There are a lot of names for CBD oil in the market. We want to help educate our customers on the difference between all of the terms. Most CBD products are derived from the hemp plant and are considered hemp extracts. The term CBD oil gets thrown around most often because CBD is the most popular cannabinoid. CBD oil and hemp extract are commonly used interchangeably but it is important to take a deeper dive in what you are actually buying. Instead of focusing on CBD oil and Hemp extract, it is important to focus on the type of product that you are giving your pet.
At Dr. Fossum’s, we believe that the more plant matter that you can give your pet, the better off your pet will be. We believe that cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids all work synergistically to provide the entourage effect for your pet. Although we do believe that THC can be beneficial in very small quantities, we don’t recommend giving your pet THC because it can be toxic in higher quantities. We have seen many occurrences of dogs accidentally eating an entire tub of Can-Do chews. The dogs are fine because we remove THC from our products! The only difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum products is whether or not the product contains THC. We highly recommend broad spectrum products because of the potential toxicity of THC in dogs.
Full Spectrum: (best for humans)
Includes THC, Terpenes and Flavonoids.
Broad Spectrum: (best for pets)
Does NOT have THC, but includes all other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Broad spectrum hemp extract is the same as Full Spectrum but without THC.
CBD Isolate: (not recommended for dogs or humans)
Pure CBD. You don’t get the entourage effect with CBD isolate. CBD isolate is the cheapest cannabinoid and is mostly used in CHEAP CBD oils.
We also don’t recommend giving your dog Isolates. An isolate is basically pure CBD as a single compound. The endocannabinoid system works best when multiple cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are present. You can’t get the entourage effect with CBD isolate. This is why it is important to make sure there are other cannabinoids present.
In conclusion, check the container and the certificate of analysis to make sure you are seeing terpenes and other cannabinoids. CBG and CBN are two other cannabinoids that have incredible benefits to your pet. We don’t recommend THC for your pet because it can be toxic to animals and we don’t believe the impact is material enough to potentially harm your pet.