Date Modified: August 18th, 2020
As CBD rapidly evolves as an industry, additional studies are being conducted by scientists to learn more about what makes each compound in hemp so unique. Now, we know that pets can consume CBD just like us and that their bodies process it in practically an identical manner. Therefore, unsurprisingly, the CBD pet market is booming.
But what exactly is
CBD for pets? What makes CBD-infused pet products so different from the ones
that are marketed toward humans? How does one even begin their pet on a CBD
regimen? In this article, we answer each of these questions.
What Exactly is CBD for Pets?
Is it the same variety of compounds that we take as CBD consumers ourselves? The answer, quite simply, is yes. CBD-infused pet products contain the same hemp-derived compounds consumed by humans. However, CBD pet products have unique formulations designed specifically for pets.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Science has taught us
that every mammal has what’s called an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This
unique internal system utilizes self-produced cannabinoids (endocannabinoids)
to help the body maintain a constant state of homeostasis. It achieves this via
specialized cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body.
receptors help regulate crucial bodily processes, such as mood, temperature,
inflammation levels, pain, and so much more. If the body struggles to produce a
sufficient number of cannabinoids, any number of these bodily processes could
potentially be negatively effective.
Consuming phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids originating in plants) could potentially give the endocannabinoid system an additional boost. CBD is just one of the many phytocannabinoids naturally produced by the hemp plant. Hemp is additionally saturated with terpenes, which may have other applications.
Types of CBD Pet Products
Now, you’re probably
wondering what types of CBD products are out there for cats and dogs. Below are
some of the most popular options available on the market today.
- Treats: CBD-infused treats are edibles explicitly formulated for cats and dogs.
- Oils: CBD-infused pet oils are highly versatile, as they can be applied topically, as a tincture, or ingested. Oils can easily be mixed in with your pet’s food or administered sublingually (under the tongue).
- Topicals: CBD-infused topicals for pets are most often available in spray form, as this helps the formula absorb beneath the fur. Topical sprays are great for localized issues as the compounds in hemp absorb through the skin quickly, and can even reach the muscle and joint tissue beneath.
How To Choose the Right CBD Product for Your Pet?
So, now that you know
what’s out there, it’s time to walk you through the process of getting them
started on a routine. First, you need to know how to select the right product
for your specific pet.
Tip #1: Ask Your Vet
The first thing to do
is to consult with your veterinarian. Your vet will want to know if you’re
administering CBD to your pet, and may even be able to make suggestions
explicitly catered to your pet.
Tip #2: Stick to Pet-Specific Products
choosing a CBD product for your pet, make sure that the product was specially
formulated for them. Do not give your pet a CBD product intended for human
Tip #3: Keep Your Pet’s Size and Breed in
Choosing the right
milligram strength is vital, as this determines how much of the compound your
pet is receiving per dose. CBD pet companies typically state on the label which
milligram strength is right based upon the size of your pet.
Tip #4: Determine Why You’re Giving Your
Also, it’s important to have a clear goal in mind when giving your pet CBD. Is there something specific that you’re trying to achieve, or are you just interested in potentially maintaining their health?
Tip #5: Keep Your Pet’s Preferences in
Inside knowledge of your pet before choosing a product is key. For instance, if you know that they are a picky eater, you may want to choose a product that has a robust meaty flavor to mask the natural flavor of hemp.
Other Factors to Consider
These must also be considered before purchasing a CBD product for your cat or dog. This way, you’ll cover everything that’s required to give them the best experience possible.
Factor #1: Lab Results
The first and most important thing to look for is the presence of lab results. CBD companies prove their legitimacy by making lab results accessible on their websites. These lab results come from an unbiased third party. Legitimate companies have their batches of hemp tested for purity, potency, chemical composition, and overall quality. By being able to read these lab results as a consumer, you can rest easy knowing that the CBD product you’re about to buy is the real deal.
Factor #2: Pet-Friendly Ingredients
Always read the list of ingredients on the back of a CBD product. For one thing, you want to make sure all parts are pet-friendly and non-toxic to cats and dogs. You also want to make sure that, if your pet has any particular sensitivities or allergies, you avoid those ingredients altogether. A CBD pet company should always clearly print their list of ingredients on the product’s label. If you have further questions, you can always contact the company yourself.
Factor #3: Proper Milligram Strength
The key to having a successful CBD experience is choosing the right potency. The milligram strength refers to the amount of CBD within the product by the milligram. Pets naturally need lower amounts of CBD than we do because their bodies are smaller than ours. But, exactly how many milligrams is right for them?
Any legitimate CBD pet company will state on the label which milligram strength is right for particular body weights. This is because a pet’s weight largely determines how many milligrams of CBD should be consumed each day for the best possible results. Again, if necessary, you can always contact the company if you’re still unsure.
Factor 4: A Clear Breakdown of Proper Dosage Levels
Next, you want to look for information about dosing on the product’s label. They should clearly state how much make up a single dose, the maximum number of recommended doses per day, and when you can increase the dose as desired.
Factor #5: The Right Delivery Method for Your Pet
Another thing that you want to take into consideration is which type of CBD product is best suited for your pet’s individual needs. CBD pet products are available in a variety of formats, with the most popular being hemp-infused treats. CBD oils can also be administered as tinctures or mixed into food, as well as in topical products such as sprays.
You may feel that one type of delivery method works best for the particular goal you’re trying to accomplish for your pet. Also, you may know that your pet is a picky eater, and so a meat-flavored treat is the best way to get them to take their daily dose.
Factor #6: Pricing
Now, let’s talk about price. We all have a budget, and CBD can get pricey for some. Clearly, you want to make sure that you don’t overspend on CBD unnecessarily. Some companies do overprice their products, assuming that the consumer doesn’t know any better. But, on a similar note, you don’t want to give your pet the cheapest CBD that you can find simply because of the price tag.
Cheap CBD is cheap for a reason – it contains low levels of CBD that simply won’t give you the results that you’re looking for. Even worse, they can contain questionable additives and impurities that you don’t want your pet consuming regularly.
Factor #7: Positive Reviews or References
It’s always helpful to have access to positive reviews or references before settling on a particular product. Given the unregulated nature of the CBD industry, it’s incredibly beneficial to learn about other people’s experiences with certain pet CBD brands. Additionally, your veterinarian may be able to refer you to a particular company or product based on their understanding of your pet’s unique body, as well as their specific needs.
How to Give CBD to Your Dog, Cat, or Pet
Now, let’s talk about
beginning a regular CBD regimen.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Supplies: Pet CBD Product
These steps are key:
- Start with Suggested Dose
We suggest starting with the recommended dose for a couple of weeks. Afterward, you can decide if you wish to increase (or even decrease) dose strength.
- Monitor Your Pet
Always closely monitor your pet whenever you add anything new to their daily regimen.
- Be Consistent
Consistency is vital, as CBD seems to function best with long-term use.
- Keep Your Veterinarian Informed
Let your vet know of any possible changes as your pet adjusts to their new CBD routine.
Knowledge is CBD Pet Power
Today, it’s easier than ever to find a variety of CBD products specially formulated for your pet. So, if you wish to begin your pet on a CBD regimen, we urge you to speak with your veterinarian to determine a routine that best suits them.
(Freelance CBD Content Writer/Editor
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Indiana Attorney General Candidate Calls For Cannabis Legalization
Indiana’s Democratic Party’s choice for Attorney General is calling for state-wide cannabis legalization.
Jonathan Weinzapfel, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Indiana attorney general, called for the legalization of cannabis for adults in the Hoosier State on Monday, saying the move would provide a needed economic boost while increasing funding for public education and helping reduce law enforcement costs.
“As Indiana works to come out of this pandemic stronger than before, legalizing cannabis for adults just makes sense,” said Weinzapfel in a statement posted to Twitter. “Not only will it help bring in much-needed tax dollars, it will also relieve unnecessary burdens on police and the court system while reducing jail overcrowding across the state. This will allow law enforcement agencies to focus on serious crimes and keeping our communities safe.”
Indiana currently has some of the harshest cannabis prohibition laws in the nation, with jail time possible for possession of even small amounts of pot. The state is also one of only 17 that have no provisions for the legal use of medicinal cannabis.
Noting that neighboring Illinois and Michigan have already legalized recreational marijuana, Weinzapfel called for similar reform in Indiana, saying lawmakers should legalize cannabis for use by adults and create a regulatory system for commercial cannabis production and sales.
“As Attorney General, I would work with the Indiana General Assembly to create a well-regulated system and advocate that tax dollars generated from the sale of recreational cannabis be directed towards public schools and giving teachers a raise,” said Weinzapfel. “I also would push for a portion of those new dollars to be invested in supporting and improving public safety.”
AG Candidate Also Seeks Criminal Justice Reforms
Weinzapfel’s statement also called for several criminal justice reforms, including the establishment of statewide use of force guidelines for police and providing body cameras to every officer. The proposals also include increased training for police and the establishment of new protocols to identify problem officers.
“I look forward to working with leaders of both parties to advance this plan and better fund education and public safety,” said Weinzapfel. “We cannot remain stuck in the past, while the states around us are moving ahead. We can create a safe, well-regulated system here that will benefit our children, families, and communities for years to come.”
However, legalizing recreational cannabis is likely to be a hard sell in the Hoosier state. Cannabis writer and Indiana resident Mike Adams said that as a farming state, it would make sense to include a legal cannabis industry in Indiana’s “plow and pick repertoire” as a way to stimulate an economy ravaged by the coronavirus. But he isn’t convinced that will happen any time soon.
“Unfortunately, the chances of it being taken seriously in the Indiana General Assembly aren’t very good. Not as long as the Republicans continue their reign of terror,” Adams wrote in an email to High Times. “And Governor Holcomb is still dead set against it — although he admits to using pot back in college. Even if the voters give Holcomb the boot in November, it still doesn’t seem likely that Weinzaphel will be a strong enough force to convince some of the legislature’s naysayers to take a different stance.”
Adams does, however, see a path toward limited cannabis reform in Indiana if the Democrats in the state make a strong showing in next week’s election.
“The best-case scenario is if Democrat Woody Meyers beats Holcomb,” he said. “At least the state will stand a fighting chance at legalizing for medicinal use and perhaps even statewide decriminalization. Sadly, Meyers does not favor the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. So it could be a long time before we join the ranks of Illinois and Michigan.”
Detroit Officials Announce Proposal To Allow Adult-Use Cannabis Sales In City
Michigan legalized adult-use cannabis two years ago, but certain cities, like Detroit, opted out.
Two years after Michigan voters legalized pot for adults, residents of the state’s largest city may finally get to take advantage. The Detroit Free Press reported that city councilman James Tate was set to offer up a proposal under which “sales would be allowed and at least half of all new licenses would be issued to what he is calling ‘legacy Detroiters,’” and that those “Detroiters would be given first priority for the licenses, in addition to discounts on application fees and city land,” with the aim to “ensure Detroiters who have been disproportionately impacted by the nation’s so-called ‘War on Drugs’ will have an opportunity to sustainably participate in the state’s legal adult-use marijuana industry.” The plan is endorsed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
“In the past when licenses for marijuana businesses become available, they tend to go to non-residents, rather than those who live in this community,” Duggan said, according to the Free Press. “What Councilman Tate has crafted here in partnership with our law department ensures that longtime Detroit residents will have the opportunity to build real wealth as part of this lucrative new industry.”
Tate said that the council has “taken the necessary time to craft legislation that is not aimed at excluding anyone from their goals to succeed in this market but to ensure that we legally provide a pathway towards inclusion and opportunity for residents of our city, which has been disproportionately impacted by marijuana convictions.”
“Many are now profiting from the same plant that has led to countless criminal convictions which devastated countless families within our city. The time has come for equity currently not present within Detroit’s cannabis industry,” Tate said, as quoted by the Detroit News.
Marijuana in Michigan
In 2018, Michigan passed a ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults, however, a number of cities such as Detroit opted out and imposed bans on weed sales in their respective communities. The first dispensaries opened in December of last year.
It was Tate who advocated for a temporary ban on marijuana sales in the city last year, saying at the time that he wanted to create a program through which native Detroiters would benefit from the newly legalized industry. Tate and other members of the city council had been facing pressure to unveil the proposal, after a series of postponements to marijuana sales in the city. Tate said in June that it was a matter of the council doing its due diligence before taking the step. And he said that, as with any proposal, the council had to “make sure the community who oppose it and those who support it have time to review and chime in.”
“There’s no unreadiness to pass the ordinance to allow it,” Tate said at the time, as quoted by Metro Times. “There is unreadiness to just pass any ordinance without proper deliberation and consideration for what’s being proposed. “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
In anticipation of Monday’s announcement, Tate said that the “time has come for equity currently not present within Detroit’s cannabis industry.”
“Many are now profiting from the same plant that has led to countless criminal convictions which devastated countless families within our city,” Tate said, as quoted by the Detroit Free Press.
Sugarbud Announces Supply Agreement with British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sugarbud Craft Growers Corp. (TSXV: SUGR, SUGR.WT, SUGR.WS, SUGR.DB) (“Sugarbud” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive supply agreement with British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (“BCLDB“) for the sale and distribution of Sugarbud’s Craft Cannabis Collection to private and public cannabis […]
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October 26th, 2020
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sugarbud Craft Growers Corp. (TSXV: SUGR, SUGR.WT, SUGR.WS, SUGR.DB) (“Sugarbud” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive supply agreement with British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (“BCLDB“) for the sale and distribution of Sugarbud’s Craft Cannabis Collection to private and public cannabis retailers in British Columbia. Sugarbud is now authorized to sell its products directly throughout Western Canada in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
BCLDB is responsible for the wholesale distribution of non-medical cannabis to private retailers and is the public retailer of non-medical cannabis throughout the province, under the brand BC Cannabis Stores.
“We are delighted that Sugarbud’s Craft Cannabis Collection will now be available in British Columbia and across Western Canada,” stated Sugarbud’s CEO, John Kondrosky. “With well over 800 private and public retail locations now operating across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, we now have access to Canada’s largest retail cannabis network and consumer access to legal cannabis,” concluded Mr. Kondrosky.
Initial purchase orders and shipments of Sugarbud’s Craft Cannabis Collection to the BCLDB are expected to occur in November 2020.
Sugarbud is an Alberta-based, consumer-driven craft cannabis company focused on the cultivation and production of superior, select-batch, craft cannabis products. Our vision and mission are to become a trusted and well-respected consumer brand renowned for providing exceptional high-quality craft cannabis products to legal markets by delighting the most discerning of cannabis consumers. http://www.sugarbud.ca/
Address: Suite 620, 634 – 6th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 0S4
Forward Looking and Cautionary Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly, and without limitation, this news release contains statements concerning: Sugarbud’s assessment of future plans, operations and cannabis cultivation, including sales, marketing and distribution opportunities; the Company’s ability to remain operating in accordance with developing public health efforts to contain COVID-19; product quality; partnerships and relationships, including with BCLDB; the development, production, sale and distribution of Sugarbud’s Craft Cannabis Collection; future growth; the ability to satisfy orders; customer satisfaction; and the timing and receipt of purchase orders and shipments. When used in this document, the words “will,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intent,” “may,” “project,” “should,” and similar expressions are intended to be among the statements that identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are founded on the basis of expectations and assumptions made by Sugarbud. Forward-looking statements are subject to a wide range of risks and uncertainties, and although Sugarbud believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will be realized. Any number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including, but not limited to: currently contemplated expansion and development plans may cease or otherwise change; production of cannabis may be lower than expected; ability to ship cannabis products may be lower than expected; demand for Sugarbud’s products may be lower than anticipated; results of production and sale activities; results of scientific research; changes in prices and costs of inputs; demand for labour; demand for products; failure of counter-parties to perform contractual obligations; failure to maintain consumer brand recognition and loyalty of customers; reliance on relationships with wholesalers and retailers for distribution of products and failure to maintain strategic business relationships; intense competition, including from illicit sources; uncertainty and continued evolution of markets; product liability litigation; reliance on information technology; infringement on intellectual property; failure to benefit from partnerships; sensitivity of end-customers to increased sales taxes and economic conditions; failure to comply with certain regulations; departure of key management personnel or inability to attract and retain talent; actions and initiatives of federal and provincial governments and changes to government actions, initiatives and policies and the execution and impact thereof; the ability to implement corporate strategies; the state of domestic capital markets; the ability to obtain financing; changes in general market conditions; industry conditions and events; the size of the medical marijuana market and the recreational marijuana market; government regulations, including future legislative and regulatory developments involving medical and recreational marijuana; construction delays; risks inherent in the agricultural business, such as insects, plant diseases and similar agricultural risks which can have a significant impact on the size and quality of the harvest of cannabis crops; competition from other industry participants; and other factors more fully described from time to time in the reports and filings made by Sugarbud with securities regulatory authorities. In addition, the Company cautions that current global uncertainty with respect to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its effect on the broader global economy may continue to have a significant negative effect on the Company. While the precise impact of the COVID-19 virus on the Company remain unknown, rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus may continue to have a material adverse effect on global economic activity, and can result in volatility and disruption to global supply chains, operations, mobility of people and the financial markets, which could affect interest rates, credit ratings, credit risk, inflation, business, financial conditions, results of operations and other factors relevant to the Company. Please refer to Sugarbud’s most recent annual information form and management’s discussion and analysis for additional risk factors relating to Sugarbud, which can be accessed under Sugarbud’s profile on www.sedar.com. Except as required by applicable laws, Sugarbud does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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