Fueled mainly by reports, people are turning to CBD to help manage pain, arthritis, seizures, and other health problems in their pets. And a growing crop of CBD products marketed for pets—including tinctures, capsules, and chew treats has burst onto the market to meet the consumer demand.
Studies suggest CBD doesn’t pose a risk of addiction and generally causes few side effects, there are some risks that should be discussed with your vet prior to use.
If you want guidance from a veterinarian about CBD for your pet, you’ll have to start the conversation. That’s because vets have been left out of most state laws concerning cannabis, so they can talk about the benefits of CBDs only if clients broach the topic.
If your vet doesn’t know much about CBD, consider going to veterinarycannabis.org for help. The company offers consultations, courses, and education to pet parents and veterinarians, can work with you and your vet by providing guidance about CBD products, dosing, and potential interactions.
Because cannabis, especially for pets, is largely unregulated, it can be difficult to know which CBD products have been formulated responsibly, are free from contaminants, and contain the ingredients that the product labels list.
Wondering whether you should give your pet a CBD product meant for humans? While that may be fine, “some human products have other things in them, such as xylitol or grapeseed oil, that could be toxic to the animals.
And be particularly cautious about products that also contain THC. While some veterinarians use it to treat certain conditions in animals, experts don’t recommend pet parents experiment with THC on their own.
For any CBD product for you or your pet, your best bet is to find a company that has commissioned independent third-party testing and can provide a Certificate of Analysis, or COA.
The lab results should show how much CBD (and THC) the product contains, as well as how the product did in tests checking for contaminants such as heavy metals and fungicides. If you can’t find a COA on the company’s website or the company refuses to share it, that’s a red flag.
At Quality of Life CBD’s we test every product independently to ensure the products we recommend are exactly what they claim to be.
Information provided by Rachel Rabkin Peachman Consumer Reports.org