We’ve been getting a lot of questions about CBD dog treats lately. That’s not really surprising considering the popularity of CBD oil.
In theory, CBD (cannabidiol) treats are a great idea. They’re convenient and easy to give your pet …
… But just because the treats have CBD oil, does that mean your dog’s actually getting the benefits?
I wanted an expert’s opinion so I took my questions to medical hemp researcher Ian Pedersen.
But first, what’s the deal with CBD oil and why’s it so popular?
The Benefits Of CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil comes from the hemp plant, which is part of the cannabis family. CBD is also found in cannabis, which contains THC, the hallucinogenic component.
But most CBD oils give you the benefits of CBD without the THC. So don’t worry, it isn’t going to make your dog “high.”
Research shows that CBD oil is a very effective natural immune system support. It’s also proven to be valuable for managing and preventing:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Digestive issues
- Neurological disorders (such as seizures and epilepsy)
- Blood disorders
- Tumors and cancers
It also fights off free radicals to help prevent the development of cancerous cells.
Knowing this, it’s easy to see why people are choosing to give CBD treats to their dogs. But are they the best option?
CBD Dog Treats
I give one of my dogs CBD oil every day. I’ve read the research and heard so many others talk about how it has helped them and their dogs. I think it’s an amazing natural supplement.
And I think it’s important to know what you’re feeding your dog. Since CBD dog treats are so popular, I wanted to know what to look for, and let others know too.
I know that the CBD in treats is affected during the cooking process … it starts breaking down at 200 degrees and is almost completely broken down by 350 degrees. So I wondered what impact this would have on treats. I also know that quality is probably an issue, so I wanted to know about that too.
Ian Pedersen knows a thing or two about CBD oil. He has two decades of experience researching and working with CBD. He started studying the cultivation of CBD in the 1990s. In 2010, he launched the largest state-licensed medical marijuana research and production facility in Arizona.
So I asked Ian some questions.
His company focuses on sourcing and developing the highest grade hemp-derived CBD available. Ian is a leading proponent of CBD education nationwide.
I was lucky enough to chat with Ian and get the lowdown on CBD dog treats.
Thanks to the benefits of CBD oil, CBD treats have become very popular. What are your thoughts on this?
The reports show CBD plays a major role in supporting pets with a wide range of health issues. Because of this, we’ve seen a great number of different pet CBD products on the market. So much financial interest has been generated in the pet CBD industry.
The problem is that many products are being developed specifically for their marketability. They look really good on the shelf. These manufacturers don’t necessarily have a concern for efficacy or sustainability.
We’re seeing many products that have been developed with flavor additives and preservatives. This is done to try and differentiate them from other products in a new market. The ingredients aren’t chosen because they support health. They do, however, sound good from a marketing perspective. Often times these treats are poorly made. They use lower quality ingredients and very low grades of hemp oil (or crude oil as it’s known in the industry).
Most of these treats are baked. Does that do anything to increase or decrease the efficacy of the CBD oil in the treats?
It can indeed in some cases degrade the quality of CBD material used, depending upon the process. The high heat can break it down.
It’s also important to mention bioavailability (the amount that the body absorbs). Cooking can degrade the bioavailability of CBD oil. So can the ingredients used.
Using high quality oils like a high MCT fractionated coconut oil helps with delivery. Other ingredients force the body to absorb the CBD without this delivery. This is obviously harder for the body to do. Low bioavailability ultimately lowers the body’s ability to benefit from or use the CBD. In short, with the low dose and high cost, these CBD treats are more of a novelty at this point.
What are your concerns with some of the CBD oil treats on the market?
My main concerns are low quality and low grade potency. CBD oil treats made by uneducated purveyors aren’t good for anyone. Well, no one but those purveyors.
I also don’t like the lack of third party testing and transparency of manufacturing methods. These make it so hard for customers to find a decent product that delivers the benefits of CBD.
What’s the difference between low quality and high quality CBD oil?
The highest grade CBD oil won’t be made with flavor additives or preservatives. It will be made of high grade supercritical Co2 extracted gold oil. It’ll be delivered in the best method proven by physicians for optimal bioavailability. That means bonded with only organic high MCT coconut oil.
A credible CBD pet product will also have third party test results. I would suggest a high quality CBD hemp oil product with testing available. Most CBD dog treats on the market test as low as 3% to 6% CBD per the amount of hemp oil used. Some only use hemp CBD powder. It’s very difficult to disperse the oil into the treat mix. This is because of the concentration of the oil and nature of the ingredients mixed. It also means the bioavailable benefits just aren’t there.
Do you have any tips for people who are considering CBD treats?
When considering a pet CBD product I suggest using a pure hemp oil CBD with zero active THC. I suggest using only a high grade trusted and tested CBD oil to incorporate into your pet’s food daily. Your pet will benefit more from the oil alone and your pocketbook will thank you.
Alternatives To Treats?
So, what’s the verdict? I’ll be sticking with the oil.
While CBD dog treats may have some potential, there’s a lot of marketing hype to sift through. Just because a bag of treats says CBD oil, that doesn’t mean there’s any left after the cooking process. It also doesn’t mean your dog’s even going to be able to absorb it.
Your best bet is to go right to the source. It’s easy to give a high quality CBD oil to your dog simply by adding the recommended dosage to food.
If you’re set on treats, take your regular treats and add a few drops to each one. Let it soak in. This way, your dog gets treats that you already trust, plus the CBD oil that hasn’t been cooked.