Buying mislabelled or counterfeit CBD can mean giving your dog oil that’s at best ineffective, and at worst made with poor quality or unsafe ingredients. /PRNewswire/ — Pet parents seeking trustworthy hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) solutions for their dogs and cats can now find leading hemp extract brand,…
Where can I buy CBD oil for dogs in the USA?
Over the last few years, it’s become easier than ever to shop for CBD products, for both humans and pets. Relaxations in cannabis laws have allowed growers and producers to fine-tune their production methods, turning what was once a home hobby into a serious, mainstream industry.
However, legal uncertainties combined with CBD’s popularity has also led to an increase in fraudulent and off-brand products. Buying mislabelled or counterfeit CBD can mean giving your dog oil that’s at best ineffective, and at worst made with poor quality or unsafe ingredients.
Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to avoid CBD scams and disappointments when you know where to look. Here’s where you should, and shouldn’t, buy CBD oil for dogs in the US.
Is it legal to buy CBD for dogs anywhere in the US?
In 2018, the Farm Bill was signed into law, which officially separated hemp (the nonintoxicating strain of cannabis) from marijuana (the type of cannabis that contains the cannabinoid THC and is used recreationally and medically).
Since then, products made with industrial hemp, which has less than 0.3 percent THC, can be grown, produced, transported, and sold across state lines. This means that hemp-made CBD is legal to buy (almost) everywhere in America.
There are a couple of small caveats worth noting, which relate to state-specific laws. In Idaho, CBD oil must contain zero percent THC (which is no problem for pet-grade oil).
Where can I buy CBD oil for dogs in the US?
Here are some of the most commonly sought outlets when it comes to CBD, and whether or not they rank as a good place to shop for your dog’s supplements.
Do they sell CBD oil? Nope
Right now, it’s very unlikely that your veterinary practice will either sell or prescribe CBD products. This may not be because your vet dismisses the benefits of CBD. In fact, many vets do recommend CBD oil for dogs. Instead, they are legally prevented from offering CBD in a professional setting, because pet products containing CBD are still not regulated by the FDA.
Some states, such as California and Colorado, do allow vets to recommend CBD to owners, but generally speaking, if you want to discuss potential CBD treatments with your vet, you’ll need to be the one that brings up the topic.
Direct from reputable brand’s websites
Do they sell CBD oil? Yep!
One of the best places to buy CBD for dogs is directly from the manufacturers themselves. While most won’t have physical storefronts, almost all CBD producers have their own websites with reputable eCommerce systems and delivery methods.
Of course, some CBD brands offer lower quality products. Always look for a brand’s certificate of analysis (COA) that it comes from a high-quality hemp strain and has been tested for harmful chemicals.
Check out our top 10 CBD for dogs for a list of certified products ranked by CBD quality.
Our top brand pick: Honest Paws
Do they sell CBD oil? Yep!
Thanks to the farm bill and state law relaxations, pet stores across the country are now free to stock and sell all kinds of CBD products for pets, including CBD oil. If you’re not already using your local pet store as a resource, you should! They can be a great place to pick up useful pet care tips, get recommendations on products, and meet other owners.
Boutiques and independent stores
Do they sell CBD oil? Maybe
Just as pet stores are now able to sell CBD, so can other kinds of general stores and boutiques. The only issue with purchasing from such a place is a potential lack of knowledge on where they source their products from.
If you see CBD oil for dogs for sale in an independent store, it may be perfectly fine, but it’s best to treat such stores on a case-by-case basis. Try to find out as much about the product as you can, as well as ensuring these basic things:
- That the product is designed for use by pets.
- That the product actually says ‘CBD’ on the label and ingredients.
- That the product is made from organic industrial hemp.
Do they sell CBD oil? Unlikely
Around a quarter of states now permit the recreational use of cannabis products, which means that private dispensaries have been popping up in towns and cities all over the country. With the CBD for pets industry continuing to grow, it’s likely that many of these stores will start stocking CBD for your dog, but for now, any dispensary that does offer pet products is in the minority.
It’s not advised to give dogs CBD oil made for humans. However, as long as your oil is made from hemp, contains zero or micro-amounts of THC, and is correctly dosed, you pup shouldn’t have any issues.
Do they sell CBD oil? Nope
With social distancing becoming a normal part of life, at least for the time being, many are turning to sites like Amazon for alternative solutions to grocery shopping and daily errands.
Unfortunately, Amazon bans the sale of CBD oil for both humans and animals on its marketplace, as outline in its Seller rules and guidelines. This doesn’t stop huge numbers of sellers from attempting to do so anyway—a simple search for ‘CBD’ brings up thousands of results. Most of these don’t actually include CBD, or hide unknown quantities of CBD in products labeled as ‘Hemp oil’ or ‘anxiety oil.’
Using these products on your dog is not recommended. While it’s possible that you will end up with a genuine CBD product, the black market nature of Amazon’s CBD marketplace makes it hard, if not impossible to tell where these products are from and how they’re made.
The 2018 amendments to the Farm Bill, along with relaxations in state laws, means that CBD oil can now be legally bought and sold almost anywhere in the US. This includes CBD oil for dogs.
Due to the rise in CBD’s popularity, a growing number of off-brand and counterfeit CBD products are reaching consumers—many via the Amazon marketplace.
To avoid poor quality CBD oil, buy from a trusted pet store, directly from a favorite CBD producer, or use our list of the top 10 CBD for dogs on the market right now, to find a safe place to shop.
Leading CBD Pet Line Mary’s Tails Now Available at PetSmart
DENVER , May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Pet parents seeking trustworthy hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) solutions for their dogs and cats can now find leading hemp extract brand, Mary’s Tails, in select PetSmart stores throughout the country. Mary’s Tails, part of the Mary’s Brands (“Mary’s”) portfolio, is the first hemp extract brand to be sold at PetSmart and was selected due to its focus on transparency, quality, efficacy and pet-friendly delivery methods.
Mary’s, a leading manufacturer of full spectrum hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD-infused products for both humans and pets, was among the first to introduce hemp-infused pet products to the market in 2016 and continues to innovate at the intersection of horticulture and modern technology. Formulated for dogs and cats, Mary’s Tails’ products can help keep pets happy, healthy and calm.
Mary’s Tails’ suite of six customizable CBD pet solutions will initially be carried in 122 PetSmart stores throughout Colorado , Oregon , Indiana , Kentucky and Tennessee , with plans to expand to additional stores across the country by summer 2020. “Our exciting partnership with PetSmart makes the Mary’s Tails product suite even more accessible to pet parents, allowing them to provide their dogs and cats with the daily wellness benefits of hemp-derived CBD,” said Luke Mullins , VP of Pet Sales at Mary’s Brands.
“PetSmart continues to build a world class shopping experience through merchandising, product selection, and service. We evaluated numerous CBD pet brands and selected Mary’s Tails to be the first CBD brand to be on shelf,” said Tim Milano , Vice President of Merchandising, PetSmart. “The addition of Mary’s Tails will answer the call from our consumers seeking options for a highly trusted hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD for pets.”
All Mary’s Tails products feature clear communication on packaging and undergo internal and external lab testing with results made public for all to see. Products are tested to confirm they are free of pesticides, heavy metals, microbials and solvents. The hemp extract used in Mary’s Tails is sourced from partner farms, ensuring quality from seed to shelf. Mary’s Tails uses extracts sourced only from the flower of the hemp plant and not the seeds and stalk.
About Mary’s Tails™:
Mary’s Tails is dedicated to creating natural, holistic solutions for pets. Leading with years of experience in CBD, Mary’s Tails helps improve the lives of both pets and their parents. For more information on Mary’s Tails please visit www.marystails.com. Follow Mary’s Tails on Instagram at @MarysTails.
1 According to the Brightfield Group, the leading consumer insights and market intelligence firm for the CBD and cannabis industries