With the firework season starting early this year, the founder of Shelter CBD, a company that produces CBD dog treats, issues a warning to dog lovers everywhere to not give their dogs CBD until they have had a chance to fully evaluate the product. With the proliferation of untested and imported CBD products on the rise it is more important than ever to do your due diligence. Here are three ways you can make sure the CBD products you are giving your furry friends will do more good than harm.
- Is the product third-party lab tested?
This is the most important question to ask when evaluating any CBD product; whether that product is for humans or pets. Lab testing is crucial in determining the quality of the products as it ensures that the promised amount of CBD is actually found inside the product and that it doesn’t contain any contaminants, toxins, mold, or bacteria. In a recent study, many Pet CBD products were found to contain very little to no actual CBD.
David Moche, founder of Applied Basic Science, advises consumers to look for a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing laboratory to ensure they’re getting what they pay for. “It’s really the Wild West out there,” said Moche, whose company was formed to support Colorado State University’s veterinary CBD research.
If a product is legitimately tested by a third-party adhering to industry regulations they should have what is called a Certificate of Analysis, or COA. The COA should be available both by qr code/link on the product as well as the manufacturer’s website.
In addition to checking the COA before you buy, it is a good practice to check the exact lot/batch number printed on the product you purchase in order to make sure that the product you have is the product that was tested.
All of Shelter CBD’s products are lab tested for potency and the results are posted on their website.
- Is the product imported?
The origin of the product is another crucial factor in deciding if a CBD product is safe to give your dog. While there are some great international companies in the CBD space there have been reports of synthetic CBD being imported from China, so again due diligence is needed here to make sure that you don’t accidentally give your dog a toxic product.
Shelter CBD dog treats are produced in the U.S.A. from hemp grown in the state of Colorado which requires the absolute most stringent testing on CBD products manufactured in their state.
- Is it a broad spectrum CBD product?
Not all CBD products are created equally. In fact there are actually three different types of CBD extracts:
Full Spectrum CBD contains more than just CBD. It also contains other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes that can work together to enhance the oil’s effectiveness, as well as low levels of THC. There is a difference of scientific opinion on whether or not THC is toxic for dogs, so to be safe stay away from full spectrum products until there is some further clarity.
CBD Isolate is a powder form of CBD and has been stripped of everything besides the actual CBD molecule. While there are some uses for isolate, most agree that it is nowhere nearly as effective as broad spectrum, which much more closely resembles how CBD exists naturally.
Broad Spectrum CBD still contains the same wide variety of cannabinoids and terpenes found in full spectrum extracts except for one important difference: it has had all the THC completely removed. This is the best of both worlds and the type of extract you can find in the best CBD Dog Treats like Shelter CBD!
With many companies making wild claims about CBD (one company is currently being sued for selling their product as a cure for COVID-19) the founder of SHelter CBD reminds dog owners that CBD is not a miracle supplement and encourages careful research and diligence to avoid ending up with a product that doesn’t work or, even worse, causes your dog harm.
With fireworks a constant torment to dogs this time of year do not give your dog CBD until you have done your research and found a product that at a minimum meets the criteria above.
When you are ready to purchase a broad spectrum CBD dog treat that is made in the U.S., lab-tested, and made by a company that gives back to support animals in shelters, you need to check out Shelter CBD.
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