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?

Coconut Oil for Good Dogs

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I regularly get coconut oil in my diet & many have asked why. The simple answer is, it’s very good for me. But I should explain. The benefits of coconut oil comes from the type of fats it contains. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat & is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”.

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) are coconut oils secret.  MCT’s  provide many benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin & coat health as well as thyroid health.

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel & energy, enhancing athletic performance & aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight & help sedentary dogs feel  more energetic.

Integrative Veterinarian & Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says MCTs have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism & decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.

When starting a dog on coconut oil, it is most important that you start slow. Start with a tiny amount, ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs & puppies, or if your dog’s constitution is sensitive. One teaspoon a day to start for larger dogs. Your dog needs to take time for their body to adjust. If you start with larger amount of coconut oil, your dog could experience side effects such as diarrhea or greasy stools. Once adjusted, slowly increase the amount stopping at about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily.

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  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis & itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions & improves skin health
  • Makes coats become sleek / glossy, & deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents / treats yeast & fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts & promotes wound healing

Digestion

  • Improves digestion & nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome & colitis
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs & coughing

Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health

  • Antibacterial, antiviral, & anti-fungal agents that prevent infection & disease
  • Regulates / balance insulin & promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

I should also mention that when I have a fight with the Epi-Monster, I am given coconut oil in my Kong. It helps calm me & gives me something to focus on 🙂

CEO Olivia

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