The Scoop on CBD
Everywhere you look these days, you see three letters and the promise of a multitude of benefits for both people and their pets. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive extract of cannabis, and in recent years has become widely used in pet treats, tinctures and more to relieve numerous ailments—from anxiety to arthritis, pain to poor appetite. Used by humans, as well, in various forms—from edibles to tinctures, creams to inhaled products—to treat a wide variety of conditions, CBD has not yet been approved by the FDA for medical purposes, but has been regulated in many states where medicinal and recreational marijuana have been legalized. As more states move toward legalization, it can only be expected that usage will grow and become more mainstream for both people and their pets.
When it comes to CBD products for pets, it’s important to be educated about what’s out there and what the benefits are in order to answer consumers’ questions and meet growing demands. Here’s the latest scoop on CBD:
What Is It?
Derived from the hemp plant, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound that has been found to have therapeutic benefits. While not FDA-approved or prescribed by veterinarians, CBD products have seen a rapid growth on pet store shelves in response to growing interest from consumers who have heard anecdotal stories or read published articles on CBD’s effectiveness in treating a wide range of conditions, from seizures and separation anxiety to inflammation, pain and poor sleeping or eating habits. Distinguished from THC—the psychoactive form of marijuana, which is extremely dangerous for dogs—CBD does not create a “high” associated with the drug.
How Is It Used?
You’ll find CBD for pets in a variety of forms, including treats, tinctures and creams or salves. Dosage is important: Pet owners using CBD products must educate themselves on the proper usage and dosage for their pets’ weight, breed and affliction. It’s not a one-size-fits-all remedy, and as pet retailers, it’s important to educate your customers to do their research, read packaging and seek out more information on CBD product companies and their testing methods before giving it to their pets.
Where Do You Stand?
Whether or not you as a pet retailer decide to capitalize on the demand for CBD products, it’s a trend that you can expect to see transforming the industry—especially as marijuana legalization becomes more widespread. There is no doubt your customers will come into your store with questions, so prepare yourself with answers to help educate them and expect that CBD products will remain “the next big thing” for years to come.