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!
There are many factors to consider before setting out on your greenhouse adventure. First and foremost, you need to consider your location, budget, square footage, and crop. These factors will help you decide what style of greenhouse you want to build. I put together this guide to help get your farm on the right track. I’ve listed additional articles below that may provide you with further detail. Let's get started!
Style of Greenhouse
There are many different styles of greenhouses. I will cover the most popular greenhouses used when growing hemp or psychoactive cannabis. Through my experience, I have seen two main styles used. Of course, you can vary from these styles to find what works the best for you.
Style of Roof
In this section, I will cover the three different styles of roofs most commonly used in a greenhouse. Each style varies slightly, but all of the styles offer similar benefits. The only difference you will notice during construction is the amount of materials needed and additional installation.
Greenhouse glazing is essentially what you are covering your structure with. Of course, you want to find a material that is transparent and long-lasting. In this step, I do not recommend cutting corners. Depending on the duration of your operation, you want to find a material that won’t fade and retains its R-value over time. Here are a few materials that I recommend.
When building a greenhouse, you have to consider the environmental factors in your area. This can be easier said than done, but don’t overlook this step. When it comes to heating your greenhouse, there are a few techniques that will help you lengthen your growing season.
Cooling off your greenhouse in the middle of the summer can present some challenges. Make sure you locate your greenhouse in an area where it can catch the summer breeze. Here are a few ways to keep your greenhouse cool.
Choosing the right irrigation system for your operation can help keep labor costs low. Anyone can walk from plant to plant with a hose or container, but this can become very timely and inefficient.
With my experience in Colorado, we commonly use supplemental lighting to lengthen our growing season. Make sure you use the right lighting and intensity for your square footage.
In this section, I will cover a few techniques that will help increase your chances of success. These techniques will help save you time and money.
Energy conservation is at the forefront of our society. And why not? Practicing energy conservation techniques can help you save money and time. When trying to insulate your greenhouse, you may want to consider double glazing and perimeter insulation. This can help lower your monthly heating bill. Energy/shade screens can help keep your greenhouse cool and limit the need for an A/C. Lastly, utilizing your full growing space can create higher yields.
Most growers these days want to set up their operation with monitored controls. These controls can monitor the temperature, ventilation, irrigation system, and many more. If you have the extra budget, I recommend investing in an electronic controller to control your greenhouse. The electronic controls can open and shut vents, turn on the heater, and even control your supplemental lighting. This is ideal for those growers with limited man power.
Depending on your location, it is important to build a freeze barrier underneath your greenhouse. Typically, this is done prior to the construction of your greenhouse. Without a freeze barrier, you open yourself up to the risk of frozen roots or quicker greenhouse deterioration.
Lastly, I would like to briefly cover the budget. The size, technology, and crop are all major factors that will effect your budget. If you are a hobby grower, a large budget will not apply to you. If you are an industrial grower with a big operation, a large budget is something to consider. On an industrial scale, the average budget needed is between $8,000 and $21,000. The lowest amount of money I've seen spent was $5,000 for a decent industrial greenhouse. Remember, don't cut corners!
Here are a few articles to help you get one step closer to harvest:
All in all, building a greenhouse should be an exciting and rewarding adventure. Make sure to put forth the additional research and don’t cut corners! This can really make a difference between the success and failure of your crop. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions. Please subscribe to our newsletter for additional tips and guides that will be posted throughout the season.
Marketing Director, AP Sleeping Indian LLC
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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