CBD products come in different delivery types (such as oils, gummies, capsules) and different compound ranges (the compounds extracted from the cannabis plant): full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates. The article deals with the difference between the compound types.
The bottom line, for you the reader, is whether, or not you want to administer any THC to your dogs, and which type of CBD product would be best.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-Spectrum includes all compounds naturally found in the cannabis plant, including CBD, terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, including THC. (Under the 2018 Farm Bill, which made CBD purchase legal at a federal level, full-spectrum products are legal if they contain less than 0.3% THC.)
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad-Spectrum, which are created by extracting cannabinoids from the plant and refining the product until it contains only the specific compounds desired) includes a similarly wide range of cannabinoids, but WITHOUT THC.
CBD Isolates takes the refinement process even further – distilling the product to the purest form of CBD by removing all non-CBD compounds naturally found in the plant, including THC, terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts and other cannabinoids.
Which CBD Oil Product Is Best?
The answer to which product is better depends on your dog’s needs and your preferences.
Although it was once thought that isolates represented the most potent form of CBD treatment, that theory was refuted by a 2015 study that found full-spectrum CBD provided higher relief effects within the body.
Entourage Effect CBD Oil
Another important consideration is the “Entourage Effect,” which is a beneficial effect found with both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products, in which studies found that the blend of multiple cannabinoids magnify the effect of one another when combined.
Can CBD Oil Get Your Dog High?
Another point of consideration in choosing which product to use is the fear of overdosing or giving your dog a psychoactive “high” effect from too much THC. Products that contain less than 0.3% THC should not produce the unwanted effect within dogs.
However, it remains a question as to whether the production process used by some CBD suppliers is precise enough to ensure that the THC concentrations remain consistently below the legal threshold.
Until there is more consistent quality control in this area, sticking with broad-spectrum products is the best way to assure yourself that a CBD product might not inadvertently get your dog high.
For best results, consult the retailer about your dog’s individual needs and your preferences/concerns before purchasing any CBD product for your dog.