CBD has become increasingly popular in the last year, especially with the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, which legalized hemp and hemp products. The CBD industry is always changing and studies are constantly being done to fill in the gray areas for consumers. One of these areas includes research regarding CBD usage for your pets. 

Any pet owner can attest to the fact that living with a pet comes with many benefits, including constant companionship, improved mental health, and reduced anxiety levels. But what happens when are pets start to get anxious? 

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Just like people, pets also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and CBD interacts with pets in a similar way as it does with humans. Even though there are hardly any scientific studies that prove CBD helps pets, many pet owners have turned to giving CBD products to help with their pets’ anxiety. 

While veterinarians aren’t currently allowed to prescribe CBD to their patients, the conversation does remain open when it comes to getting their honest opinion. We highly encourage you to consult your veterinarian with any questions you may have, but in the meantime, we’ve put together a list of some things we think you should know before giving your pup some CBD treats. 

1. Keep your expectations low and your mind open when it comes to the end result.

As we mentioned earlier, little research has been done about the effects of CBD on pets. However, if you live in a state where CBD is legal, then there’s nothing stopping you from giving it to your pet. Don’t expect it to miraculously cure their anxiety, but remember that it could certainly help them feel more calm and at ease, especially in uncomfortable situations. 

2. Be careful when choosing products. 

One of the most popular CBD products you can purchase for your furry friend are pet treats, which come in a variety of different textures and flavors. Our Bacon Pet Chews are formulated with Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil, Natural Bacon Flavor, and Flaxseed Oil. Remember to look for products that have been tested by an independent third-party lab — these results can typically be found on the company’s website. 

3. Remember to pay close attention to their behavior.

Every pet is going to react a little bit differently to CBD, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any unusual behavior or side effects. The good news is that CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that it does not cause a “high” that’s commonly associated with marijuana

4. Don’t forget that dosages can be adjusted as needed. 

Every single product is going to come with a suggested dosage, but if you start to notice your pet is exhibiting any kind of strange behavior, then it may be beneficial to adjust the dosage. Our Bacon Pet Chews contain approximately 5 mg CBD per treat, but other products can vary. Of course, as stated at the beginning, please consult with your veterinarian.