If you have a pet, then you’ve experienced the unconditional love they often give. So, when it comes to keeping them healthy or helping them heal from injury or anxiousness, it’s essential to find something safe, natural, and that actually works.
That’s exactly what I wanted to discover when testing out Medterra’s CBD Pet Calming Chews on my 9-year old American Bulldog, Layla. From the ingredient list, I could already tell they were natural. And from scientific studies and giving Layla CBD for over a year now, I know CBD is a safe option. But, I specifically wanted to know if they would help, and if so, in what way?
With that said, let’s go ahead and dive into the details about these pet chews, the testing experience, and provide a little background on this company.
Who is Medterra?
Based in Irvine, California, Medterra has been part of the CBD industry since 2017. It sources non-GMO, organically grown hemp from licensed Kentucky farmers. And it uses CBD isolate, which has 0% THC, in all its products.
In the words of its founder, Medterra “revolves around three key concepts: Caring for Others, Continual Innovation, and CBD for All.”
Also, the company is known for creating wellness formulas that include many other medicinal herbs and health-enhancing properties. In addition, the company prides itself on safety and transparency. As such, you’ll find copies of COAs (Certificates of Analysis) on its website next to each one of its products. The COA shows the results of testing done by third-party labs.
There are tests on the cannabinoid profile to verify the amount of CBD in mg, and also to prove there are non-detectable traces of THC. Even more, the labs check for heavy metals, solvents, microbial contaminants, and pesticides.
Medterra CBD Pet Calming Chews: product specifications
- Contains 300mg of CBD isolate with 0% THC
- 30 soft pet chews per bag
- 10mg of CBD per chew
- Made from non-GMO USA grown hemp
- Includes botanical ingredients known for their calming, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory properties
- Ingredients: chickpea flour, potato flour, cane molasses, tapioca starch, water, glycerin, hemp seed powder, natural bacon flavor, lecithin, organic chamomile, valerian root, safflower oil, organic passionflower, organic ginger root, l-tryptophan, l-theanine, cannabidiol (CBD), ascorbic acid, sorbic acid, calcium propionate, vitamin E
Appearance, labeling & first impressions
The branding on this bag of CBD treats is really great, starting with the picture of the dog and cat on the bag. This lets you know exactly who they’re for. Also, it’s clear on the front of the label what the total dose of CBD is, how many chews there are, their flavor, and also that they’re meant to promote a sense of calm.
Also, the package lets you know this product is THC-free, grain-free, non-GMO, and U.S. Hemp Authority certified.
The backside of the bag shows you the active ingredients in the chews and at what dosages. There’s also a dosing chart based on your pet’s weight, and a QR code you can scan to show you the results of third-party lab testing. When you click on the link to the lab report, you’ll be able to see the cannabinoid content to prove there’s at least 300mg CBD per bag and that there’s zero THC.
In addition, the lab reports show the test results on pesticide content, heavy metals, solvents, and microbial contaminants.
Overall, the labeling on the front and back of the package provides so much detail, which is super helpful. Especially for pet owners giving their pets CBD for the first time. But, of course, it’s helpful for all kinds of pet owners too.
I’d have to say the first impressions, not only of the labeling but of the cute little bone-shaped pet chews, were pretty close to perfect.
Flavor and smell
These pet chews have a bacon flavor, but they don’t smell a whole lot like bacon. Given the long list of ingredients, it makes sense that the bacon flavor gets a little muted. But, the “lack” of strong bacon flavor didn’t stop Layla from chewing them right up. Then again, she’s never been one to turn down food or treats of any kind!
Testing process and experience
I started off giving Layla one treat a day for a few days in a row, to make initial observations. Obviously, she can’t speak to me, so I like to take it slow when giving her a new treat, regardless of whether it contains CBD or not.
Since she likes to inhale her food and treats, I decided to break up the bone-shaped chews into 3 pieces. Also, since they are soft chews, she could easily swallow without chewing, and I wanted to avoid that from happening. (This picture shows the whole treat before I broke it up into pieces).
I didn’t notice anything right away per se, but Layla has been dosing with cannabis for over a year now consistently. So, after a few days, I increased the serving to 2 treats daily. One in the afternoon and one at night. Then some nights I gave her 2 of them about an hour before bed. I did notice that the next morning she would wake up easier and have better mobility.
Again, she’s an older big dog and doesn’t move like she used to. So, seeing that improvement and figuring out the best dose (2 treats at once before bed), was really great. Although we’re only through half the bag, I’ll most definitely finish them off and I know Layla is looking forward to them and to feeling more agile and calm overall.
Final verdict: Soft, chewy, fully lab-tested pet treats with a stellar formula
Medterra has established itself as a reputable, trusted brand in the CBD industry, and because of that, I felt confident giving these pet chews to my best friend, Layla. They offer the perfect potency for my girl who weighs about 65 pounds. Each treat consisting of 10mg CBD meant I could give her 1 to 2 a day. Other treats with a smaller potency would require me to give her 3 to 4, or more.
Also, I love when products include other botanical ingredients, in this case, the chews had chamomile flower, passionflower, and valerian root. I’ve taken all these myself, either as capsules or teas, and they’re absolutely calming. So, that’s a huge bonus. CBD is great alone, but when it has some assistance, it can be even more beneficial.
In short, this was a great product all the way around. From the potency and the ingredient list, to the full panel of lab testing, and the soft chewy texture. A win-win.
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