CBD for Dogs
Unlikened to the 2000 stoner movie Dude, Where's My Car? where Jesse (Ashton Kutcher), and Chester (Seann William Scott), are entertained by Nelson's (David Herman), stoner dog as the dog tokes from a self resembling pipe, CBD for dogs seems to be having a positive growing effect on man's best friend.
CBD Cannabis produced pet products are produced mostly from hemp which has significantly different properties than the most consumed pot plants. Further discussion on the difference between hemp and medicinal marijuana will be discussed in another post, but for the most part, Hemp is part of the cannabis plant family but has an extremely low level of THC, grows differently than THC-containing cannabis, and is well known for industrial use. Both are derived from the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Hemp contains from 0.3%-1.5% of THC while medicinal cannabis contains around 5% to 10%.
CBD extracted from Hemp -aka- Hemp Cannabidiol, or Hemp CBD is a non-psychoactive oil extracted from cannabis plants. Non-psychoactive meaning your dog won't get stoned!
Dogs, similar to humans produce natural chemicals in the body that interact within the endocannabinoid (EC) system called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids work the same way in animals as they do in humans. They work directly on the endocannabinoid (EC) system through cannabinoid receptors.
Cannabinoid receptors are a class of cell membrane receptors. There are two types. CB1 receptor which is expressed mainly in the brain, the central nervous system, lungs, liver and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the immune system.
There are several companies and entrepreneurs already extracting, baking and shaping cannabis derived pet products. A quick internet search and you'll delight your best pal with a variety of healthy CBD treats including liquid concentrates, oils, edibles, biscuits, and capsules with plenty of treats sure to please and keep your pet at peace.
The American Pet Products Association suggests that the U.S. pet industry grew at an 8% CAGR to reach $58.51 billion in 2014. $13.72 billion of that was derived from the retail pet medicine market with CBD-based products.
The APPA ( American Pet Products Association) has shared some interesting data that should provide insight as to the future revenues of CBD for dogs. They report that in 2015 the total pet industry expenditures in the United States hit $60.28 million and is estimated to hit $62.75 million this year.
$15.42 billion was spent on animal care, followed by $14.28 billion spent on animal supplies and over-the-counter medicine. Live animal purchases captured $2.12 billion while pet food delivered $23.05 billion. Pet services such as grooming and boarding grew to $5.41 billion in 2015.
Dogs are best friends and family members. They are loyal and trustworthy. They also know all your secrets and see everything you do when no one else is around. Just think... what if your dog could really speak?!
Enjoy the Now!
About the Author: MrD. (pen name) is a writer, educator, musician, producer, public speaker and founder of 420GIVES(tm) a non profit organization giving back to the community. 420GIVES.com