What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Introduction

The marijuana industry is still a fledgling industry with many different terms and acronyms. If you have been around the industry for any period of time, then you have probably heard the term full spectrum CBD oil. This article will quickly and succinctly explain full spectrum oil in easy to understand terms to make your oil experience even better.

First, CBD from cannabis (full spectrum CBD) is only legal in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. CBD from hemp oil is legal in all 50 states with four specific gray area states.

Full Spectrum CBD Explained

The first step to understanding full spectrum is to understand the different types of CBD and how marijuana works in general. CBD made from hemp, also known as an “isolate,” only contains CBD and no other type of cannabinoids.

The other type of CBD, full spectrum CBD, is produced from a regular marijuana plant that has THC. No process is taken to isolate the CBD from the THC. This means it includes a wide range of beneficial chemicals and substances. Some of these substances include a large variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fats.

It should be noted that other types of CBD oil exist. There is CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. However, other cannabinoids can be isolated or added to CBD oil for a desired health. This will be explained further in the article.

Full Spectrum CBD: Benefits

Full spectrum CBD has some notable advantages above regular CBD isolate. First, full spectrum has the benefit of the effects lasting longer and being more effective. Next, it helps with more medical conditions than isolate. Some of the conditions include general nausea, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other neurological disorders. It still works for curing anxiety despite containing THC, which might make anxiety worse. The CBD also negates the sometimes-anxious effect that THC has on some people.

This does not mean isolated CBD is inferior to full spectrum. It just means that it works differently for different people. Also, purchasing isolate CBD requires much less legal maneuvering than purchasing full spectrum CBD, which is a very big advantage. However, if you live in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, then finding CBD isolate might, in fact, be a difficult endeavor at recreational dispensaries. However, CBD isolate can easily be purchased online and shipped to all 50 states. Keep in mind the lack of legal clarity surrounding CBD in certain states before possessing CBD in those states. You should know the laws relating to marijuana in your state before purchasing any marijuana product.

Cannabinoids

Most readers probably know about the two most common cannabinoids: THC and CBD. THC causes the feelings typically associating with highness such as hunger, paranoia, dry mouth, and a relaxed state. However, marijuana contains over 100 cannabinoids that all have unique health benefits and different effects on the human body.

Some marijuana plant strains have different amounts of cannabinoids than other marijuana plant strains. This makes finding the selection of the proper full spectrum CBD oil more important. The following list will briefly explain the effects of the three most well-known cannabinoids.

  • Cannabinol

Cannabinol forms as THC breaks down and degrades. This has a mild psychoactive effect and can be found in full spectrum CBD oil.

  • Cannabichromene

Cannabichromene is a major component of some marijuana plant strains. Studies suggest that it has anti-anxiety effects, but very limited research has occurred to make any definite conclusions.

  • Cannabigerol

Cannabigerol mainly serves as an appetite stimulant and has no psychoactive effects. It is not found in large quantities in marijuana plants. However, research has still suggested that cannabigerol concentrate could be used as an appetite stimulant for chemotherapy patients. CBD oils that have a large amount of cannabigerol tend to only be available medically for those suffering from a lack of appetite.

  • Lesser known cannabinoids

Other lesser known and researched cannabinoids exist, but not enough research has occurred to determine the benefits or if they even exist. These other cannabinoids include cannabicyclol, cannabitriol, cannabicitran, and cannabifuran.

Terpenes

The word terpenes might not be known amongst the general popular. However, everyone knows one effect of terpenes, and that is the smell. Terpenes produce the unique smell of marijuana. However, terpenes do have more benefits than just making an interesting smell.

Just like cannabinoids, the amount of terpenes varies by marijuana plant. Certain plants will just have more terpenes than other plants. Plants with certain terpenes will make

The following is a list of terpenes and their positive effects:

  • Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene serves as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has sedative effects.

  • Pinene

This has anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Limonene

It helps with stomach aches and research has shown that it makes users happy.

  • Linalool

Another sedative terpene. It can also lower depression.

  • Humulene

This actually works as an appetite suppressant, which makes it great for weight loss or to negate the negative effects of

Vitamins and Minerals

Full spectrum contains a few vitamins and minerals. It should not serve as a substitute for a vitamin supplement. However, it is a nice side benefit of consuming full spectrum CBD. The vitamins are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. The minerals found include calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium.

Fats and Proteins

Hemp oil is a decent source of protein, which makes it a great choice for vegetarians or vegans that may have trouble eating protein in food. It also has nine essential amino acids and fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6). These are secondary benefits to the main benefit of CBD. However, it is good to know that CBD has other benefits besides just the more well-known benefits.

Final Thoughts

As you may have noticed, full spectrum CBD has more benefits than isolate CBD. However, obtaining full spectrum CBD is difficult, and sometimes illegal, in every state except the recreational marijuana states. Fortunately, isolate CBD offers the same primary benefits and is legal in all 50 states.

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

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Does CBD Oil Show up on a Drug Test?

(and How to Pass)

When someone first hears the words hemp or cannabinoids, their next question is typically, “will it make me high?” followed by “does it show up on a drug test?” We realize while there are many benefits of taking cannabidiol, the benefits go out the window if we are unable to get a job, keep a job, or are unable compete in collegiate or professional sports. So, does CBD oil show up on a drug test? The answer varies based on a number of factors that we will explain in this post.


What is Your Drug Screen Looking For?

First, it is important to understand what kind of drug screen are you taking. The type of test administered can depend on the type of job you are applying for. Usually, the greater the risk of injury, the more substances a company will test for. You can call the company administering the test beforehand to find out what you are being tested for as well as what type of specimen they will take. Specimens can include:

  • Urine
  • Blood
  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Saliva

Through our own independent research, we have found most companies administering drug tests will look for either a 5-panel or 10-panel test.

5-panel tests look for:

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamine / Methamphetamine
  • Opiates such as heroin, codeine, and morphine
  • Phencyclidine or PCP
  • THC (marijuana)

10-Panel tests look for:

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opiates such as heroin, codeine and morphine
  • Phencyclidine or PCP
  • THC (marijuana)
  • Propoxyphene
  • Methadone
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines

As you can see above, when it comes to cannabis, THC is most widely tested for in the majority of drug tests. Drug tests for THC consist of an immunoassay. This test has antibodies which are designed to detect THC and its main metabolite, 11-nor-deltag-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH). Fortunately, urine tests for THC are not known to show for other cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN and more. Therefore, a drug test looking for THC should not show a positive result for CBD. That said, there is one more thing to keep in mind.


Sourcing: CBD from Hemp vs CBD from Marijuana

If you are looking to take CBD or are taking it currently, be sure to find out where it is sourced from. If it is sourced from marijuana, it may contain enough THC to show on a drug test. If it is sourced from properly grown hemp, the product should legally contain 0.3% THC or less. Taking a suggested serving size of most hemp oil products containing < .3% THC is not likely to show in a urine test. That said, it will depend on what the test is screening for, the threshold of the test, how much and how often the product is taken and the metabolic rate of the person taking the test. Even though 0.3% is a small amount (not enough to create psychoactive symptoms) it could still show a positive result for THC if you are taking an unusually high amount of a hemp oil.

Another thing to keep in mind is the type of sample being taken. The above information is mostly referencing a urine test. A hair, nail or saliva test may increase chances of THC showing up in a drug screen.

Are there any hemp oil products containing zero THC? Keep reading.


Full Spectrum Hemp vs CBD Isolate

When we talk about hemp containing less than 0.3% THC, we are referring to what is called “full spectrum” hemp oil. Full spectrum hemp oil contains CBD as well as other cannabinoids and phytonutrients. This is where the 0.3% THC comes from, as THC is a cannabinoid. Many people prefer full spectrum hemp oil as taking all of the cannabinoids together seems to be more effective than just taking one. If you are in a zero-tolerance situation with your job, there is a way to take CBD with zero THC.

CBD isolate contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids. CBD isolate is NOT a synthetic or a lab-made cannabinoid. To the contrary, CBD isolate is all natural and sourced from hemp and then refined. This would be the best option if you are taking a drug test or have to continually take drug tests searching for THC.

We are currently formulating a tincture with zero THC. All current tinctures have less than 0.3% and therefore are compliant and non-psychoactive. TheAlternate Vape CBD Vape Shot is a great option for getting a daily allowance of CBD without the THC.


Buy from a Reputable Seller

Make sure you always purchase CBD oil from a reputable seller. Our lab in Jenison, Michigan is a licensed food facility within the state of Michigan. We properly source our industrial hemp from the United States and Europe and test it for quality before it’s used in our proprietary formulations. Using quality products with guaranteed levels of CBD and THC will greatly lessen the chance of a failed drug test. Want to see our large selection of CBD hemp oil products? See our full collection here.


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Does CBD Oil for PTSD Do Anything?

 

 

CBD oil is effective for treating a variety of issues such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as mental health issues including anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and PTSD. It does not cure PTSD but it can ease or eliminate symptoms associated with PTSD and make it easier to live with the condition.

In many cases, doctors recommend medication to help a person deal with PTSD but, for many, this is not the best option. They don’t want to commit to taking a medication long-term or they don’t want any of the negative side effects that are sometimes associated with PTSD medications. There are natural treatments available for treating PTSD and CBD oil is becoming one of the most popular.

What should you know about using CBD oil for post-traumatic stress?

What Is PTSD?

First, it’s important to understand what PTSD is and whether or to determine whether or not you suffer from it.

PTSD is short for a post-traumatic stress disorder. In nearly every case, a person will develop PTSD as a result of being involved in a traumatic experience or situation. The event might have occurred in the recent past or it might take years for PTSD to develop from an event in the past.

Anyone can develop PTSD, but some communities are more at risk than others. For instance, a lot of military veterans have PTSD because of the experiences they had while they were serving their countries. This is especially true if they were in combat situations. It’s difficult for a person to process the horror of combat and having to live with certain images in your memory can cause mental illness.

PTSD affects a person both physically and mentally. They often think about the trauma and relive the memory in their mind over and over, either consciously or while they are dreaming. Their body also reacts to the memory, despite no longer being faced with any harm. In many cases, it’s as if the person with PTSD’s body and mind process the event once they are out of harm’s way.

Symptoms of PTSD sufferers can include nightmares or night terrors, hallucinations, trouble concentrating, mood disorders, and violence.

Thought PTSD cannot be cured, there are treatments for people with PTSD available to help alleviate the long-term effects. The symptoms can be managed even to the point that they no longer interfere with a person’s ability to lead a happy and fulfilling life. The better PTSD symptoms are managed the easier it is to move on from the past and achieve all of your goals.

Like with cannabis, CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular for helping people manage the symptoms of PTSD.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD oil or cannabidiol comes from hemp plants. It is linked to cannabis and medical marijuana because of its source but it is not the same as marijuana because it does not contain THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD oil is not pot, it is not a hallucinogenic, and it will not make you high or get you stoned. It comes from a plant that is in the same family as marijuana but is not the same.

CBD oil is a compound that is considered an effective treatment for a wide variety of health issues. It promotes relaxation, can help alleviate pain, and regulates mood. It has been shown to aid in treating epilepsy and other acute and chronic illnesses. It is all-natural and produces few if any negative side effects. Most people find they are able to use CBD safely and effectively without it interfering with their wellbeing in any negative manner.

How Is CBD Taken to Help with PTSD?

There are several ways you can take CBD oil to aid in treating PTSD. Many people choose to vape CBD. This is done through a vaping device, sometimes called a vape pen. It is the same tool many people use to help them quit smoking. Vaping CBD means you can mix the oil with different flavors, but some people prefer it in its natural form.

Keep in mind when you are vaping you are not burning or smoking anything. Vaping heats the liquid and creates a vapor that is inhaled.

Vaping is the most direct way to introduce CBD into the bloodstream. CBD users also have the option of using it as a tincture, applying it in spray or gel form, or ingesting it via a capsule or gummy chew.

CBD is effective in all of these forms, though some find different methods to be faster or more effective based on their personal preference.

How Does CBD Help PTSD?

CBD functions similar to the body’s natural endorphins. Introducing CBD into the body is similar to getting a boost of endorphins like you might experience when exercising. This doesn’t mean it makes you high or unnaturally affects your body, it simply boosts your mood and helps you feel happier, more relaxed, and at ease.

Instead of focusing on PTSD memories, you’re able to move past them and not allow them to interfere with your body’s natural desire to find homeostasis and feel comfortable and uplifted.

There is also evidence that CBD can help boost levels of anandamide, a compound some research has shown PTSD suffers don’t have enough of in their bodies. Properly balanced anandamide helps a person regulate his or her mood and feel more in balance mentally and emotionally.

CBD also has been shown to ease anxiety, which is one of the most common symptoms suffered by PTSD patients. CBD can help slow the brain down so the person is not over-processing or feeling on edge in response to every circumstance.

CBD is perfect for people who are unresponsive to medication for treating PTSD or for those who would rather go a natural route with treatment to avoid unwanted side effects. CBD oil has very few negative side effects and can actually promote better health overall by helping a person get better sleep and by easing mild to moderate aches and pains. Not only does this help them deal with PTSD, it just makes everyday life a more enjoyable experience.

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

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Italian Farmers Remove Soil Contamination with Hemp

 

Hemp never ceases to amaze us with its versatility and ability to solve many of the earth’s problems. One such problem has affected many farmers in a region of Italy.

Let’s take a journey to Taranto, Italy. This gorgeous region faces the Ionian Sea and is known for its three natural peninsulas. Population 200,154. A massive steel plant sits in Taranto, claiming the future of some hard-working farmers.

Vincenzo Fornaro, a farmer in this region, owns a large strip of land that once played home to 600 sheep. In 2008, his ricotta and meat business was shattered when dioxin, a toxic chemical, was found in his sheep by Italy’s government. His herd was slaughtered and there was no immediately foreseeable way to get back in business.

The culprit? Contaminants leaking from Europe’s largest steel plant.

Fornaro decided to take an unusual path towards solving his soil contamination problem. He planted industrial hemp plants in hopes they would filter out the heavy metals.

This idea isn’t as far-fetched as you may imagine. Hemp plants have already been planted in Chernobyl to remove radioactive compounds strontium and cesium.

How Does Hemp Remove Toxins?

Through a process called phytoremediation, hemp plants can naturally absorb contaminants into its roots where it is stored or transformed into a harmless substance. This process can take a long time since you must grow plants in soil that is not exactly ideal for plant growth but hemp is persistent and adaptable, making it an increasingly popular option for cleaning soil contaminants.

“We must innovate and develop in a way that’s ecologically sound,” Fornaro told an interviewer.

Near the very steel factory that devastated his farm, Fornaro is building a new future with a plant that can be utilized to make thousands of products. Here’s hoping the best success possible for Fornaro and other farmers in the same situation.


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How Cryptocurrency Investment May Be Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health

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Behavioral addictions come in many different forms. Along with the commonly talked about addictions that people have to sex, gambling and video gaming, cryptocurrency is the new way to make yourself addicted to something that you ultimately can’t control. You may be having loads of fun dealing with cryptocurrency, but it could be damaging your mental health in ways that you don’t fully understand.

These kinds of addictions may not seem as serious as a substance abuse addiction, but they are. They each cause you to be so consumed in what you are doing to the point of not taking care of yourself or others. If your mind is filled with thoughts of how much to invest or the worry of losing money, how can you possibly have time to think about other things that are important in your life. Things that you should’ve been thinking about first, like your personal hygiene, your family and your physical wellbeing.

The mind is a tricky thing. Usually, in an addiction, you are not aware that you even are addicted to something, whether it’s behavioral or not.


Cryptocurrency and Its Risks

If you’re reading this article, you are most likely are already aware of what cryptocurrency is and how it is used. Since cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Zcash can be exchanged for real money or used to make online purchases through certain websites, there’s not much you can’t buy. Some websites are catching on finally and don’t allow the use of cryptocurrency to buy stuff with because they don’t want to be associated with anything other than physical money.

The amount of money Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency investments can put in your hand is outrageous in some cases. One of the richest people in the world that is invested in cryptocurrency, Nakamoto, is worth almost $19 billion because of the million bitcoins he or she owns. Nakamoto is also the name of the person that created Bitcoin.

So, there’s no wonder they are so rich.

Another person that got rich from cryptocurrency is Roger Keith Ver. He was one of the first people to invest in Bitcoin, and he ended up making near $52 million from that investment. Granted, he was rich before, but not that rich. His nickname amongst the cryptocurrency community is literally “Bitcoin Jesus” now.

These are the kinds of stories that get people going and make them want to start investing in cryptocurrency, like bitcoin, in the first place.

Before you jump the gun and start transferring all of your money into cryptocurrency, there are a few important risk factors you should take into account. The protections that are in place for investments into the stock market and other types of money investments aren’t applied in the dealing of cryptocurrency. This is because it’s not, by definition, money. It’s electronic money. Yes, these are different.

Electronic money isn’t created by any government agency or regulated by any certain bureaucracy. This means two things. 1. No ridiculous fees or interest is taken out by taxes. 2. You can lose a lot of money quickly because of a lack of regulation.

Cryptocurrency management can raise you a lot of money, A LOT. But, unfortunately, this comes at huge risk - a much bigger risk than you would have dealing with banking institutions. Banks have those regulations in place to help protect you. Their regulations have been edited and developed over years and years of people losing all of their money.

Cryptocurrency plays too close to the line between gambling and legitimate investing. The risk is addicting to some people; it’s a complete thrill. Just like with gambling, cryptocurrency becomes dangerous at some point. Not just because you might owe dangerous people money, but also because of the immense toll, it can potentially take on your mental health.


Why Is Mental Health Important?

So, why is this all important? Why should you even be concerned about having mental health?

Think about this…

The human brain can only handle so much at a time. It may process words and images extremely quickly, but it can only produce so many thoughts in a set period of time. If those thoughts and your emotions are completely consumed by your cryptocurrency investments 24/7, how do you expect to be able to give significant emotion to anything else in your life?

Think about how often you are either checking on your bitcoins or finding new ways to get more? Now think about how else you could’ve been spending that time.

No matter what the addiction, it’s always crucial to keep yourself from making impulsive decisions. If you decide to go all in with cryptocurrency, go ahead; but don’t stretch your finances out so thin in these investments that you can’t pay your living expenses.


Cryptocurrency have your nerves tangled? Are you feeling intense feelings of anxiety? For some relief, consider the benefits of CBD Gummies. They are described as a giant hug to your nervous system and can help you navigate the waters of your financial future while you stay focused, relaxed, and on track.

This article is originally published at SundayScaries.

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What to Look Out for To Tell Your Dog Is Stressed

Eight signs of a stressed-out dog (that you shouldn’t ignore)

After a hard day’s work, you may sometimes look at your pooch and wish you had it easy as they did. After all, they get three (free) square meals a day, a comfy bed, ZERO bills and plenty of belly scratches. Ahhh, that’s the life, right?

And yet our dogs can suffer severely with stress and anxiety – so much so in fact, that if left untreated, it can lead to serious behavioral issues and persistent psychological problems.

At FOMO, we’re all for happy wagging tails. So here we present the top eight signs of a dog in distress (with some pointers along the way as to what you could and should do about it.

 

Barely poops or getting all blocked up

Diarrhea and constipation can go hand-in-hand with anxiety. Like their owners, dogs have millions of receptors within their gastrointestinal tract. When a dog is stressed, these receptors react to the physiological response to fear by either speeding up, or slowing down, our digestive tracts.

Im-paw-tant pointer: With this indicator, it’s worth understanding that diarrhea or constipation is usually more likely to be linked with illness or food intolerance – so any persistent stomach upsets should warrant an urgent trip to the vet (when we say persistent, we’re talking for more than 48 hours or so). This is especially true if you spot blood in their vomit or stools.

 

“Favorite dog treat? No thank you” – Your dog’s appetite dramatically decreases

This one can be a BIG red flag. After all, what dog would willingly turn their CBD dog treats or food down? In the most basic sense, a loss in appetite in dogs can be compared to how humans lose weight during stressful times of their life. If this has happened with your dog, think about whether there have been any new stressors recently – such as moving home, a new baby or a change in routine. You should also think about giving your vet a call – just to ensure there’s no underlying illness that could explain their dip in appetite.

 

“Just leave me alone!” – Your dog isolates himself

It’s pretty natural for any dog to want to spend time alone occasionally. However, when this becomes more regular, with you pup removing himself from human or canine company for hours on end, it could be an indicator that they are anxious or sick. To rule out illness, it may be worthwhile checking in with your veterinarian.

 

Your dog destroys… EVERYTHING!

In more boisterous breeds, dogs routinely attempt to calm their nerves themselves by chowing down on furniture, shoes, toys and even by biting or licking their own body! If you spot these signs, consider the immediate circumstances leading up to this behavior; had they been left alone for a long time? Has an unfamiliar guest popped round?

 

Yawning – Yup, it’s not just a sign of tiredness

It might seem odd, but yawning can be a symptom of stress. When a dog feels anxious, their body enters flight or fight mode.

Their heart rate increases, they breathe more quickly and their muscles tighten. To assist these processes, your pup’s body needs more oxygen, which is gained by taking deep, protracted breathes in the form of yawning.

A stressed yawn is typically observed alongside other behaviors, such as isolation and…

 

Pinned ears and panting

Some dogs seem to ‘look’ worried – a key indicator of which can be pinned ears – where their ears pull back and sit flusher to their head. They may also pant in reaction to fear, anxiety or stress.

A warning sign to look out for in a stressed, panting dog is when they suddenly close their mouth; this could be a signal that they’re reaching peak stress, and preparing to bite.

 

“Pass me the brush!” – Your pup sheds his hair. A LOT, of hair.

Ever noticed how much fur your dog leaves behind at the vets? You may have thought that you didn’t notice just how much they shred until you were under the bright vet lights. But actually, shedding hair is a reaction to anxiety. This can be as immediate as being in the vet’s waiting room, or it could be more gradual, in response to a big life event such as moving, adopting another pet or a family member moving out.

 

Licking (and licking and licking!) their nose and lips.

Dogs are forever attempting to communicate using body language, it’s just that most humans aren’t clued up as to what action holds what meaning.

In the case of a dog who excessively licks their nose and lips, this typically shows you that they’re feeling a bit uneasy.

So, those are the signs of a stressed-out pup. Now? You could probably do with something to ease his frayed nerves. Which, luckily enough, is right about where our rather special bones step in. All-natural FOMO Bones are packed with anxiety-eradicating CBD, which eases canine anxiety and relaxes your furry friend.

This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.


Author bio: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She's pretty sure in her past life, she was a Great Dane. However, we peg her as more of a labrador. Regardless of her breed, she's a dog enthusiast who has 15 years experience training dogs and owners.

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How to Take Hemp Oil Orally

How to Take Hemp Oil Orally

One of the most common ways to get CBD into your system is oral consumption. It is a familiar method that is quick and efficient. There are a few different ways on how to take hemp oil orally, such as tinctures, edibles, or capsules. Understanding how to use each is simple but pivotal to the product’s effectiveness.

What Are my Options?

Tincture

A tincture is a liquid supplement that is taken sublingually (under the tongue). Typically, tinctures have a dropper top that is used for administration. In addition to hemp oil, these drops often include a base oil such as grapeseed oil or coconut oil and flavoring. They are flavored to make the hemp taste slightly more palatable. However, some prefer the taste of hemp and there are natural varieties available.

To use a tincture: first, shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Often times, the ingredients separate; shaking the product ensures a consistent serving. With the dropper top, fill the pipette with oil and then dispense the oil under the tongue. The amount of oil will depend on your specific serving size (see How Much Do I Take? below). Hold the serving under the tongue for 60-90 seconds. Swallow the remaining product, followed by your choice of liquid if desired. While this process is recommended 1-2 times daily, your frequency of use may vary.

Pure Extract

Pure hemp extracts are extracted right from the hemp plant and contain no additives. They have a much thicker consistency than tinctures and are dispensed out of an oral syringe. The color and consistency will vary depending on the variety you choose. This product is unflavored and may contain whole plant material, again, depending on the variety you choose.

To use a pure hemp extract, remove the cap from the end of the syringe. Dispense a rice-sized drop onto a spoon or directly into your mouth by pushing the end of the syringe. If you haven’t done so already, place the extract under your tongue. Hold it in your mouth for 60-90 seconds and then swallow the remaining product. Due to the hemp flavor, we recommend washing the product down with water or juice.

Edibles

Your option for edibles includes chocolates, chews, and lozenges. This variety of options allows many people to find something that will suit their taste. This type of oral supplement is particularly discreet in it looks just like candies or cough drops, so people won’t know that you are taking a dietary supplement. This allows you to take this supplement orally on the go or in the comfort of your own home.

Capsules

If you are already taking other supplements orally, adding another one might be a particularly easy way of adding it to your diet. These capsule supplementsare taken the same way orally as any other capsule with water. These capsules come in different concentrations and are very easy to use when trying to find your perfect serving. When taking CBD hemp orally via capsule, you can be sure about exact servings due to the perfectly portioned oils and gel caps.

How Much Do I Take?

With hemp oil, there is not a one-size-fits-all serving size. What works for some may not work for others. The best practice is to start with the serving size on the package. If after a week you are not seeing the results you are looking for, increase the serving size for another week. Continue this method until your desired results are achieved.

Want to Learn More?

If you are curious about the different ways to take hemp orally, contact Made by Hemp today. One of our enthusiastic employees will be ready to help you find the perfect CBD hemp oil supplement for you and your lifestyle.

 

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How Can CBD Help Elderly People?

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Cannabis-based products like medical marijuana have been getting more and more attention since Canada legalized marijuana in October of this year. While the healing drug from the cannabis plant is already legal in countries like Uruguay, Canada’s decision to make marijuana legal has pushed the healing capabilities of the herb into the limelight like never before.

Not a day goes by where we don’t see one of our friends shared a post on social media about the therapeutic effects of CBD oil, in particular, and we are often hearing of legitimate testimonials from people who have cured their ailments and even terminal illnesses via ingesting cannabis-based products.

5 Ways CBD Can Help Senior Citizens

CBD oil, in particular, has received a lot of attention this year, due to its efficacy at relieving ailments like chronic pain, arthritis, and even dementia in elderly people, and in this article, we will be looking at exactly how CBD can help our loved ones during the later stages of life.

Combats Pain and Reduces Inflammation

As we get older, we start to notice aches and pains in our joints more frequently. And while many of us find the stiffness tolerable to a degree, when we reach a certain age, it can become debilitating and unbearable and often turn to prescription drugs. A long time ago, CBD was found to provide long-term relief for pains that arise as a result of:

  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Crohn‘s Disease
  • Cancer
  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

Many more ailments frequently cause pain in individuals of all ages, but especially the elderly. Thanks to the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabidiol oil, more doctors are prescribing nature’s powerful healing potion to senior patients as they feel it is a better alternative to dishing out traditional painkillers that can cause damage to other organs if used for too long.

With more publicity surrounding the use of CBD-based products to naturally combat the uncomfortable symptoms of aging, it quickly becomes the multi-purpose medicine of choice in states where it is permitted for medicinal purposes.

CBD Heals Your Aching Bones

When taken ingested in the correct manner, cannabis can restore damaged joints to full health. One of the most common symptoms of aging is the reduction in bone density, which is accompanied by the tendency to be prone to Osteoporosis. This degenerative condition makes the elderly highly susceptible to fractures, especially women over the age of 50 who have been through the menopause. CBD can be used as a preventative measure and also in a curative sense when it comes to dealing with bone-related issues in seniors. Research has revealed that CBD is capable of halting bone degeneration in its tracks and even reversing existing damage. It triggers the regeneration of healthy bone tissue, as well as growth. The result of taking regular doses of CBS is one that senior citizens very much need increased bone density and stronger bones. It also has the added benefit of relieving pain caused by the inflammation of joints and surrounding muscles.

It Enhances Quality of Sleep

It comes without much surprise that many senior citizens have difficulty sleeping. They struggle to fall asleep, they can’t stay asleep for a long time, and they also usually struggle to maintain healthy sleep patterns. Not only can this lead to increased fatigue and irritability during the day, but inconsistent sleep in old age can also encourage degenerative diseases like Dementia, Glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, the benefits of CBD when it comes to sleep are countless. First of all, contrary to traditional prescription sleep meds, CBD enhances alertness throughout the day. However, it works much better as a sleeping aid when it is taken in the morning as opposed to right before bed. It cures insomnia by promoting a lengthier sleep and more consistent sleep patterns and also allows sufferers to overcome symptoms like anxiety, stress, and irritability that often accompany a lack of sleep. CBD is also a much safer alternative to pharmaceutical sleep aids, as there are no negative side effects associated with it whatsoever. For those of us who have elderly loved ones, this is possibly the most important advantage of the tincture.

Reduces the Need for Toxic Pharmaceuticals

Years ago, there was a famous saying that went like this: “An Aspirin a day keeps the doctor away.” Sadly, as it turns out, this was just another Big Pharma marketing ploy. An Aspirin a day most certainly does not keep the doctor away as, over recent years, our attention has been drawn to the fact that many of the traditional pharmaceuticals we use to treat aches and pains are responsible for incredibly harmful side effects like liver damage. Traditional over-the-counter meds very often do more harm than good. This is why CBD oil is so important as medicine in elderly people because as they age and their health deteriorates, they are prescribed more and more pills every day that gets them stuck in a toxic cycle. By using CBD to address and treat physical and emotional issues, many seniors have been able to reduce their intake of potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs.

What Are the Safest Ways for Senior Citizens to Take CBD?

Smoking marijuana strains rich in CBD is not recommendable to the elderly, as high quantities of THC will also be ingested. That means that grandpa will be walking around in a complete daze most of the time, possibly as high as a kite. The safest and most effective methods of experiencing all of the healing benefits that cannabis has to offer, especially among senior citizens, is to consume CBD infused edibles such as under-the-tongue tinctures, and, of course, CBD oil.

Final Thoughts

The benefits of choosing CBD products over pharmaceutical drugs are endless. First, marijuana-based substances cannot be addictive. This is a harsh contrast when we think about sleeping aids like benzodiazepines, which are some of the most highly addictive substances in the world. There are also no common withdrawal symptoms from CBD and if you were to suddenly stop taking it, the only withdrawal you would experience is comparative to giving up caffeine. Second, and perhaps most importantly, there are no side effects associated with CBD and a recent study revealed that in order to reach toxicity, one would have to consume over four pounds of marijuana in one day. A figure that even a prolific weed smoker like Snoop Dogg would struggle to achieve! CBD is paving the way for the world to focus on entirely natural treatments becoming commonplace in traditional medicine and with so many success stories emerging every day, the future is looking incredibly bright for cannabis-based products.



This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

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Pet Industry Trends to Watch Out for in 2019





Every year, we see a new realm of pet trends that have that “wow” factor flooding the market on social media, at the local pet store, or at the Global Pet Expo—and 2019 is certainly no different for the pet care and pet business in general. We’re seeing a ton of new age ideas that are going to completely change the way you and your pet live your day to day lives. From new apps for your phone to new ideas when it comes to dog food, you’re sure to be amazing (and excited) at what 2019 pet trends have to offer. Even pet services such as pet grooming and pet sitting, and veterinary care, as well as the pet food industry,  have got in on the act and are offering more and more new and exciting food products.

More Technology

Technology is a huge part of everyone’s lives in this day and age; therefore, companies are going to utilize this area of their business and use it to sell more of their must-have, new age products to dog owners and pet parents in general. Some of the products you might see in 2019 include:

  • Pet Health Apps. It is easy to stay up-to-date with your pet’s health when you have an app on your phone helping you every step of the way. These apps will ensure your pet is in top-notch condition and also provide insight on things you can do to help your pet grow bigger and stronger. Some apps will also hook up to webcams to check on your dog throughout the day with ease.
  • Automatic pet feeders. Not your typical automatic pet feeder, though. These are connected to an app so you can feed your dog even when you’re not at home.
  • Mobile vet clinics. Don’t want to visit your veterinarian if you don’t absolutely have to? I’m sure your dog will love hearing that there will be digital applications for vets in 2019. This means no horrible visits to the vet that ends in an anxious, uneasy dog that is afraid to go for a ride in the car again.

Tear-Free Vet Visits

Animals do not like the vet (and neither do pet parents), it’s really as simple as that. And veterinarians across the country have decided it’s enough. They no longer want the animal medicine experience to be a horrible one that leaves dogs (and every other pet) riddled with anxiety and distraught.

So, what measures are veterinarians and their assistants taking to ensure every visit is an enjoyable one? First and foremost, they want to alleviate the anxiety by offering plenty of positive reinforcement during the visit while also providing treats and goodies for the good doss.

Another thing they want to do is create new rooms throughout the office, including a separate waiting room for dogs and cats so there’s no fighting while waiting in the waiting room. They also want to provide dogs only and cats only exam rooms so smells don’t rile them up anymore.

Lastly, the use of calming pheromones may also be used to help release any stress or anxiety that the pet is having. This is a huge positive for both pets and their owners alike!

Food Delivery Services

Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub…do I really need to go on?

In this day and age, we expect to have our food delivered to us. So, why wouldn’t we want the same for our dogs? In 2019, they will be introducing a food delivery service for dogs as well, and pet owners everywhere just wiped the sweat off their forehead and sighed with relief.

With healthy, nutritious food being delivered directly to your door, there is really no excuse to not provide your dog with the best. It makes everything so much easier on everyone’s part, and your dog will be delighted to have a treat delivered to him every so often.

And speaking of pet food, another trend you might see in 2019 is better food. It seems like pet owners are less interested in brand names and prices these days. They would much rather prefer something nutritious for their pup to keep them healthy and strong for many years to come. This means that more companies are making pet foods that are loaded up with real ingredients that make your dog (and their belly) happy.

Stress-Reducing Food

Dogs can suffer from anxiety for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s obvious what’s going on to bring on the stress, and other times we haven’t a clue why our dog is all the sudden behaving oddly and riddled with anxiety.

Pet owners said enough is enough when it comes to a stressed-out pup. Now we are seeing an increase in pet food and treats that contain calming ingredients such as probiotics and CBD oils, as well as many other ingredients,  said to release stress.

These products are starting to pop up on the shelves everywhere, including FOMO Bones which have become a huge hit recently. Our bones, much like other products, you will start to see on the shelves in pet stores and are geared toward making dogs feel at ease. That means no more jittery pup, no more doggy struggling with anxiety—just a happy dog that you know and love.

Eating Like Adults

People will always say not to give food off your plate to your dog, but why? Yes, it’s true some of these foods are harmful; however, there is a wide long list of foods that are perfectly fine for your pup. This is why more and more people are starting to give their dog exactly what they are eating, especially if they are following an organic diet filled with plenty of lean meat, fruits, and vegetables.

Conclusion

Excited for 2019 pet trends? We don’t blame you! There are truly some amazing things we get to look forward to—and your dog will be happy too. Just imagine how your puppy will act when his belly is filled with a proper diet filled with stress-relieving properties? How about a visit to the vet that isn’t a disaster? These things—and more—are just moments away.

 

This article by Jordan is originally published at FOMO Bones.

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Anxiety and the Endocannabinoid System

  

Anxiety is a normal coping mechanism; however, in excess, it can be detrimental. More than just a situational response, anxiety disorders are characterized by a persistent and oftentimes irrational dread of everyday situations which can interfere with daily activities.

Forty million U.S. adults are affected by an anxiety-related disorder; however, the prevalence of these disorders should not diminish their impact.

Excessive anxiety is a central symptom of several neuropsychiatric disorders including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety is a complex disorder that can develop through various factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

Anxiety and Emotional Response

Anxiety is our body’s response to an emotional situation. Biologically, anxiety activates our “fight or flight” response to warn us of potential threats.

During such time, norepinephrine and cortisol flood our system to boost to perception, reflexes, and speed. These chemicals increase the heart rate, blood flow to the muscles, and air flow. With chronic anxiety, the response is never deactivated, and the physical and emotional effects of anxiety remain.

Anxiety and the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an integral role in regulating emotional response.

Specifically, the ECS supports nerve activity that determines our response to emotional or aversive events.

An Introduction to the ECS

As discussed in a previous blog, the endocannabinoid system is a biological system responsible for maintaining homeostasis. The ECS is composed of endocannabinoids, degradative enzymes, and cannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoids such as anandamide (“the bliss molecule”) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2AG) are synthesized, or created, by our body on demand in response to an imbalance. They interact with the cannabinoid receptors to direct the body back to proper functioning.

CB1 Receptors and Anxiety

CB1 receptors, which are primarily located on nerve endings, are one of the two major cannabinoid receptors.

Studies have found the activation of the CB1 receptor produces anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects.

When discussing conditioned fear, the effect of CB1 receptor activation is complex; however, CB1 receptor activation can reduce fear and prevent the activation of existing memories from the past. Additionally, CB1 receptor activation protects against the adverse effects of chronic stress, which can lead to anxiety. For this reason, CB1 receptor activation has been studied for anxiolytic drug development.

Endocannabinoids activate the CB1 receptor; therefore, a higher level of endocannabinoids can be beneficial for those with anxiety-related disorders. Additionally, chemicals that inhibit the FAAH enzyme from breaking down anandamide increase endocannabinoid availability and are also being studied for their anxiolytic effects.

Living with Anxiety

There are many ways to manage anxiety; however, less than 40% of those with an anxiety disorder seek treatment. Still today, there is a stigma surrounding mental illness that discourages those struggling from seeking help. We can help end the stigma of mental illness by having open conversations about mental health, encouraging mental health education, and showing compassion to those with a mental illness.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, we encourage you to learn more about the disorder and the options for treatment.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

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Buying CBD for the First Time? Read This Guide First

 

Like with medical marijuana, the wonderful world of CBD can be slightly overwhelming for a newbie and with the mainstream media going crazy for its health benefits, more and more companies are popping up selling a variety of different CBD products, such as CBD vape, the vape pen, capsules, CBD gummies, and other CBD edibles, CBD isolate, a CBD tincture or two, and even CBD dog treats. With so much information (and misinformation) flying around the Internet and through word of mouth, many of those who are curious about experiencing the benefits of nature’s miracle supplement are finding themselves confused about what to take and when.

So, in a bid to clarify things and debunk some myths about CBD, or cannabidiol oil, along with the potential effects and benefits of CBD, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to get started with buying CBD for the first time. Looking to buy CBD? Read on.

Not All CBD Oil Is Created Equal

The very first thing you need to understand in order to get started with making a CBD purchase is that not all oils will be effective and the effects of CBD will differ. The rise in popularity with regards to CBD products means that every day, new CBD companies are popping up left, right, and center and, unfortunately, many of them offer poor quality oils at extortionate prices. You should always look for the following criteria before making a decision about which brand to purchase.

  • Full spectrum CBD not isolate
  • Organic-, GMO-, and pesticide-free
  • CO2 extraction method for purity
  • Transparency with regards to ingredients and concentrate
  • Third-party lab tested
  • The company is willing to provide a lab report on request
  • Legal amount of THC

Buying a full spectrum oil means that you will also be able to enjoy all of the benefits from the whole plant and not just the isolated cannabinoid compound.

Don’t Be a Penny Pincher

Absolutely everyone loves a bargain in life and, most often, if someone knows they can get away with cutting corners to save money to buy CBD oil in tincture form, they will! This is absolutely fine when it comes to superficial products, but not when it comes to a product that we ingest into our bodies. Trying to save money by buying CBD oil that is way cheaper than other brands is pretty much the same as setting fire to the total amount you will be paying. Producing a pure, full spectrum CBD oil that is extracted in the purest way is expensive, which is why many of the reputable CBD manufacturers charge a higher price for their products. If you purchase premium quality oil from a reputable vendor, you might pay a higher price, but you will also be safe in the knowledge that the positive benefits are in sight.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Each and every one of us has a completely unique endocannabinoid system and the efficacy of a particular dose of CBD depends on the following factors:

  • Severity of your condition
  • Body weight
  • Height
  • Metabolic rate
  • Tolerance
  • Fitness level

This means that two drops of CBD oil might work really well for some people, but won’t even touch the sides with others. As it stands, the dosage is one of the biggest hurdles that cause new CBD users to become frustrated or give up in favor of pharmaceuticals. Before purchasing CBD oil, consider how serious your symptoms are and how you usually respond to medication. If you usually need a higher dose to feel an effect, then you might need to gradually increase your dose of CBD to several drops each day, in which case buying a bigger sized bottle could end up saving you money in the long run.

Do Your Research

And, by that, we mean Google should become your best friend until you make a decision about which CBD oil to purchase. A simple search of “most reputable CBD companies in your area” should produce a list of rated and reviewed companies. And the great thing about the Internet is that you cannot hide from it. This means that a genuine company will have received reputable reviews and a company offering poor products will also be ousted. A good quality CBD brand will have received media praise as well as recommendations from users online.

If in Doubt, Ask!

2019 has seen a rise in small businesses, especially within the CBD industry. Many of the companies offering CBD oil online will happily take the time to clear up any questions you might have and the better websites will offer an in-depth FAQ section.

Check the THC Levels

One of the common myths about CBD oil is that it will get you high. This is categorically not true and here’s why:

The Cannabis or hemp plant is made up of hundreds of compounds, the two primary ones being CBD and THC. THC is the compound that gets you high and it is only found in incredibly limited quantities in full spectrum oil. Legally, there cannot be more than 0.3% THC in CBD oil and this tiny amount will not produce any psychoactive effects when combined with CBD. If you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized, then it is possible that some dispensaries will sell oils containing a higher amount of THC. If in doubt, always check before making a purchase and, in any case, this information should be prominent on the packing of the product you want to buy.

Final Thoughts

The power of word of mouth goes a long way, especially when it comes to “hot topics” like CBD. Thanks to the Internet and public forums, scam artists are quickly exposed. In turn, good products will receive praise from consumers, media outlets, and, of course, social media. Spending some time browsing the Internet for CBD oil recommendations makes navigating the confusion you might be experiencing much easier and on finding a brand you feel confident about, a quick Google search on their company name will reveal everything you need to know about their products.


This article is originally published at SundayScaries.



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Severe Separation Anxiety in Dogs: When Is It Time to See the Vet?

If your dog has started acting out or is visibly stressed out when you leave him alone, then you are more than likely dealing with one of the most common issues when it comes to having a dog separation anxiety! It is essentially defined as a problematic type of behavior that is accompanied by symptoms such as whining, excessive barking, scratching the walls and doors, chewing things up, or other destructive behavior. In more severe cases, separation anxiety could cause your dog to try and escape through the room they are in at any cost! Even crate training may not always work.

If you are among the thousands of devoted pet parents who have to deal with the negative effects of your dog’s separation anxiety, then you will be pleased to hear there are several highly effective remedies you can try at home to soothe your pooch.

Why Do Dogs Get Separation Anxiety?

What the majority of pet owners don’t realize is that separation anxiety in dogs, especially when left for longer periods, is often encouraged by overly adoring dog owners. Because we love our four-legged friends so much, it is just too tempting not to make a huge fuss and smother them with kisses and cuddles when we get home after being at work all day. And while we think that this will give them the reassurance they need to know that we will always come back after a few hours, dog’s do not have the ability to rationalize as we humans do. Every time your dog goes into panic mode and experiences the anxiety of being away from you and you reward this stress with attention on returning home, you are provoking him to continue acting out. Also, dogs are pack animals and they see us as their pack leader which they want to be with 24/7, so leaving them in a crate while you go to work for short periods may have a serious effect on the pet.

The root cause of separation anxiety in dogs can’t be pinned on one general factor. Some experts indicate that a lack of exercise and overall boredom can cause our dogs to become more stressed, while many others believe that some breeds have an inherently nervous disposition compared to others. Regardless of the cause of the separation anxiety, it is something that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later with behavior modification.

How to Overcome Separation Anxiety in Dogs

A change in routine including mental stimulation is thought to be one of the factors that contribute most to your pet experiencing an onset of separation anxiety. In order to start minimizing these bouts of stress, you have to establish a balanced sense of confidence, patience, and obedience in your dog. Sadly, this doesn’t happen as a result of loads of cuddles, but rather through ensuring that you take a consistent approach to never rewarding negative behavior. For example, if every time you leave and you hear your dog crying you go back to comfort him, it is going to teach him that by barking and whining more, he is going to get you back quicker. Any kind of discipline and training involves patience and consistency and the same is true of helping your hound to feel better about being left home alone.

There is also a range of entirely natural and healing products you can use as tools to accompany your chosen “training” regime, such as CBD dog treats. These organic treats are infused with just the right dose of CBD oil to ease your dog’s anxiety and many dog owners who found that nothing seemed to work with regards to their dog’s separation anxiety are having excellent results. Not only will the CBD dog treats calm your dog down, but they also work to cure ailments like arthritis, epilepsy, and pain.

When Is It Time to See the Vet?

Separation anxiety in dogs is a common issue that almost every pet will experience to some degree, thus it is usually normal. However, there are some warning signs that indicate you might need to go and see the vet or veterinary behaviorist.

Aggressive Behavior

If you notice that your dog’s behavior is demonstrating aggressive or possessive behavior all of a sudden, then it could be he is experiencing severe separation anxiety. Many dogs try to overcome their feelings of being left alone by clinging to our sides during the time we are with them. In theory, there is nothing wrong with that, but if your dog starts guarding you and showing aggressive behavior or similar problem behaviors to others wanting to get close to you, then you need to see the vet as soon as possible in order to rule out any underlying illness. Your vet should also be able to recommend an animal behaviorist who can help you get your dog’s attitude in check.

Extreme Panic Attacks

Most people think that panic attacks only happen to humans who are under extreme amounts of pressure. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case and our dogs can experience panic attacks that can cause them to act out through chewing and even eating parts of the furniture, shoes, etc. If your dog’s anxiety seems to be through the roof, then you should consult your vet about what you can do. Many vets will promote natural remedies, so be sure to ask if they think CBD treats could be a feasible option for your pup.

Obsessive Eating

A couple of years ago, my own dog went through such a bad case of separation anxiety he ate part of the curtain. I came home to find him choking and rushed him to the vet. Fortunately, she told me that he wasn’t choking—he was having an anxiety attack. Because dogs don’t understand what anxiety is, when they feel overcome with a negative sensation, they will often take comfort in trying to eat the proverbial lump in their throat away. Some dogs will obsessively eat shoes, cushion stuffing, and toys, while others will literally try and chew their way through doors. Aside from the cost of having to replace and repair everything, if your dog ingests plastic or wood it could cause them major stomach problems.

The above points are just a few examples of when it could be time to see a vet to get further advice on how to deal with separation anxiety in dogs. As a rule of thumb, you as a devoted dog owner will sense in your gut when something is up, so it’s always better to get a professional second opinion from a reputable vet to help you treat your dog’s anxiety properly.

This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.


Author bio: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She's pretty sure in her past life, she was a Great Dane. However, we peg her as more of a labrador. Regardless of her breed, she's a dog enthusiast who has 15 years experience training dogs and owners.

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