CBD quality: It’s important to use a high-quality CBD oil from a reputable source that has been tested by third-party labs to ensure purity and potency. Choose a CBD oil specifically formulated for pets, as some human CBD products may contain ingredients that could be harmful to animals.
CBD accuracy: As hemp is a naturally grown product, every batch of CBD will vary slightly in terms of cannabinoid structure and actual levels of CBD. However, brands that source their CBD from more reputable farms that use better extraction processes will be more consistent.
For example, while Charlotte’s Web is a popular brand, we found that the CBD reported on its Hemp Extract for Dogs label only reflected the amount of CBD reported by its lab results by CBD by 85%, making precise and consistent dosing more difficult. Brands like Honest Paws and Penelope’s Bloom, however, reported accurate CBD levels by 97%.
CBD oil vs CBD dog treats: There can be a difference in how much CBD is absorbed by dogs when giving them CBD oil versus a CBD treat. Higher fat content in food can help with the absorption of CBD, so we recommend CBD oils for dogs over CBD dog treats. CBD is lipophilic, meaning it dissolves more readily in fats and oils.
- CBD oil is typically administered sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed with food. When given sublingually, the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the blood vessels under the tongue. This method allows for faster and more efficient absorption compared to CBD treats, which need to pass through the digestive system before being absorbed.
- CBD treats, on the other hand, undergo a process called “first-pass metabolism” when ingested. This means the CBD must pass through the liver before entering the bloodstream, which can lead to a lower bioavailability (the amount of CBD that reaches the bloodstream and is available for use by the body). However, CBD treats are also effective, and can be a more convenient or complimentary option to CBD oil.