CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m wrapping up my deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. As I’ve already mentioned, the Cannabis industry is not yet regulated. This lack of government regulation means there is no standard for the labels of Cannabis products, including CBD oils & tinctures.

A CBD product label should tell you the total amount of CBD in the product. This is commonly displayed as the amount of CBD in milligrams. This is the amount of CBD in the entire bottle, but it’s not a measurement of the product’s strength or potency.

Most CBD oils & tinctures come in 0.5 ounce (15 ml), 1 ounce (30 ml), or 3.3 ounce (100 ml) sizes. To calculate a products potency, divide the total amount of CBD in the bottle by the size of the bottle in millilitres. For example, a 30 millilitre bottle with 750 milligrams of CBD has a potency of 25 milligrams per millilitre (mg/ml). So that means a 30 ml bottle with 1000 mg of CBD has the same potency as a 15 ml bottle with 500 mg of CBD. In both bottles, there are 33.3 milligrams of CBD per millilitre.

A label should tell you if the product is full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate.  If not that information should be online on the company’s product page, also look for a third party analysis report.

Some labels have a recommended serving size, but it’s not written in stone. When trying any new CBD product, it’s best to start with a small amount & increase slowly until you find what’s best for your good dog.

A CBD product label should also tell you what other ingredients are in the product, such as which carrier oil was used. The most common carrier oils used with CBD tinctures & oils are coconut MCT oil, hemp seed oil & olive oil.

The product label should also list other ingredients, including any other beneficial herbs, artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors. Be sure to check the ingredients before purchasing a product if you have any dietary preferences or allergies.

I hope I’ve shed some light on this budding new industry. To sum up, do your due diligence, always look for a third party analysis certificate & most importantly, reach out to the company if you still have questions. Reputable companies will be more than happy to educate you.

Below are links to this whole deep dig series.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

What’s With the Whiskers?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. This morning I sniffed out a cat whisker on the floor. Dottie broke one off while practicing cat-jitsu with Jerry Underfoot. It got me wondering why us four leggers have whiskers but huMom doesn’t seem to have any.

The technical term for whiskers is “vibrissae” which are a special type of hair found in many mammals, including cool cats & good dogs. They differ from normal hair in that they are innervated which means they are directed by the nervous system. At the base of whiskers are special nerves that send sensory messages to the brain.

Whiskers can help determine wind direction on land or current direction in water. They also serve as receptors for important information about the size, shape, & speed of nearby objects, ultimately assisting dogs in ‘viewing’ an object more clearly, even when it’s dark (remember, vision takes a back seat to dogs’ other senses, like smell).

Both cats & dogs can reflexively flare their whiskers & point them in a forward direction when they feel threatened. This may be part of trying to look as big as possible to frighten off an aggressor.

Cats usually have 12 whiskers in neat rows on each side of their face. Dog whiskers aren’t quite so uniform & may appear anywhere on the face or chin.  It’s best to just leave whiskers alone as cutting or plucking them might actually be disorienting for your four legger.

So there you go. I’m still not sure why huMom has no whiskers, but she says she’s okay with it.

CEO Olivia

 

Springtime is Tick Time

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. With the Spring fully arrived, it’s time to be on guard for those ugly little critters called ticks.

Ticks are small insects that are related to spiders. They are most active from spring through fall here in Eastern Ontario, but can be a year round pest further south in places like Florida. Ticks can be found in forests, tall brush or grass. But they aren’t just in the country side, they live in big city parks & backyards too.

Ticks will jump on an animal as it’s walking by. Then they burrow in to feed on blood. In doing so, ticks can transmit deadly diseases & parasites. For example, Lyme disease is carried by ticks.

During these warm months, it’s a good idea to check your good dog regularly after time outside. Luckily, ticks are visible to the naked eye & will grow as they feed. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your good dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with a tick remover (see below), making sure you’ve gotten the head. Never squeeze the tick or it will ‘barf’ into the wound. The ‘barf’ may have parasites or carry viruses.

The longer a tick feeds the more likely disease can be transmitted, it is wise for your good dog to be seen by a vet soon after any ticks are found. If possible, keep the tick in a jar of alcohol & bring it with you to your vet. It can then be tested for things like Lyme disease.

Although we don’t use them, there are medications you can give your good dog both to prevent & kill ticks. There are many pills, spray’s, & shampoos. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you use. Make sure you read all labels carefully, & if you have any doubts, seek advice from your veterinarian before application.

My huMom always gives me a thorough check after our walks. She pays special attention to my ears, lips, nose, under my chin, the top of my legs & between my toes. These are places ticks like to hide.

As I mentioned above, there is also a tool called a “tick Twister” that is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. I sniffed out a video on how a Tick Twister works, it seems very easy.

Please stay home & stay safe. We’re in this together.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia