What is CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant. There are over 100+ cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It has been reported to have therapeutic benefits. CBD is derived from the hemp plant is is extracted from its leaves and flowers. This oil has been reported to have very positive effects in interacting with living beings with an endocannabinoid system. This system is in charge of balancing our bodies and putting it in a state of homeostasis.
This ECS system and the cannabinoids help regulate our moods, stress, pain sensors, bone health, appetite levels, gastrointestinal health, even healthy skin. This ECS system is found through out our bodies. Think of each of the organs down to the skin, having its own docking station full of receptors that the endocannabinoid system regulates. These cannabinoids attach themselves to these docking stations to give them a balancing charge. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t receive an outside boost from the oils extracted from the cannabis plant. And this goes the same for your pet. We all have an endocannabinoid system, except for insects.
The CB’s or cannabinoids all have their own specific functions and what they do to help our bodies, like like worker bees with specific jobs. Click on this infographic explaining the CBD Oil Effects and how the various cannabinoids target in the body.
How to Buy CBD Oil?
Now that you have a better understanding of what CBD is and how it works in conjunction to our bodies, you may be wondering: How do I choose the right CBD for myself or for my pet?
We suggest following these guidelines. It won’t matter if the oil is for yourself or your pet. These tips will help you to choose the safest and best product for you both.
Do not price shop. Not all CBD is created equal. Don’t let other competitors fool you with their rock bottom prices. These are products that utilize unchecked foreign regulations for safety and compliance. US manufacturers have complete license and certification packets. Products are manufactured in FDA inspected facilities. Third party lab results are checked for potency, solvents, heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides, and a full terpene profile. You will be paying for quality.
When you find a brand that you like, stick with them. AFTER you have tried other brands. That manufacturer may have a mother plant whose terpene profile works better for you or your pet. Again– NOT all CBD is created equal. This time it is due to mother nature. She creates individual plants just as individual as you and I are. No two people are genetically alike except for twins. Plants are the same way. We suggest trying different brands to see how one brand works compared to another. Once you have done your own due diligence, then stick to your preferred brand.Don’t be afraid to ask the manufacturer questions directly about the safety of their manufacturing.
Here’s an example: Bark Avenue CBD dog treats are manufactured in an SQF3 facility. This is the highest food safety rating you can get as a supplier in the food industry. These are food safety systems based on HACCP principles that manage food safety risks and prevent contamination. Our oil comes for a vertically integrated manufacturer. Meaning, they are ones who do seed to sale.
What is seed to sale?
This means the CBD oil manufacturer grows, harvests, extracts, clones, and even tests all under one roof. No outsourcing. For instance, I am an extractor but I buy from several farmers to extract my oil, then I send it out to a lab to do testing. Not only is there a blind spot in the way you trust that your hemp farmer is doing things up to standard, despite all certifications; but one also doesn’t know if the product handling and testing in a lab was proper. Let’s face it, the less people handling things outside of your control, the less mistakes.
Bark Avenue understands this. And this is why we will be your dog food advisor for CBD treats, even if it’s not our own. Did you know that dosing is the most important piece of information to know for success in your pet’s health? Now you know.