Chews are available in a great tasting chicken and cranberry flavor and two different strengths. These treats combine quality CBD from Broad Spectrum hemp extract and chamomile for a calm, balanced pup.

  • Small to Medium: 5 to 35 pounds with 9mg CBD and 150 mg Chamomile per chew
  • Large: 36 to 110 pounds with 26 mg of CBD and 250 mg of Chamomile per chew

Rizzo gets one Calm chew daily and on some days when we have something going on or he gets real nervous, we also may put some of the Hemplucid CBD pet tincture in his food. This has been an incredible help to us with Rizzo.

5. Our Favorite CBD for Picky Pets

Koi Dog Treats

Molly is not only big but she is also our picky pet. Molly will not eat any of the other CBD treats. I cannot get her to even try some of the other treats, but the Koi CBD Soft Chew pet treats are by far Molly’s favorite! She simply inhales these treats! The only downfall to these treats is the cost. For bigger dogs they can get pretty expensive. Molly has to take 3 to 4 treats to get her daily serving size so it is not an option I use daily for Molly, but we do give her a treat every know and then! Each CBD Koi pet treats are 2mg per treat and even my cats love these treats. If you cannot get your pet to take CBD this is a possible option that may help.

incredible help to us with Rizzo.

6. Our Favorite CBD treat for Kitties or small dogs!

Treatibles CBD Cat Chews

Treatibles CBD Cat Soft Chews are delicious, soft, chewable and full of natural phytocannabinoids that is made just for cats. That’s right – no more dog treats for our kitties! We have searched far and wide to find soft treats that your furry feline will beg for and these get two paws up. Treatibles is another one of the leading CBD pet brands on the market and you can be rest assured your kitty is getting a quality treat with the best ingredients in their CBD treat. With 150 mg We think your kitty will love them, but we know that cats can be more finicky than their canine counterparts, so don’t worry you can try them out my miss kitty loves her treats but if your fur baby doesn’t we do have other options and a 30 day money back guarantee.

The GWL Favorites are only a small selection! Give us a call or email us for more info or other available CBD Pet products. 

GWL Pet Products

The products shown above are only a small selection. We have a variety of pet products beyond the products listed above and every one of them has been tried by each of our pet testers. If you do not feel any of these products will work for your pet, feel free to give us a call or email us and we will be happy to assist you in finding the right CBD pet product for your furry friends!

Does CBD Work for Dogs? – American Kennel Club (akc.org)

Frontiers | Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs | Veterinary Science (frontiersin.org)

CBD for Pets: What to Know About Benefits, Safety, and More – GoodRx

CBD 101 | A Beginner’s Guide To CBD | What You Need To Know (greenwellnesslife.com)

 


HB 5085: Veterinarians Can Now Discuss CBD with Pet Owners

May 6th, 2021 by David Kranker

HB 5085

CBD products have become increasingly popular in recent years — for humans and pets alike. Curious about the potential health and wellness benefits of CBD, many pet owners have turned to their veterinarians for advice on CBD. According to a recent survey, 63% of vets are asked about CBD oil for pets at least once a month and 52% of pet owners have tried CBD for pets because of a vet recommendation.

In many states, however, answering questions about CBD puts veterinarians in a legal gray area, as products derived from cannabis are subject to a complex web of state and federal laws. Thanks to a recently-enacted law in Michigan, HB 5085, vets can now consult with their clients about the use of CBD and THC for their pets without putting their license or livelihood in jeopardy.

HB 5085 is an important new law for veterinarians, pet owners and pets alike, as it allows pet owners to get accurate information and specific advice about CBD products that could boost their pets’ well-being. Below, we outline what this law says – and the reasons why you might ask about CBD on your next visit to the vet with your fur babies.

What Is HB 5085?

House Bill 5085 (HB 5085) is a 2019 bill sponsored by Michigan state Representatives Gregory Markkanen, Hank Vaupel, Douglas Wozniak and Sara Cambensy. First introduced in October 2019, it was approved by the Michigan House and Senate in 2020 and signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on December 29, 2020. The purpose of this bill, now known as Public Act 280 of 2020, is to allow veterinarians to consult with pet owners on the use of marijuana and CBD in certain situations.

The bill came about when an Upper Peninsula veterinarian, Dr. Kellie Holmstrom of Marquette, approached Rep. Markkanen about the challenges she has faced in her own practice. Her clients would often bring their pets in for a visit, and would ask questions about products that contain CBD oil and THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). Under the then existing laws, it was unclear whether Dr. Holmstrom and other vets could legally answer those questions.

WithHB 5085, Michigan state law now allows vets to provide insight and advice to pet owners about giving CBD and THC products to their pets. This may include advising clients on possible interactions with prescription medications, providing information about appropriate serving sizes, and even informing clients about how CBD and THC could help their pets. According to the bill’s legislative analysis, this law will allow veterinarians to become “a trusted source of information, in a marketplace with many competing and confusing claims,” which will benefit both pets’ health and their owners’ peace of mind.

Should I Ask My Veterinarian About CBD for My Dog or Cat?

Research on CBD, or cannabidiol, is still in its early stages. However, studies have shown that CBD may be helpful in reducing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, pain, cancer and arthritis in both humans and pets alike. For this reason, many pet owners are interested in learning more about this more natural way to improve their dogs and cats’ health and wellness.

Currently, there are no CBD products that have specifically been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in pets. This is unsurprising, as the FDA does not regulate CBD for use in humans at this time, with the exception of one prescription medication that contains CBD. However, the FDA does advise pet owners to talk to their veterinarian about appropriate supplement options for pets.

Importantly, while HB 5085 allows vets to talk to pet owners about both CBD and THC products, most CBD products on the market contain no more than a trace amount of CBD. That is because under federal law, hemp (from which CBD is extracted) can contain no more than 0.3% THC. In comparison, marijuana may have as much as 30% THC. If you are worried about giving your dog or cat something that could make them feel high or stoned, stick to CBD products produced from American-grown industrial hemp.

To date, only a few studies have been performed on pets regarding the use of CBD. A 2018 study found that 80% of dogs with osteoarthritis who were given CBD showed improvement in their pain and mobility. In 2019, researchers found that dogs who were given CBD along with anti-epilpetic medicines for seizures had significantly fewer seizures compared to the dogs that got a placebo instead of CBD.

These studies are promising, but keep in mind that they are still limited in scope. Similar research conducted on how CBD may help humans may be applicable to cats and dogs, given that CBD is thought to work by affecting the endocannabinoid system that all mammals have. However, until scientists perform more studies on how CBD specifically affects pets, your best option as a pet owner is to consult with your veterinarian about using CBD for your dog or cat.

If you do decide to give your pet CBD after talking with your vet, there are a number of options for administering it, including treats, oils, and creams. In 2018, researchers found that giving CBD oil to dogs with epilepsy was more effective than applying a CBD cream or giving the dogs a gel CBD capsule. Your veterinarian can help you decide whether CBD is appropriate for your dog or cat, the best way to give it to them, and the right serving size for their weight/size and condition.

Choosing a CBD Product for Your Pet

There are a lot of CBD products on the market, many of which make outlandish promises about potential benefits. Because the FDA does not regulate CBD products, it can be hard to know what to buy. If your vet doesn’t recommend a specific product, there are a few things to look for when shopping for CBD for your pet.

First, you should only buy a CBD product that has been independently tested and makes those laboratory results available online. You can review the product’s certificate of analysis (COA) to find the CBD and THC content of a given product and to make sure that it is free from pesticides and heavy metals. If a particular pet CBD product doesn’t offer a COA, steer clear.

Second, look for products that are made from hemp that is grown in the United States, which will ensure that it contains no more than 0.3% THC to comply with federal law. While THC is believed to be safe for dogs and cats in low doses, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) lists THC as a toxic substance for dogs and cats. If you want to avoid THC entirely, look for a product labeled as a broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. These products may also be labeled 0% THC or THC free.

Green Wellness Life offers a number of independently tested CBD products for pets, each of which is made from industrial hemp grown in the United States. Depending on your dog or cat’s specific needs, you may want to try:

No matter what product you give your dog or cat, carefully observe them to see how it affects them. While side effects with CBD are usually rare and tend to be very mild, watch for symptoms like excessive panting, lethargy, vomiting, and loss of balance. If you notice any of these issues, they may have consumed too much CBD.

At the same time, look for potential positive changes after administering CBD to your pet. For example, if you gave your dog CBD on the Fourth of July and he is calm during fireworks (when he would usually be panicking), the CBD is probably working to calm his anxiety. Similarly, if you give your cat CBD for arthritis and notice that she is running and jumping like she used to, you may be able to conclude that the CBD is working for them.

Buy Top Quality CBD Products for Your Pet

As a pet owner, you want what is best for your fluffy family members. For some pets, CBD may be a good way to improve certain health conditions or their quality of life. Under HB 5085, you can now talk directly to your pet’s veterinarian so that you can make an informed decision about whether CBD is right for them.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t medical professionals, and cannot diagnose or treat you OR your pets. What we can do is offer our own experience with CBD, along with the latest research on the possible benefits of CBD. If you’d like to learn more or need help shopping for a high quality, independently tested pet CBD product, give us a call at 1-888-772-7875, fill out our online contact form, or click the live chat button.

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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?  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. Full spectrum products, human or pet alike, can be beneficial when addressing pain, inflammation, and the wear and tear of old age. Moreover, 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 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. 

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.
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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!

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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!!

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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!)

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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!


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