From a personal standpoint, I can tell you that when I first started in this career field, I didn’t give cannabis medicine a second thought. Through all of my years in college, the time I spent in seminars, continuing education, with other professionals, etc., cannabis was left in the dark.
Looking back now, I am not sure how or why this was not mentioned. Cannabis is available for humans with cancer, so why wouldn’t it be available for our dogs? Why wouldn’t it be provided as an alternative method (or a method to be added)?
Fear. Lack of knowledge. Lack of understanding. All of these have contributed to the immediate “no” from professionals and pet parents alike. It’s definitely worth discussion, though. As a Holistic Cancer Coach certified in Cannabis, I would like to share some information with you. I completely understand if this is a post you will skip, but for those who are interested in learning more, please read on.
Full-Spectrum Versus Broad-Spectrum CBD
When I first started learning about CBD, I didn’t know there was a difference between CBD oils and tinctures. I thought they were all the same. As it turns out, they aren’t all equal. The CBD market is highly unregulated, so it’s up to dog lovers to determine which products are high-quality and which are low-quality.
There are some that are more likely to help than others. Choosing the right product is critical. For those that have tried CBD, and it didn’t work for your dog, it could be that you grabbed a broad-spectrum product… or it could just be that the product you purchased was full of impurities.
If this is you; it’s worth another try. Take a look at the following differences between the two:
Full Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD contains as many cannabinoids and terpenes of the cannabis plant as possible. Of course, it’s not possible for every single one to be present following the extraction process, but full-spectrum means there were none purposely removed. The existence of as many cannabinoids and terpenes are possible is critical. They are what ensures the CBD works as it’s designed to.
When you’re searching for a product, full-spectrum is what you want to be looking for rather than broad-spectrum or CBD isolates.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad-spectrum means CBD (Cannabidiol) was the only cannabinoid purposefully extracted from the plant. Broad-spectrum oils may contain some of the terpenes and cannabinoids, but not all, and not enough to produce the entourage effect.
Broad spectrum products are usually the reason why pet parents will say the CBD oil didn’t work for their dog. It’s not that CBD doesn’t work necessarily, it’s because the effects weren’t seen due to the lack of ‘ingredients.’