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
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
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, Cital says. 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