Grain-Free Peanut Butter CBD Doggie Treats | The Emerald Magazine
By Nora Mounce
Deciding to medicate your pet with cannabis is not an easy decision, hampered by a lack of information and horror stories of pups getting into the wrong cookie jar. Let’s be clear right away – we’re not talking about getting your dog high! If watching your poor pooch stumble around the room like he’s on a bad trip (because he is!) cracks you up, you’re probably not old enough be reading this magazine. We heavily reproach this behavior! Enough said. But due to the continued federal prohibition of legal marijuana, the medicinal qualities of the plant are still terribly under-researched. But more and more, loving pet owners are finding that dogs suffering from arthritis, joint pain, cancer and anxiety are responding with dramatically positive results to high-CDB tinctures.
It’s difficult to know whether to ask your vet about CBD tinctures for dogs, but most likely, your vet will simply punt to question due to a lack of scientific data. But if you’re unsatisfied the cost, efficacy and risks of giving your pets pharmaceutical meds, a CBD tincture is a great option. In California, find a friend with a (non-expired) 215 prescription and send them to the dispensary for Treatwell’s Pet Cannabis Tincture. Compounded in two formulas, the 1:1 CBD to THC ratio is for large dogs (over 20 pounds) and the 20:1 CBD to THC ratio is for small dogs. What this means in scientific terms is the ‘small dog’ dropper contains 5 mg CBD and .25 mg THC, while the ‘large dog’ dropper has 9mg CBD and 1 mg THC. In layman’s terms, the levels of THC are so low that you can expect minimal to nil psychoactive effects on your pet. But THC is a valuable component of the medication – CBD, one of the 113 cannabinoids present in cannabis, needs THC (the plant’s best known cannabinoid) for efficacy. If your dog is miniature or a smaller ‘large’ dog, start with a half dropper of the formula. The tinctures are salmon oil based to promote digestion and tastiness. I either shoot the dropper straight into my husky’s mouth (she’s cool with that) or on top of her kibble.
If you’re still waffling on the issue – try this recipe! An easy, grain-free doggie treat, this recipe yields about 4 dozens treats, depending on cookie cutter shape and thickness. By incorporating only 6 droppers of the 1:1 formula into the dough, only 6 mg of THC are spread throughout 48 dog treats! That is a very, very low dose designed to keep nervous dog parents feeling comfortable about trying out cannabis for Fido. For my dog, a ten-year-old husky named Lula, these treats wouldn’t provide enough impact. Suffering from muscle loss, arthritis and severe anxiety, she was refusing almost all food last summer. Fearing the worst, I mentioned her poor appetite to a friend whose dog was 13 years old and suffering from cancer. My friend said that the CBD meds were providing some her her lab some precious comfort. Her words were like a light bulb for Lula’s sake. With the hope of treating her low appetite and increasing anxiety (accompanied by countless bathroom accidents) I hit up every friend I knew with a 215 and quickly shelled out $50 for the Treatwell tincture. Money well spent is an understatement. Within a week of giving her the cannabis tincture, Lula was back to eating two square meals nearly everyday. She still experiences some anxiety and her chronic health issues are irreversible, but six months later, medicated Lula is a much happier and healthier husky. Appetite restored, Lula and her doggie friends can’t get enough of these homemade Grain-Free Peanut Butter Doggie Treats!
• 1 1/2 cup coconut flour (plus few tablespoons for rolling out dough)
• 1/2 cup peanut butter
• 3 eggs
• 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted then slightly cooled
• 1 medium sweet potato (peeled, boiled and mashed - should yield about 1 cup)
• 6 full droppers Treatwell 1:1 Pet Cannabis Tincture
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
• Roll dough out gently onto a cutting board dusted with additional coconut flour. Roll out to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. (Thicker will yield fewer, but sturdier, treats).
• Cut out shapes using your cookie cutter of choice. (Dog bone shapes are classic, but order your own ganja cookie cutter and start the canna-labeling process before pulling these treats out of the oven!)
• Transfer gently to a parchment lined baking sheet.
• Bake for 12-15 minutes (check at 12). Treats should have just started to turn slightly golden color around the edges.
• Carefully lift each treat onto cooling rack. They are fragile!