WHAT IS CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in hemp plants.
CBD interacts with your dog's endocannabinoid system to impact physiological processes affecting pain modulation, appetite, inflammation, and other immune system responses.
It is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in hemp that are being studied for their individual benefits.
HOW CAN CBD HELP MY DOG?
Just like humans, dogs face a number of health challenges that each come with their own difficult symptoms.
CBD is believed to provide relief for dogs dealing with pain and inflammation, anxiety, seizures, and other discomforts.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
While scientific studies are still being conducted on the benefits of hemp, it is understood how the body receives its chemical compounds.
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is found in all mammals and is made of two types of receptors (CB1 & CB2). These ECS receptors collect available cannabinoids and use their properties to impact the body’s physiological processes affecting pain modulation, appetite, inflammation, and other immune system responses.
CB1 receptors are primarily found in a dog’s brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mostly in organs and cells associated with the immune system.
BENEFITS OF FULL-SPECTRUM
Many other cannabinoids are found in the hemp plant and each may offer its own benefits. It is believed that full-spectrum hemp oil, meaning hemp oil that contains all available cannabinoids, may provide benefits that no single cannabinoid can provide on its own.
This is called the “entourage effect” and means that the benefits of each cannabinoid work together with the others to provide a more effective experience.
This is why full-spectrum CBD products are recommended over isolates which don’t include additional beneficial terpenes.
BakedBones is committed to providing our customers (and their owners) with products made from the highest quality hemp.
We are very proudly partnered with small town farmers in the U.S. who use certified organic farming techniques to grow all-natural hemp plants.
Located in the Midwest, these farmers benefit from a region with naturally rich soil and four full seasons, which create an ideal environment for natural growth.
No harmful chemicals are used at any point in the growth of the hemp, which means that your pet won’t be consuming any pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides when they are enjoying their BakedBones.
In addition to clean farming practices, our hemp undergoes an extraction process that is relatively unique in the CBD industry. Cold CO2 Extraction uses lower processing temperatures and pressure, which allow our provider to be more selective when extracting choice cannabinoids and terpenes. Another unique benefit of this process is that no solvents are used when extracting the oil, which leads to an end product that is less processed.
We believe that access to organic, human-grade, non-GMO pet products should be available to everyone who wants to give their pet the best. We work hard to use ingredients and processes that allow us to continue the efforts that our farmers put into growing the healthy crops that attracted us to them in the first place. We at BakedBones are passionate about continuing to include the best possible ingredients in our products to give the best possible benefit to your pets and ours.
Though there are not yet many scientific studies on the effects of CBD in dogs, they do exist. One such study covers the use of CBD in dogs with Osteoarthritis. The results of this study suggest that “2 mg/kg of CBD twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with OA.”
Many researchers are interested in the use of CBD compared to the use of NSAIDs in dogs. This is because NSAIDs are one of the more commonly prescribed medications for dogs dealing with pain. NSAIDs are known to have potentially dangerous side effects for dogs, such as kidney and liver damage. The frequent use of NSAIDs can also lead to the building of a tolerance, in which case the dose may need to be increased to remain effective. Increasing the intake of a medicine with known risks can increase those risks, so it makes sense that veterinarians and scientists would want to research possible alternatives.
These are just a couple of examples of the available scientific studies on the use of CBD in dogs and it will be exciting to watch as the benefits become known. That said, you should not take any advice given here in place of advice from your dog’s veterinarian. If your dog is suffering from an illness or other issue being treated by a veterinarian, consult that veterinarian about the possibility of introducing CBD into the treatment plan. We encourage you to independently research options for improving quality of life for your dog, but do not misinterpret any online advice as a substitute for information or guidance from your dog’s vet.