DOGust 1st is A Special Day

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Although I’m a couple of days late, today I want to bark about something my furriends Toby, Moppet & Jeep told me about. I’m barking about DOGust 1st. It’s an official birthday for all rescue dogs everywhere who don’t have an official record of birth. Shelter workers can estimate a dog’s age, but they can never know precisely when they were born & nobody wants to see a good dog go without a birthday!

The Dogust 1st celebration was begun in 2008 by the North Shore Animal League America which is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue & adoption organization. Shelters across America join together on this day to raise awareness & facilitate adoptions.

It’s not too late. You can still observe Dogust 1st. Here’s a couple of suggestions how. You can volunteer at a shelter, they always need help. Donations are always welcome as well, not just cash, food, blankets, toys or cat litter are always in demand.

If you have an adopted good dog, you may already celebrate a gotcha day, but who would say no to an extra day to celebrate? Take this special day to let your good dog know how loved they are.

I believe there may be some special treats in store for me as I was adopted from a shelter & my actual day of birth is unknown. How about you? Were you adopted from a shelter too? If so, a belated Happy Dogust 1st to you.

CEO Olivia

 

Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here continuing my deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. Today I’m barking about understanding the impawtance of third party analysis certificate (COA) that any trustworthy CBD company should have public access to. If you see a company not providing COA’s, you’d best keep on walking.

When you see a COA, you’re going to see a lot of information, for example:

    • Cannabinoids: These are the naturally occurring compounds found primarily in the flowers & leaves of the hemp plant. CBD & THC are measured as well as several other cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN & CBC. COA will tell you exactly how much.
    • Microbial: This test ensures that the product doesn’t have microbiological contamination such as bacteria (E. Coli or Salmonella), yeast or molds.
    • Residual Solvents & Heavy Metals:  Many hemp-derived CBD products don’t pass tests for things like Lead, methyl mercury or arsenic because of the soil they were grown in. Cannabis should be grown on farms that have passed extensive soil & water testing.
    • Pesticides: Anything you spray on a cannabis plant will show up in tests. Hopefully, that means no pesticides will be found in the product COA. You want purity.

Not every lab use the same units of measurement. Some labs test for mg per mL, some test for parts per million, while yet other tests are based on percentages. Before you can understand the lab results, it is important to know which method of measurement the lab used, the amount of the product provided for the testing & the actual sample size.

Here is an example of what a Certificate of Analysis looks like.

Next week I’ll be finishing off this deep dig by sniffing out how to interpret the label on a CBD oil or tincture bottle & compare what the label claims are to the COA results. I know this has been a confusing journey at times but I hope when we’re done you’ll be able to confidently make the best choice when buying a CBD oil, tincture or extract for your good dog.

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?

 

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

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Hello everyone CEO Olivia here continuing our deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. Today I’m barking about knowing what’s in the bottle.

The CBD industry has exploded in the last few years & governments are still catching up. In many places, CBD oils & tinctures are still not regulated which means no one in authority is checking to see if what’s being claimed on the label is actually what’s inside the bottle. Unethical CBD manufacturers inflate or lie about the CBD content in their products. Worse they may be selling products that may be contaminated with heavy metals or pesticides, or who knows what.

Before purchasing, there’s something you need to do called, “due diligence”. It’s a fancy way of saying do some digging & sniffing (research) before buying. First, make sure the company has a good reputation. Ask your circle of friends what they use for their good dogs. Google some reviews of a product your considering as well.

Another important step is to check for something called, third party testing. Simply put, the CBD manufacturer hires an independent company to test & verify the quality & potency of a CBD oil or tincture.  This isn’t mandatory, but it’s a big step in a company being transparent with it’s customers.

Third party tests can determine the concentration of any cannabinoids, including CBD & THC. This is used to confirm that the amount of CBD or THC listed on the bottle label is accurate.

Third party labs also routinely test for the presence of heavy metals such as lead or mercury. Biological contaminants such as molds, fungi, parasites, or bacteria are also looked for. This ensures a clean, pure oil or tincture.

If you are looking at a CBD oil with no mention of third party lab tests, you need to ask yourself what they’re hiding. Until governments set out standards, the CBD industry has to self regulate, so third party testing key.

Next week I’ll be barking about what should be included in those analyses & how read them.  As I’ve said above, without government regulations, there’s no standard yet as to how things are measured which can cause consumer confusion.

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?