What is CBD for Pets?

By Taylor Sienkiewicz

We’ve all heard of the growing trend of using hemp, or CBD, for people’s mental and physical health. CBD has been shown to help with anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, recovery and more—all without the psychoactive effects of THC, a chemical found in marijuana that causes you to feel “high”. But can these same benefits be applied to other animals?

The answer is yes. CBD can be used to treat various medical conditions in pets, as well as to aid in their recovery after a long day of hiking, running, or other adventures. Just like you may want to take CBD to aid in your recovery after a day of exercise that is hard on your joints, so does your pet! CBD can also help with behavioral issues as the CBD can calm down excitable dogs or dogs that experience separation anxiety.

According to PetMD, CBD oil can be used to to aid or treat pets experiencing these conditions:

  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Symptoms of cancer
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Plus…no serious side effects found in other pet medications. 

About Bark & Wag’s CBD for pets

Bark & Wag’s CBD for pets is specially formulated for pets, containing 0% THC. Dogs have a relatively low tolerance for THC, which is why THC-free products are essential. The CBD is blended with cod liver oil or MCT oil, another health-promoting oil. To keep the CBD in its pure form, it is extracted from the hemp plant using carbon dioxide, rather than alcohol or other potentially harmful chemicals. Bark & Wag provides four strengths of CBD for pets: 300 mg, 750 mg, 1200 mg, and 2400 mg. This wide range of dosage allows you to find the optimal strength of CBD for your pet’s size and needs.

While selling CBD is still technically illegal in some states, Colorado has been producing and selling all cannabis products since 2012 in the country’s first state-wide commercial cannabis market. Since the state was ahead of the game, there is a great wealth of knowledge of growing, producing and using cannabis products in Colorado as well as regulations in place to ensure when you buy cannabis in Colorado, you know what it is you’re buying. As a Colorado-based company, Bark & Wag’s CBD for pets is proud to be part of such a successful state economy with all products are made in Colorado.

Bio-engineering of Bark & Wag CBD

In Bark & Wag’s most recent podcast, Founder Polly ReQua shared Bark & Wag’s partnership with Tim, the bio-engineer who is contracted to create Bark & Wag CBD products. Tim graduated from Purdue University and started with the company as a hop extract company which eventually transferred to a CBD company. He says that this transition was fairly easy, as the chemicals in hops are from the same family as hemp. However, he finds his work with CBD more rewarding because he gets to see physical and emotional improvements in animals and humans.

“I feel happy when I’m able to actually use my knowledge to help people,” said Tim.

Bark & Wag sources hemp from a contractor in Boulder who grows high quality hemp up to the Bark & Wag standards—organic, pesticide-free, and free of heavy metals. After extracting the CBD, new products are subject to a five panel test to ensure purity. Products are tested for potency, heavy metals, bio-contaminants, pesticides, and solvent residual.

“The pets are actually very sensitive to a lot of unnatural substances, especially dogs. They are prone to some of the pesticides that are used so it is very important to check the product that you are using,” said Tim.

Additionally, Bark & Wag worked with a veterinarian to test flavors and CBD breakdown to be sure that dogs would consume and enjoy the products, as dogs are much more sensitive to foreign flavors and scents. Bark & Wag also worked with the same veterinarian to calculate accurate dosage. 

To hear more from Tim and learn about the Bark & Wag process of creating high quality CBD for pets, please listen to the Bark & Wag 15 minute Vet Talk podcast. Please like and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, and iHeartRadio. Bark & Wag is also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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