Although the benefits of CBD for dogs haven’t received much research, it’s easy to find a dog owner who swears by them. Like us, dogs have endocannabinoid systems, as do cats and fish and amphibians according to one study.
The point is many – if not most – vertebrates could respond to CBD (and THC) in some way. For instance, dogs are more sensitive to THC than humans, which is why full-spectrum CBD should be off the table, even at 0.3% THC.
But is CBD for dogs helpful, and if so, to what extent? What are the best CBD dog treats? And what does Tessera Naturals do that makes our products better than regular broad-spectrum CBD extracts?
To answer that question, it’s time to revisit the topic of CBD for dogs, and look at why our new and improved formula takes Tessera Naturals to the next level.
Nanoemulsion: The Secret to Better CBD for Dogs
You need to choose nano CBD for dogs because regular CBD is only a fraction as effective as nano CBD.
Let’s be honest; organic, broad-spectrum, lab-tested, CO2-extracted CBD is essential, but pretty much anyone – including Tessera Naturals – can offer that.
Nanoemulsion is a newer tool in the CBD production arsenal. Hemp extract undergoing this process is often called “nano CBD.” This type of product overcomes significant barriers that don’t let your dog experience the full benefits of cannabidiol.
But we don’t stop there. Not only does Tessera Naturals rely on this method for our premium CBD dog treats, but our proprietary (patent-pending) emulsification process outdoes the competition by leaps and bounds.
Enough about us, though. Let’s see why all of the above information matters to your dog.
What is Nanoemulsion?
Nanoemulsion or “nano emulsification” is a process that breaks down CBD into small particles using ultrasonic waves. Without getting too technical, the particles become a fraction of their original size, making them water-soluble. The new solubility expands CBD’s possible uses and provides critical advantages over regular CBD oil.
Why Nano CBD?
Oral CBD has a very low bioavailability – as little as 6% (although usually between 13 and 20% according to a 2007 publication in Chemical Biodiversity). This means roughly 80 to 94% of the CBD your dog ingests gets eliminated.
But breaking down the CBD into nanoparticles allows your body to absorb more. Since it dissolves in water, nano CBD reaches your bloodstream without relying on your liver. As a result, your dog harnesses nearly all the CBD he or she consumes.
Nano CBD also has little to no “hempy” flavor, which is suitable for dogs put off by the aroma.
Beyond Nano CBD: The Tessera Naturals Difference
Nanoemulsion isn’t a new technology. It’s been used in prescription drugs for several years.
Like Tessera Naturals, pharmaceutical producers use this option to improve drug bioavailability (among other things). It makes sense that some CBD companies also take advantage of nanoemulsion.
What’s so Special About Us?
Size may not have mattered to Yoda, but it certainly matters to us – although to be fair, Yoda wasn’t talking about breaking CBD into smaller particles.
With nano-CBD, however, less is more.
Regular nanoemulsion breaks the oily substance down into pieces ranging in size from 100 to 1000 nanometers (nm), depending on the process.
While this is undoubtedly effective, smaller particles absorb better. That’s why we created our unique process (patent pending), which generates an average of 25 nm.
It’s the most effective CBD you’ll find – and your dog gets to enjoy it.
Why Give CBD to Your Dog?
You give CBD to your dog for the same reason humans do. CBD can be a daily wellness supplement or a therapeutic product depending on your dog’s age, size, and medical needs.
Like us, dogs (depending on size and breed) are likely to face similar health issues, with the risk increasing as they age.
Anyone with a dog knows how expensive vet bills and medication can be. But a simple daily dose of CBD can reduce existing symptoms and possibly prevent others.
Let’s look at a few findings to see how dogs might benefit from CBD.
CBD May Help Dogs With Arthritis
Arthritis is something millions of Americans face, with the number growing as more people age. Dogs are no different. It also doesn’t help that dogs have more extremities to worry about.
Some dogs are prone to the condition, specifically large breeds like German shepherds and golden retrievers.
There are ways to treat arthritis in dogs, but again, the cost can be massive if you don’t have pet insurance. Plus, it’s sad to watch your best friend lose his or her ability to move comfortably.
There isn’t a lot of research about CBD for dogs with arthritis, but one 2020 study in the journal PAIN was pretty thorough.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial looked at 20 large dogs with osteoarthritis over the course of four weeks. They found placebo and low CBD subjects showed no improvement, but those on higher doses (20 mg per day) showed improved comfort and mobility, and even suggested further human studies.
Seizure Control in Dogs
Epilepsy is far from just a human problem. About 1.2% of the U.S. population has some form of epilepsy, while 0.75% of dogs experience it. This makes epilepsy the most common neurological issue dogs face.
One groundbreaking study on children with severe childhood epilepsy led to the FDA-approval of Epidiolex, the world’s first CBD-derived prescription drug.
But what about dogs? Thankfully, dispite our obvious physical differences, CBD shows just as much promise for dogs with epilepsy.
A 2019 clinical trial from Colorado State University found that 89% of dogs who received CBD showed a decrease in seizure frequency compared to placebo.
Skin Allergy Relief
Many people use CBD to help deal with skin rashes due to allergies or other triggers. Based on some early information, cannabidiol may help skin irritation in dogs.
One 2020 study by CannPal Animal Therapeutics Limited looked at 13 dogs with atopic dermatitis (eczema). After 56 days of treatment, symptoms improved by an average of 51%.
So if your dog suffers from skin problems, CBD may help reduce the discomfort.
CBD for Anxiety
What do dogs and fireworks have in common? Absolutely nothing, which is why their relationship is pretty tense. Canines often take off running when they hear the explosions, which can be dangerous if they’re outside without a leash.
And frankly, nothing ruins your Fourth of July like a scared pup hiding all over the place with each bang and crackle.
While there’s no information on CBD for dogs with anxiety, we know that cannabidiol’s effects on dogs mirror those of humans. Therefore, it’s safe to say the relaxing effects of broad-spectrum CBD dog treats might make that day of the year more bearable.
Despite a lack of scientific evidence, there are plenty of people who confidently use CBD to control their dogs’ anxiety, whether chronic or temporary. If fireworks scare your dog, try giving them a CBD treat 30 to 60 minutes before the lightshow.
CBD Dog Treats Taste Amazing
At least ours do, anyway. Given the dogs want to eat pretty much everything that hits the floor, it’s safe to say they’re not picky. But they’re also not herbivores, so odds are the earthy hemp taste plain oil would be a tough sell.
Thankfully, we brought in expert help from a veterinarian, who specially formulated the treats with natural beef flavor. Our dog CBD is also infused with other botanical extracts for added health benefits.
And of course, the water-soluble nano CBD maximizes absorption, letting your dog harness CBD’s full advantages.
Should You Give CBD to Your Dog?
People have been giving CBD to their dogs for years and there doesn’t appear to be any negative news. But every dog – just like every person – is unique.
Overall, CBD is safe for dogs, just as it’s safe for humans. The only concern is the cannabinoid’s interaction with medications in the liver. If your dog uses any prescriptions, speak to a veterinarian about CBD first.