Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 30, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years across many culturesOver the last few years, the market for CBD products for pets has been exploding, with new products being introduced all the time. And the benefits of these hemp derived products are nothing short of amazing.
How can CBD help your cat?
CBD can help with a wide variety of conditions. Hemp naturally contains compounds which affect the endocannabinoid system, an internal pathway found in mammals. Nearly every tissue contains receptors which respond to the components found in cannabis, acting separately but holistically with the body’s other receptor systems. In most cases, CBD is not meant to be used as the sole treatment.Hemp has no known negative interactions with other medications or supplements due to lack of scientific studies on the subject.
Cannabis, CBD & THC
There’s quite a bit of confusion about the terms used when it comes to using components of the medical marijuana plant for pets. Cannabis sativa is the name for the plant. There are many different strains of this plant. Some strains are used to make the federally illegal marijuana. Others are used to make hemp for industrial and therapeutic use. In general, cannabis plants contain both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD alone does not cause a “high.” The high is caused by THC, which is the psychoactive component. Products made with less than 0.3% THC are legal in most states.
Your cat will not get high from cannabis products with less than 0.3% THC, because these products focus on the non-THC portions of the plant that seem to have the best benefit without giving animals the high that recreational users seek. In higher concentrations, THC can be toxic to dogs and cats. This is why you should never blow marijuana smoke in your pet’s face or administer human medical grade cannabis to pets.
Are CBD products for pets legal?
If you want to delve deeper into the legality of CBD, this article provides a detailed explanation of the intricacies of this issue.
Social Pets CBD Drops
Social PETS CBD Drops are formulated with Social CBD’s hemp-derived CBD extract. Their stringent testing standards ensure that their oil is pesticide and solvent-free, and contains absolutely no THC. The products test at 0.0% THC.
Social Pets CBD drops come in three different flavors: chicken, bacon, and peanut butter. They also offer an unflavored version. All CBD drops require a carrier oil, Social Pets uses fractionated coconut oil (also known as “liquid coconut oil,” this form of the oil that has had the long-chain fatty acids removed via hydrolysis and steam distillation, rendering the oil liquid at room temperature.)
A suggested daily dose for a 10 pound cat is 0.2ml once a day. The drops can be given with food or water, or “straight up.”
My take on Social Pets CBD Drops
With so many companies in this crowded market, I like seeing a company who places the emphasis on creating products for pets that are truly without THC. I also like that they’re available in several different flavors. While the peanut butter flavor is obviously aimed at dogs, the chicken and bacon flavors could work well for cats if you want to give the product without mixing with food or water.
Allegra actually preferred the unflavored version “straight up” to the chicken and bacon flavored versions.
For more information and to purchase, please visit SocialCBD.com.
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.