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Solving Problems Naturally: CBD Healthy Pet Products

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil-based supplements and treats for both cats and dogs continue to grow in popularity.  More pet owners begin to recognize their potential benefits. Despite the fact that it’s still a relatively new category, there already are a lot of options. Shoppers might need quite a bit of assistance in choosing what’s best for their pet.

“At SuperZoo in 2016, there were only a few booths exhibiting CBD products,” Grow said. “In 2017, it was a flood of new CBD exhibitors. And I expect even more next year.”

Chelsea Joyce said the interest in CBD products comes at a time when pet owners and retailers recognize that pharmaceutical drugs can sometimes be harmful. Or even make a pet’s health issue worse due to side effects. As medical cannabis has become increasingly acceptable, people are beginning to understand it might also be a positive option for their pets, she said.

“Consumers are seeking out transparency and education in CBD products—just like they want with the rest of the healthy pet products they purchase from the independent retailer,” Joyce said. “Unfortunately, there have been no regulations set up within the CBD world. In order to keep customers and retailers properly informed, it is up to the manufacturer to educate them on the difference between the products that are out there.”

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“The driving trend is the fact that pet parents want natural solutions for their pets,” Strong said. “They’re doing their best to get away from prescription drugs when they can solve a problem more naturally.”

CBD healthy pet products are becoming more popular for treating human health needs, and the trend is trickling down to pets.

“As more and more people are either reading about the benefits of CBD for pets or using it themselves. They are interested in providing the same relief to their pets,” said Jodi Ziskin, communications director for Treatibles in Oakland, Calif.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

There’s no question that education is incredibly valuable in the cannabidiol (CBD) category. Heidi Nevala, president of Petabis Organics, said that not all CBD is created equal. It is important to understand the differences.

“Ask for documentation regarding your supplier’s cultivation, harvest and extraction process,” Nevala said. “As a reseller partner, your supplier should happily supply this type of information in detail. Most CBD products on the market are isolates.

There are a lot of false claims and products out there that are not what shoppers think they are, said Denise Strong, co-owner of Pawz on Main in Cottonwood, Ariz. It can make the shopping experience for customers overwhelming.

“Because it’s still so new, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. People buy products that are knock-offs without even realizing it,” Strong said. “I had one customer that spent over $100 on a bottle of hemp oil, and it turned out that 85 percent of the bottle was olive oil. The problem is that people don’t have the time to do all the research to understand what they’re buying.”

Retailer Education

“Honesty and transparency are the most important things in this category as they discuss CBD products with their customers. — Chelsea Joyce, vice president of sales for Pet Releaf in Englewood, Colo. “CBD and hemp products are possibly, the least understood and most widely misrepresented products in the pet industry. It is imperative that a manufacturer is able to prove where their hemp is coming from. Prove with certifications if they are claiming organic and prove whether they are using true hemp strains or marijuana hybrids. Retailers need to educate themselves as much as possible so that they fully understand that CBD products are vastly different in safety and efficacy.”

Aquila Brown, president of The Yuppy Puppy in Spokane, Wash., noted that ensuring staff members are well educated is important.

“We do lengthy training with our staff so they understand what CBD products are. What they can be used for and what they can’t be used for. And how they’re different from human products, and how to approach customers about it,” Brown said.

MARKETING

GENERATE INTEREST IN CBD

There are a lot of ways marketing campaigns can be used to draw attention to CBD healthy pet products. Marketing efforts also pose an additional opportunity to educate the public.

Blogging is always a great outlet to get people interested in CBD products, said Jennifer A. Chiongbian, owner of Denver-based Bark Avenue. Bark Avenue. She also has a video tutorial on YouTube that teaches How to Make Dog Treats with CBD Oil and How to Buy CBD Oil. The more you can educate the public, the better, she said.

Taste-testing is a great way to get pet owners excited, said Heidi Nevala, president and founder of Petabis Organics in Minneapolis.

“Pet parents are often worried that their pet will not like the taste,” she said. “We sample our CBD snacks heavily.  Our Calming Support Snack is a direct way to measure the stress-relieving effects on their dog.  When their dog also loves the taste, the pet parent’s confidence soars.”

Denise Strong, co-owner of Pawz on Main in Cottonwood, Ariz., said she hosted a Lunch & Learn on the ABCs of CBD. And that it was incredibly popular. She ran an ad in her local paper, handed out fliers and targeted her email base. The result was a huge turnout and a lot of customers asked when the store will do it again, Strong said.

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Where should retailers focus their attention when talking to customers about CBD products?

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CBD Oil Benefits for Dogs

CBD is one of the dozens of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is non-psychoactive so it makes it a gentler alternative in seeking relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, seizures, spasms and other chronic ailments. So, what are some of the CBD oil benefits for dogs?

According to  The Haddassah Medical School and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, they compared the effectiveness of purified CBD oil (isolates) versus a full spectrum extract.  They found that the whole plant extract that contained traces of other cannabinoids, proved to be superior in alleviating pain and inflammation than the purified version.¹

Now that the cannabis industry is becoming more mainstream and more widely accepted, people are trying it as a means of alternative, natural medicine. With many human success stories abound, it only seems natural that we think about the CBD oil benefits has done for loved ones, that we want to include our pets in the healing process.

CBD oil benefits for dogs dealing with chronic illnesses:

  • Seizures/ Epilepsy
  • Inflammation
  • GI Problems
  • Anxiety/ Stress
  • Pain
  • Limping
  • End of Life Care
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Aging & Overall Wellness²

How Does CBD Oil Work?

One of the reasons the cannabis plant provides many benefits for humans, dogs and other animals is due to the fact that we have similar endocannabinoid systems (ECS). The ECS is a receptor system in charge of pain sensation, mood, and appetite.  This is largely why big pharma tests on rats, cats,  rabbits, dogs and other animals before going to human clinical trials.  They know and understand the effects will be similar to what they can expect in humans.

The benefits of CBD oil are numerous. And the best part is, CBD has no reported incidences of  overdose or complications when used with pharmacological drugs.  At best, if you give your pet too much, it gets lazy. If you don’t give enough, then there is no effect.  We recommend 1-2 mg of CBD per ten pounds of dog as a starting point. This can be adjusted accordingly depending on the age and condition of the dog. Overall, it is a safe, natural way to help alleviate symptoms of aging, end of life care, and even the dreaded what to give dogs for fireworks anxiety.

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References

1. http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=53912#.VP4EIildXvY

2. https://www.learngreenflower.com/courses/45/Cannabis-For-Pets-Everything-You-Need-To-Know-To-Treat-Your-Sick-Animal-Safely-and-Effectively

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What is CBD Oil versus PCR Oil?

We first heard of this of all places, at Super Zoo in 2017, the world’s largest pet retailer trade show in the world. A former Colorado oil vendors happened to be there as we shared information on the cannabis industry happenings.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, just one of many cannabinoid compounds in the cannabis plant.  This makes up a large portion of the industrial hemp plant from where the oil is extracted.  The other cannabinoids can consist of CBG, CBN, CBC’s,etc.  Aside from these general CB compounds in the cannabis plant, there are also THC compounds. THC is famously responsible for the “high”.  Industrial hemp that is rich in CBD does not generate a “high”.

Many people who do not operate in the cannabis space are unfamiliar with these nuances in terminology.  Least of all, being aware of pharmaceutical companies that are positioning themselves for the CBD market to be blown wide open. One such entity is GW Pharmaceuticals out of the UK who has a trademark pending on the terminology “CBD”. If they are awarded this trademark, all business using the term “CBD” will have to cease and desist in its usage. In the meantime, this term is steadily growing, and commonly associated to describe the oils extracted from the hemp plant. Currently this trademark term is being used generically, and the trademark owner may need to take aggressive measures to retain rights to the trademark.  GW Pharma is fighting for the sole use of the “CBD” term.

What is PCR Hemp oil?

In comes PCR oil.  It stands for phytocannabinoid rich oil. In essence, this is a much more complete definition of what CBD oil truly embodies.  We believe it’s a much more targeted definition of what the cannabis oil truly is.  Phyto, meaning  of a plant, or relating to a plant. In short, it is ALL the plant derived cannabis compounds in the oil, and not just the CBD compound in particular. In short, it is a fancier name for what is commonly known as CBD.

Any full spectrum oil is just this, a whole plant oil with all the benefits that nature had intended. This includes the trace amounts of THC, and all the other 113 active cannabinoids.

If GW Pharmaceuticals wins the right to exclusively use the term “CBD”, the next game of semantics will be on. We will have to find a new generic term to replace this.  Perhaps this will be the use of “PCR”.  As language and uses constantly evolve, the uses of terminology in the cannabis space will not be an exception. It will be interesting to see what happens to this common use of this acronym in the next couple of years or so. Watch out for a possible rise of “PCR” and other terms to substitute “CBD” in the event this happens.

In just under a year,  CBD was used to describe any and all products made with industrial hemp. Now there has already been a shift in the cannabis space where people are no longer embracing it as a marketing term.  This all due to the consequences of garnering unwanted attention.

Case Study:

When Bark Avenue Hemp Treats started out, we used Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats as a descriptor. And within a few months, products using the terminology “CBD” were starting to get flagged by numerous organizations. We had our credit card processing shut down; the denial and or ending of listing products on platforms such as Amazon and EBay; and the dis-allowing the promotion of our Facebook advertising page.  In a similar fashion, Google Ad Words soon followed.

So, these are just some of the examples of what operators in the cannabis space have to deal with.  Aside from the typical business fires that one has to douse on a day to day basis, we have those specific to an emerging market. So those of us who choose to work with products like this, despite it being “everywhere”, doesn’t mean it can be treated just like any other legal product on the market.  This is the main reason we started making a concerted effort to using “hemp”; sadly, just the general public just started opening their eyes to the terminology of “CBD”.  It’s a tricky, daily balancing act of trying to be a popular well known brand whilst flying under the radar; and –keeping abreast of the laws and expensive attorneys to keep one’s company out of trouble.

Consequently,  there was a large oil producing company that literally had to re-brand their company since it had “CBD” in its name. To this day, I only remember them by their original name…

CBD vs. Hemp

Thus far “hemp” has been the more accepted “innocent term” in contrast to CBD. But, people are still confused about CBD and hemp.

CBD is the active compounds extracted from the hemp plant via the oils. Hemp is a subset of the actual cannabis plant where the CBD’s are extracted. So, it’s a choice of whether to call it by the plant that supplies the active compounds or, to call it by the active ingredient extracted from the plant. But they are one and the same.

The beauty about the hemp plant is that it can be used for clothing, fiber, building material, a substitute for some plastics, and lastly for the oil.

Conclusion

If CBD becomes a proprietary term for use only by GW Pharmaceuticals, this will be a much more complicated market with made up monikers. This will further confuse the general public.  And it will a create a setback on any educational progress we have made about what is CBD good for.

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Cannabis Dog Treats the Next Functional Dog Treats Trend?

Cannabis dog treat snacks with health-related claims are among the fastest growing new product launches.  Dog and cat owners who prioritize food product benefit statements are significantly more likely to strongly enjoy purchasing products that pamper their pets, according to the research director of Packaged Facts.¹

Update on the 2020 Marketplace: This segment has just exploded. It is saturated with manufacturers, companies looking to white label, and private label. Most of these private labelers do not have the in-depth knowledge about a product, unlike a direct manufacturer. Read for some tips to ensure you buy the safest and best quality pet product.

Studies

Research shows that the benefits of  CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, include acting as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia. ²

“…dogs do have the same natural cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid systems (ECS) as humans,” according to Dr. Lascelles. (The ECS involves physiological processes such as appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory.) These receptors are found in the dog’s brain and peripheral nervous system.³ 

Cannabis [sic] is becoming more widely accepted for its potential medical uses, not just for people, but for companion animals too. Scientists have so far recognized up to 60 important chemicals, or cannabinoids, unique to marijuana.  According to the National Cancer Institute, “cannabinoids activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.” These natural chemicals may be helpful in treating cancer-related symptoms such as pain.”4

CBD Oil Benefits

  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • GI Problems
  • Anxiety/ Stress
  • Pain
  • Limping
  • End of Life Care
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Poor Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Hot Spots/ Skin & Coat

We use a full spectrum oil. The full spectrum version ensures the inclusion of all the benefits of the complete plant. This is known as the “Entourage Effect”.

Fun fact: Because we have similar endocannabinoid systems (ECS) to dogs cats, rats, pigs, etc. Therefore, big pharma uses them as test subjects to see how they will react. The ECS is responsible for mood, appetite, stress, anxiety and pain and other systems that put our bodies in homeostasis. Simply put–in balance.

CBD oil is an all natural alternative that is safe with very little side effects. The most common side effect would be diarrhea. But in contrast to vet prescriptions that lead to liver and kidney damage, this is a much safer alternative. This is nature at her finest.

Buying Guide

Cannabis is on the rise among dog owners who have ailing or aging dogs with chronic illnesses, they are looking for a natural solution in aiding pet wellness. We make our treats with whole ingredients. And have no preservatives or additives. We source our ingredients through sustainable sources to help do our share to protect the environment.

Our treats are manufactured in an SQF3 facility which is the highest rating for food safety standards. We make it in small controlled batches to ensure the highest safety and quality standards. The oil we use comes from a fully integrated grower, cultivator and manufacturer in Colorado. Even lab testing is done in-house.  This ensures full quality control and safety. Furthermore, we do third party testing on all product because we take your pet’s health seriously.

Product sold over the counter are made with industrial hemp oil.  Hemp is rich in cannabidiol and is non-psychoactive. It is safe with no reported overdoses or conflicts when mixed with other medication. The psychoactive versions can be found at dispensaries, typically in the recreational side. This is classified as marijuana. We highly recommend caution and do your due diligence. If you choose to dose your pet with the psychoactive version, consult your vet.

Tinctures

This is the oil that comes with a dropper and in a 1 or 2 ounce bottle. It is given orally or mixed in with your pet’s food. It is mixed with a carrier oil, typically like coconut oil. This binds to the CBD compounds and give is a nice uniform consistency.

If you choose this route, we suggest looking for a dropper with graduations. The dropper method isn’t the most accurate. There are 20 drops to a 1 ml dropper. Dogs do not typically enjoy the flavor associated with tinctures.

Edibles

This would be a hard baked cookie, soft chew or any other infused form. Regardless of which form you dispense your pet’s meds, it will be a personal choice, as well as ease and convenience. This is usually easier to dose and give to your pet like any other regular treat.

Projection 2017

We believe that this emerging market will be a big player in the functional treat market. It will explode once CBD gets re-classified.  For now, cannabis in all forms, even industrial hemp where CBD oil for dogs is extracted from, is considered a Schedule I drug.  Hemp and the marijuana plant fall under the cannabis umbrella until further notice. Sadly, even though hemp has no psychoactive effects.

But that does not mean that hypocrisy doesn’t fall short on the government. They are saying that there are no medicinal benefits to the marijuana plant. This is their whole premise for classifying it as a Schedule I controlled substance. Yet, they own Patent No. 6,630,507. The very same government owning a patent for medical use for marijuana. In the meantime, business that operate in the gray areas of the cannabis industry have to deal with overlapping industries that often do not understand our restraints.

Update: The Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Since this bill was passed, hemp was removed a Schedule I substance. Hemp is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. It legalized the production of hemp. This law did not address the processing of hemp or the manufacture, distribution and sale of products made from hemp. This is why there are still so many gaps and unresolved issues especially with the sale of these types of products. It is a step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of obstacles and challenges.

Hemp can be used for textiles, rope, clothing, food, biofuel, insulation, shoes, bioplastics and much, much more. We are going to see an expansion of hemp into these industries in the future.

Also, the banking industry needs to follow any progress made on the federal level. We did notice one improvement, the increased in the number of payment processing companies. And their fees have also been much more competitive. The underwriting process has also not been as extensive as it was previously. Even Square the popular counterpart to Stripe, has joined in the game.

We will continue to keep our readers posted for new developments.

Need More Help?

You can buy oil as a tincture or infused in treats. It is your choice on the method of delivery. We find that treats are the easiest way to give the animal their medicine without any push back. Watch this video to learn more about How to Buy CBD Oil. We will be doing an update on this video since the technology has advanced leaps and bounds. But the basics still are very much applicable. We will follow up with a blog for the various types of CBD out there that can be used for infusions.

Want to learn How to Make Dog Treats with CBD Oil? We got you covered. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this makes for a fun family activity that includes your dog! Leave us a comment on the video or if you have any questions. We love hearing from our customers. Earmark our page to learn more. If there is a specific topic you would like to hear about, let us know!

Dosing is the most important aspect to reaping the benefits of CBD. Drop us a line and we will help you find the right dosing method, quantity and frequency that’s right for your pet even if it isn’t our own. We believe in the integrity of our products and have a 30-day 100% money back guarantee.

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References

1. http://www.petfoodindustry.com/blogs/7-adventures-in-pet-food/post/6522-dog-and-cat-treat-trends-follow-human-snacking-trends

2. https://draxe.com/cbd-benefits

3. https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/medical-marijuana-for-dogs

4. https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/medical-marijuana-for-dogs

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RANDOM ACTS OF CANINE-NESS WITH CANNABIS


DENVER, COLORADO(May 20, 2017) –
Colorado has a new canine CBD treats manufacturer to enter the growing cannabis industry. The founder of the Company is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.  She has always been a huge proponent of responsible entrepreneurship and “random acts of canine-ness.”

Who Are They?

This family owned, small batch, professional chef formulator uses whole food ingredients through sustainable sourcing. They believe in product transparency. Just read their labels. See for yourself!

They use high quality Colorado grown full spectrum oil.  All their products are all-natural, chemical free, and cruelty free. Their canine CBD treats are manufactured in an SQF3 facility. This is the highest food safety standards available, and made in the USA. They carefully select ingredients from North America. They make their tasty morsels in small batches without additives or artificial preservatives. Pet safety is our number one priority!

Their aim is to promote pet wellness though and all-natural artisanal tasty treat. Bark Avenue believes that dogs should enjoy tasty food good enough for humans. Giving medication to a pet can be difficult. They aim to make this a pleasant experience for you and your dog. They’re your Culinary Institute of America personal animal chef. Your partners in pet parenthood.

No. 1 in Quality & Service.

Giving Back

Bark Avenue Hemp Treats makes donations to Max Fund, a no kill shelter in Denver, and the Denver Animal Shelter. Each purchase supports the local animal shelters. The Chef/ Founder is also a volunteer SCUBA diver at the Downtown Denver Aquarium, a chef instructor for Cooking Matters Colorado which is part of the national No Kid Hungry Program, and a volunteer with the Retriever Rescue Organization of Colorado.

“We chose Super Zoo to launch our product onto the national stage because of its attendance size,” said Jennifer Chiongbian. The Founder/ Chef of canine CBD treats  adds, “More importantly to seize the opportunity to educate pet retailers and the general public on the benefits of the cannabinoids in hemp as an alternative all-natural pet treatment, and debunk the myths from the facts and clear up some confusion about marijuana versus hemp.”

Update: We are donating 12 FREE bags to senior rescue dogs. Just show us a copy of your adoption papers. Any dog over 8 years old qualifies. Are you a dog rescue near me? Ask us how we can help! We love seniors!

Try us today and help us give back more! A brighter future is built on a hand up, not a hand out.

What Canine CBD Treats Can Do For Your Pet

The cannabinoids in the cannabis plant can provide powerful medicinal value when a full spectrum oil is used. This ensures the inclusion of all the beneficial compounds, also known as the “Entourage Effect”.

How does it help? All living things have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. It is a neuro-receptor system in dogs, cats, and people that regulate mood, appetite, pain, etc. Very simply put, CBD creates homeostasis or balance within the ECS.

If a pet is dealing with certain chronic illnesses, this all-natural treatment may be the perfect natural solution for:

  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Gastro Intestinal Problems
  • Anxiety/ Stress
  • Pain
  • Limping
  • End of Life Care
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Poor Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Degenerative Joint Disease

Review

“I love this product! I have a dog that just turned 17 years old. He has a lot of health problems. I thought I was going to have to put him down but my son told me about these CBD dog treats. He has arthritis, pain, limping, inflammation, GI problems, cataracts, and tumors all over his body. My baby needed help bad! It was a miracle! My baby was up playing & acting like a puppy again, and his tumors are shrinking. His cataracts are doing better, and just over all- better. Thanks to Bark Avenue!!!”-Candy D.

Find Us

If you are an pet store, we give FREE, one to one matching samples for your customers. “We Ease Your Customer’s Pain.”

These canine CBD treats can be found at Colorado dispensaries, pet retail outlets and online.  Find Bark Avenue at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 24-26, 2017 Booth #2727

Company information and pet related articles for canine CBD treats, online store and product specifics can be found at: www.barkavenue.co

Distribution Opportunities: info@barkavenue.co   /  303-323-9080

Bark Avenue has canine CBD treats for all breed sizes. They are the first to release a CBD specialty hip and joint dog treats formula for the canine CBD treat market.

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