CBD Basics and Safety
CBD is all over the news and the internet as the wonder medicine for all sorts of ailments and diseases, for pets and humans. Some stories are truly inspiring – Dateline: Growing Promise was a recent program about human use of medical cannabis, with a focus on epilepsy.
CBD 101: Cannabis CBD vs. Untested Hemp and Safety
CBD can also be extracted from hemp. Although the line is blurring as a result of modern cultivation techniques, the most important distinction for pet safety is that CBD oil extracted from hemp does not have to be tested as a matter of law in California or elsewhere.
This matters because some methods used to process oil from hemp can actually intensify the amount of any existing impurities, ranging from pesticides, soil impurities (hemp is a bio-accumulator) and grow supplements. While US farmers are scaling up their hemp production under the 2014 Farm Bill, and the nearly passed 2018 version, much of the CBD filling pet stores shelves may be imported from Eastern Europe or China, raising significant questions about impurities and safety. The upshot: know the source of CBD and avoid cheap products using hemp cultivated in distant locations.
By contrast, cannabis extracted CBD with more than 0.3% of THCd-9 must be tested and pass California regulations, which are phasing in more tests, like heavy metals, which most CBD oils grown outside of the US may actually fail. At right:ratio, all of our CBD is subject to third-party laboratory tests required by law and must pass, though passage doesn’t guarantee use in right:ratio. In fact, we frequently reject CBD and other cannabinoid extracts that pass all CA tests because of the presence of impurities with special toxicity for dogs.