The Importance of Sustainably Sourced Organic Food for Dogs and People

When you hear “sustainable,” what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Perhaps local, seasonal, organic, or permaculture? We invite you on a journey into our practices of what sustainability standards we hold when choosing our sourced materials, for people and dogs alike.

Why Local?

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Buying local meat and produce from your region has many benefits for your personal health, the local economy, and the planet. Lets begin with how food local to your region can benefit your body.

The region you reside has a unique climate zone. These zones dictate what grows ease-fully with the weather patterns and natural pollination. Specific pollens, insects, and flowers thrive in a given grow climate. They also contribute to what sort of allergies, pollens, and plant life can thrive in the climate. Eating plants, herbs, and meat that comes from your local region allows your body to intake nutrients that it’s already  familiar with. The benefit of eating food and herbs that our bodies are familiar with, is it strengthens the immunity and builds antibodies specific to your environment.

Supporting Local Economy

Small family farms are becoming harder and harder to maintain. As a society we’ve been fooled to believe that industrial farming feeds more people, therefore this is where our resources tend to be allocated. This concept is the opposite of sustainability. One major factor is it feeds into the cycle that keeps us reliant on foreign market resources. This tends to create large ‘specialized crops’ being the key focus of a given area. For instance, California produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds. Almonds take 10% of the entire water supply yearly! Water is a precious resource for everything to grow and allocating such a large percentage of water supply (and depleting ground water yearly,) for one crop is a bit extreme.

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A few ways you can support your local farmer economy are:

  • Go to your local farmers market and buy what is in season. This may seem like a simple one, but it’s truly beneficial to keeping small farms thriving and your local economy abundant.
  • Sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.) This is a way that family farms band together to create a monthly subscription box that can be picked up at a local provider they partner with (or even sometimes delivered!)
  • Sign up for a ‘meat share’ or get meat from your local butcher. This one can’t be stressed enough as the industrial meat industry is one of the largest flaws of modern time for many reasons.
  • Plant a small garden! This is excellent for keeping the soil rich, and the earth and other living beings thriving.
  • Eat what’s in season and local to your region.

Good For The Planet

Have you ever paused to think about how far your food on your plate may have traveled to reach you? Whether by truck or by plane, extra resources are being used to bring food that is not local into the region. Buying food from the store is part of our modern day evolution, and we understand that certain staples do not grow locally (even in California!) But the less we are reliant on out sourced materials, the less gas emissions in the air due to its travel.  Growing food enriches the soil. Having healthy, nitrogen rich soil is key for our local plant and animal friends. By supporting your local farmers, you are supporting the earth literally beneath your feet!

 

 

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Why Sustainably Farmed Food For Dogs

The missing link on how all of this information is relevant to CBDawgs and our mission, is of course, dogs. Do you know where a large percentage of commercial dog food meats come from? Food that is not suitable for humans– toxic, spoiled, and sometimes even roadkill. Industrially farmed, poorly treated animals are feeding our pets. This is not acceptable to us, and this is why sourcing our meat locally is so important!

We are dedicated to supporting farming practices for both produce and meats that are supportive of the planet. We believe in putting the best, organic, love infused food into our bodies, and hold the same standards for our animals.

 

 

 

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Cannabis as Medicine, An Evolving History from People to Dogs

According the The American Cancer Society, marijuana and hemp extracts have been used as cancer treatment for centuries (American Cancer Society).  Although there is evidence confirming the use of Cannabis predating this record, the earliest written record of Cannabis for medicinal use dates way back to 15th century China in the Chinese Pharmacopeia, the “Rh-Ya” (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)).  Since then, the interest regarding the powerful healing affects and clinical applications of Cannabis continues to inspire research on CBD in correlation to life threatening conditions.  For example, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health presents researched-backed support for CBD as a potential anti-cancer drug due to mechanisms that promote cancer cell death and inhibits cancer cell growth, and this is just the tip of the iceberg (Massi et al.) Exciting new evidence about the therapeutic effects of CBD continue to wow the scientific community.

In 2013, a little girl named Charlotte Figi made headlines.  Charlotte had been suffering from hundreds of epilepsy related seizures every week and was no longer able to talk, eat, or walk due to her life-threatening condition until CBD became part of her treatment.  Her story spread like wild fire and soon, like Charlotte, many others experienced a significant reduction in the seizures, from hundreds down to just a few per month!

The list of medical applications for cannabis, and CBD, continues to expand (Interlandi).  Most recently, Alzheimer’s treatment has been added to the file.  Exciting new studies reported on in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, present preliminary evidence supporting claims that CBD is successful in “preventing the development of social region deficits in subjects,” meaning that CBD could prevent deterioration of the brain areas responsible for “recognizing the faces of people they know,” adding to the growing and evolving laundry list of miraculous discoveries regarding CBD as an alternative medicine (Johnson).

Novel studies are now showing that these positive results are possible for any animal with a spine.  Which means, that CBD is a medical option for our canine companions.

For information on the benefits read our articles on How CBD Works and CBD Side-Effects

 

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

What Are the Side Effects of CBD?

In 2015, According to the British journal of Pharmacology, CBD expresses “anxio-lytic [or anti-anxiety], antidepressant, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, anti-nausea, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and antineoplastic [or anti-cancer],” properties that have proven to be very therapeutic and have been exhibited physiological benefits in both animal studies and clinical trials. (Mcpartland et al. 737-753).

For information on the benefits read our articles on “How CBD Works” and “Cannabis as a Medicine

In a small amount of cases, patients using CBD presented mild side-effects including:

  • lower blood pressure (for some this is a good thing!)
  • dry mouth
  • light headedness
  • drowsiness
  • inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism, which means it is like an anti-high (which again, is sometimes a positive outcome).

*(Macoveiciuc).

According to Medical News Today, “There have been no significant nervous system side effects, or effects on vital signs or moods among people who use it either slightly or heavily” (Johnson).

In other words, because CBD is non-psychoactive, and because CBDawgs CBD is hemp-derived, you and your dog can use it without worrying about getting high.  (See the difference between hemp and marijuana derived CBD)

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

What is CBD and How Does It Work For Dogs?

Please note that both the simple and complicated answers provide the same basic information.  Pick the one that’s right for you!

Simple Answer:

CBD is a compound found in hemp and marijuana plants that does not get you high but still provides lots of medical benefits.  It is especially useful in treating anxiety, pain and inflammation in both humans and dogs.

According to numerous clinical trial and teams around the world, CBD can be used to treat an array of conditions that include but are not limited to the treatment of Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, hip dysplasia, inflammation, anxiety, heart conditions, cancer, and there is even evidence to suggest that CBD can help with pain management and can be used as an alternative to powerful opioids (Rowland T., & Calamita T.).

New scientific methods allow us to extract the CBD from marijuana and hemp without extracting the compound in the plant that induce an altered state of mind, THC, that gives you the feeling of being “high.”

Check out our site and other articles to learn more about what CBD can do for you and canine friends.

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

 

Complicated Answer (for those of us who dig the science):

Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is commonly known, has been the subject of much discussion.  Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, or compounds found in the Cannabis plant. THC is known for its “mind-altering” effects whereas CBD is a non-psychoactive component of Cannabis.  Both compounds yield numerous medicinal benefits (Johnson). CBD, unlike THC however, delivers many of the same medicinal benefits of medical marijuana without any adverse side effects on cognition or state of mind, meaning you will NOT get high using CBD.  In fact, it can have antagonist effects on THC, meaning the CBD can lessen duration and intensity of THC’s side-effects (Project CBD).

In both our bodies and the bodies in all animals containing a spine, aka our fur babies, lies the endocannabinoid system.  The endocannabinoid system has two receptors CB1 receptors, located primarily in the central nervous system, and CB2 receptors found on cells primarily in the immune system.  The CB1 receptors, which THC primarily binds to, are found in the brain including areas responsible for motor function and coordination which is why when you smoke or ingest THC it results in an altered-state of mind or a “high.”  CBD has a very low affinity for this receptor resulting in negligible binding, and as a result, your state of mind remains unaffected.  CB2 receptors, found in the immune system however, are indirectly affected by CBD and result in no “high,” while still exhibiting physiological benefits.  Research supports that CBD and THC’s affinity for, or the effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, were not statistically different in humans or animals meaning, that CBD positively effects both us and our furry friends similarly (McPartland et al. 737-753).

Disclosure:  All media published on this website are not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual situation/conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.

CBD is CBD is CBD, except for when CBD is mixed with other stuff

Is Marijuana derived CBD any different than Hemp derived CBD?  According to Franjo Grotenhermen, former Chairman of the International Association For Cannabinoid Medicines (2000-2003), “CBD is CBD…the human body does not care where the molecule comes from” (Attwell).

Other research about the positive impact on CBD for animals suggests that if this is true for people, then “CBD is CBD” is also true for dogs.  Read more about that in our article Cannabis as Medicine

CBD is CBD is CBD, except for when CBD is mixed with other stuff.

Just like oxygen is oxygen, whether we are breathing it at the top of a mountain or sitting on our front porch, the molecule is the same – O2, so long as it’s by itself.  These misconceptions that hemp derived and marijuana derived CBD are fundamentally different stem from regulations that the government has regarding the legality of the CBD depending on where it was sourced. The reality however, being that active cannabinoid CBD, regardless its origin, is molecularly the same.  The difference is in what else is mixed with it.

According to Alice O’Leary, the wife of the late Robert C. Randall, the first man to legally smoke marijuana in 1976 and spear head the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, notes there are two different varieties of the Cannabis plant in the eyes of the law and the scientific community. The first is the variety of Cannabis that contains more than 0.3% of psychoactive THC and can potentially induce an altered state of mind. The other is hemp variety of Cannabis, which contains less than 0.3% THC and elicits no psychoactive effect, or in other words, no high is experienced with use.  Both Cannabis relatives contain cannabidiol (CBD), and according to O’Leary, “there is no difference between CBD derived from hemp and CBD derived from cannabis. The CBD molecule itself is the same, regardless of which plant it is extracted from” (O’Leary-Randall).

In this case, nurture, not nature, is what really matters:

But just like air, oxygen is not the only molecule making up its composition.  Although CBD is CBD and oxygen is oxygen, be aware of the quality of the whole product since all products containing CBD are not created equal.

The purity of the CBD is dependent on how it is grown and how the CBD is processed into an oil and other products made from its flower form. Make sure you are purchasing CBD that has been lab tested to ensure it quality, making sure it is pesticide free, and contains no harmful chemical additives from the extraction process.

At CBDawgs, we lab test every batch of our family grown, clean co2 and ethanol extracted, hemp-derived CBD for purity standards. We know what is and is not in our products so that you can have confidence adding our CBD treats to your dog’s canine health plan.

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