ABOUT CBD FOR DOGS
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp derivative of the cannabis plant. These plant-based compounds, and others like it (including THC), are called cannabinoids. Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive properties that make your pet feel high.
Humans and pets have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a regulatory system which plays an important role in managing stress, limiting free radical damage, and supporting the immune system.
When CBD and other cannabinoids enter the body, they interact with the endocannabinoid system by binding to receptors and creating a sophisticated chemical interaction. CBD indirectly interacts with CBD1 and CBD2 cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to produce homeostasis (a state of balance and optimization for you and your pet’s good health).
What is the Difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new CBD users.
The cannabis plant comes in two forms: hemp and marijuana. The marijuana plant has high concentrations of THC and low concentrations of CBD. On the other hand, the hemp plant has low concentrations of THC and high concentrations of CBD.
THC is a psychoactive compound that creates the feeling of being “high”.
CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and is associated with having calming effects on the body and minds of both pets and pet parents.
Charli uses CBD derived from the hemp plant, meaning, your pet will never get “high”.
What Is the Difference Between Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil?
When choosing a CBD product for your pet, it is important that the product: (1) is a hemp extract and (2) contains CBD. Do not be fooled by hemp oils that are only extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD and will not have the beneficial effects of hemp oil containing CBD.
How is CBD Oil Extracted?
We use a process called CO2 extraction to extract CBD and other phytochemicals from the hemp plant. This results in pure CBD oil that involves zero post-processing (no chemical solvents or processes). This oil, commonly known as full-spectrum CBD oil, retains all of the natural cannabinoids (CBD-V, CBD, CBG, etc.) as well as the other natural terpenes found in the hemp plant (see ‘Is all CBD Oil the Same?).
Is All CBD Oil the Same?
CBD is typically infused in coconut oil for easy consumption by humans and dogs.
At Charli, we only use the highest-quality full-spectrum CBD oil.
The cannabis plant contains over one hundred organic cannabinoids, including CBD, CBG and CBN. The cannabis plant also contains other compounds called terpenes and terpenoids. When the cannabinoids and terpenes mentioned above are consumed together, a phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect’ produces more potent results in your pet’s body. The entourage effect proposes that the synergistic relationship between all of the cannabis plant’s compounds results in a person or an animal to take maximum advantage of the benefits of CBD. Simply put, full-spectrum CBD oil is a testament to the old saying: “the sum is greater than its parts”.
In contrast, CBD oil isolate and broad-spectrum CBD oil products do not contain all of the cannabis plants’ cannabinoids and terpenes. In turn, these products do not take advantage of the ‘entourage effect’ and thus, are less effective than full-spectrum CBD oil products.
When choosing CBD oil for your dog, choosing full-spectrum CBD will achieve the complete essence of the hemp plant, and thus, the most powerful results.
What Are the Benefits of CBD for Dogs?
Many pet parents use CBD for their dogs for the same reasons they use CBD for themselves, including maintaining and feeling a sense of calm during anxious times or due to external stressors, relaxation before bedtime and promotion of overall health and wellness.
Anecdotal reports and positive feedback from happy pet parents suggest that the benefits of CBD oil for dogs can help manage many common concerns including separation anxiety, restlessness and stiffness in muscles and joints.
What is Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
Separation anxiety is a disorder that describes dogs that are overly attached or dependent on their family members. Dogs with separation anxiety become extremely anxious and visibly distressed when their owner is away. Tell-tale signs of separation anxiety in dogs include: (1) destructive behavior, (2) scratching, digging or clawing at windows and doors, (3) persistent crying, barking, howling or whining, (4) following a pet parent around at all times and (5) restlessness, shaking, shivering and salivating. It is best to visit a veterinarian in order to know for sure whether your dog has separation anxiety.
There are certain things you can try in order to help with your dog’s separation anxiety including, (1) establishing a predictable routine, (2) establishing a predictable protocol for rewards, (3) adjustment training, (4) establishing a safe spot or area in your house or (5) physical and mental stimulation.
CBD for dogs in another option for separation anxiety. CBD promotes a sense of calm, balance and well-being in our pets. Pet parents swear by the positive effects they’ve noticed after administering CBD, including everyday anxiety and stress or separation issues.
My Dog is Having Trouble Falling Asleep
Many dogs have difficulty relaxing or sleeping at night. While many companies promote the use of melatonin in dogs, we at Charli believe in a more holistic and natural approach to helping your pet wind down. Combining CBD with natural ingredients such as chamomile, valerian root, passionflower and ashwagandha root can provide the calming and wellness-boosting effects your pet needs in order to get a good night’s rest.
Is CBD Useful for Senior Dogs?
As our dogs get older, comfort and mobility issues lead to everyday aches, discomfort, and arthritis. Using CBD oil for senior dogs may support relief from aches and pains associated with arthritis and promote an increase in your pet’s physical activity.
While research providing conclusive evidence about the benefits of CBD oil for senior dogs is limited at this time, there is much anecdotal evidence from pet parent’s celebrating how CBD has helped their senior dogs with mobility and joint issues. At Charli, our holistic approach to your senior dog’s wellness combines CBD with other natural ingredients such as Ceylon cinnamon, turmeric, and wild green-lipped mussel in order to alleviate your age-related discomfort issues and promote a more active, and ultimately, happier and healthier lifestyle for your senior dog.
Is CBD Safe for Dogs?
Pet Parents ask the question, “Is CBD safe for my pets?”
Yes! CBD oil is safe for dogs. However, it is not only important to use CBD products that are specifically made for pets, but also, to choose the best pet CBD for your furriest family member.
At Charli, we only use premium, hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD that is grown in the United States and is lab tested to ensure efficacy and purity.
Research on CBD for pets supports the notion that CBD may provide natural, safe and effective remedies for your pet, without the side effects of traditional prescription drugs. Our beloved pets benefit from CBD in the same way as humans do… So we’ve crafted our products to use only the highest quality, human-grade CBD and organic / all-natural ingredients.
Our Formulas: What Separates Charli From the Pack?
Research in the field of CBD is ongoing and much of it is currently being funded by the United States government. Anecdotal reports of happy CBD users can be found all over the internet. For our Charli family, the proof is in the pudding. We encourage you try our premium CBD products on your best friend to see what the rave is all about.
So what separates Charli from the ‘pack’?
We are proud to offer products that not only provide the highest quality CBD, but also include a unique formula of organic and all-natural superfoods. These ‘down to earth’ ingredients provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to support your dog’s overall wellness. More importantly, these additional ingredients work in tandem with the potential benefits of CBD to promote your pet’s overall long-term health and wellness.
Our proud line of products is attributed to the experience, knowledge, and dedication of our team of scientists, nutritionists, and CBD experts.
From our Charli family to yours, we are proud to provide you with natural and holistic products, designed for targeted support of your furriest family member.
Our calm formula includes a unique blend of chamomile, passionflower, and valerian root to alleviate your pet’s stress and anxiety. Whether your pet is distressed from noise, traveling, separation or any other external stressor, this ‘tranquility in a bottle’ is designed to help your pet find peace and tranquility.
Our wellness formula combines ashwagandha root, reishi mushroom, and wild Alaskan salmon to support your pet’s long-term health and wellness. For pet parents interested in a holistic longevity approach, this ‘vitality in a bottle’ is designed to support your pet’s immune responses, circulation, cognition, calmer mood and healthy skin and coat.
Our mobility formula uniquely combines Ceylon cinnamon, turmeric, and wild green-lipped mussel to support your pet’s hip and joint health. For relief and support with aches and pains associated with age and arthritis, this ‘lightening in a bottle’ is designed to help support your pet’s enhanced joint function, comfort and mobility.