As it turns out, CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a phenomenal natural therapy for literally dozens and dozens of different ailments. General pain relief is probably the single most common reason that people take CBD, but it’s also proven to be extremely effective for psychological conditions like anxiety and depression, as well as for things like chronic seizures/epilepsy, diabetes, migraines, neurodegenerative disease (multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia), digestive issues, and even menstrual cramps.
But though CBD pet products have taken off, the evidence about their effects on animals is largely only anecdotal—and the true risks and benefits inconclusive. Not just because the popularity of CBD is far outpacing both research and regulation, but because these new four-legged CBD evangelists can’t actually tell us how they feel about it. Which makes their miraculous potential all the easier to market.
It is due to the inconsistencies associated with the manufacturing of CBD products that makes it impossible for the consumer to know what they are getting their hands on. Since none of the CBD products sold over the counter have been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it is relatively easy for pseudo cannabis companies to skimp on testing and other important quality controls.
Two dermatologists I consulted with, New York-based Whitney Bowe, MD and New Jersey-based Jeanette Jacknin, MD, both agreed that CBD’s anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits are clinically proven. “Studies have shown that the cannabinoids like CBD in marijuana are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging and topical CBD has proven helpful for acne, eczema, and psoriasis,” Jacknin told me. “Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom, so it is less pore clogging but a great moisturizer for dry, cracked skin.”
As you may already know, medical marijuana is now legal in a majority of states in America; in fact, there are a growing number of states where “adult use” marijuana is also legal. Despite the growing acceptance of cannabis as medicine, it is currently illegal in most states and is definitely available for a veterinarian to prescribe to his or her patients.
Some U.S. state legislatures have passed “CBD only” (or, more accurately, “low THC”) laws, and other states are poised to follow suit. Some states restrict the sources of CBD-rich products and specify the diseases for which CBD can be accessed; others do not. Ostensibly these laws allow the use of CBD-infused oil derived from hemp or cannabis that measures less than 0.3 percent THC.
CBD Topical Lotions
Smart Hemp CBD is a newly launched line of terpene- and phytocannabinoid-rich hemp cannabidiol (CBD) extract products specifically formulated for cats, dogs, and horses. Developed under the direction of a veterinarian, the product line aims to provide everyday health benefits as well as relief for anxiety, appetite loss, aggressive behavior, allergies, inflammation, seizures, and arthritis.
A quality CBD topical cream provides the advantage of being able to apply the active therapeutic hemp extract directly to the site of aggravation or discomfort. This is particularly useful for application to joint areas or superficial muscle tissue, as the cannabidiol compound will diffuse across the dermal layers directly to the site of pain and inflammation.
As with all CBD products, using topicals has a long list of benefits, with one of the most common being to treat local pain. For instance, if you’re dealing with back, knee, joint, or various other types of pain, CBD topicals could be your new best friend. Studies show that transdermal CBD can be extremely effective for treating pain and inflammation.
Before beginning any treatment, it is important that you consult your healthcare provider and be open and honest about your plans. Having a strong doctor-patient relationship is key to establishing trust and determining an effective treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle. “These drugs do interact with the body,” Dr. Silberstein says. “If you’re getting funny symptoms and you’re taking something that the doctor doesn’t know about, how’s he going to help you?”
It’s not about quality, either; even the finest CBD-infused coffee won’t change the mind of substance purists like myself. Let’s say you’re drinking CBD coffee to relax—hey, that’s great… but that caffeine isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the only feasible situation CBD coffee would work would be if the coffee in question was decaffeinated… but we all know that only dads drink decaf. CBD coffee is the culmination of two great things Frankenstein’d together to make one mediocre product, like Julian Lennon or those shoes that look like socks.
Everyone wants a piece of CBD, and nobody is watching. Remember: There’s no regulation by the FDA or anyone else. An investigation by Natural Products Insider, a trade publication for the supplement industry, revealed that CBD producers are, at best, claiming to follow “good manufacturing practices” without any official oversight. It’s illegal to sell something that isn’t what its packaging claims it is — that falls under the purview of the Federal Trade Commission — but nobody is doing onsite testing.
Hemplucid is relatively new to the CBD industry, but they’re working hard to attract customers and keep them coming back. They extract their CBD from organic, Colorado-grown hemp and use a clean CO2 extraction process. Hemplucid is dedicated to transparency, and they send every batch of their CBD oil to a third-party lab to ensure that it lives up to their standards.
However, not all hemp is dangerous: the high concentration of Vitamin E found in hemp seeds has been found to act as an antioxidant and an inhibitor of bacteria and viruses. So the key to ingesting hemp oil is to make sure it doesn’t promise any psychoactive qualities, and ensuring that the growing environment is as organic and toxin-free as possible.
But this summer’s passage of the Farm Bill, which legalized the sale of industrial hemp, has made the products increasingly easier to make and market. There are countless companies and rogue social-media pages selling CBD products on and offline, offering free trials before a monthly subscription, for example. Some of these businesses also make homemade CBD edibles for humans, and then re-market those same products for pets.
Earlier this month, a woman from Atlanta, Georgia claims she lost a job opportunity because a pre-employment drug screen discovered THC metabolites coursing through her veins. But how could this be? She didn’t have a history of marijuana use. The only thing even remotely close to marijuana she consumed before the test was the CBD oil her doctor recommended as a way for her to combat anxiety and pain.