My experiences within the CBD and hemp industry have been inspirational. I have heard so many moving stories about how CBD has significantly impacted people’s lives. This has been from those close to me and those that have reached out online. These experiences have led me to create a regular series that focuses on different experiences people have had with the cannabis plant. These stories will be both inspirational and informational. The series will be written or recorded as a podcast. I hope you enjoy!
On this series, I will be interviewing Dave Fausset. He is the Founder and Co-Owner of AP Sleeping Indian. AP Sleeping Indian makes full spectrum CBD tinctures, salve, and body butter that are hemp derived. All of the products have been grown and processed in Allenspark, CO. Dave began using CBD out of necessity. After sustaining a major injury, he was naturally drawn to CBD. He soon began making his own CBD products which has now turned in to AP Sleeping Indian. I don’t want to give away all the information in the interview, so I hope you enjoy Dave’s interview below.
AP Sleeping Indian
As the CBD and hemp industry progresses, I have started receiving more and more questions about the dosage of CBD oil. Many people are unsure about where to start. Not only are people confused about their own dosage, but they are confused about the correct dosage for their pets. CBD is typically given to dogs, cats, and horses. This can be tricky, especially when you have multiple pets with varying weights.
In this article, I will cover recommended starting doses of CBD oil for people and pets. The majority of the questions I have received are pertaining to CBD oil, usually taken as a tincture. I have written this article to help clear the confusion. Through my research, I have done my best to provide you with trustworthy resources. However, I am not a doctor. I do not intend to provide medical information and always speak to your doctor about health concerns.
CBD Dosage for Humans
Finding the right dose of CBD can be tough. There are a few things to remember when considering how much to take. First, there have been no known overdoses from using CBD. Scientists have concluded that the controlled delivery of CBD is non-toxic and safe to humans and animals. CBD does not impact a human’s heart rate or breathing. In one study, scientists found that “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.”
Secondly, you need to understand that the FDA has not created a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI). This means that there is no official serving size. This is mainly due to the cannabis plant’s current legality. In addition, you need to know that the size of the dose depends on what you are trying to treat. Some people need a higher dose for higher pain. Others need a higher dose to reduce the size of their tumor. This will depend on your purpose for using CBD.
Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s get into the details. Finding the right dosage may take some trial and error. There is no universal dosage for all people. There are many factors that influence the ideal dose for you. This can be weight, body chemistry, and severity of the condition being treated. The concentration of the CBD being taken is a factor as well.
Your body chemistry could be different from your friend. Even though you may be the same height and weight, the optimal dose between the two of you may be different. This is why it is always best to start small and increase gradually. Start with the ideal dose for your weight using a dosage chart. Begin observing the effects each day. Increase the dosage until your observe the desired results.
It is always best to administer a dose as accurately as possible. CBD capsules are typically the most controlled and accurate, but many people don’t have the time to make them. Taking CBD from a tincture can be accurate when using a dropper. An average dropper is 1 ml of liquid. You can calculate the milligrams in a dropper by dividing the total concentration of CBD in the tincture by the number of milliliters in a bottle. A formula and example can be seen below.
(Total Concentration of CBD in Tincture) / (Number of Milliliters in the Tincture Bottle) = Milligrams of CBD in a Dropper
2,000 mg / 30 ml = 67 mg in each dropper
CBD Dosage for Dogs and Cats
CBD is very effective when given to pets. The dosage amount is generally the same for dogs and cats. As always, the same rules apply. Start small, and base your first dose off weight. I recommend starting with the dosage chart here. It is best to start between 0.25 mg and 0.5 mg for every three pounds. This should be given to your pet twice a day. Typically, dropped on their food. Also, sometimes it can be difficult to find a CBD tincture that your pet will consume. Make sure you do your research before buying.
CBD for Horses
CBD can treat various ailments for horses. What can be treated in a dog or cat, is typically the same for horses. Although, the size of the dose is higher compared to a dog or cat. It best to consult with a holistic veterinarian prior to administering CBD.
From my experience, it is best to start with a base dose. Most people start with 40 mg per day. This can be taken all at once or twice throughout the day. Give your horse 40 mg per day for seven days. After seven days, if the desired results are not received, increase dosage by 20 mg. Remain at 60 mg per day for three days. After three days, observe the effects. If not satisfied, then continue on this pattern until desired effects are reached.
CBD for Pets and People
We know that CBD is very beneficial to our bodies as well as our pets. With time and patience, you will find the best dosage for yourself. As mentioned, it is best to start small and use a dosage chart based off weight. From there, begin to increase dosage based off desired effects and results. All of my recommendations are based off a suggested serving size. This may be different for each individual or pet. As always, do your research and consult with your doctor prior to using CBD. Happy hemping!
As the industry progresses, the word “CBD” is becoming more synonymous with “Healthy Lifestyle.” Not only is CBD used to treat cancer, epilepsy, and arthritis, it is used as preventive care. Many health food nuts, or those with active lifestyles are beginning to use CBD as a daily vitamin. This can be seen on social media as well. Many companies have ads with young people posing as they drop CBD onto their tongue with the mountains as the backdrop. Even though this side of the CBD market can be “glamourized,” there is still truth to the preventive care properties found when using CBD routinely.
I decided to write this article to explain the reasons why people use CBD regularly. Throughout the article I will provide an in depth look at how to incorporate CBD into your healthy lifestyle.
How We Absorb CBD
Let’s start with how we experience the benefits. Many people use CBD daily as a form of preventive care. The reason CBD, and other cannabinoids, are so effective at treating and preventing illness is because of our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our endocannabinoid system has receptors for naturally occurring cannabinoids found in our body, as well as plant derived cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid gets absorbed by our receptors which creates the desired effects. This is why THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, will produce a euphoric effect when smoked. Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is what creates the many effects from the cannabis plant.
Here’s a quote from, Bradley Alger, one of the leading scientists currently studying the endocannabinoid system, “With complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body’s organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.”
What can CBD Prevent?
When CBD is digested, typically taken as a tincture, the CBD compound bonds with the receptors. This is what creates the desired effects used to prevent and treat illness. When taken regularly, CBD can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative conditions. Upon others, this is a very common reason people take CBD routinely. Especially those with a genetic predisposition to one of the diseases mentioned above. CBD creates new nerve cells which can help maintain brain health. In a study released in 2017 by the “Royal Derby Hospital”, a single dose of CBD showed a reduction in blood pressure for healthy people. Through animal testing, we have found that regular doses of CBD can prevent and slow the growth of cancer cells.
Through my research, I found that CBD can be used regularly for pain management. If you lead an active lifestyle, pain control can allow you to continue with your daily regimen. This can be helpful for elderly suffering from chronic pain. Using CBD to prevent pain can prevent stress or depression by allowing the elderly to live the lifestyle they desire. CBD has also been known to prevent anxiety in those suffering from PTSD. It can prevent seizures, skin conditions, stress, diabetes and it can even spur new bone cell formation which can prevent broken bones.
Using CBD for a Healthy Lifestyle
As you can see, CBD is effective at preventing disease and illness. If you were unaware of the preventive properties mentioned above, then you may not know how to incorporate CBD into your life. CBD can be offered in many different products. This could be in the form of gummies, tinctures, topicals (like salve or body butter), or even flower, to be smoked. These can all be great options, but you want to find what’s best for you.
If you are very conscious of your body and lead a healthy lifestyle, digesting CBD orally may be the best option. There are no negative health effects from taking CBD as a tincture or oil form. This can allow your body to benefits from the full effects. I recommend using full spectrum CBD, instead of CBD isolate, more information on the difference can be found here. Full spectrum CBD contains all the other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. When used together, users experience an “Entourage Effect” that enhances the effects of each cannabinoid. Most full spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, which will not get the user “high.”
CBD shows significant promise for preventing illness and disease. These are just some of the diseases we know CBD can prevent. As time goes on, and the war on drugs comes to an end, we will begin to see more studies and professional research conducted on the effects from CBD and cannabis. As of now, we know CBD can be very beneficial for those striving to live a healthy lifestyle. Just as people focus on their diet and exercise daily, CBD should be included in that equation as well. I hope you enjoyed my article on CBD for a healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned for more information on the uses of CBD and hemp. Happy hemping!
Spring is here! I know that many farmers are beginning to plant their fields in hopes of a successful season. As the hemp and CBD market is well positioned for growth, many growers are rushing to the industry. Some may even call it a “green rush.” The U.S hemp industry is expected to reach $2.6 billion by 2020. This is great news for farmers, but state regulators are struggling to keep up. Many state regulators only have the resources to oversee the cultivation process. This means that there is no regulation for the processing and distribution of hemp. Those that process CBD in Colorado, for example, do not have to fill out an application or follow any testing requirements. This is the same in many other states.
As for seed, farmers are struggling to find reliable hemp seed, sometimes referred to as a cultivar. Many farmers pursue “high CBD” hemp cultivars, but CBD cultivars have a higher variance in delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Domestic hemp seeds have only been produced for a few years in the U.S. Many of our seed comes from foreign countries such as the Ukraine and Netherlands. This means that domestic grown seed has a lot of “what-if” when considering the THC/CBD concentration and germination rate. In the U.S., industrial hemp has to contain less that 0.3% THC. This means that if your crop tests above 0.3% THC then you have to destroy it. Hemp seeds that are grown for fiber or seed oil typically contain little to no THC, and they contain small amounts of CBD. This is because the plant has been breed to produce strong fiber, not resinous flower, which contains the highest concentration of THC and CBD.
When following the “0.3% THC rule” you have to avoid hemp cultivars that are new, or untested. This is typically seen when buying high CBD hemp seeds. In Colorado, many farmers have been forced to destroy their crop simply because their hemp tested above 0.3% THC, meaning it was “hot.”. This can be hard to avoid as the industry is in its infancy, but there are a few precautions you can take to avoid testing “hot.”
I have created this article to help growers find the right seed for their crop. I will focus on Colorado because they were the first to enter the U.S. hemp industry, and they currently have effective regulations and governing bodies in place. Through trial and error, Colorado has seen relative success in their state program.
Regulating the distribution and sale of hemp seed has been the most difficult part of hemp legalization. In 2016, Colorado published the first “Certified Hemp Seed” list in the U.S. They only listed high fiber and high seed cultivars. This meant that high CBD hemp was not included on the list. Since then, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has released one other list for 2018. This list contained more companies, but no “high CBD” cultivars. As of 2019, the USDA announced a “Plant Variety Protection Program” for “seed propagated hemp varieties.” This is the first time hemp has been included in a protection program. This is good news for growers in need of reliable hemp seed. Until the list is published, farmers need to be cautious.
In Colorado, companies that sell hemp seed must be registered as a “seed labeler” meaning that the company is registered with the state and they have provided the necessary testing requirements to show that the seed will not produce THC above 0.3%. This is a step in the right direction. However, this does not guarantee that the farmer will have no chance of growing hemp above 0.3% THC. There are many factors to consider when buying and growing seed. For example, weather and fertilizer have been known to cause a spike in THC. If a farmer gives their hemp too much fertilizer, too close to harvest, this could spike the THC. Other instances have occurred when farmers wait to harvest their crop till later in the Fall. The longer you wait to harvest, the higher the chance of your crop being “hot.”
There are a few steps you can take as a farmer to insure that you are buying reliable hemp seed. In Colorado, only buy seed from “seed labelers” or “seed dealers.” This means that they have been approved by the state. When purchasing, each package should have a labeled “certification.” This should include the germination rate as well. This can be helpful for protecting your crop when planting. If your germination rate does not match the stated germination rate on the package, then you have the ability to file a complaint with the state and potentially seek restitution.
As stated in the CDA memo to seed purchasers, “Until the Industrial Hemp industry matures, buyers of industrial hemp seed must beware and become educated. Even though related, seed law and industrial hemp law are separate. Variability in the amount of THC produced by seed varieties and rooted cutting clonal strains is not governed by seed law. If the THC level of plants produced from a lot of seed goes above 0.3% THC, it is the industrial hemp registrant’s responsibility to stay in compliance with the rules of the industrial hemp program.” This statement can be disconcerting for potential farmers. It basically states that industrial hemp law and seed law are different. Seed purchasers still have the ability to buy “non-certified” seed. It is the buyers responsibility to be aware of this risk from buying seeds.
Buying “certified” seed is not mandatory. However, Colorado hemp registrants have to include a “statement of verification” stating that they believe their seed will not exceed 0.3% THC. The risk from growing high CBD cultivars has led many farmers to focus on high fiber and high seed oil cultivars instead. In an email I wrote to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, I asked “What is needed to be included in the "Statement of Verification" to prove that my seeds are under 0.3%?” Their reply was, “Write a statement that says you believe your planted material will not exceed .3%. We just need a simple statement of you verifying you did some research and know what you are planting.” This can leave a lot of room for error when farmers are buying seed.
High CBD Hemp
As mentioned above, high CBD hemp varieties are rarely “certified.” State regulators are aware of the high variance of THC contained in CBD cultivars. Even if the THC concentration was at 2%, the user would not feel any psychoactive effect. But, due to federal law, 0.3% THC is the federal requirement for industrial hemp. Many plant breeders have found that it is very difficult to breed high CBD cultivars with minimal THC. Typically, both of the cannabinoids, THC and CBD, behave the same when grown. They are both naturally produced and concentrated in the hemp “flower.”
Currently, this makes growing hemp CBD difficult for small farmers and even large corporations. There is still a level of risk assumed when growing CBD. This is especially true for first-year hemp registrants in Colorado. Each registrant is subject to a state test administered by a state official. The state official will give you a 7-10 day notice before arriving at your farm. During that test, if any portion of your crop tests above 0.3% THC, then you have to destroy your whole crop. This is why it is so important for first-time hemp farmers to find reliable hemp seeds.
Finding What’s Best
In conclusion, there are a few takeaways from this article that will help you get on the right track when buying seed. First, when buying high CBD cultivars, make sure the company you are buying from has all of the necessary test results. This should include a CBD/THC concentration and terpenoid analysis. The tests should be from the mother plant, this is the plant that produced the seeds you are considering buying. If not, there is a stronger possibility that your seeds will produce a THC concentration above 0.3%.
Second, when buying hemp seed for fiber or seed oil, use the CDA Approved Certified Hemp Seed list here. Other states have varying “certified” lists, but Colorado has been in the industry longer meaning their approval process may be more thorough.
Lastly, don’t forget about the term “Buyer Beware.” It is important for hemp seed purchasers to be well informed on the seeds they are buying. Do your research on the company. Look for any bad customer experiences or reviews on the web, and make sure the company has the proper test results.
Farmers recognize that CBD is currently the most profitable hemp market. That being said, growing hemp CBD is the most risky when considering the definition of industrial hemp being “under 0.3% THC.” This hasn’t stopped farmers from entering the market, but it has created more room for failure. Take the term “Buyer Beware” seriously when considering CBD as your next cash crop. I hope this article will help your farm find the best seed to grow. Happy Hemping!
Recently, I have noticed many consumers being confused about the differences between CBD oil and hemp oil. To help clear the confusion, I have created this article on the differences between the two. The companies creating hemp oil and even CBD oil are mainly responsible for creating the confusion. Not all are responsible, but many companies have been ”green washing” their product to take advantage of the CBD trend. Some hemp oil companies will even label their product as “Cannabis Sativa Oil.”
Yes, CBD oil and hemp oil are extracted from the same plant. However, the oils contain different medicinal properties and compounds. To start, hemp oil is extracted from the cannabis seed through a cold press extraction process. The seed is pressed to extract the oil contained in the seed. The oil contains no cannabinoids, which are found naturally in the plant matter. The leftover shell casing from the seed is commonly eaten as a food. This is usually referred to as “hemp hearts” or "hemp meal." Many consumers add the hemp hearts to oatmeal, smoothies, and even baking recipes.
Watch a cold press in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhEen_oA4Bo
CBD oil is commonly extracted from the cannabis flower material or “buds.” The oil can be extracted in many ways. It is commonly extracted through a CO2 extraction process or by combining the CBD with fatty oils through heat. The CBD can be whole plant extract, commonly referred to as full-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate, which contains only CBD. As mentioned in our article here, whole plant extract CBD contains all the cannabinoids naturally found in the cannabis plant. This creates an “Entourage Effect” in which the effects of each cannabinoid are magnified when used together.
Cannabidiol or “CBD” is one of the many cannabinoids naturally found in the cannabis plant. As mentioned above, full spectrum CBD has the most medicinal value. More details on the differences between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate can be found in our article here.
CBD oil can treat many different ailments. CBD is anti-inflammatory and an anti-depressant. CBD can treat various mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and stress. It can prevent acne as well. Many baby boomers have started using the oil to treat skin conditions such as eczema, and dry skin. CBD can benefit those suffering from muscle pain, joint pain, insomnia, and epilepsy. There are many other medicinal benefits from CBD. Clinical research is still in the beginning stages, but we will begin to see more information as the cannabis plant becomes less stigmatized and more legal.
CBD oil is commonly derived from hemp to limit the concentration of THC. Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC. Users will not experience any psychoactive effects. However, the small concentration is still beneficial when used with all the cannabinoids. CBD can be derived from psychoactive marijuana, but the oil will typically contain larger amounts of THC. This can be beneficial for cancer patients or those that want to experience the effects, but don’t want to get too high.
As mentioned above, hemp oil or “hemp seed oil” is extracted from the cannabis seed. The oil is cold pressed to extract the oil. An example of the process can be seen here. Even though CBD oil and hemp oil are different, hemp oil is still beneficial for your body. The oil is high in antioxidants and contains an ideal ratio of omega’s 3 and 6. In addition, the oil contains all the essential amino acids. This can be very helpful for those adding hemp hearts or hemp oil to their diet. 25% of the calories in hemp seed or “hemp hearts” are from protein. When compared to flax or chia seed, hemp seed contains 7% more protein.
Hemp oil has been widely used for years. Before Industrial hemp was legalized in the U.S., it was commonly seen in natural food stores. This was legal because the oil contains no cannabinoids, which were illegal at the time. The oil is beneficial, but companies need to specify what is contained in their product.
Clear the Confusion
CBD and cannabis products are becoming very popular in the U.S. The U.S. CBD hemp market is expected to triple by 2022. This is exciting news for CBD companies, but the industry needs more regulation for the labeling of products. So far, there is no regulation for the processing of CBD and hemp oil. This gives companies the ability to confuse consumers with misleading labels.
Both hemp oil and CBD oil are beneficial, but the medicinal benefits are vastly different. Hemp oil is a good option for those living in an area where cannabis is highly illegal. The oil can be an ideal choice for those subject to drug screening tests or generally nervous about the plant. The oil can be used for preventive care as well. CBD oil is the better choice for those wanting to experience the medicinal benefits found in the many different cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. This is best for cancer patients and those suffering from mental illness. All in all, do your research prior to buying. Research the product you are considering on CBD review sites and ask your friends. When buying CBD oil, you want to be a “smart” consumer.
Macular degeneration and glaucoma has affected over 13 million Americans. These two diseases are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. Doctors have always thought that these diseases are irreversible. Macular degeneration (MD) is caused by the deterioration of the retina. When the central point of the retina deteriorates, images we see are not received correctly. This can cause limited scope in vision or blindness. Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This is typically caused by a build up of pressure in the eye.This pressure leads to significant nerve death within the eye. Symptoms include blurred vision and permanent vision loss. Glaucoma can be age related or hereditary.
Treatment for both of these diseases are limited. MD is typically treated with various injections to the eye. Glaucoma is commonly treated with surgery or laser treatments to help drain fluids from the eye, relieving pressure. All of these treatments are aimed at slowing the progression of the disease. Currently, doctors have yet to find a cure.
CBD for Macular Degeneration
As of now, we are beginning to see cannabis used to treat MD and Glaucoma. There have been cases of CBD significantly improving the diseases. According to the United Patients Group, a small business owner named Fabi began using CBD oil to treat other ailments. Not realizing the possible benefits from CBD for MD, she began to see improvements. After a routine eye doctor visit, her doctor saw that her condition had significantly improved. The disease had reversed from “intermediate” to an “early stage.” According to Fabi, she had started using CBD oil routinely just three weeks prior to the visit.
CBD for Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a common eye disease that doctors prescribe medical marijuana cards for. Psychoactive marijuana and CBD have been used as therapeutic relief for glaucoma for many years. In 1979, a study was published in the International Journal of Pharmacology and Biopharmacology, 16 patients used CBD to treat their glaucoma. As a result, eye pressure, which causes glaucoma, was significantly reduced in all of the patients. The nerve death due to pressure is called “apoptosis.” With CBD, the pressure drops leading to a decrease in nerve death. This is why CBD can prevent blindness in patients.
How does it work?
Why are cannabinoids so effective at treating these diseases? We know that CBD can treat these diseases, but scientists are curious as to how the eye absorbs the cannabinoids. This perplexed many scientists and doctors until Finland published a study in 2002 on the effects of CBD on glaucoma. Researchers found that our eyes have cannabinoid receptors, similar to our endocannabinoid system mentioned in our previous article here. This is how the eyes absorb the CBD used to treat MD and glaucoma.
Choosing What’s Best
If you or a loved one is suffering from one of the diseases mentioned above, CBD may be an option to consider. CBD oil or tincture is a great product to start with. As research continues, we may begin to see CBD eye drops or topicals for the eye. This would be a breakthrough for the industry and community as a whole. As always, make sure to do your own research before choosing CBD. We hope you enjoyed the article. Please continue to spread the word on the benefits from CBD!
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to benefit humans, but what about animals? Have you ever considered giving CBD to you furry pal? CBD can treat a variety of ailments in humans, but official studies have only been administered on people and rats. This article will help clear up the confusion and rumors behind CBD for pets.
First you need to understand where CBD comes from. Most CBD sold for pets is derived from hemp. Hemp is non-psychoactive. Industrial hemp has to contain less than 0.3% THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient commonly found in cannabis. The minuscule amount of THC found in hemp is not enough to get you high. You can even buy CBD isolate which contains zero THC, but the isolate contains no other cannabinoids which, when used together, has more medicinal value.
CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our body through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is found in all animals. The system manages most of our body’s biological processes. The endocannabinoid system has receptors for naturally produced cannabinoids found in our body. Cannabis derived cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the same way. Cannabinoids absorbed by the receptors produce the desired effects we experience from cannabis. This is the same for our pets.
The majority of the research done on CBD use for pets has been collected from pet owners. This can make some owners nervous as there has not been a clinical study conducted on animals, other than rodents. From the data collected by pet owners, we are now beginning to understand the effects that pets experience from CBD. Many of the ailments treated are commonly seen in humans as well.
CBD is a natural painkiller, which makes it a great option for treating arthritis or pains pets may experience. Many pets, especially dogs, suffer from tremors or seizures. CBD is a natural anti-convulsant. It is an anti-inflammatory as well. This may help pets with swelling. CBD has been known to treat certain mental illnesses that pets experience, such as anxiety or phobias. It has been known to treat pets suffering from nausea or chronic vomiting. Just like humans, pets can be diagnosed with cancer. The use of CBD has been known to reduce cancer cell growth. If your pet is suffering from any of the above ailments, then CBD might be a treatment to consider.
Clinical studies are just now beginning to take place. As Dr. Stephanie McGrath, veterinary neurologist at Colorado State University, says “Generally speaking, the science supporting CBD use in veterinary medicine is lacking. There is abundant anecdotal evidence, but very few, if any, well-executed research studies.” This is something to consider before giving your pet CBD. You need to consider possible side effects as well, such as dry mouth and drowsiness.
When choosing the right CBD brand for your pets, there are a few factors to consider. First, don’t choose a CBD product based off price. You want to find a quality product that is organic and legitimate. Only buy products from companies with proper analysis. A lab test on terpenes and pesticides contained in the hemp should be included with your order or on the website you are buying from. Lastly, try to buy CBD in tincture form. This is the most optimal way for pets to digest CBD. It is easier to control the amount given as well.
CBD has been known to be used on cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, sheep, cows, birds, and goats. However, make sure you do the proper research before giving CBD to your pet. Choosing a quality product is always a good idea. If it’s your first time giving CBD to your pet, start small and then work your way up. I recommend using a dosage chart to administer servings based off weight. More information on the effects of CBD on pets will begin to come out with time. Until then, I hope this article will help you find the right path when deciding to give your pet CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been known to treat epilepsy, anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, and many other health conditions. CBD is commonly extracted and digested as an oil. There are many ways to extract CBD. Typically, companies use CO2 to extract the compound. Other companies use fatty oils combined with heat to bond the compounds together, sometimes even using the whole plant. When extracted, CBD can be isolated. This means that the final product contains no other compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. You may have noticed that many of the CBD products available are advertised as “CBD Isolate” or “Full Spectrum CBD.” Full spectrum CBD contains all the compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant. This could be other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Each form of CBD can provide your body with different effects. Even the plant your CBD was derived from can vary on potency. The different forms can become confusing for consumers. You may be wondering, which form of CBD is best for me? I have written this article to discuss the differences between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate to help you make the best choice.
Let’s first start with CBD isolate. CBD isolate is commonly seen as a powder, but can still be digested as an oil. The isolate contains only CBD. All of the plant matter and compounds are removed. CBD isolate contains no THC, this means that there is no possibility of psychoactive effects. This can be helpful for those who want to benefit from CBD, but may have to take a drug screening test. This can be ideal for those that are sensitive to THC or first time users. When digested, the product is tasteless and odorless. The product is commonly extracted from hemp, due to the low amount of THC naturally found in the plant.
Even though CBD isolate can benefit your body, you may not be utilizing the medicinal potential found in full spectrum CBD. The spectrum of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils creates an “Entourage Effect.” This means that all of the compounds used together magnify the effects of each cannabinoid. This can provide more relief. Studies have shown that CBD isolate does not increase with higher dosages. Compared with full spectrum CBD, the effects are enhanced with increased amounts. This makes full spectrum CBD the ideal choice for medicinal uses.
The decision comes down to what the user wants from their CBD. As discussed, CBD isolate will not test positive for THC on a drug screening, and the product is tasteless and odorless. The product has no risk of causing psychoactive effects. This is the purest form of CBD. However, the medicinal benefits are not as broad. Full spectrum CBD will provide you with the full benefits of the cannabis plant. This can be ideal for medical patients that don’t want to get high. Research into CBD will continue as the plant becomes legal. This will be very important for future medicine. Until then, it may take some time to figure out what is best for you. I hope you enjoyed the article. Keep spreading the word on the benefits of CBD!
Sean Huber has been working in the cannabis industry for five years. His experience includes hempcrete construction, cannabis cultivation, social media marketing, and cannabis accounting services.
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