10 Things to Know Before Buying CBD for Your Pets

The U.S. passed the Farm Bill in 2018, which means that hemp-derived CBD is now legal and the CBD industry is booming. But with no regulation, it can be difficult to know what you are getting and to know where to start if you are looking to buy CBD especially for your pets.

Considering the incredible benefits CBD can have on your pets life, this is incredibly important. In the last few years of using CBD on the animals in my rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, I’ve seen animals who could barely walk start to run like puppies. I’ve seen seizures stop, all levels of anxiety calm down, extreme pain gone and so much more. This all-natural medicine has the potential to improve the quality of life of so many animals and I am committed to always have the animal’s needs in mind – FIRST.

So, before you start shopping, you should understand a few basics about hemp CBD for pets.

CBD Regulations

Unfortunately, the CBD industry is largely self-regulating and has no real oversight. By this, I mean there is no one – including the FDA – checking for accuracy of labeling or safety of the hemp CBD products sold in the United States. In some cases, products have been found to contain no CBD at all, or even harmful contaminants. The only way to know that the product you are purchasing is safe, and contains the right amount of cannabinoids like CBD and THC, is by looking at the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA), which should be from a third party lab.

In a study done by the Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, researchers analyzed 29 pet CBD products that were labeled “Full Spectrum,” (meaning it has .3% THC or less) to determine if what they claim on their labels was in fact found in the product. Only 10 of the 29 products were within 10% of the total cannabinoid concentrations of their label claim and four of them were contaminated with heavy metals. Only 18 of the 29 were appropriately labeled.

This is why being informed and doing your research is so important. There are several things to look for when finding a safe and effective CBD product for your pet, and we’ve compiled a CBD Buyer’s Checklist to help you and your pet.

CBD Buyer’s Guide  for  pet  owners

For starters, hemp-derived CBD comes in many forms. You can use a tincture, which is ingested orally or absorbed through the gums, a salve, which is used topically on the skin, or you can find a variety of CBD enriched food products. CBD from the hemp plant contains less than 0.3 percent THC and does not create the psychoactive effects associated with feeling “high”. There are a few other things you need to know before to help you buy the right CBD for your pet.10 things to look for in your CBD infographic



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