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CBD 101

What’s this CBD stuff?

“So what is CBD, anyway?”

It’s a question I get every day. And, I’m more than happy to answer! Since it’s a relatively new supplement that’s still being studied, there’s a lot fo doubt, misinformation, and just plain confusion out there. Let’s clear it up, shall we?

Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is one of more than 60 unique compounds produced naturally by the hemp plant. It acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system (whew, that’s a mouthful!), a central regulator of several processes in your pet’s body (and your human body, too). The endocannabinoid system regulates things like appetite, pain, inflammation response, mood, memory, and more.

CBD binds to the receptors in this system and has shown enormous promise in helping to maintain a consistent and healthy baseline of wellness.

All Austin and Kat™ products, from our biscuits to our tinctures, contain a proprietary blend of non-toxic, non-psychoactive cannabinoids derived from organic, USA-grown hemp.

Oh, and one more thing: CBD is also non-habit forming. Keeping your pet comfortable and worry-free should be comfortable and worry-free for you, too.

What are the benefits of using CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with a pet’s endocannabinoid system, which is known to coordinate bodily processes like digestion, mood, pain, inflammation, and sleep.

Did you know?

Without any external influence, a pet’s body naturally produces its own cannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Of all phytocannabinoids being researched now, CBD has shown the most therapeutic promise in early clinical studies.

A lot of pet owners use CBD treats and oils as daily supplements for general well-being. More specifically, we’ve heard it’s helped to reduce pain in injured pets, increase mobility with our arthritic furry friends, assist with digestion, and—one of the bigger ones—to help your pet relax! Separation anxiety or anxiety in general (fireworks, anyone?) is a very real, very common problem for pets. CBD can help.

Our CBD-rich hemp oil also contains Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that are known to balance metabolism and reduce inflammation—functional ingredients for a wholly functioning, happy pet!

Why use Austin and Kat for healthy pets?

Using the best full-spectrum and hemp-derived ingredients, we make products for pets with wellness in mind. We want you to make the most of all your adventures with your best friend.

Helping owners have healthier, calmer, and happier pets has been our mission from the start—and giving pets only the very best is what we do.

Are there any adverse side effects of using the biscuits?

Austin and Kat biscuits and oils are completely safe. They’re non-toxic, non-habit forming, and not psychoactive, either. In fact, customers and veterinarians who use our product have never reported any adverse side effects.

Can my pet take Austin and Kat if he is on other medication or supplements?

Of course it’s always advisable to do your research when using any supplement with your pet. That could just mean a quick phone call to your vet, or it might mean a thorough investigation on a medication’s listed interactions and/or side effects. After all, you’re the best advocate for your pet out there, and we know you take that role seriously. (We know we do.)

But, as we’ve heard from many happy owners over the years, we’re happy to say that many owners use CBD in conjunction with traditional therapies and drugs, as it’s a safe, non-toxic and natural solution to some of those pesky problems.

Is CBD legal?

That’s a resounding yes! We’re excited to say that CBD is, in fact, legal.

How was the recipe formulated? Did you work alongside veterinarians?

If you’ve read the news, you'll know that research in this field is still limited, but it’s certainly among one of the most exciting new areas of scientific study today! (I may be a bit biased…)

For our product specifically, our beloved Dr. Mike was on-hand to help with the formulations, ensuring we were hitting the right serving sizes for our pets while building the right nutritional profiles. For me, the proof is in the way your pet experiences relief from so many of the symptoms plaguing him/her. You know your pet best, and it’ll be obvious to you that there's something special about these cannabinoids.

Did you know?

A pet’s endocannabinoid receptors respond to our products much the same way they respond to their own internally-produced cannabinoids (whew!). This just means that when these receptors are activated, they help coordinate those processes we’ve been talking about (relief from pain, inflammation, sleep, anxiety). With that understanding, it’s obvious hemp is a healthy non-toxic way to lend a hand to your endocannabinoid system—whether you’re a human or an animal!

Can Austin and Kat™ biscuits or oils get my pet high?

Nope. Won’t happen, and let me tell you why: Our biscuits and oils contain naturally-occurring CBD sourced from industrial hemp. There’s next to no THC (that’s ultimately the stuff that gets you “high”) in our products, and because we’re verified through rigorous testing, you won’t have any high pets on your hands (though they will feel a bit better).

What is the entourage effect?

Confused by this term? I was too. The entourage effect actually just means the “whole-plant” effect. It’s a small detail, sure, but I think it’s important to highlight the fact that we use the whole hemp plant to produce our CBD oil.

Like eating an actual carrot has additional benefits compared to taking beta-carotene supplements, allowing all of the powerful natural compounds in hemp to work together is critical to the success of using hemp for health. This includes fatty acids, terpenes, phenolics, and other cannabinoids. In other words, CBD needs the rest of the hemp plant to work synergistically to optimize your pet’s wellbeing. That’s why all of our products include full-spectrum CBD oil to ensure we are doing everything possible for the happiest, calmest, healthiest pet out there.

Our CBD

Our CBD is guaranteed to be free of heavy metals, solvents, contaminants, and pesticides. Unlike our competitors, who may use inexpensive CBD from China, all of our oil comes directly from certified US farms. Our hemp is grown using organic practices, and the oil is extracted using a chemical-free CO2 method to ensure product stability and quality (and to ensure 0.3% or less of THC). CBD oil extractions are cold processed at temperatures closest to natural material, therefore reducing degradation of the plant and the extracted oil.

Did you know?

CO2 extraction is environmentally friendly and non-toxic.

How do you know how much CBD is in each biscuit or in each dropper?

Consistency is so important, so we have our batches rigorously lab tested to make sure every product is of the highest quality. We also want to ensure we’re delivering the same amount of CBD as advertised on the label, and that the bag of biscuits or bottle of oil you purchase today will have the same ratios next time you buy.

Within our quality assurance process, we use independent labs that test the potency of our supplies and products both before and after baking, and the pharmaceutical grade hemp supplied to us is once again 3rd-party tested to ensure it meets our high standards for safety and potency.