Olivia’s first 30 days on CBD Oil

Health

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today is my 30th day of taking CBD oil so I thought my huMom & I should share what we’ve observed so far.

The product I’m taking is a full spectrum hemp oil. It’s called, ‘Heal’ & is made by CBD Dog Health (huMom says: Yes, we sell this product through our online store because we use it for Olivia. But no, we are not paid to endorse it).

The first thing my huMom noticed was my focal seizures are fewer & less intense. In my case they manifest as eye fluttering & head shakes. She reports my head shakes are almost gone. Usually I could have several in a day.

My focus & cognitive abilities have greatly improved. For example, I now bark to come inside, which is new behavior. I’ve barked for many reasons but I never seemed to figure out that barking also works to get a door opened. In the past I’d just stand at the door & wait.

Play time has become more fun too. Normally when huMom throws a toy for me I don’t understand & just stare at her now empty hand. In the past few weeks I’ve figured the game out & now I go after the toy.

Yesterday I was allowed to sit with the humans outside of the fenced yard, off leash & I was super well behaved. I sat on a chair & had a nice nap. Normally I would have to be on leash as I like to wonder off after stinks & don’t focus on huMom’s voice like I should.

I’m sleeping well. My allergies seem to be triggered less. My appetite is same as always.

It’s too soon to tell if the CBD oil is helping me fight the epilepsy monster, however I did fight it off a couple of days ago. Considering we just went through the full moon cycle & the weather has been stormy the last few days, the fact that I had no seizures is pawsitive news.

One thing of note is that my cluster buster, Keppra, seemed to have it’s effects enhanced. I understand CBD can do this when interacting with AED’s (anti epileptic medications). I sometimes have slight ataxia when I take Keppra, but it was more pronounced this time & I had wobbly legs for a while.

My fur sister Suzie Q is also taking the Heal CBD oil for her geriatric aches & pains. Within just a few days she regained a lot of mobility, has much more stamina & her appetite has greatly improved. Her coat is shiny & thick as ever.

As of today, neither huMom nor I have observed any negative effects but clearly there are many positive ones. Both for me & Suzie Q.

In another 30 days huMom will have my blood work done to see what if any effects can be seen under lab analysis. I’ll bark the results when we have them. Our hope is in time we will be able to reduce the dosage of the more harsh medications I need to take & maybe even eliminate one or more of them down the road.

CEO Olivia

CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

News

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today we’re continuing our deep dig into CBD, canabinoids & endocanabinoids. CBD oils & tinctures are made from both hemp & marijuana. The difference being oils made from hemp will have virtually no THC present, while oils made from Marijuana will.

CBD oils & tinctures are classified as full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate, depending on the purpose of the final product.

Full-spectrum means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, THC, trace cannabinoids, terpenes, & essential oils. Full-spectrum extracts from hemp have a negligible THC content —  below 0.3%, while extracts from marijuana will have different levels of THC depending on their purpose.

The full spectrum of the active compounds extracted from hemp work together to amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This phenomenon is referred to as the entourage effect which I’ll explain below.

Broad-spectrum extracts also contain multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, & essential oils, they also produce the “entourage effect,” however all the THC has been removed.

CBD isolate is made by removing everything but the cannabidiol (CBD). The advantage of using CBD isolate is the high concentration of CBD per serving. Isolates are usually 99% pure, meaning that one gram of isolate powder carries about 990 mg of CBD. With isolates, there’s no entourage effect.

What’s this “entourage effect”? It refers to the synergy achieved by all the components in cannabis interacting together to enhance the potential benefits of the plant.

Now that we’ve sorted that out, next week I’ll sniff out how to decide which product is right 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?

How CBD Is Extracted

News

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. We’re continuing our exploration of CBD, cannabinoids & endocanabinoids. Today I’ll explain the three primary methods of extracting CBD cannabinoids from the plant.

The first method uses solvents like ethanol, butane, propane, isopropyl, or alcohol. It is one of the least expensive options & it’s also fast. But it’s also dangerous due to the highly flammable contents of the liquids.

To begin the liquid solvent process, flowers & plant trimmings are put into a container. Then the solvent is soaked or run through the material, drawing out the cannabinoids. Then the solvents are evaporated leaving the concentrated cannabinoids in an oil form. The downside of this method is that the solvent residue can be toxic if it’s not completely eliminated during the evaporation step.

The olive oil extraction process is the oldest method of extracting CBD. It’s the safest method & it’s simple to do. This process begins with the raw plant materials being heated to a desired temperature for a specific amount of time so that the chemicals in the plant are activated. Olive oil & the plant material are mixed & heated again. This is when the cannabinoids are extracted. The olive oil isn’t evaporated, so the resulting extract won’t be as concentrated as with other methods. Further more, its highly perishable & must be kept in a cool, dark area.

Finally there is the CO2 method of extracting CBD. Its the most expensive & complex method. The CO2 extraction process is done by using a machine called a closed-loop extractor. This machine contains three chambers. The first one holds pressurized, solid CO2 or dry ice; the second chamber has dried plant material in it. The final chamber separates the resulting product.

From the first chamber, CO2 is pumped into the second chamber, which takes on the form of supercritical CO2  (in between a gas & liquid state). The supercritical CO2 then permeates the plant material & extracts the cannabinoids. It’s then pumped into the final chamber where the CO2 rises to the top. This leaves the extract at the bottom. This method produces the highest quality concentration of CBD with no toxic residue.

After extraction, the CBD oil is further refined & purified to create either a full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, or a CBD isolate. I’ll explain what those are next week.

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?