DEA Says Hemp Derived CBD Oil Products Are Federally Legal

The Drug Enforcement Agency released an internal directive regarding the presence of cannabinoids in products and materials made form the Cannabis plant this week. In essence the directive of guidance for staff and field agents in the department clarified the (already understood by many in the hemp industry) position that cannabinoids are in fact NOT illegal of themselves and that it depends upon the legal source of the product those cannabiniods are in which determines if that product falls in or outside of the Controlled Substances Act. The directive states:

"Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA or its implementing regulations. The mere presence of cannabinoids is not itself dispositive as to whether a substance is within the scope of the CSA."

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Untangling Pet CBD


Marijuana. Cannabis. It used to be the drug of hippies and college kids. Now legalized in 30 states and the District of Columbia, it’s not so taboo any more. However, it is still very new in this regard, especially when it comes to medicinal use and regulatory issues.

Nevertheless, the increasing use of cannabis for medical purposes has spawned a budding industry. With this, comes a lot of confusion for consumers who are interested in exploring the health benefits of cannabis for both themselves and their pets.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll break down the most common compound for medicinal marijuana: Cannabidiol (CBD).

What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a major constituent of the cannabis plant. It is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” like Phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD doesn’t activate the brain’s cannabinoid receptors in the same manner as THC. It does however, target a wide variety of proteins in the brain and nervous system that regulate cell activities. By interacting with the brain’s signaling systems in various ways, it can provide relief from pain, anxiety, and nausea. Beyond our brains, CBD may benefit our bones and immune systems and work broadly throughout the body as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which may help protect cells from damages associated with neurodegenerative diseases. It has proven to have the same effect on our pet.

What are the differences between 250mg, 500mg and 1000mg of CBD?
You will likely see various pet CBD products with varying amounts of CBD (in mg). What does this mean? It’s basically the potency. 250mg is a low-potency oil while 1000mg is a high potency oil. It also means the percentage of actual CBD that is in the product.

For example: A single serving of the 250mg (30 mL) bottle is equivalent to 15 drops of oil. which translates to a 7mg dose of CBD. Pet owners may not even use a full dose though, as your pet can find relief with as little as 5-7 drops of oil, which translates to about a 3mg dose. However, make sure to talk to your vet prior to starting a CBD regiment for your pet, and always check dosing amounts as it applies to the size of your pet.

While the perception is the higher the potency, the more effective the product, which is not altogether untrue; CBD product potency is really about the degree to which CBD can effect a dog’s health. It is directly related to the ability of that CBD product to be absorbed, transported and made available to individual receptor sites. This is primarily determined by the method of delivery:

  • Sublingual- under the tongue. When administered this way, the cannabinoids come into close contact with blood-rich tissues in the mouth and are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. Because of this, sublingual administration is considered the best choice of dosing.

  • Oral ingestion from treats or on food. While not as effective as sublingual administration, putting some CBD oil in your pet’s food is less “invasive”. However, it is possible that a percentage of the original stated dose is lost due to the presence of digestive enzymes and stomach acids. This results in a much lower bio-availability of active cannabinoids and therefore, lowers the absorption rate.

Full spectrum CBD, such as PPITS Pet CBD, contains an array of non-intoxicating cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabidivarin (CBDV) just to name a few. All have shown to help with conditions such as anxiety, cancer, inflammation, seizures, diabetes, arthritis, pain, and nausea to name a few. When combined, all the cannabinoids and terpenes work together in synergy, which ultimately make it a more effective product.

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Paw Prints in the Sand's new line of pet CBD products are designed with your pet's health in mind. CBD has grown in popularity  due to its medicinal values. It's great for treating a variety of ailments and issues such as:

  • Cancer

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Pain

  • Seizures

  • Nausea

  • Inflammation

  • Arthritis

  • Overall wellness

PPITS CBD oil is cruelty-free daily health supplement that's non-GMO, vegan and organic.

Our CBD is produced from industrial hemp and represents 250mg full-spectrum CBD hemp oil with less than .3% THC. This full spectrum tincture contains an array of cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabidivarin (CBDV) just to name a few. In addition, various terpenes, amino acids, essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are also included in our pet CBD oil.

Proceeds from sales go towards animal in need.

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The Differences Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil


The pet CBD market has exploded in the past couple years. There are numerous products on the market that promise to provide healing and comfort to your four-legged friend(s). With all of these products claiming “100% Pure Hemp Oil” or “99% CBD Oil” or “Pure Hemp CBD Oil”, it’s easy to get confused. In doing our research for our own line of PPITS CBD oil, we were confused too! So, we decided to break it down and hopefully provide some clarity.

Hemp oil and CBD oil come from different strains of the cannabis sativa plant. Even though it’s the same plant, hemp oil is derived from a strain with a very low cannabinoid count. On the other hand, CBD oil is derived from a strain with a much higher cannabinoid count. Both are low in THC when compared to other marijuana products. Most pet products contain less than .3% THC, so the amount of psychoactive substances is very minimal.

CBD is one of the most vital components of marijuana, and many studies are now showing that it's an important component to supporting a wide array of medical problems. Both hemp oil and CBD oil contain components that are sought after for their healthful properties and have established themselves as useful products—albeit for vastly different reasons.

What is CBD Oil?
CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis sativa flowers, leaves and stalks. It is a natural component of industrial hemp. Extractors try to pull out as much CBD from the plant as possible and then further purify it. Because CBD oil contains higher levels of actual cannabidiol, it has a higher medicinal value for conditions such as cancer, anxiety, seizures, joint pain, and stiffness.

What is hemp oil?
Hemp oil is derived from pressing hemp seeds. As mentioned above, the seeds contain very little CBD and not enough to take advantage of its medicinal properties. However, unlike CBD oil, hemp oil has strong nutritional values, which is why it is ideal for cooking and commonly used in shampoos, soaps and lotions. It can also be used in the production of plastics and bio-diesel fuel.

After all this, you can now see the importance of understanding the differences between CBD oil and hemp oil when it comes to pets and medicinal usage. Brands are using the terms interchangeably, which can cause a great deal of confusion and may disappoint you if you’re looking specifically for a product with medical benefits. Make sure you check the label and look for terms such as “hemp oil extract” to ensure you’re getting exactly what you’re looking for in a pet CBD supplement.