Hey friends! I’m off to Wisconsin today for my brother’s wedding. It’s going to be a great weekend and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. You can follow along on my Instagram stories for all the fun. My brother actually adopted his chocolate Lab Diesel almost four years ago. He’s a snuggly, happy, goof that has suffered from separation anxiety ever since he got him. It’s fairly common in rescue dogs, but it can be a taxing and time-consuming problem. So when I heard of CBD oil, a new, all-natural way that could help with anxiety, I was curious to know more.
You have probably heard of CBD oil by now but perhaps are confused on what exactly it is. Don’t worry, it took me quite a bit of time to understand what it is too. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that derived from cannabis plants. CBD is usually found in oil form which is taken orally, but it can also be in capsules, creams, etc. CBD oil does not contain the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, this means there is no “high” side-effect when taking it.
Is it legal? Eh, in summary, it appears yes. The murkiness comes from our patchwork government system of local, state, and federal laws. The Drug Enforcement Administration had previously classified CBD as a “Schedule I” drug, putting it in the same class as ecstasy, heroin, and LSD. However, the spokeswoman for the DEA said this was only a “housekeeping” measure in order to track scientific studies. As of May 22, the DEA released an internal directive stating that products that fall outside the Controlled Substance Act definition of Marijuana are permitted to be sold.
Under the 2014 Farm Bill, farmers are allowed to start growing hemp plants (in certain states) but for very specific purposes. The plants must be part of the state pilot program or used for academic research. It’s also important to note the key difference in hemp vs marijuana plants is the amount of THC in the plants. Both are cannabis plants but hemp has .3% or less, whereas marijuana plants have about 20%. Therefore, CBD oils containing less than .3% THC are sold to the public. CBD oils with more than .3% must be sold through a dispensary (here in Illinois) and you must have a medical card to purchase.
Complicated right? Well, it continues. Because of the legality of it all, CBD oil is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. That means it’s generally hard to know what is actually in the products that are on the market. In fact, a 2016 study tested 23 products labeled as CBD or hemp oil products to determine the amounts of CBD (cannabinoid) in the product. Of the 23 samples, three were found to have less than .01% of CBD and four had no trace of CBD at all. These types of products are generally referred to as “snake oils” and should be avoided. This means you need to do your research before buying any CBD products.
To get more clarity on the subject, I spoke with Andreana Droz, the owner and founder of Chicago-based company Blooming Culture. She told me, “I know two people who used sub-par brands and both had crazy dreams and headaches at night. Once they switched brands, they were fine. Sourcing is so important.” Andreanna, who suffers from fibromyalgia takes CBD oil to help with pain.
Many people believe in the power of CBD oil. You don’t have to look far to find plenty of anecdotal evidence. It’s been found to help with seizures, nausea, and pain to name a few. Parents who have exhausted Western Medicine have turned to CBD oil to help their children suffering from epilepsy. The results of a recent study give credibility to the oil. The decrease in seizures of children taking CBD oil was 23% greater than those taking the placebo.
With all the benefits its shown in humans, people have started to give it to their canine companions. Some have claimed it has helped with reducing separation anxiety in dogs, others use it to help with cancer treatment, seizures, and arthritis.
Unfortunately, due to its legal murkiness and novelty, there have been very few studies on the oil, especially in dogs. One current study is underway by Colorado State University. So far, the results seem positive. While the research won’t be complete until later this summer, but it’s good news for those wanting scientifically-based evidence.
It should be noted that THC is actually lethal to dogs, so it’s incredibly important to make sure the products you’re giving your pet are safe. Something that isn’t lost on Andreana. To ensure she is only selling top of the line product, she did her due diligence. The company that Blooming Culture sources their CBD oils from is registered with the Department of Agriculture. Her current line of products offers CBD oil in treat, oil, and salve form. Want to learn more? Blooming Culture is hosting its launch event next Thursday, June 7th. Attendees will be able to ask questions, try the products, and even go home with a little goodie bag. More details available here.
Whatever your feelings on marijuana, it’s hard to dismiss the positive effects CBD oil has shown. I know if I had a dog or friend struggling with pain, I’d be willing to try anything to make them feel better. I personally think we are on the cusp of a new wave of medicine and it’s only a matter of time before the government catches up.
What are your thoughts on CBD oil? Have you tried it for yourself or your pup? Let me know in the comments below!
I took these photos a while back when I first heard of CBD oil from Andreanna in March. All of these pups have since found their forever homes. If you’re looking to adopt, check out K9 4 Keeps available dogs here.
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