Stumped on what to get your furry companion or your animal-loving friend for the holidays? Look no further than our guide to cannabis gifts for pets. You can choose from a number of products on the market for pets of all shapes and sizes to help them with their arthritis, stress, skin conditions and more.
You might be surprised to learn that your pet has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) just like you. Virtually every animal on the planet (minus insects) has a system of cannabinoid receptors that plays a crucial role in a number of bodily functions. Just like us, their endocannabinoid system can be supplemented with cannabis for better health.
That’s right—medical marijuana can be good for your pet, but not just any cannabis product. Animals should be given hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) only. Hemp CBD has negligible levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), ensuring your pet won’t experience any psychoactive effects that may scare them. This is especially true for dogs, who have the highest density of THC cannabinoid receptors in their hindbrain than any other animal, making them very susceptible to the chemical.
This hemp-based only rule comes with a big silver lining: You can buy it anywhere. Hemp products, by law, have to contain less than 0.3% THC and less than 10% CBD. This low potency allows the federal government to give them a pass. You can find hemp CBD products in your local pet store and can have them shipped to you from online retailers, and it’s all completely legal.
This high-quality organic CBD tincture is suggested to help ease anxiety, inflammation, arthritis and pain. It’s made with a 20:1 ratio of CBD mixed with olive oil, and every batch is tested for potency and quality. Farmaceuticals’ pet drops are safe for any animal, not just dogs. You can add them to their food, to their paws for them to lick off, or directly under the tongue if your pet’s especially well behaved.
Heidi Hill, with her 15 years experience in holistic health and nutrition, offers pet treats from her company, Holistic Hound. Containing organic PRC hemp oil, the treats contain both chicken and lamb flavor with a mixture of five mushrooms. Shake your dog's anxiety away with one treat (per 50-60 lbs of body weight) or two, as needed.
Right:Ratio is a company run by dedicated animal lovers who believe in a holistic approach to wellness for humans and our furry friends. With help from a veterinarian, the company created a line of proprietary serums that combine CBD, cannabidiolic acid (CBDa), and the right ratio of THC and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa). Right:Ratio has premade tinctures for relieving pain and anxious behavior. You can also complete a simple intake form to get a customized tincture for your pet.
These 10 mg hemp oil capsules are a perfect alternative if your pet, like mine, doesn’t enjoy tincture droppers anywhere near their mouth. Hemp Doctor’s gel caps are made with organic pharmaceutical-grade hemp and organic coconut oil and can be used for dogs, cats and any other animal. Be aware: These capsules aren’t recommended for animals that weigh less than 15 pounds.
These Treatibles Hard Chews are an excellent and cost-effective option for your dog. Each treat has 1 mg of hemp oil mixed with chickpea flour, pumpkin, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, tapioca, molasses, kale, cinnamon, turmeric and sunflower lecithin. All ingredients are human-grade and sourced in the United States. If you have a larger dog, Treatibles has product options for you, too.
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