The CBD pet goods market is flooded with various companies and products that vary significantly in price and quality. If your pet’s health is a priority for you, you will buy only the best products from trusted brands that offer proof of their quality.
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Numerous factors influence the quality of CBD oil. Certainly, the most important are the raw material and the method of processing. It’s desirable that extracts intended for dogs be obtained by the CO2 method, which is the safest and gives the purest infusion. Other methods are also effective, but CBD oil obtained using butane or propane may contain solvent residues that may be toxic to dogs.
Also, some brands may use raw materials of dubious origin. It can be bred in contaminated areas or contain THC in doses higher than safe for dogs. That can worry dog owners who want only the best for their furry buddies. That’s why they opt to make CBD oil at home with the help of simple techniques and proven ingredients.
Use Proven and Dog-Friendly Ingredients
Commercial producers of dog hemp goods use industrial hemp. It’s a subtype of cannabis that doesn’t contain THC or has only traces of it. That makes this plant safe for animal use. You can grow these plants at home or get them from verified and certified breeders.
For DIY oil making, you can use buds of hemp strains that have been proven not to contain THC. The second option is CBD isolate in powder or crystals, which eases the process. You should buy this product from proven manufacturers who can give you a guarantee that it’s dog-friendly (has only pure CBD).
If you want to make cannabidiol oil from hemp buds, they must be organic. Because hemp is an excellent soil and air purifier that absorbs all the toxins from it, it can contain various substances that can be harmful to your dog. So be sure to get raw plant material with a certificate of organic production.
As already mentioned, CO2 extraction is most desirable when it comes to CBD dog products. It’s doable at home with the help of special extractors, but they are quite expensive. But if you can afford them, you will get the purest extract with the maximum strength. Finally, you just need to mix it with the solvent, and you get potent CBD oil.
Buying an extractor is not always possible or cost-effective, so dog owners are finding an alternative to make CBD oil. You need hemp buds (THC-free), food-grade oil, and a pot. You can use healthy fats like olive, hempseed, MCT, or coconut oil and boost the health effects of this natural supplement.
Once you have obtained quality and hemp buds for making CBD oil for dogs, there are two steps in preparing the oil – decarboxylation and infusion. They might sound complex, but the first process is nothing but a simple ‘baking’ of raw material in the oven. The infusion refers to mixing dried buds with the carrier oils.
Commercial producers use special machines called decarboxylators. They ensure maximum activation of cannabidiol molecules and can also be used for various herbal infusions. They can also be found in smaller sizes for home use, but they are quite costly and unnecessary.
In your case, the oven can do a solid job. It is necessary to preheat it to 250F. Chop or grind hemp buds to allow them to even bake. Make sure these are not too small as they will get burnt. You will need about half an ounce of buds for a cup of solvent.
Place the hemp buds pieces on a paper-lined baking tray and cover them with aluminum foil. Bake them for about 15 minutes. Then stir them a little and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. After baking, leave the buds to cool a bit; then, grind them into a fine powder. Make sure to decarb only as many buds as you need because powdered buds can’t stay fresh for long.
Now it’s time to mix the ground CBD buds with the oil of your choice. Pour a certain amount of oil into the pan and add the buds. Heat gently so that the temperature doesn’t exceed 150 F. This process can take up to four hours. The longer you cook the extract, the more cannabidiol will be released.
The last step is to process the infusion. For this, you can use several layers of gauze or coffee filters that you will place above a cup. Lightly pour the oil to separate the plant material. Don’t throw it away, but use it in CBD treats and meals, as described here.
Don’t make large amounts of CBD oil for your dog, as this homemade product cannot be preserved for long. Keep it in a well-sealed bottle or jar in a dry and cool place. Use this beneficial extract whenever your pet needs pain or stress relief. Give it to the animal orally, mix with food, or use for topical administration.
If you don’t trust commercial products, DIY alternatives can be a great solution. Making dog-friendly CBD oil at home is not a demanding job, so you could give it a try and provide your pet with a healthy dose of cannabidiol.