Why do some pets owners see dramatic results with CBD supplements, while other owners don?t see much of a difference in their pets?
You probably know how many milligrams of CBD your supplement lists on the bottle, but do you know how many of those milligrams are actually getting absorbed and having an active effect on your pet?s body?
When giving your pet CBD, the most important thing to consider is the bioavailability of your product: the amount of CBD (cannabidiol) that is delivered directly to the cells to be used on the receptors. According to one scientific study, if the CBD is not highly bioavailable, as much as 96% of it is just unfortunately being wasted or destroyed. Imagine paying for something and only getting a measly 4% of it. Would you (and you pet) feel ripped off? Probably!
Let?s say you are giving your animal a dose of 250 mg tincture of CBD twice daily. It’s important to determine what percentage of CBD in each dose is getting where it?s needed to be effective: to their ECS (endocannabinoid system) via their bloodstream.
Here are 2 things to consider that can help ensure your pet is getting the best benefits CBD can offer:
- How the CBD product is manufactured is very important. Not all CBD products can deliver the amount stated on the package to the cell receptors in the body. The size of the CBD molecule makes a difference in how much gets absorbed.
- How you administer the CBD product to your pet makes a difference in getting it to work effectively. There are varying ways to give your pet their CBD supplement, for instance, in their food or rubbed into their skin.
TIP #1: Look for a CBD product that contains nano-particle sized CBD
Did you know that how the CBD molecules are processed for delivery makes a huge difference in how much of it is absorbed? There are three common ways to process cannabidiol for delivery:
- Standard CBD oil emulsion (This oil contains an isolate crystalline form of CBD in macro-particle size.)
- Liposomal microemulsion (Don?t be fooled into thinking all microemulsions are nano-sized.)
- Nano-sized microemulsion (Requires only 1/5th of the dose to get the same effect as standard oil.)
For example, Pacific Spirit’s BioPrime? nanoparticle CBD molecules are so small that they have the ability to pass through cellular structures such as the blood-brain barrier which, under normal circumstances, would not be possible. This allows for direct absorption into the bloodstream making it up to 100X more bioavailable over competing macro-particle CBD. To put that into perspective, a single molecule of cannabidiol (CBD) has a diameter of about 4440 nanometers. So, when companies are talking about shrinking particles down to the size of nanoparticles, that means they are shrinking it down by 4440%!
CBD nanoparticles delivered via the mucous membrane in your animal?s mouth essentially by-passes the stomach acid and liver processing preventing what is referred to as ?denaturation,? a process in which your pet?s body?s natural chemical breakdown of the CBD destroys up to 90% of the CBD before it even gets to the blood. (For example, a 25mg macro-particle CBD dose will equate to as little as 2.5mg after denaturation occurs). Nano-emusified products can increase absorption by 5 times!
TIP #2: See that your CBD tincture is absorbed through the mucous membranes of your pet’s mouth.
Believe it or not, how you administer makes a huge difference in how much CBD gets to where it?s needed to help your animal. Edibles, like giving your pet treats or foods that are manufactured with standard CBD (non-nano emulsified version) is a wasteful method. You may be shocked to hear studies show 80% to 96% of the CBD that gets eaten (oral method) never even gets absorbed into their bloodstream. If it can?t get absorbed well, it won?t work well. Who would only want to get 4% to 20% out of a supplement, when there are other options? That means your animal is only getting approximately 4 mg – 20 mg out of every 100 mg taken.
Sublingual or oromucosal offers a more direct entry to the blood through the mucous membranes of your pet?s tongue and mouth tissue. Luckily, pet?s usually take up licking the CBD oil to slather it onto the mucous membrane in their mouth. This way it has a very good chance of absorbing into their blood with much less denaturing than if the CBD had to travel through the whole digestive and liver systems.
Topical dermal (skin) application of CBD is best used to treat issues near specific areas. This allows for direct delivery so the CBD can interact with the nearby endocannabinoid receptors to provide targeted relief through the nerves in that specific area of their body. Standard commercial CBD oil (that has not undergone nano-emulsification) applied to animal?s skin never actually reaches the bloodstream. Most available CBD balms have the disadvantage of the large molecule size that prevents the CBD molecules from actually getting into your pet?s circulatory system. This does not, however, apply to skin application of highly absorbable, nano-emulsified CBD. Some of this will reach the blood for more systemic support while also bringing more of the relief to the direct site of an issue.
There you have it, the top two tips to ensure that your pet experiences the fastest relief and best results from their CBD supplement. Remember, always use a high quality nano-emulsified CBD product and be sure to deliver it in a way that is absorbed by the mucous membrane in their mouth. Wishing your furry family members the best life: playful, joyful, calm and most of all healthy.