Hemp, CBD, and You: Demystifying This Helpful Compound

There’s no denying that the word “cannabis” has a lot of weight to it. Everyone reacts differently to the idea of the plant, and usually, those reactions are strong. But as the federal relationship with cannabis and hemp changes, thanks to new legislation, more and more people have the opportunity to reexamine the hemp plant and products like CBD oil. 

Here at Spectrum Relief, we want our clients in Lake Worth to be empowered with the knowledge they need to make smart purchasing decisions about their CBD oil. So for those new to the world of cannabidiol, let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions.

It Takes a Lot of CBD to Feel the Effects

For so many things, the line of thought goes that “more is better,” but this isn’t always the case with CBD. The fact is, everyone is going to react differently to CBD, and you might find that it doesn’t take much at all for you to feel the effects. Conversely, others might need to take more to get the same results. To make this a little more complicated, and to meet your “word of the day” requirements, it’s worth noting that CBD has biphasic properties. That means in most people, taking a little bit of CBD could work to stimulate you, while a lot could actually sedate you. 

CBD is Only Useful for Chronic Pain

While this is true, CBD is useful for so much more than that! While those with chronic pain conditions like MS may benefit from the use of CBD, many more people use it for much more mundane things like anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and even skincare. It’s the unique nature of the CBD compound and how it interacts with our body that allows it to be so useful. Our bodies have what’s called an Endocannabinoid System that processes and makes use of the CBD we introduce through products like CBD dried fruits, tinctures, and coffees.

You Need a Doctor’s Prescription to Use CBD

While it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before you start using CBD, CBD is legal for use and possession in all 50 states, without any kind of prescription. This might change according to your local laws, but the truth is that you can order Spectrum Relief products without worry. This misconception stems from the closely related field of medical cannabis which requires you to meet with a doctor before you can purchase medical marijuana.

Hemp Oil and CBD Oil are One and the Same

Well, kinda. While both are oils and both are derived from hemp, that’s where their similarities end. The differences between the two are quite pronounced. Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. This makes it more like olive oil than CBD oil. That said, hemp oil is an excellent way to get enough fatty acids in your diet, so it’s great for those who follow vegan or vegetarian diets. CBD oil, however, is extracted from the hemp plant using specialized methods. The result is a product that is used for a myriad of reasons beyond simply cooking.

All CBD is the Same

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like there are a million different ways to make a cup of coffee, there are a million different ways to grow, cultivate, and process hemp. The result is a wonderfully wide range of products made by a group of talented manufacturers. Here at Spectrum Relief, we’re proud to carry some of the best CBD oils and other products on the market. 

Not only that, but the quality of CBD products can vary dramatically between producers. Some cut corners and use low-quality hemp as a base. Others extract their CBD with alcohol, which can make the CBD caustic to consume if it’s inhaled. And still, others mislabel their products with inaccurate concentrations of CBD. Of course, this is more out of ignorance than malice. 

CBD Oil is Hard to Find

Fortunately, this one isn’t true either. That’s because Spectrum Relief is your go-to source for all things CBD oil and hemp-derived in the Lake Worth area. From CBD infused dog treats, to vape cartridges, tinctures, and more, we’ve got everything you could ever want and more. Stop by and see us today and get your CBD!

Could My Dog Benefit From CBD?

The extensive list of uses for CBD keeps growing, and one that has grown in popularity recently is to help pets. You want what’s best for your furry friend, so you may be wondering if your dog could take advantage of this new trend. With a growing body of research supporting the idea that pets with a variety of health concerns can benefit from medical cannabis, there are plenty of pooches who would love to try our CBD capsules and CBD treats for dogs.

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The Effects of CBD on Dogs

There is currently no formal research on specifically CBD for dogs. Some studies on the impact of cannabis on dogs, in general, suggest that cannabinoids have a similar effect on canines as humans. Dogs also have endocannabinoid receptors in their nervous systems, which play a role in maintaining the balance of the body. This supports the idea that dogs can benefit from CBD in the same ways humans do. 

What Dog Health Issues are Treated by CBD? 

Despite a lack of formal data on this topic, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from pet owners that suggest that CBD can be effective for managing a variety of health conditions. In particular, CBD seems to be effective for treating neuropathic pain, as well as controlling seizures in dogs with epilepsy.

This is likely due to the established anti-inflammatory effect of CBD. CBD may also help fight anxiety, stimulate appetite, combat nausea, and may even have some cancer-fighting properties, though more research must be done to establish these benefits for certain. There is currently a study being conducted by the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Services into the use of CBD on epileptic dogs, and we can anticipate that more studies of its kind will come down the road. 

Side Effects of CBD on Dogs

Given what we know about the effects of CBD on humans, it’s possible for your dog to experience the following symptoms from CBD:

  • Dry mouth: CBD may reduce saliva production, so taking CBD may make your dog thirstier. 
  • Lowered blood pressure: CBD may cause blood pressure to lower temporarily at high doses. This can cause light-headedness. 
  • Drowsiness: CBD has a calming effect, which in some animals, may lead to drowsiness, particularly with higher doses. 

Could My Dog Benefit from CBD?

Ultimately, it’s best to talk to your vet about whether or not your pup could benefit from adding CBD into their diet. However, you might decide to bring it up at their next appointment for a few reasons. If your dog has seizures, CBD may be helpful in reducing their frequency. If your older dog has chronic pain, such as from certain joint disorders like arthritis, CBD may help them reduce inflammation and move around a little easier. In addition, if your canine companion has an anxious nature, CBD may be what they need to relax. Finally, dogs with certain serious health conditions, such as cancer, could better manage their symptoms with the aid of CBD. 

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Shopping for CBD for Your Dog

If you and your veterinarian have determined that your pooch would benefit from adding CBD into their diet, it’s important to keep some things in mind when you’re shopping for CBD oil for dogs. 

  • Go organic. Not all CBD products are created equal, so make sure to look for quality and shop organic. At Vapor DOCS, our whole wheat CBD dog treats are organic
  • Know what’s in it. CBD is not currently well-regulated, and that is certainly true of CBD pet products. Make a point to only purchase products that are completely transparent about their ingredients. In particular, you want to know exactly how much CBD is in the product. Some may only have small amounts of CBD, and some contain too much THC (trace amounts are okay), so many sure you know what is in your dog’s CBD before giving it to them.
  • Choose what’s best for your dog. Ultimately, you know what your dog will respond best to, and there are pros and cons to both CBD dog treats and CBD oil for dogs. Depending on what dose you want to give them, treats may not cut it. For example, our treats have 2mg of CBD in each, and if you and your vet have agreed on 10mgs a day, you may not want to give your dog that many treats. Alternatively, if your dog is a picky eater and is likely to turn its nose up at anything laced with CBD oil, a treat may be what you need. Make this decision based on what you know about your dog. 

At Spectrum Relief, we are proud to offer CBD oil for dogs. Shop our collection of CBD products here today!