Cannabinoids, CBD oil, hemp treats… there’s a lot of buzz about the benefits of these exciting new products for dogs. But, do you understand how and why they work?
by Jodi Ziskin
The CBD for pets industry has exploded over the last couple of years. There are various products and various claims and trying to wade through it all can be maddening.
Understanding how and why cannabinoids are beneficial for our pets is the first step.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds present in both animals and in the plant genus cannabis, which includes both hemp and marijuana. The two most widely recognizable cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD), which has a wide range of therapeutic applications, and THC, which is the psychoactive component found in cannabis and used in medical marijuana. Hemp contains less than .3% THC and is legal in all 50 states.
What are Phytocannabinoids?
The prefix phyto means plant. Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids derived from plants (hemp and cannabis).
Phytocannabinoids are very effective in bringing balance to pets suffering from a myriad of conditions including general anxiety, separation anxiety, arthritis, inflammation, pain, loss of appetite, mobility issues, effects from cancer and cancer treatments, epilepsy, end of life comfort, and more.
How do Phytocannabinoids Work in the Body?
All animals have an endocannabinoid system that assists in maintaining the physiological, neurological and immunological systems of the body. If there is a deficiency of endocannabinoid production, the system’s multiple receptors will utilize the addition of phytocannabinoids to help create balance and provide support for relaxing, repairing or restoring. Naturally occurring phytocannabinoids are important for the overall health of dogs, cats, humans, rabbits and all animals.
Dogs are especially responsive to phytocannabinoids as they have the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brains and bodies compared to other animals, including humans.
Finding the Right Product
Quality counts. Choosing a hemp derived product is equally important. The THC in cannabis derived products can cause toxicity and static ataxia in dogs.
Treatibles offers a line of nutraceuticals including hard chews, dropper bottles, and gel caps containing phytocannabinoid rich (PCR) oil extracted from whole plant medicinal grade hemp grown in the USA. In addition to cannabidiol, one of the most widely studied and recognized therapeutic compounds, several other phytocannabinoids as well as terpenes are included in all of the products. This creates what is known as the entourage effect, providing a full spectrum of benefits for pets.
Treatibles was the very first company to create PCR hemp oil infused chews for pets. All products are virtually free of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. (Yes, Treatibles are legal to sell and ship to all 50 states.)
Not all Hemp-Derived Products for Pets are Created Equal
“We go above and beyond to ensure the efficacy and safety of all of our products,” offered Julianna Carella, CEO and Founder of Treatibles.
“We third party lab test at every stage, from the raw materials to the finished product. As far as we know, we are the only company producing phytocannabinoid products for pets that can quantify the exact milligrams of cannabidiol in every chew, dropper bottle and gel cap. In addition, we test to ensure our products are free of bio-contaminants and heavy metals,” she added.
Treatibles has partnered with Villalobos Rescue Center (you may recognize the Rescue from an animal focused network’s hit show about rehabilitating Pit Bulls and people) to introduce Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots ™ by Treatibles, a new grain free chew that will benefit the New Orleans-based Rescue. One dollar from each bag sold will be donated to help cover veterinary expenses at Villalobos Rescue Center, whose annual veterinary costs average $500K. Look for the crunchy beneficial treat on store shelves in August.
Treatibles recommends 1 mg. of PCR per every 10-pounds of a dog’s body weight.
For more information, including lab results and links to numerous studies, please visit Treatibles.com.