Over the past few years, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding CBD, particularly about its effects in humans. As CBD products become more commonplace, products are emerging for human and pet consumption while regulation still looms and untested products flood the market. At Gus & Boogie we’re committed to proving third-party lab-tested, all-natural dog treats that can help set the standard for quality in the category.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of many cannabinoids produced by the cannabis family that interacts with the endocannabinoid system inside human and animal bodies. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn't cause the "high" associated with marijuana.
Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body and brain, and different receptors affect different functions. Some cannabinoid receptors affect sensation, some affect mood, some appetite and some work on the immune system. The function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain a stable environment in the body.
What are some reasons to try giving my pet CBD?
First of all, we suggest you speak to your veterinarian about whether CBD might be helpful for your pet. There isn’t yet much scientific research on CBD use on humans or animals, but that is starting to change as the industry grows and regulations take place. At Gus & Boogie we are looking forward to working with academics and veterinarians to help collect data with the purpose of developing more products with scientific backing to help our best friends
That said, there have been studies backing its use in treating epilepsy and according to clinicaltrials.gov there are currently 593 studies actively being performed involving CBD, and there have been reports of its benefits for a range of ailments including:
- Chronic pain
Is it safe to give my dog CBD?
According to the American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Klein, “CBD is also used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact, and for possible anti-cancer benefits, although there’s no conclusive data on this use.” The article goes on to explain that until the FDA issues a dosage chart for CBD, it isn’t possible to know what size dose would be toxic, saying “It is always advisable, when giving your dog something new, to start out with small amounts and then closely monitor the effects. And always check with your veterinarian first.”
How is CBD for pets different than CBD for humans?
The FDA has different requirements for human products and pet products, but the simple answer is that outside of dosage, CBD oil for humans is essentially the same as the CBD oil for pets. The impact it has on our stress and anxiety is similar to how it impacts our pets. Gus & Boogie products are made specifically for pets, but we do aim to use the highest quality ingredients possible regardless. Our CBD tincture happens to be formulated with bacon flavor oil to appeal to a dog’s taste.