Charlotte’s Web Hemp Review: CBD Oil and Chews for Your Dog
I’m a relative newcomer to the world of veterinary hemp or CBD products. We weren’t versed on it in veterinary school and I work in a clinic that leans more towards the traditional side. However, I also happen to have an “old lady” dog and a one-year old that wants nothing more than to frenzy bark at the delivery trucks all day. So, I figured why not give some of these products a try.
My dogs tested out the Hip & Joint chews, the Hemp Extract Liquid, and the Calming chews; which for these two of my dogs was exactly what was needed. How did Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extract stand up to these tough critics? Let’s find out.
What we like:
Great natural alternative for pets
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What We Like
- The chicken flavor made these chews irresistible
- Convenient serving sizes
- A more natural alternative
- Has a Subscribe and Save system for easy ordering (and 10% off every order)
What We Don’t Like
- Doesn’t have FDA approval for use in dogs because the FDA does not currently oversee CBD regulations
- Excessive packaging
- Contains possible allergens like brewers yeast and chicken flavoring
How Much Does it Cost?
For the Hip & Joint Chews: They come in a package of 60 chews for $19.99, or roughly $0.33 per chew. The recommended serving varies based on weight. For my dog at 50 lbs, the serving is up to two chews per day or $0.66. Dogs under 10 lbs would get ½ chew per day and dogs over 100 could have up to 8 chews per day.
For the Hemp Extract Liquid: It comes in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle for $59.99 or $1.99 per ml. Four pumps (now droppers) from the bottle yields about 1 ml. Serving size recommendations range from 1 pump for under 25 pounds to 4 pumps for 75 and over. My dog ran in the middle at 1-2 pumps per day or around $1.00 per serving.
The Hemp Infused Balm runs $24.99 for 1.5 oz and would last depending on the size of area you’re using it on.
Chews for Senior Dogs runs 30 chews for $19.99 or 60 chews for $34.99.
About Charlotte’s Web Hemp Products
Hemp is a plant, related to marijuana, that grows normally in nature. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC, the psychoactive compound sought after in marijuana, that is present. Hemp has a much lower level of THC (legally required to be under 0.3%), yet still contains high levels of phytocannabinoids that can calm the mind, reduce everyday stresses, and help aid sleep. Charlotte’s Web Hemp utilizes the benefits of phytocannabinoids without causing the euphoria that marijuana does.
Charlotte’ Web products are formulated to “ease hip and joint stiffness in adult dogs caused by routine exercise and activity.” The Hip & Joint chews contain not only the phytocannabinoids but also glucosamine, chondroitin, and turmeric to increase joint health.
The Calming Chews are meant to “calm and relax adult dogs, easing the stress of travel, separation, change of routine and whatever else may cause pet stress.” In this product the phytocannabinoids are combined with other calmers like valerian root, chamomile and passion flower extract.
The Senior Dog Chews utilized the natural antioxidants of vitamin E and elderberry, along with DHA to support cognitive function in your dog’s golden years.
And the balm is a topical way of utilizing phytocannibinoids to improve skin health for those pups with sensitive skin.
How it Works
If you’re new to the world of hemp, try using Charlotte’s Web product finder and take the quiz to help narrow down the product that you hope will benefit your best friend. While this tool is based on the human products, it may help you narrow down the dog product that you’re looking for. Many of the products on Charlotte’s Web are formulated for humans, so be sure to only utilize those meant for dogs on your pup as products meant for humans may contain ingredients that are unsafe.
My Experience With Charlotte’s Web Hemp Products
As I said before, I had two very specific issues that I was hoping to help in my two dogs. I looked to the Hip & Joint Chews to help my elderly girl and the Calming Chews to take the young one down a notch or two.
The products arrived very well packaged. They were wrapped in bubble wrap to keep them from getting squished, a huge benefit, but maybe a little unnecessary since they were shipped in a cardboard box as well. Not a deal breaker for sure, but something that some of us might want to know.
My dogs like the taste of these products right away. There was no coaxing or trickery needed. They just gulped them down. The Hemp Extract Liquid I easily put on their food and it didn’t matter whether I used the chicken flavored or the unflavored, I never had a problem.
Now, as to the effectiveness, it’s going to take more than a few phytocannibinoids to calm my young dog down. However, as a veterinarian I have recommended various calming supplements to dog parents that aren’t quite willing to take the unnatural road and have come back with mixed results. What supplements have worked wonders for some pups haven’t phased others. So, even though my dog didn’t experience much calming, that’s not to say that others wouldn’t.
My older dog, on the other hand, did seem to benefit. I did notice a bit of an increase in her activity, which is a win in my book. In the case of joint support, it may take several weeks for the benefits to be noticeable.
Final Thoughts on Charlotte’s Web Hemp Products
Supplements, including hemp and other popular ones like glucosamine, aren’t regulated by the FDA. This means that dosages, efficacy and safety haven’t been as thoroughly researched as pharmaceuticals that are approved. This doesn’t mean that supplements can’t be effective and safe, it just means you should talk to your veterinarian about them before you give them to your pup.
I have also read that hemp and CBD products can cause drowsiness. While my dogs weren’t affected by this, it may be a possibility, especially at the higher end of the serving sizes . So, if you’re hoping to get your pup moving freely again, you may experience the opposite effect.
If you have a dog that needs help with their movement or one that needs a little calming touch and you’re not ready to seek out unnatural alternatives just yet, Charlotte’s Web hemp products might be of help.
Dr. Chyrle Bonk earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University. Chyrle has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2010. She currently works as a mixed animal veterinarian and rancher in a rural town in Idaho. When not practicing, ranching, or writing, she spends her free time with her husband and two little boys somewhere in the Idaho wilderness.
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CBD Is Safe for Dogs. Here’s Why You Should Be Taking Advantage.
CBD has the potential to help dogs in some of the same ways it can help humans.
Have you jumped on the pandemic puppy bandwagon? Or has your long-time dog been the one holding the household together during these strange times? Either way, you might be finding yourself spending more time with your furry friend than ever before, which means more time getting to know what riles them up and sets them off. While getting them to a ten may be as easy as a squeaking duck toy (or a particularly great stick), bringing them back to a one may be harder to figure out. Consider adding full-spectrum hemp extract with cannabidiol (CBD) to your dog’s routine. With so many products available for humans, it’s only fair to give man’s best friend a shot at experiencing the benefits of hemp-derived CBD.
What is CBD?
First, let’s start with a primer. CBD is a chemical compound produced by the cannabis plant. But don’t get ahead of yourself: people often mistakenly use terms related to cannabis interchangeably. Hemp and marijuana are both plants in the cannabis family that contain chemical compounds called phytocannabinoids. The two most well-known are the non-intoxicating (and fully legal) CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol, a.k.a. THC—the only phytocannabinoid that can get you high.
Hemp and marijuana contain both of these naturally-occurring compounds at varying levels. In contrast to marijuana, hemp plants not only have higher levels of CBD, they also have naturally lower levels of THC. In fact, hemp extract legally must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC, which is why it is often associated more with CBD. But these aren’t the only compounds you might find in hemp extracts. Some companies, like Charlotte’s Web, are using science to make more complete hemp-derived supplements. For example, Charlotte’s Web’s proprietary, non-GMO hemp includes a full spectrum of naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, and other valuable compounds that work synergistically to heighten positive effects.
How Does CBD Work For Dogs?
Underneath that furry exterior, dogs have a lot more in common with people than you might imagine. All mammals are biologically equipped with an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that produces its own cannabinoids called “endocannabinoids” (the prefix just means they are produced inside the body instead of from a plant). Regardless of whether or not someone uses or has ever used cannabis, everyone produces these chemicals naturally.
Charlotte’s Web Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Drops for Dogs
Available in two flavors and sizes.
Scientists are still trying to understand all the functional benefits of ECS within the body, but what we do know is that it plays a major role in maintaining homeostasis. This means that in the face of challenges or stressors, the ECS helps keep the body’s internal processes optimal and stable. When introduced into the body, CBD, along with many other naturally occurring compounds contained within hemp extract, works within our ECS. Because these physical systems are the same between dogs and humans, CBD has the potential to be helpful to a dog’s well-being in the same ways that it can be for people.
Can CBD Help Calm My Dog Down?
There’s nothing worse than seeing that frantic look in a dog’s eyes when there’s a thunderstorm rolling through, or hearing their anxious barking behind you as you head out of the house for the day. Noise and separation can be extremely distressing to your dog (and let’s face it, to you, too!).
Charlotte’s Web Calming Chews for Dogs
Available in 30 or 60 count.
Studies on humans and rodents have shown that CBD can have a calming effect—and because humans, rodents, and dogs share the same ECS, it’s not unreasonable to expect that CBD products can help provide that same sense of calm or help mitigate stress-induced behaviors in our canine friends as well.
Does CBD Support My Dog’s Health In Any Other Ways?
As dogs age, both their body and brain functions can start to show signs of decline. They might not chase after that ball as willingly, and you might find them expressing their discomfort in subtle ways. Some studies suggest that a decline in endocannabinoid production might play a role in human brain health—which means, thanks again to our matching ECS, CBD may have the potential to be helpful for maintaining immune function and brain health in dogs.
What Are the Best Types of CBD Products for a Dog?
For a dog, CBD is best absorbed through the oral mucous membranes—which means feeding them an oil-based product by mouth will be the way to maximize all those benefits.
CBD Oil can help support a healthy lifestyle for your dog. The whole-plant hemp extract drops ($59.99 for 30mL) from Charlotte’s Web feature a full spectrum of cannabinoids, in both unflavored and chicken-flavored options to please any picky pup.
Oil extracts in the form of tasty chews are also great, because they can include other active natural ingredients that complement the CBD. Plus, what dog will say no to a treat-sized snack? Charlotte’s Web offers several chews that address different canine concerns.
To support a calm disposition for your dog, look for complementary herbs known as “nervines,” which can be nourishing and soothing to their nerves. Calming Chews for Dogs ($19.99 for 30 chews) include nervines like valerian root, passionflower, and chamomile to help keep your pet calm and relaxed, especially in situations that may cause anxiousness.
To support your dog’s cognitive health as they age, keep an eye out for products that contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Cognition Chews for Senior Dogs ($19.99 for 30 chews) include elderberry powder, DHA, EPA, and vitamin E to help support the central nervous system.
To support the health of your dog’s connective tissue and joints, seek out ingredients that can support a healthy inflammatory response. Hip & Joint Chews for Dogs ($19.99 for 30 chews) include glucosamine, turmeric, and chondroitin to help maintain healthy joints and flexibility due to normal daily exercise and activity.
Charlotte’s Web Canine Hemp Infused Balm
Made for dogs with sensitive skin.
For dogs with an itch they can’t scratch, a topical option might provide some relief. Topicals in the form of balms, creams, and gels are best for targeting specific areas of external irritation. Canine Hemp-Infused Balm from Charlotte’s Web is designed to support dogs with sensitive skin by helping to maintain normal skin moisture.
What Should I Look For When Choosing CBD Products for My Dog?
It’s important to find products specifically formulated for dogs, as some ingredients found in CBD products for humans, like xylitol or grapeseed oil, can be beneficial to humans but toxic to canines. While the variety of options for various dog health needs is great, you might also be surprised at what some companies put in their products. Synthetic ingredients, toxic solvents, and other contaminants have been found in CBD products on the market. Don’t risk it—keep an eye out for transparent ingredient lists, and pay attention to what’s on them. Some brands, like Charlotte’s Web, have a QR code on every product so you can link to test results for that product.
Another way to please your pet? Look out for the stamp of approval from the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). The NASC Quality Seal, awarded only to manufacturers and suppliers that have passed a facility audit and comply with rigorous standards of quality, helps make the decision of what products to buy for your dog a little bit easier.
How Much CBD Can I Give My Dog?
The amount of CBD used in dog studies has varied. A Cornell University study that explored the effects of CBD on older dogs used 2.5 mg per kilogram, but just like people, every dog has its own unique tolerance levels. Dogs can be more sensitive to CBD than humans, so it’s best to start with a low serving size and build up to a higher amount if necessary—if too much CBD oil is given to a dog, then temporary drowsiness may occur. For any products based on weight, be sure to stick to the recommended serving-size guidelines on the label.
The liver is the organ that processes CBD, along with many pharmaceutical drugs. So if you are currently giving your dog any medications, you’ll want to consult with your vet to make sure you’re aware of any potential interactions.
CBD has the potential to help dogs in some of the same ways it can help humans.