Nature's Comfort FAQ

When it comes to the health and wellness of animals, we don’t settle for status quo. We are their activist - striving for ANOTHER WAY to provide them with the highest quality products possible. We’ve painstakingly sourced the very best whole-plant hemp and innovated another way to deliver its abundant benefits to dogs and cats, naturally. We are proud to offer you Dr. Bob Goldstein’s NATURE’S COMFORT™ with proprietary UPTAKE™ TECHNOLOGY. This line, developed by a team of veterinarians, chemists, Rogue Valley (OR) hemp farmers and pet parents, is now offering two new revolutionary products that are fast-acting, easy-to-use, chemical and pesticide free.

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1. Where does the Whole-Plant Hemp Extract and CBD in Nature’s Comfort Zen products come from?

2. What makes Nature’s Comfort Products superior quality to others on the market?

3. Where are the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen products ingredients sourced?

4. How is the CBD extracted from the plant?

5. How is the Whole-Plant Hemp Extract deemed safe and ethical?

6. Can you explain the testing protocol for the Nature’s Comfort™ products?

7. What about THC – are your products under the legal limit <0.3% THC?

8. What is CBD? What does it stand for?

9. What does Full Spectrum Extract mean?

10. Why does Earth Animal use Full Spectrum extract?

11. Can you please explain the Endocannabinoid System?

12. What does the “Entourage Effect” mean?

13. What are Flavonoids?

14. Explain the difference between the merits of Nature’s Comfort™ full spectrum CBD extracts as compared to brands that use CBD isolate alone.

15. There is Uptake™ Technology in the Nature’s Comfort™ line. What does Uptake™ Technology do?

16. In Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Tabs™ what is the ingredient Regen+™?

17. Please explain the Immune Surveillance System Theory and the benefits of CBD and ReGen+™?

18. We notice that the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Tabs™ are NASC approved. What does that mean?

19. What is the best way to administer the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Tabs™ to cats?

20. Why aren’t the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Pens™ NASC approved?

21. What, if any, are the possible side effects of using a Nature’s Comfort Product?

22. Why are there different types of applications offered for your Nature’s Comfort™ Zen products? 

 


1. Where does the Whole-Plant Hemp Extract and CBD in Nature’s Comfort Zen products come from?

We procure our proprietary hemp from highly qualified growers in southern Oregon. Our producers’ farms are in the Rogue Valley appellation which is known as the tip of Oregon’s “Emerald Triangle” - one of the most fertile growing regions for industrial hemp in the world. This region has a proud heritage of agriculture; ranging from orchards and vineyards to sheep and cattle ranching. All our partner farms are situated in Rogue Valley’s growing paradise and make use of all- natural, organic growing methods and practices.

This meticulously chosen network of farms has been screened to ensure we always have the best ingredients. We source from the farm that has the best hemp when it’s needed. This means we are not limited by just what we can produce but can optimize the skill and precision of our network of growers who have competed for success inside the heart of hemp country. This expert collection of talent ensures the highest quality materials are always available for us to use in our products.

In summary, Earth Animal has superior land for cultivation, superior farmers growing our products, superior knowledge of cannabis oil production, superior technology and veterinary formulated with proprietary UPTAKE™ Technology.

2. What makes Nature’s Comfort Products superior quality to others on the market?

Oregon’s Rogue Valley has the climate to produce the highest quality hemp in the world. Starting with proprietary Oregon strains, the natural effects of the air, local mineral rich water and the finest southern- Cascadian soil produces the most robust hemp plants containing the fullest spectrum extracts. From Oregon’s Rogue Valley we are able to source hemp oil with concentrations of above 60% CBD as well as high amounts of cannabinoids including CBN, CBG, CBC. These numbers tend to be higher than other hemp processed around the nation, and this abundance of CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids offer superior health benefits while acting in harmony.

3. Where are the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen products ingredients sourced? 

Zen-Pen™

Whole Plant Hemp Extract
Oregon
Organic Beeswax USA
Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Ghana
Organic Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride (MCT Oil) Canada
Lecithin (from Sunflower Oil)
Netherlands
Magnesium Chloride
USA
Organic Natural Parfum/Fragrance
USA

 

Zen-Tabs™

Whole Plant Hemp Extract
Oregon
dl-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
USA
Lecithin (Phosphatidyl Choline)
Germany
MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides)
USA
Magnesium Chloride
USA
ReGen+™ (Oligopeptides)
USA
Magnesium (as Amino Acid Chelate)
USA
Turmeric Root Extract (95% Curcuminoids)
India
Maitake Mushroom
USA

L-Tryptophan*

China
Chicken Liver Flavor
USA
Magnesium Stearate
USA
Microcrystalline Cellulose
India
Organic Natural Flavors
USA
Silicon Dioxide
USA
Sucrose
USA
Tricalcium Phosphate
USA

 *We have quality control & testing reports available upon request

4. How is the CBD extracted from the plant?

Our third-party partners have been growing and extracting botanical plants in southern Oregon since 1999. We use CO2 extraction to produce clean, food grade, full spectrum CBD oil.

5. How is the Whole-Plant Hemp Extract deemed safe and ethical?

Our partner farms use only approved pest management procedures based upon the strict guidelines set by the ODA (Oregon Department of Agriculture). The hemp oil used in making Nature’s Comfort™ products is tested for residual pesticides, denoted as “parts per million” (ppm). The high standards of the Pacific Northwest are utilized to ensure that your animal is protected from harmful pesticides. This testing is a check that no corners were cut. To date, Oregon has the strictest minimum level testing in the US.

6. Can you explain the testing protocol for the Nature’s Comfort™ products?

We ensure the quality, full-spectrum cannabinoids, and safety of our products throughout each stage of processing. Each batch of CBD extract is sent for testing of cannabinoid potency, microbiology (including bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria, E. coli, and Salmonella), and residual pesticides. The CBD oil will only be used if it passes both state and our safety and quality requirements. Once the CBD oil has passed quality assurance testing, it will be used to create our products. Once finished, samples of all products are sent for 3rd party lab quality assurance testing once more. This gives us the confidence that our products are safe for use and are dosed properly. All batch test results are available on our website.

7. What about THC – are your products under the legal limit <0.3% THC?

All Natures ComfortTM products contain full spectrum oils. We ensure that we have a final product that is below the legal limit of THC (less than 0.3%) with just the right amounts to create the necessary synergy observed in lab results. We want Nature’s ComfortTM to possess ALL the health benefits and synergies of a full spectrum oil for optimal efficacy.

8. What is CBD? What does it stand for?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid (C21H30O2) found in cannabis that has been shown to have therapeutic value for animals. Studies are indicating vast health benefits of the daily use of cannabinoid therapies.

9. What does Full Spectrum Extract mean?

When CBD hemp extract is referred to as “Full Spectrum” or “Whole Plant” it means that the extract contains all-natural cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant including CBD (Cannabidiol), CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and CBC (Cannabichromene) to name a few. In addition, full spectrum extracts also contain a number of naturally occurring terpenes. CBD isolates are simply purified CBD that has been extracted from the industrial hemp plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids and contain only purified CBD.

10. Why does Earth Animal use Full Spectrum extract?

Earth Animal uses a proprietary blend of full-spectrum CBD extract to ensure the most therapeutic potential with the presence of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Other companies may ONLY use CBD isolate, and they are lacking the other necessary cannabinoids because in their products the cannabinoids and other plant compounds have been stripped away, leaving CBD “isolated”, therefor not nearly as therapeutic. At Earth Animal, we feel using full spectrum CBD extract in our products is better for the animal and their overall health and wellness.

11. Can you please explain the Endocannabinoid System?

Humans and most animals have a naturally occurring system called the Endocannabinoid System. This system was named after the plant, Cannabis sativa because this system is most receptive to the effects of the compounds in the cannabis plant. The purpose of the Endocannabinoid System is to help the body maintain homeostasis or balance to include relaxation, reduction of inflammation and resistance to disease.

It has been discovered that the Cannabis plant contains hundreds of active compounds with the two most commonly known and studied: CBD and THC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is known for its psychoactive (hallucinogenic) effect. CBD (cannabidiol) is shown to have anti-inflammatory,
anti-convulsive, anti-anxiety and possibly anti-cancer effects on the body. Research has identified that this system has two cannabinoid receptor sites called CB1 and CB2. Researchers have shown that humans and most animals have these receptors – with the CB1 receptors primarily found in the brain and the CB2 receptors found throughout the body in the peripheral nerves, skin, liver, kidneys and many of the organs of the immune system.

These receptors bind to the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant (similar to a lock and key). This keeps the cannabinoids present so that they can continue to give their health benefits and medicinal properties, such as reducing inflammation, easing pain, calming of the nervous system and other. Therefore, our product is specially formulated for your pet’s benefit to achieve this “full spectrum effect”.

In addition to cannabinoids found in the plant, research has also identified other compounds in the Cannabis plant called terpenes. Terpenes are compounds that are responsible for giving the plant a specific odor and aroma.

These terpenes are found in abundance as essential oils and found only in the Whole Plant or Full Spectrum Cannabis.

This Entourage Effect is the reason why the whole plant extract of cannabis, as compared to an isolate, has such powerful and lasting health and healing benefits. If CBD is “isolated” from all of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, you are lacking the health benefits from those plant compounds that have been stripped away. Several companies employ the method of isolating CBD without the knowledge or attention to detail that they are losing so much therapeutic effect by doing so.

12. What does the “Entourage Effect” mean?

The hemp plant contains hundreds of compounds such as cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. CBD Isolates on the other hand is only the purified CBD with all the other compounds removed.

When CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes are present they act synergistically and work together to boost the effectiveness of each of the individual compounds. As a result, the health benefits such as the reduction of pain and inflammation or the quieting of the nervous system is enhanced to a much higher level. This Entourage Effect, is the reason why the whole plant extract of cannabis, as compared to an isolate has such powerful and lasting health and healing benefits.

13. What are Flavonoids?

Flavonoids are secondary metabolites of plants with many helpful aspects. Flavonoids have been shown to have properties including antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, among others.
These super-compounds only add to the positive effects of the full spectrum cannabis extract entourage effect.

14. Explain the difference between the merits of Nature’s Comfort™ full spectrum CBD extracts as compared to brands that use CBD isolate alone.

A “Full Spectrum”, or “Whole-Plant” extract has the full complement of cannabinoids as well as other non-psychoactive compounds versus a CBD isolate, which is just CBD. What this means is that an isolate alone does not provide the other benefits that you can get when additional cannabinoids are present. The overall effects from the combined modulation of the whole plant compounds serve to blend the mix of natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids together to create a stronger therapeutic effect.

15. There is Uptake™ Technology in the Nature’s Comfort™ line. What does Uptake™ Technology do?

Earth Animals proprietary Uptake® Technology supports the absorption of active, natural compounds through the skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, lining of the stomach, and other body tissues. This allows the Nature’s Comfort’s natural compounds and whole-plant hemp extract to be absorbed quickly and safely into the body creating their beneficial effects. This technology helps CBD and other compounds to directly enter the bloodstream with the highest bioavailability. In addition, laboratory tissue culture tests have demonstrated that the UPTAKE™ Technology creates a retention of the active compound within tissue, resulting in a longer lasting effect and beneficial result.

UPTAKE™ Technology was tested by independent laboratories to determine the properties associated with this unique delivery system. The analysis on varying compounds demonstrated that UPTAKE™ created a self-contained physiologic reaction akin to Iontophoresis that is the basis for UPTAKE’S™ ability to improve absorption and utilization of active compounds. We have this analysis available upon request.

Lastly, the UPTAKE™ Technology ingredients uses all GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) approved ingredients.

16. In Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Tabs™ what is the ingredient Regen+™?

ReGen+TM is an oligopeptide (a group of amino acids) that contains natural growth factors which supports the body in the generation of healthy cells. This process helps to offset cellular degeneration, which leads to disease. ReGen+TM enhances immune system functioning and supports the body in maintaining health and well- being. In addition, ReGen+TM enhances and boosts the effectiveness of CBD’s ability to calm nerves and quiet inflammation.

An oligopeptide is a group of amino acids that have a specific function in the body. ReGen+TM is a specific oligopeptide that is derived from eggs and possess a positive effect on the formation of new and healthy cells. ReGen+TM supports healthy cells to form more healthy cells as well as decreasing the mortality of more mature cells. In addition, ReGen+TM acts as anti-inflammatory on all the body systems by balancing the adrenal glands (the gland that oversees the body’s reaction to stressful conditions) and helps reduce the overall stress levels of the body’s cells, organs and tissues. This process helps to accelerate the healing process and achieve balance (homeostasis).

ReGen+TM has a growth factor effect on the body (that is helping to body produce healthy cells).
This growth factor description should absolutely be distinguished from a Growth Hormone which is a peptide hormone which can cause organs like the heart, liver, kidneys or bones to grow excessively and an unhealthy rate leading to disease complications.

17. Please explain the Immune Surveillance System Theory and the benefits of CBD and ReGen+™?

The Immune Surveillance System Theory was proposed in the 1900’s and simply states that the immune system patrols the body to recognize and eliminate foreign invaders such as toxins, chemicals, bacteria, viruses or other abnormalities including cancer. The body is constantly exposed to these foreign invaders as well as producing daily, cancer cells which are immediately destroyed by the immune system as quickly as they appear.

In the case of cancer cells, it is believed that the immune surveillance system, for a number of reasons such as inflammation being out of balance or degenerated, loses its ability of surveillance and protection. The Immune Surveillance System Theory states that the immune system patrols the body to recognize and eliminate these foreign invaders. These invaders can cause the body to have a negative reaction that triggers an immune response.

It has been discovered that there are many natural compounds such as vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, nutracueticals, herbs and plants that have the ability to modulate and balance the immune system and bolster the ability of surveillance and protection.

Earth Animal recognizes these compounds and includes them in many of its products. Some of these products are cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, etc.), Regen+TM (Oligopeptides), Vitamin A, E and C, Selenium and herbs such as Echinacea, Golden seal, Astragalus and Turmeric.

Resources:

• Burnet M. Cancer; a biological approach. I. The processes of control. Br Med J. 1957;1(5022):779–786.
• Burnet FM. Immunological surveillance in neoplasia. Transplant Rev. 1971;7:3–25.
• Thomas L. Discussion. In: Lawrence HS, editor. Cellular and Humoral Aspects of the Hypersensitive States. New York, NY: Hoeber-Harper; 1959. pp. 529–532.
• Thomas L. On immunosurveillance in human cancer. Yale J Biol Med. 1982;55:329–33.

18. We notice that the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Tabs™ are NASC approved. What does that mean?

The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) is a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of companion animals and horses throughout the United States. Founded in 2001, NASC is an all-industry association of stakeholders concerned with the issues surrounding the supply of health supplements for animals not intended for human consumption, such as dogs, cats and horses. The NASC promotes the health and well-being of non-human food chain animals that are given animal health supplements, by establishing federal and state regulations that are fair, reasonable, responsible and nationally consistent.

When consumers see the NASC Quality seal, they can trust they are buying a product from a reputable company who has successfully completed an independent quality audit. NASC member companies must comply with rigorous requirements before they are granted permission to display the seal.

When a product is NASC Certified, it means they have gone through the below list to ensure the product is 100% in compliance:

• Contract Manufacturers: The NASC requires independent verification that all production processes follow current Good Manufacturing Practice Standards (cGMPs) to help ensure consistent high-quality products.

• Testing Laboratories: The NASC verifies that the tests and methodologies used to certify raw materials and finished products, are the most reliable and current in the industry.

• Quality Service Providers: The NASC also partners with service providers including the FDA, USDA, AAFCO, product liability insurance, packaging, legal services, credit card processing, etc.

Consumers can visit: AnimalHealthLive.com any time for more information. 

19. What is the best way to administer the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Tabs™ to cats?

Cats can indeed be finicky. However, through our testing results of the palatability of the Zen-Tabs™ have been very positive. If you are not able to get your cat to take a Zen-Tab™ you can break it up and put it in their food.

20. Why aren’t the Nature’s Comfort™ Zen-Pens™ NASC approved?

The NASC works only with animal supplements that are oral and are taken through the mouth.

21. What, if any, are the possible side effects of using a Nature’s Comfort Product?

It is possible that your dog or cat may experience sensitivity to CBD. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian prior to using any product with CBD in them.

22. Why are there different types of applications offered for your Nature’s Comfort™ Zen products?

The different application types are tailored to each animal to create a desired effect. Zen-Tabs are chewable tablets that are given orally. Zen-Pen is applied directly to the skin of the inner ear flap of the dog or cat. Different application methods may be easier to apply and may provide better relief of symptoms depending on delivery method. Talk to your veterinarian regarding the different delivery methods and therapeutic advantages.

If you have other questions that are not covered here, please contact us at custserve@earthanimal.com or call 855-EANIMAL (326-4625).

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