At the top of our ranking is Portland-based Lazarus Naturals, which has honed a reputation for high-quality, affordable CBD. Their consciously crafted CBD is sourced from organic, Oregon-grown hemp which the company controls from seed to sale. With low prices, a robust assistance program, free shipping, and a 30-day, no questions asked return policy, you really can’t go wrong with Lazarus Naturals.
The safety and risks of using CBD for dogs have not yet been researched. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD and has not issued a dosing chart. Therefore, we do not know what size dosage would be toxic. Any medication or supplement carries the risk of a reaction. 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.
In regards to CBD, terpenes are said to be a pivotal part of the widely accepted ‘entourage effect.’ When CBD is extracted as a full spectrum substance, these supporting cast members come along for the ride and lend an organic depth to the product in smell, taste, and molecular mutuality. Cannabis-derived terpenes aren’t for everyone though, in which case a CBD isolate could be more your flavor.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis. It’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.
You can thin the CBD with terpenes, encapsulate it in dextrin, drive the terpenes off with heat, and use the now water-soluble CBD in water with an ultrasonic fogger/oil-diffuser. It won’t precipitate, but the level of solubility is pretty low even with encapsulation, think 100mg per 200ml. The evaporation rate of those units is somewhere like 50ml/hour, which works out to .83mg of CBD being vaporized a minute, or .14mg every 10 seconds. That’s a miniscule rate.
In fact, CBD has even been found to be a mediating factor for some of the negative effects of THC, the active ingredient in recreational and medical cannabis. One study which reviewed the literature on the overall negative effects of cannabinoids pointed to emerging research that suggests that CBD ameliorates some of the negative psychological effects of THC, but noted that more research is needed on this frontier (9).
In fact, as part of a statement to Rolling Stone magazine in October 2017, experts at Steep Hill Labs (an independent cannabis analysis company with several locations across the U.S.) suggested that vaping CBD oil may cause these waxes to collect in the lungs and form solidified granulomas at some point down the road. While this is no more than speculation (there haven’t been any clinical studies to verify whether or not this is the case), it’s definitely cause enough for concern.
Due to the influence of big pharma,the FDA has refused (until recently) to investigate the benefits of phytocannabinoid oil for humans or pets. We are not allowed to say or imply that phytocannabinoid has any medical benefits, however the 1st Amendment also protects our right to tell you about our experiences with phytocannabinoid helping our own pets, and the fact that there have been more than 1500 clinical studies regarding the effectiveness of phytocannabinoids.*The owners and staff of Innovet believe, but cannot legally claim or imply, that countless dogs and cats have used phytocannabinoid oils for many conditions.
CBD oil has gained the most traction among the general public for its ability to treat psychiatric conditions like anxiety and addiction. The roots of CBD oil in psychological treatment originated from its surprising effectiveness at helping children with epilepsy, and it’s becoming increasingly popular as a way to help ameliorate symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder as well.
In practice, selling CBD seems to be legally riskier than possessing it. The DEA’s priority seems mostly to concern commercial violations; most cases involved smoke shops and non-cannabis vape stores selling CBD cartridges. In 2015, police seized CBD cartridges at a vape store near Milwaukee, but the store owners were never arrested or charged. (A 2014 law made it legal for patients to possess and use CBD oil in Wisconsin, but the law did not make it legal to sell.) That same year, police in central Florida arrested the owner of a local smoke shop chain for selling CBD products.
Marcus, my husband is a 100% disabled vet with PTSD. He has tried a myriad of drugs through the VA all with questionable side affects. He would love to drop the drugs all together but that would cause many other problems. Can the CBD oil be used with meds he is on? Does he need to get permission from the psychiatrist at the VA and is there anything else I might need to consider before suggesting this to him? Thanks in advance!
Believe it or not, one of the most important things you can probably do to ensure your health and safety when vaping CBD is to invest in a high-quality vape pen. It’s being suggested more and more that the temperature of your pen’s heater coil is, perhaps moreso than anything else, critical in terms of producing efficient vaporization that avoids the breakdown of thinning agents into carcinogens such as formaldehyde.
You should only use CBD oil products if you are willing to accept at least some risk of testing positive on a drug test. Not everyone who uses hemp-derived CBD oil tests positive. But it does happen. The risk of testing positive is lower if you're using a broad spectrum or isolate product. These products have non-detectable levels of THC based on manufacturer testing.