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Explore these common questions from veterinarians and dog owners. And if you’re wondering about something that isn’t covered here, we’d love to hear from you at info@chou2pharma.com.

Cannabinoids are molecular chemical compounds, which are naturally produced by plants. Cannabinoid molecules interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is found in both humans and animals and helps maintain homeostasis: a state of equilibrium where all organs function optimally, maintaining physiological, cognitive and emotional balance. Similar to other medications, cannabinoids enter your system and seek appropriate receptors (CB1 & CB2 receptors). The ultimate goal is homeostasis, or finding the right balance of cannabinoids in your system (including the ones you make naturally, and the ones found in cannabinoid products). Pain, stress, appetite, energy metabolism, cardiovascular function, reward and motivation, reproduction, and sleep are just a few of the body’s functions that cannabinoids can have a positive effect on via the ECS.

Cannabinoids are the molecules derived from hemp plants. CBD is just one of 118+ cannabinoids (others being THC, CBC, Delta-8, etc.). While CBD is valuable in treating some ailments, the science behind CHOU2 PHARMA shows that isolating and formulating specific cannabinoids provides more effective treatment, specifically able to target a pet’s needs and conditions.

The cannabinoids used in CHOU2 PHARMA formulas do not contain THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis) and will not get your pet high. Many other cannabinoid products on the market do contain THC (less than .3%) based on processing methods used.

The CHOU2 PHARMA Cannolation Purification System allows us to target only the cannabinoid molecules we want and leave out those we do not want (like THC). It is also important to point out that there are no known overdoses of cannabinoids among animals.

Under the Farm Bill of 2018, all hemp-derived cannabinoid products and their constituents are legal in all 50 states as long as they contain a THC percentage of 0.3% or below. 

Cannabinoids can provide digestive care, immune health support, relaxation and calming support, joint & hip health support, connective tissue support, appetite motivation, general comfort, and brain health support. This means these products have potential to replace opioids, prescription drugs, therapy, and invasive surgeries, in some cases. CHOU2 PHARMA products promote homeostasis and holistic health.

When cannabinoids are consumed, they regulate your pet’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) by mimicking the role of the body’s naturally produced endogenous molecules. The ECS then activates a two-way communication system between the brain and systems in your pet’s body, such as the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, and more. Through this activation of communication, cannabinoids trigger a neural signal and response, which can help regulate and control conditions like pain, anxiety and inflammation. It is very similar to taking an Advil or other medication, except cannabinoids are all-natural.

There is absolutely no evidence that cites cannabinoids as being addictive.

No, you do not need a prescription. We do recommend letting your veterinarian know that you are using CHOU2 PHARMA products, so they have a full understanding of your pet’s health.

We suggest storing our products in a dry, cool place with no direct exposure to constant light or excessive heat. Storing as recommended will increase and protect the effective shelf life of CHOU2 PHARMA products.

When stored properly, the recommended shelf life is 18 months. 

All CHOU2 PHARMA products are thoroughly tested by a third party and unbiased laboratories that certify every single batch we sell. We provide testing reports for all products on our website, which confirm our labels match our ingredients and that our processes are safe. You’ll also see the proof that there is 0 THC in our products.

Third-party testing ensures differentiation between products that are safe vs unsafe. Third-party testing confirms that a product is precisely what it says it is, including ingredient verification and assurance of safe manufacturing processes. Third-party testing is crucial when it comes to providing unbiased confirmation of a product’s safety, something in-house testing cannot provide.

The risks can include ingredient inconsistency, unlisted ingredients, not to mention impurities and filler leading to products not having an optimal effect, dosage inconsistency, inconsistent shelf life – the list goes on. Third-party testing is especially important when it comes to cannabinoid products since there is such a discrepancy in quality control.

Cannabinoid animal supplements including CHOU2 PHARMA products are legal on a federal level and in many states for veterinary use and sale.

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has clearly stated that there are no approved cannabinoid-based animal drugs, nor are cannabinoids allowed in animal feed. Animal supplements (of any kind) are not regulated by the FDA. The FDA will ensure that cannabinoid based supplements do not make therapeutic claims (since only an approved drug can make such a claim), nor are they being used for animal feed. Cannabinoid-based animal supplements are legal, they are simply not yet FDA approved. For more information, visit fda.gov.

No. AVMA and state VMAs are voluntary professional organizations with no legal authority to revoke or suspend a veterinarian’s license.

Side effects are often related to a non-cannabinoid related sensitivity (meaning, your animal may be allergic or sensitive to one of our other ingredients – though we are always sure to use the best, veterinarian-favored ingredients) or too high of a dose for your pet’s needs. Side effects, though rare, can include lethargy or drowsiness, vomiting, drooling or diarrhea. If this occurs, we recommend discontinuing use of our product and circling back with your veterinarian. To avoid giving your pup too much of a good thing, we recommend starting with a lower dose and increasing to the full dose after observation.

We understand that even the most secure hiding places aren’t puppy proof. If your dog indulged in one too many (or 30 too many) treats, we recommend you call your veterinarian and poison control. This is the standard process for over consumption of any supplement or medicine, not just cannabinoid-based products.