Hemp 101


“So what is CBD, anyway?”
It’s a question I am asked every day.
There’s a lot of doubt, misinformation, and just plain confusion out there. Let’s clear it up, shall we?


CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is one of many naturally occurring compounds found in both Hemp). These plant-based, fat-soluble molecules (including THC) are all known as cannabinoids. Along with many other natural products, cannabinoids work on the body's endocannabinoid system (or ECS), which is a master regulatory of managing stress, free radical damage, and the immune system.

Our botanical and wellness products contain a proprietary blend of non-psychoactive cannabinoids derived from organic, sun-grown hemp. 


There are many questions that might be top of mind for you, so let’s address them individually.

What are the benefits to using CBD with my pet?
CBD interacts with a pet’s endocannabinoid system - the central regulatory system known to affect bodily processes such as digestion, anxiety, mood, discomfort, and sleep. CBD also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and contains antioxidants which can have long term health benefits.

Why use Austin and Kat for healthy pets? 
We love our pets…to help them, to make their day brighter is the least we can do because we get so much joy and love back from them…and when you see how they react you’ll realize the impact CBD and our natural products can have on them.

What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring antioxidants that help the body to manage stress and balance daily life.



What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are protective molecules for plants, pets, and people. They work inside the body to calm the nerves, remove dangerous free radicals, and promote homeostasis.

What is homeostasis and why is it important for my pet?
Homeostasis is a state of balance, when you and your pet are optimized for good health.Antioxidants like CBD rebalance the body & mind to relieve physical and mental stress.

How was the recipe formulated? 
If you’ve read the news you'll know that research in this field is limited but among the most exciting areas of scientific study today. For me, the proof is in the pudding. You know your pet and it will be obvious to you that there's something unique about cannabinoids.  Our inhouse science team spent tireless hours on research and development, partnering with innovative companies that lead the field in cutting-edge scientific and clinical research.  Each new formula has been optimized with synergizing antioxidants that complement and elevate the effects of  CBD through a total-systems approach to wellness.  The result? Truly efficacious products that deliver long-lasting and targeted support.

Is all CBD oil the same?
Not all CBD extracts are equal - we never use ultra-processed hemp oils. To save time and money, most companies produce ultra-processed hemp oils that are manipulated and adulterated at an industrial scale.

What is ultra-processed CBD?
Like comparing pre-sliced white bread to a nice homemade whole grain loaf, ultra-processed hemp oils are lower quality extracts that contain little else but CBD.

Do ultra-processed CBD oils work the same?
Without the synergizing effects of other cannabinoids and terpenes, inferior ‘CBD-only’oils miss the mark on delivering hemp’s full collection of long-lasting benefits.

What is an adulterated oil?
Adulterated oils often include toxic chemicals, heavy metals, or contaminants. Not only does Treehouse preserve the largest variety of beneficial compounds from hemp, their methods never use or leave behind toxic chemicals, heavy metals, or contaminants.

What else is found in hemp?
Hemp is chock full of cannabinoids that are similar to CBD (such as CBG & CBN).Each one plays a role to balance and calm the body, working together as antioxidants. Cannabinoids are not the only antioxidants found in hemp.Another group, called terpenes, work alongside cannabinoids to benefit the body.

What are terpenes?
Terpenes are also antioxidants. They help cannabinoids like CBD to remove free radicals.Using them together with cannabinoids enhances their calming and soothing effects. 


Do other plants make cannabinoids and terpenes?
Different cannabinoids and terpenes have been discovered in all sorts of other plants! Austin and Kat deep-dives into the science of combining natural products that work together.

What are natural products?
Natural products are substances produced by living organisms, such as CBD from hemp. While they work okay alone, they work best when all together - this is known as the entourage effect.

What is the entourage effect?
The entourage effect happens when many natural products work together and synergize in the body. Austin and Kat specializes in selecting key ingredients just for this purpose, elevating the effects of CBD.

What is synergism?
Certain natural products combine with each other to produce enhanced benefits that you would not observe when using each of them alone.

Can My Pet Safely Use Austin And Kat Products If They’re Taking Medications Or Supplements?
As always, consult your veterinarian before adding any supplement to your pet’s daily wellness regimen. Our products contain no artificial preservatives or unnecessary additives, but even natural products can have unique interactions with certain pharmaceuticals and medications. 

Is a Hemp-derived CBD Extract Safe For My Pet?
The most important lesson we’ve taken from our years of experience in the industry is ‘not every hemp oil extract is created equally.’ Everyone’s big safety concern is not from the consumption of CBD, but from those that opt for unsafe, cheap means of growing hemp and extracting oil.

We’ve done a deep-dive into the science of safe extraction in order to deliver a reliable and quality product that we’re happy to share with our pets and yours. The key is to hold to rigorous internal standards, and to never rely on distilled and adulterated oils (rife with dangerous solvents, trace pesticides, and toxic metals). More importantly, we test our products through and through, from the flower to the extract to the finished blend.

Can your hemp extracts get my pet high?
Absolutely not. As safety is our top priority, all Austin and Kat products have non-detectable amounts of psychoactive THC (delta-9 THC).

Is psychoactive THC dangerous?
We’d be the first to defend the physical and mental benefits of a little THC when humans use it responsibly (Kat’s husband, Tim, is a major advocate of microdosing all cannabinoids for human health and wellness, and he even created a human line tailored to that purpose). But the nervous systems of dogs and cats are very different from humans, and they have greater numbers of cannabinoid receptors distributed around unique parts of the body and nervous system. Dogs display neurotoxic responses to THC exposure that give veterinarians great concern about the long term effect of exposing animals to low-dose THC products. Luckily, a full spectrum of other non-intoxicating cannabinoids in hemp like CBD, CBG, CBC, and even sister molecules of THC known as isomers all work together to deliver a potent (and safe) entourage effect on the endocannabinoid system.

Does CBD need psychoactive THC?
A little CBD goes a long way to help mellow out the anxiety-inducing effects of THC, many other cannabinoids in hemp happily take the place of THC when the relationship is turned around. In short, the calming effects and relief we all look for in CBD get along just fine without psychoactive compounds.|

How do you extract your hemp oil?
We rely on the gold standard of oil extraction methods known as supercritical CO2 (sounds high-tech right? The good news is you trade in all of those dangerous chemical solvents for plain old carbon dioxide, the same gas we exhale when breathing). We’re proud to offer your pets the cleanest and purest extraction methods possible, the same used by pharmaceutical companies and the human supplement industry.

Do You 3rd-party Test Your Products?
We triple 3rd-party test our products for absolute certainty in their safety and efficacy. We enlist the help of the finest independent and accredited laboratories to screen our flower, extract, and finished products. First, the raw plant material is tested for an exhaustive collection of pesticides, herbicides, microbes, and mycotoxins. Next, our hemp oil extract is re-tested for contaminants and heavy metals, and then analyzed for a consistent cannabinoid and terpene profile. Finally, our finished product is 3rd-party tested to ensure we’ve hit our marks across the board for potency and safety. Only then, after this triplicate quality assurance process, do we approve our products for sale. 

Do you ever use hemp from outside of the US?
Never - We only use domestic hemp, sun-grown in the USA by organic practices from Treehouse. Industrial hemp of seed and stalk that comes from overseas-suppliers is intended for fiber and paper, not next-generation wellness products. While hempseed oil has a unique cannabinoid profile of its own, the optimal concentrations of cannabinoids that make up ‘CBD oil’ are found most densely packed in the flowering plant. We ensure a consistent and efficacious cannabinoid profile in all of our extracts by both growing and processing within the United States, assuring our quality standards are met by keeping a careful eye on the process.