Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
Charlotte’s Web Unflavored Hemp Extract for Calming + Hip & Joint has no smell, which is actually comforting – it feels like nothing was added that doesn’t need to be there, and you don’t need to worry that you’re giving your dog something she shouldn’t have.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
While the extract we tested had no taste, the oil is also available in chicken flavor, which may be useful for picky dogs who struggle to get their daily dose of CBD.
Dog owners can appreciate the unflavored oil as well, though – again, nothing about it feels unnatural or harmful.
The oil has a smooth consistency and is exactly what is expected of a CBD oil – not too thick, and not too runny. The clear liquid can easily be mixed into meals or snacks without your dog ever noticing something is different about his food.
Charlotte’s Web recently redesigned their packaging system, switching from a dropper to a pump. While the pump makes it easy and less messy to dispense the oil over food (because you no longer have to unscrew a cap), the dropper was convenient for dosing it orally. Now there is no real easy way to squirt a dose right into your dog’s mouth.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
The Calming + Hip & Joint Oil is great for dogs both young and old. It’s specially formulated to ease hip and joint stiffness, which tends to occur as dogs age. But it’s also great for keeping a young pet calm and relaxed in both body and mind when things get a bit overwhelming.
The broad spectrum hemp oil is equipped with dozens of phytocannabinoids, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds that offer different medicinal benefits. The phytocannabinoids work with a dog’s endocannabinoid system the same way they do a human’s, binding to specific receptors and communicating with the brain and nervous system.
Effects are felt a bit faster than with a dog treat, which must be digested before getting to work. Within 20 minutes or so, the hemp oil starts getting to work and stays at work for several hours. We gave a dose to Rocco, a small two-year-old dog, for several days and noticed he was much more relaxed than he usually is during foreign situations.
We suggest following the dosing guide based on your dog’s weight every morning for optimal results. A few pumps over a bowl of breakfast is a great way to ensure your pup will have a great day.
Best used for
This oil offers a decent daily dose of CBD and other phytocannabinoids, and it’s an easy way to ensure extra picky dogs will not spit up their CBD as they could with a treat. The broad spectrum oil means that it’s not just isolated CBD, but all beneficial parts of the hemp plant – your dog is getting a full array of medicinal effects to support a calm demeanor and healthy joints.
The oil is portable, though not quite on-the-go ready as dog chews. While you can squirt the oil directly into the dog’s mouth, the new pump system makes it much easier to simply disperse it on top of a meal.