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Have a Very Happy “FURth” of July!

We wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July with family, friends, and your furry loved ones! Here at ABSC, we’re looking forward to spending the holiday with our own pets, and it makes us happy to know that our Pure Organic CBD oil will be helping pets around the country enjoy the 4th–from hikes and swimming to evening fireworks displays–without the threat of pain, seizures, or severe anxiety.  

Best wishes for a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration! 

CSU Epilepsy Study Results Published!

“Promising” Epilepsy Trial Results Published in June 1 Issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association

We first reported on the encouraging preliminary results of Dr. Stephanie McGrath’s epilepsy trial last year. Now, the complete results of this groundbreaking pilot study have been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association’s June 1 issue. If you’ve got a pet with epilepsy, you’re going to want to pay attention to this study!

Clinical Trial Backs Up Anecdotal Evidence

We’ve been hearing from customers for years that our Pure Organic CBD Oil helps reduce the severity, frequency, and duration of seizures in their epileptic pets. We get thank you notes, rave reviews, and even videos that show the beneficial effects of our product. Now, we’re starting to see the fruits of our research in the form of clinical trial results.

Pilot Study Shows Significant Reduction in Seizures with CBD Treatment

Twenty six dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy were initially enrolled in the pilot study. After exclusions, sixteen dogs completed the 12-week trial. In this double blind study, the dogs were randomly assigned to a CBD group or placebo group. The CBD group received ABSC’s CBD-infused oil twice daily for 12 weeks while continuing their existing antiepileptic treatments. The placebo group received oil without CBD, and also continued their existing medications. All other parameters were consistent for both groups. Dr. McGrath and her colleagues at CSU compared seizure activity, adverse effects, and plasma CBD concentrations over the course of the twelve weeks, and found that 89% of the dogs in the CBD group saw a reduction in seizure frequency. Researchers also found a strong correlation between plasma (blood) CBD concentration and seizure frequency. Further studies will evaluate whether higher doses of CBD decrease seizure activity even further.

These results are groundbreaking when it comes to veterinary CBD usage, and they are generating lots of buzz in the veterinary community and beyond. Check out Dr. McGrath–and a nice closeup of our product (old label)–on the news in Denver:

More CBD Trials to Come

Based on the exciting results from this pilot study, Dr. McGrath is currently working on a larger epilepsy study supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Stay tuned for more promising results, and visit the AKC Canine Health Foundation site to learn how you can help with their research initiatives. In the meantime you can purchase the very same CBD product used in Dr. McGrath’s study for your pet here at petpainfree.com. Whether your pet suffers from epilepsy, arthritis, inflammation, anxiety, or another disorder, ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil may be able to provide relief.

ABSC Organics Cares Enough to Do the Research

At ABSC Organics, we put our money where our mouth is. We partner with some of the world’s best veterinary researchers because we believe in our product and in the power of CBD. Want to learn more about past, current, and future clinical trials with ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil? Check out our Clinical Trial page for more info!

Decorated Canine Military Hero

In Honor of Furry Heroes

Happy Memorial Day from ABSC Organics

This Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be remembering and honoring all the heroes who have given their lives in defense of the United States. While many Americans will be spending time at the beach and at patriotic backyard barbecues, others will take the opportunity to visit the many war memorials in Washington, D.C. or the National D-Day  Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Perhaps some of the dog lovers out there will visit the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Dedicated to the idea that not all heroes are human, this monument honors the canine soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

Here at ABSC Organics, these canine heroes are especially near and dear to our hearts. We spend our days working to ease suffering in dogs and other companion animals, and we know first hand the grit, courage, and tenacity that these animals can show. So this Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to share a few stories of canine war heroes, and offer a flash sale in their honor. Read on for some inspiring tales of wartime valor!

Short But Spectacular: Sergeant Stubby — World War I

Sergeant Stubby was a mixed breed bull terrier smuggled over to Europe by Private J. Robert Conroy.  He became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th “Yankee” Division, but he soon proved he was more than a mascot. He alerted sleeping troops to an incoming gas attack and helped to capture a German spy. When his involvement in the spy capture earned him his Sergeant rank, he became the first dog to receive a rank in the U.S. military.

Sergeant Stubby was a beloved soldier in World War One.

Decorated Hero: Chips — World War II

Chips was a family pet—a Shepherd-Collie-Husky mix from New York who was owned by Edward Wren. Wren loaned Chips to the military during the war, where he served in Africa and Italy. During the invasion of Sicily, Chips attacked a nest of Italian machine gunners, who quickly surrendered. Chips was wounded during that attack, but he went on to help capture an Italian patrol group later that night. Chips was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and a Purple Heart, and quickly became a beloved hero back in the states. Although the military eventually decided that only humans could earn those medals, Chips’ story lives on as one of true heroism under fire. 

Elite Canine Warier: Cairo — War on Terror

Cairo is a Belgian-Malinois who went through a 200-step elite training regimen before joining the U.S. Navy Seals. In May of 2011, he accompanied Seal Team Six when they raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Cairo’s role on the team was to guard the perimeter and detect explosives. After the successful raid, Cairo met President Obama at the White House and eventually retired to live with his handler, where he snuggles with a security blanket and helps with the groceries. Cairo was named Time’s Animal of the Year in 2011. 

Belgian Malinois canine military hero
The Belgian Malinois breed is often used for elite military operations.

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil for Pets can help your hero

If your own furry hero is suffering, ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil may offer relief. Whether it’s pain, seizures, inflammation, or anxiety, many of our customers have seen great benefits by treating their pets with our premium CBD oil. It’s the only veterinary CBD oil that has been through three clinical trials, with more studies forthcoming, because ABSC cares enough to invest in the research.

Happy Memorial Day from ABSC Organics! 

If you, your family, or your dog have served to protect our nation, we say “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!”

Dr. Stephanie McGrath Addresses CSU Pueblo

Assessment of Safety, Toxicity, and Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Healthy Dogs

Have you ever wanted to know more about ABSC and how we came to be involved with clinical trials at CSU? We’re pulling a video out of the archives today to share with you! This short video of Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath speaking at a conference at CSU Pueblo in 2017 highlights her work on safety, toxicity, and pharmacokinetics of CBD. During her talk, Dr. McGrath talks about her interest in testing CBD for dogs and her concerns with unregulated and untested CBD products. She needed a safe and pure product to run trials with, and ABSC wanted to support advanced research in the field. It was a match made in heaven, and the rest is history!

McGrath Presentation (short) from Jadan Morrow on Vimeo.

Webinar update on CBD oil for pets

AKCCHF Update on the Science Behind CBD For Pets

Learn from Stephanie McGrath, DVM, in the latest installment of  the VetVine – AKC Canine Health Foundation Canine Health Bytes education series

Our favorite veterinarian and Board Certified specialist in Neurology went live on VetVine last week! Dr. Stephanie McGrath is one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of veterinary CBD clinical research, and she has conducted several clinical trials with our Pure Organic CBD oil. In partnership with the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation and VetVine, she presented a timely update on the science behind veterinary CBD use.

Dr. McGrath’s webinar is packed with valuable information for veterinarians and pet owners. If you missed it, don’t despair – you can still register with VetVine at no cost and view the webinar on demand!

In this one hour presentation, Dr. McGrath covers many important topics related to veterinary CBD use:

  • Legal hurdles facing veterinarians and researchers – did you know that your vet can’t discuss CBD options unless you bring it up first?
  • Clinical trials that have already been completed at Colorado State University and Cornell – epilepsy and osteoarthritis studies have shown promising results.
  • Ongoing and prospective clinical trials – it’s not too late to sign up!
  • AKC-sponsored trials at CSU use ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™
  • Best delivery methods – oil beats capsules and topical creams
  • Clinical and anecdotal evidence for efficacy and safety
  • Concerns about lack of industry regulation – are you buying what you think you’re buying?
  • Questions about dosing and contraindications

ABSC is proud to supply and fund Dr. McGrath’s research

Applied Basic Science is proud to partner with Dr. McGrath to supply the funding and the CBD oil for her clinical trials at CSU. Together with Dr. McGrath and her colleagues, we believe that knowledge is power. The more we learn about CBD’s benefits, the more we want to know. To that end, we continue to work with Dr. McGrath and researchers around the world to more fully understand CBD’s beneficial effects.

Applied Basic Science–it’s our name for a reason!

Dr. McGrath’s scientific protocols inform ABSC’s science-based approach to veterinary CBD use every day. Each batch is tested by a third-party laboratory, and every bottle that leaves our facility has passed a rigorous screening process. So when you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, you can count on a consistent CBD profile, guaranteed low THC levels (always less than 0.3%), and zero contaminants.

We’re grateful to Dr. McGrath, the Canine Health Foundation, and VetVine for providing this terrific educational resource. Want more? Peruse our News and Research Archive, or visit our YouTube Channel for more educational video content. Together, we’re learning more about CBD’s amazing benefits every day. Stay tuned!

The Endocannabinoid System Explained

Introducing our CBD Literacy video education series

Ever wondered about the science behind CBD and its effects on your dog’s body? We know that many of our furry companions who use C.H.O.™ CBD Oil get relief from pain, anxiety, seizures and more. But you may have wondered, “how and why does CBD work?”

Our friend and colleague Sam Stewart, DVM, from Ethos Veterinary Health, has prepared this excellent video to explain the endocannibinoid system. This video is the first in a series–part of our effort to lead the way in veterinary CBD research and education. In this first video, you’ll gain a better understanding of how cannabinoids like CBD affect the brain and nervous system. About halfway through (10:22), Sam gives a great example of how CBD interrupts pain signals in the peripheral nervous system. And at minute 17, you’ll find a great explanation of how CBD binds to receptors and inhibits inflammation. The entire video provides a great overview–in layman’s terms–of the powerful endocannabinoid system.

At ABSC, we’re constantly working to improve and evolve science in the name of providing a better quality of life for our ailing companion animals. Want to learn more? Check out our News and Research Library! And subscribe to our YouTube channel–we’ve got more great educational content to come!

Applied Basic Science tests every batch of C.H.O.™ Pet CBD Oil.

Pure CBD oil Eliminates Contaminants

Contaminants can jeopardize recovery

In “Pet Owners Turn to CBD to Treat Animals,” NBC Miami journalist Dan Krauth highlights an important side of testing when it comes to CBD products. You want to know what’s in your pet’s CBD oil. But it’s equally important to know what’s not in the products you buy. Not every product on the market is safe; some CBD oils have tested positive for mold and other contaminants. And that’s a big problem says Chris Martinez. Martinez runs a lab that performs independent testing for more than 400 companies.

“It’s definitely something to be concerned about from this point forward,” said Martinez. “A microbial can be a life-threatening situation for a patient or a dog that’s suffering from some type of immune deficiency disease.”

Krauth, Dan. “Pet Owners Turn to CBD to Treat Animals.” NBC Miami, NBC Universal Media, 6 Feb. 2019, https://www.nbcmiami.com/investigations/Pet-Owners-Turn-to-CBD-to-Treat-Animals-505475071.html

Clean CBD is Good CBD

If you’ve been an Applied Basic Science customer for long, you probably already know that we test every batch of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for CBD concentration consistency. Did you know that we also test for the presence of contaminants? With each batch, we look for pesticides, fungicides, microbial contaminants, and solvents. We know that many of our patients are dealing with difficult ailments, and we’re committed to making sure our CBD oil is pure and safe. Fungi and other contaminants can stress your pet’s immune system and complicate their recovery. That’s the last thing you want when your beloved pet is suffering.

Routinely testing our CBD oil for undesirable contaminants such as pesticides, microbial contaminants, and solvents is a cornerstone of our safety protocol.
Sample Certificate of Analysis from one of our batches.

Applied Basic Science Cares For Your Pet

Applied Basic Science cares for your pet with CBD oil that has gone through three clinical trials and rigorous batch testing. Whether you’re treating for osteoarthritis, anxiety, fungal infections, or seizures, you can rest easy when you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™.

You deserve peace of mind. Get it at petpainfree.com. Our organic CBD oil is pure and safe for your furry family member.

Blastomycosis Beware – CBD as Complementray Therapy for Fungal Infections

CBD oil may help stave off Blastomycosis symptoms

Recently a valued customer reached out to us with an unusual story. We have hundreds of pet owners who give their dogs ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ to help with osteoarthritis, seizures, and anxiety. We know our CBD oil routinely helps canine patients deal with cancer and the ravages of chemotherapy. And we know that some skin issues resolve with the addition of CBD oil. But Ashley Gaer’s story of her beloved Newfoundland Cass and his experience with Blastomycosis was something new.

Blastomycosis typically attacks male large breeds who spend a lot of time in the water.
Cass (brown) and his brother Elmore (black) both enjoy benefits from C.H.O.™ Pet CBD oil.

What is Blastomycosis?

Blastomycosis is a systemic fungal infection caused by an organism that thrives in rotting wood and wet soil. Dogs that spend a lot of time in the water and in wet environments – especially male large breed hunting and sporting dogs –  are most susceptible to Blastomycosis infections.

Ashley’s dog Cass is a Newfoundland – clearly part of the susceptible population. Newfies are large breed working dogs who are most at home in the water. These gentle giants even have webbed paws, and they are known for their ability to perform dramatic rescues in icy waters.

How does a dog get Blastomycosis?

Most canines get Blastomycosis by inhaling the fungal spores. The spores travel through the dog’s respiratory system and become large yeast-like organisms that multiply throughout the body.

Cass was diagnosed with Blastomycosis in 2018. Ashley suspects that he inhaled the spores while doing water rescue work in an area where the fungus is prevalent.

What are the symptoms of Blastomycosis?

According to Dr. Karen Becker, symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, weight loss, inflammation of the iris of the eye, coughing, and pus-filled skin lesions. More severe symptoms can include sudden blindness, lameness, and seizures.

Cass’s presentation was a little different than most. His symptoms have included bone, muscle, and joint issues, coupled with respiratory complications that initially looked like kennel cough. Ashley feels strongly that using ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ as a complementary therapy–along with prescribed anti-fungal medications–has allowed her Newfie to keep up his appetite and stamina. “I think it really has helped Cass,” she says, “because he has NEVER lost his appetite and frankly, any energy, during his fight with it. This is a sickness that kills dogs and he has only once had a flare up and even then, I had him on the 2400mg and he recovered in 24 hours.”

How is Blastomycosis typically treated?

The standard treatment for Blastomycosis infections is a long course of anti-fungal medications. Some dogs may stay on the meds for many months as they battle the fungus, and marked weight loss often occurs. Ashley says the anti-fungals were rough on Cass’s system, but stresses the importance of sticking with the medications for their entire prescribed course. She credits the CBD oil with easing the side effects and allowing Cass to stay strong throughout the treatment.

We’re thrilled that our ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is helping Cass fight off his fungal foe, and so grateful to Ashley for telling us his story. Want to learn more about Blastomycosis? Check out Dr. Becker’s informative article here. And read Ashley’s testimonial for more great information about Cass and his brother Elmore.

Huge thanks to Ashley and her beautiful boys. Have you got a story to share? We always love hearing from customers–email us!

Applied Basic Science Shines at 20th Annual CVMBS Research Day

Research students at Colorado State University – working with CBD oil supplied by Applied Basic Science – garnered third place accolades at the 20th Annual CVMBS Research Day on Saturday. This informative poster details a current canine epilepsy study conducted by Dr. Stephanie McGrath at CSU. Dr. McGrath and her team are working in conjunction with Applied Basic Science and the American Kennel Club – Canine Health Foundation. Their current study tests the following hypothesis: CBD will be a safe and effective therapy for uncontrolled canine epilepsy with minimal adverse side effects. Promising preliminary results are encouraging. Researchers note that “CBD has the potential to reduce seizure frequency in dogs with uncontrolled, idiopathic epilepsy.”

CBD Oil provided by Applied Basic Science shows promising results with canine epilepsy patients.
CBD research

Clinical Testing Defines Applied Basic Science

CBD—the non-psychoactive derivative of the marijuana and hemp plants—has taken off among humans, marketed as a solution for everything from pain and anxiety to skin care and diet.

Groundbreaking Safety, Toxicity, and Pharmacokinetics Study Published

ABSC Sponsored Safety Study Published in the  Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

We are thrilled to announce that our Phase 1 Clinical Trial: Assessment of Safety, Toxicity, and Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Healthy Dogs has been successfully completed. Sponsored by ABSC Organics and conducted at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the trial studied three different delivery mechanisms in 30 healthy beagles. With results appearing in the Fall 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the study concluded that clinical doses of CBD were well tolerated by all the dogs in the study. This is groundbreaking news in the veterinary field, and represents a major step forward for CBD research and pet wellness.

St. Bernard in CBD Clinical Trial
Dr. Stephanie McGrath with Atticus, a 3-year-old Saint Bernard enrolled in a clinical trial of cannabidiol at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Photo by John Eisele/Colorado State University Photography)

ABSC Organics–The Only Veterinary CBD Company With a Phase 1 Safety Trial

At ABSC we know that it’s easy to make claims, but more important to invest in the research to back up those claims. We care deeply about pets and their well-being. That’s why we’re so proud of the fact that ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil is the only veterinary CBD product that has undergone a Phase 1 trial to assess safety and toxicity. This trial enables researchers to use our product in Phase 2 trials that will study CBD’s effects on epilepsy, arthritis, and more.

Two Clinical Studies: Osteoarthritis and Epilepsy

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ For Dogs Used in More Clinical Trials

Aided in large part by the commitment and investment of science-driven firms like ABSC Organics, cannabis research for veterinary patients is cautiously advancing. Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a neurologist and assistant professor at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, is on the forefront of veterinary cannabidiol research. She has completed two recent clinical studies on the effects of cannabidiol in dogs with epilepsy or osteoarthritis. This work was recently published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Association:

“An initial investigation involving 30 healthy research animals found that CBD was tolerated and resulted in measurable blood concentrations. Dr. McGrath expects results of that study will be published this year. Data from the other studies are being analyzed, but preliminary results of the epilepsy investigation were promising enough that, in January, Dr. McGrath began a three-year crossover study of CBD for epilepsy in dogs with a $350,000 grant from the American Kennel Club.”

ABSC Organics is a Proud Partner in Advancing the Field of Veterinary CBD Research

ABSC Organics provided the funding and CBD oil for Dr. McGrath’s study. We are deeply committed to raising the bar for research and analysis in this arena, and we are proud to partner with the scientists who are leading the push for better data and rigorous clinical analysis.

For the full text of the JAVMA article, click here, or visit our News and Research page for news and updates on other ongoing clinical studies.