Tuesday, January 16, 2024

CBD Oil vs. Marijuana For Pets: What's The Difference?


CBD Oil vs Marijuana
What's The Difference?

Many pet owners consider using CBD oil for their pets but express concerns about the potential psychoactive effects of marijuana.  Whether you're considering CBD for pain or anxiety relief, knowing the differences will enable you to choose the right product based on factors like size, health conditions and intended use.  

CBD Oil from Hemp: 

A Safe Choice for Your Pet

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the hemp plant. Unlike its counterpart, marijuana, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component responsible for the "high" associated with marijuana. This makes CBD oil from hemp a safe and non-intoxicating option for your pets.

When to Consider CBD Oil for Your Pet

CBD oil from hemp can be especially helpful for pets with:

Anxiety and Stress: CBD has calming properties that may help alleviate anxiety and stress in pets.

Joint and Mobility Support: CBD's anti-inflammatory properties may assist in managing joint discomfort and supporting overall mobility.

Pain: Pain due to a health condition such as cancerIBDPillow Paw or Stomatitis. CBD exhibits anti-inflammatory effects by interacting with receptors and pathways involved in inflammation. Inflammation is a common component of pain and by reducing inflammation, CBD may help alleviate associated discomfort.

CBD Helps Pete's Stomatitis


"I just wanted to thank you guys for your great service and great products. Our Vet was telling us that we were looking at a very expensive surgery and a full tooth extraction for Pete and that they didn’t know what was causing his stomatitis and it was the only thing they could do to fix it. The antibiotics they gave us weren’t working. Not only did you get me your products immediately, my cat seems to have made a full recovery in 2 weeks. The Vet didn’t tell us Stomatitis was an autoimmune disease, diet related or anything else. You and your website told me that and I believe it was your products (Immune Support KitImmune Harmony and Happy Paws Drops) and knowledge of a diet change that made the entire difference. My family can not thank you guys enough! Pete seems to be back to his normal self and we are just so thankful!" - Ryan, VA


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What To Look For When

Choosing A CBD Oil?

Here are some key factors to look for when selecting CBD oil for your pet:

How The Hemp Was Grown & Cultivated: 
Opt for CBD oil derived from organic hemp plants. Organic cultivation reduces the risk of exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Our hemp-derived Happy Paws Drops is naturally sourced from non-GMO hemp grown in Colorado where no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers were used. 

Full Spectrum vs. Isolate:
Full-spectrum CBD contains a range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant. This may enhance the overall effectiveness of the CBD oil. Happy Paws is a Full Spectrum CBD Oil containing CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBDA.  

Third-Party Testing:
Choose products that undergo third-party testing for quality and potency.  A "Certificate of Analysis"  is an independent analysis by a third-party that shows the amount and type of cannabinoids in the CBD product as well as the level of THC contained in the product. Happy Paws Drops have a certificate of analysis showing purity, potency and cannabinoid ratios.

Extraction Method:
Look for CBD oil extracted using safe methods such as CO2 extraction. This method ensures a clean and pure end product without the use of harmful solvents. Happy Paws Drops are extracted using the CO2 extraction method. 

CBD Concentration:
Check the concentration of CBD in the product. The ideal concentration varies based on your pet's size, health condition, and the intended use. Happy Paws Drops are veterinary strength, contain 550mg per bottle and approx 18.3mg per ml.  Compare to many pet products with less than 200mg per bottle.  More concentrated means less drops to administer and often a much better value.

Added Ingredients:
Examine the product's ingredient list. Choose CBD oils with minimal additives and natural ingredients. Be cautious of products containing artificial flavors, colors, or unnecessary fillers.


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Understanding THC

And Its Effects on Pets


THC, found predominantly in marijuana, is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects. When pets ingest marijuana, they may experience a range of effects, including:

Feeling "Stoned": THC can induce a state of altered consciousness, leading pets to feel disoriented or "stoned."

Coordination Issues: Marijuana toxicity can affect your pet's balance and coordination, posing risks to their safety.

Lethargy: Pets may become unusually tired or sluggish due to the impact of THC.
It's crucial to recognize that the effects of THC on animals can be unpredictable and vary based on factors such as the pet's size, the amount ingested, and individual sensitivity.
Marijuana and Potential Benefits for Pets with Cancer
While marijuana should be approached with caution due to its THC content, studies suggest potential benefits for pets with cancer. THC, known for its antiemetic properties, may help alleviate nausea & stimulate appetite in pets undergoing cancer treatments. However, it's imperative to consult with your veterinarian before considering marijuana as a complementary therapy for your pet. 

Happy Paws Drops are unrivaled in quality and can benefit your pet in so many ways.  

What makes Happy Paws Drops  so special? 

  • Grown in Colorado on hemp farms utilizing stringent eco-farming practices

  • Proprietary CO2 extraction process uses a gentle, clean and scientifically designed process 

  • Made with NON-GMO, all organic ingredients

  • Approximately 18.3 mg CBD oil per 1 mL 

  • Contains full spectrum hemp oil with CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBDA

  • Independent laboratory testing for purity 

  • Grown without pesticides, herbicides and chemicals in the USA

  • Veterinary Strength - The more concentrated the product (more mg per mL), the better the value and less drops you have to administer to your pet.  Happy Paws contains 550 mg of CBD Oil.  Compare the difference--many pet products contain only 100-200 mg per bottle. 



“Our rescued husky Malachi started showing some signs of arthritis & it was causing him to be irritable with our other dogs. He is 9 years old and a big boy at 80 pounds, so it has become more of a struggle to get around. Instead of putting him on pain meds or NSAIDs from the vet, we decided to try Happy Paws Drops. We have seen improvement in how easily he can go up and down the stairs & he's more interested in playing with the younger dogs. Happy Paws helps keep Malachi comfortable.” - Laura, CA 

Author: Susan Blake Davis, Pet Nutritionist

Original post: January 16, 2024

updated on: Febuary 5, 2024