While CBD is present in all cannabis plants, it’s primarily derived from the hemp plant—which a recent study defines as, “Cannabis sativa with a total THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) less than 0.3% dry weight in leaves and buds.”
What Is CBD?
This is especially concerning for cats because of their increased sensitivity to medications and toxins.
A Word of Warning About CBD for Cats
Let’s look at what cat parents should consider before giving their cats CBD oil or CBD cat treats.
It's no secret that Martha loves animals—she has four dogs, three cats, multiple horses, over 200 chickens, peacocks, canaries, and dozens of geese. A more recent passion of Martha's has been her scientifically-backed CBD line, which she created in partnership with Canopy Growth, so it's only natural that our founder would ultimately set out to create a pet-friendly CBD line, too. "We very successfully launched our beautiful line of gummies based on my idea of what a gummy should taste like—which is a pâte de fruit—the lovely French confection which is often served at the end of a delicious gourmet meal. And it occurred to me that dogs, too, like good taste," Martha said during a roundtable focused on the new product category earlier this week.
Her new line—intended to support pets' mental and physical well-being—includes Pet Soft-Baked Chews for calm in a delicious chicken and cranberry flavor; mobility in chicken and blueberry; and wellness in chicken, blueberry, and anise. Our founder has also released chicken-flavored Pet Wellness Drops, which include 600mg of CBD per bottle and retails for $39.99. The chews are available for small dogs (five to 35 pounds) and large dogs (36-110 pounds) and range in price from $19.99 to $24.99.
Martha's decades-long experience with pet ownership has taught her exactly what pets need to live long, healthy, and happy lives, which is why she teamed up with Dr. Bob Menardi, DVM, Director of Veterinary Technical and Educational Services at Canopy Animal Health, to create CBD products that were well-researched and proven effective for pets. "Dogs, too, like to be soothed and calmed and made to feel better. Some dogs are anxious. Some dogs ache from arthritic conditions or aching joints or previous wounds. Some dogs' anxiety extends to getting along with other dogs. And all dogs just want to feel good," she said.