With so many CBD products on the market, it can be confusing deciphering labels to figure out if you’re getting a high-quality product for your dog. We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it, not all CBD is created equal! Let’s break down the five things you need to look for to make sure you’re choosing the right CBD for your pet.
1. Look for Lab results
Companies can promise that their CBD is THC-free and organic all day long, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is. When you’re a first-time CBD buyer, look for a certificate of analysis or COA that confirms the seller’s claims. A COA is lab tests done by a second party to ensure that the CBD product in question, truly has no toxic ingredients or THC which can be very dangerous to pets. Because CBD is such a new and exciting form of medicine on the market, there are not nearly enough rules and regulations on quality standards. Unfortunately, that means you have to do a little more work to determine which product to buy.
2. Broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or isolate?
If you’re trying to read a CBD label, chances are that you’re going to come across at least one of these three words. Let’s define and uncomplicate them together!
- Isolate CBD: CBD isolate is pure CBD, isolated from the other beneficial compounds of the CBD plant. The process to achieve isolate CBD is not nearly as natural as the broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum varieties. Plus, it lacks the benefits that come from the additional natural compounds found in CBD.
- Broad-spectrum CBD:Broad-spectrum CBDhas all of the naturally occurring compounds (cannabinoids, turpenes, etc...) except for THC— all or all but a very tiny amount–is typically removed. The pure CBD combined with the other naturally occurring compounds work together to make sure that your pup reaps all the benefits of the CBD plant.
- Full-spectrum CBD:Similarly, Full-spectrum CBD has all naturally occurring compounds, but usually still contains some THC.
So what’s the best kind? Typically, we would recommend Broad-spectrum or full-spectrum above isolate. But specifically, when we’re talking about CBD for pets, we suggest going with broad-spectrum every time! At Pet Standards, we’ve chosen to use broad-spectrum CBD because while we want your dog to get every single benefit from CBD possible, we absolutely don’t want them to get high!
3. The list of ingredients should include a carrier oil!
Carrier Oils help preserve and stabilize CBD while increasing its bioavailability (the rate at which it goes into your dog’s bloodstream.) These oils range from MCT oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, to sunflower oil. Check the label of the CBD product you’re considering to make sure that one of the main ingredients is a carrier oil, and if there’s not one, say adios!
4. Organic Matters
When grocery shopping, you probably prefer foods that are pesticide-free and not covered in toxins and shopping for CBD is no different. Clean soil always equates to clean CBD. Look for products that use organic farming to ensure that your CBD is pure and toxin-free. Your dog may not know what organic means, but they’ll definitely feel the difference!
5. Silly as it sounds, make sure your CBD actually contains CBD!
Because of changing laws surrounding CBD, some companies may refer to it as CBD extract or CBD oil, so don’t panic if the label doesn’t specifically say CBD! With that being said, don’t fall for products that don’t mention any of those names, but instead only list hempseed, hempseed oil, or cannabis sativa oil. These are not the same things and definitely won’t deliver the same effect!
As dog owners and lovers ourselves, we know that you want the best of the best when it comes to your pets. If you follow this checklist, we’re certain that you’ll find a pet CBD oil that is clean, THC-free, and most importantly, effective!