Have you heard about CBD and Hemp Oil for pets? In our recent article we have discussed about CBD oil and the positive effects it has on our health. Moreover, there is another cannabis derived product which is Hemp Oil. Confusion is often made between Hemp oil and CBD oil, though they are both made from cannabis they have different characteristics.
CBD oil contain cannabidiol, a compound extracted for the cannabis plant which is praised for its therapeutic effects. As for Hemp Oil, it contains a lot of rich nutrients that are also good for the health. Nowadays CBD and Hemp Oil are commonly used for pets animals, as the health benefits of these products are also effective on animals.
The difference between Hemp Oil and CBD oil
Many people would believe that CBD oil and Hemp oil are the same thing as they came from the cannabis plant. However, they are obtained through different processes and their consumption results in different effects. CBD oil is obtained through the extraction of leaves, stalks and flowers of the hemp plant ( around 40% of the plant). CBD oil contain cannabidiol, one of the drug compound that is non psychoactive and have therapeutic effects. The other compound is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is psychoactive and give the high effects when consuming cannabis.
As for Hemp Oil, or more precisely Hemp seed oil is obtained by extracting the seeds of cannabis sativa plants. This oil contains very little or no amount of CBD or THC, but instead it is rich in nutrients like fatty acids, omega-3, omega-6 and other beneficial bio active compounds.
CBD has many uses; it alleviates anxiety, help in treating medical conditions like acne, diarea psoriasis, joint inflammation and Alzheimer. Whereas hemp oil is mostly used as nutritional supplement in foods but sometimes it is also consumed to improve cardiovascular health. As Hemp and CBD are available in edible forms and that cannabis has been legalized in many countries, they are being consumed by many people for their health benefits properties
But what is interesting is that CBD and Hemp can provide health benefits not only to human, but also to pet animals. This has led to the emergence of many cannabis animal products including CBD and Hemp Oil for pets.
CBD and Hemp Oil For Pets- What are the benefits
CBD and Hemp Oil pet products are mostly administrated to cats and dogs. Many pet owners have reported these oils help for the treatment of pain, arthritis, seizures, anxiety, inappetance, cognitive dysfunction and more. Though CBD oil and Hemp oil can be purchased seperately, many dispensaries offer pet oil which contain both CBD and Hemp which hence provide combined therapeutic and nutritional benefits.
Lets have a look at the main benefits:
1. It helps to treat Dermatitis in Cats & Dogs
Dermatitis is a chronic medical condition where cats or dogs have skin inflammation mainly due to allergens or infections caused by bacteria, parasites and fungus. As your pets get older these skin irritations become more afflicting and affect their quality of life. CBD which have anti inflammatory properties will help to aleviate these ailments.
2. CBD oil help to eliminate joint pain
One of the remarking properties of CBD is that it has anti-inflammatory properties. This is why CBD cream, lotions and oils are used for treatment of human joint pain caused by inflammatory conditions like acne, rheumatoid arthritis and tendinitis. CBD oil for pets have proved to help relieve Arthritis & joint pain on dogs. The cannabis compound block the inflammatory process and hence reduce chronic pain over time.
3. CBD and Hemp as a food supplements to your pets
Hemp oil is used as a nutritional supplements by a lot of pet owners because it contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. It contain sufficient quantity of nutrious antioxidant (Vitamin E) and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium. Hemp also provides other nutrients like omega-3, omega-6 and fatty acid. On the other hand CBD contains minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium, antioxidants and vitamins like A, E, and C. Futhermore CBD also provide all of 21 amino acids which are fundamental for a body to build proteins. Hence CBD and Hemp acts as superfoods which will provide your pets with all the necessary nutrients which will help to prevent diseases and contribute in their well being.
4. CBD as a treatment against seizures/epilepsy
Statistics show that approximately 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. This medical condition in dogs is the equivalent of epilepsy in humans. It happens when there is an irregular and uncontrolled surge of electrical activity in the brain of your dog. This cause a change in its behaviour like jerking, tongue chewing, uncontrollable shaking and mouth foaming. Though seizures can be treated with pharmaceutical drugs like potassium bromide and phenobarbital, it can be a threat to the animal’s liver and other organs. CBD is increasingly being used to treat human epilepsy, researches have showed that CBD reduce the frequency of seizures in 84% of patients. Hence CBD cann also alleviate seizures on pet animals.
5. CBD and Hemp Oil For Pets – It reduce anxiety and stress
Your pets can experience anxiety and stress under specific conditions like thunderstorm, long distance travel or when there is excessive noise ( for e.g fireworks). CBD oil is known for its therapeutic properties and give a calming and soothing effects. This is because it interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system which help to maintain an optimum biological. It will moreover help the body produce serotonin which is a natural mood stabilizer. Therefore when administrating CBD and Hemp oil to your pets, they will tend to be more calm and relaxed.
There are many researches currently being done to confirm whether CBD is efficient in treating different medical conditions in dogs. One of these studies is being done at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
If you decide to treat your pets with CBD and Hemp Oils, you must ensure that they are from organic sources. Moreover you have also to consult your veterinary for advices about dosage and frequency of usage. The actual safe rule of thumb is 0.2mg of CBD/Hemp oil per pound. So if your dog weighs 10 pounds you will have to give him 2mg of oil.
Our final thoughts on CBD and Hemp oil for pets
CBD and Hemp oil have have disrupt the food, medical and now veterinary industry. With lot of ongoing researches there is lot of hope that these derived cannabis products will be able to cure many more animal ailments. CBD and Hemp oil for pets are easily available in dispensaries and online store in different dosage.
It has been proven to be efficient treating different medical disorders in pets. However for a safe and optimum use, before giving it to your pets ensure that you get properly informed on the products you purchase. Finally don’t forget to also seek advice from your pets’ veterinary.
I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it will be helpful. If you are a pet owner and is planning to give or is already giving CBD/Hemp to your furry companion, we will be more than glad to hear your views 🙂
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