CBD hemp benefits dogs as well as people. Research has found that CBD hemp has anti-inflammatory properties, can relieve pain, and is good for various health issues. Read this page to see how your dog can benefit from hemp products such as CBD hemp oil.
Hemp for dogs? Won't it make my dog "high"? That was the question my friend asked me when I introduced CBD hemp oil to her dog.
While hemp and marijuana are both from the plant Cannabis sativa, they are actually different varieties of the plant and their chemical components are different.
There are many chemical components (called phytocannabinoids) in the Cannabis plant.
Two phytocannabinoids that are abundantly found in the Cannabis plant are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
While both CBD and THC work on the brain on a cellular level (and to some extent in organs and tissues in the immune system), the chemical properties of CBD and THC are very different. THC is psychoactive and it is this chemical compound that is present in rather high amount in marijuana.
To give you some perspective: In marijuana, the THC content is about 10-15 percent, and the CBD content is very low. In hemp, the THC content is about 0.3 to 1.5 percent, whereas a high level of CBD (about 40 percent) is present.
So... ingesting hemp won't make you or your dog "high", and that's why CBD hemp is legal worldwide whereas marijuana is restricted or illegal in many countries.
As mentioned above, CBD is a phytocannabinoid (a naturally-occuring chemical compound). It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has calming effects on the nervous system.
CBD is extracted in oil form and is often sold mixed in with other hemp oil extracts in different concentrations.
CBD hemp oil contains 70 to 80 percent of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and about 10 percent of saturated fats. It is a good source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, in the ratio of 3:1.
CBD is very safe. In fact, no documented studies have been found to show any undesirable effects caused by CBD. On the contrary, there are quite a few studies that show many benefits of CBD.
Because of its calming, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD hemp benefits are wide and varied. Let's take a look:
CBD has calming and soothing properties, and various scientific studies are being carried out to find out how exactly it works on the nervous system. While many of these studies are still on-going, many doctors have already started using CBD hemp such as hemp oil as a treatment option for anxiety and stress in people.
The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have prompted researchers to study CBD's effects on arthritis.
Although we cannot yet conclusively say CBD hemp benefits those with arthritis, it does look promising.
Studies such as this one have shown that CBD hemp has "anticonvulsant properties in animal models and reduced seizure frequency in limited human trials." Tests are already underway to see if CBD hemp can be used to treat epilepsy in children.
Results of studies on CBD hemp as a potential diabetes treatment were encouraging. The good news is, there doesn't seem to have any significant long-term side effects when hemp is used as a diabetes treatment.
Research on humans showed that CBD hemp was effective in treating both vomiting and nausea. It has also been shown that CBD hemp could help to lessen nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Good news for cancer patients!
Although there has been very few research on the effects of CBD hemp on dogs, there are a lot of anecdotal reports, both from visitors to my site and on various forums and platforms on the Internet, that attest to CBD hemp's positive effects on dogs.
Specifically, vets and pet owners have used hemp oil on dogs, with good results, for these canine problems:
In addition, benign growths (e.g. fatty tumors) seem to respond well to hemp oil.
This should not be a surprise since hemp oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory.
Since there is no information on dosage and how it interacts with conventional medicines, if you want to try using hemp for your epileptic dog, be sure to work with a holistic vet.
Since there are different types of cancer, and dogs respond to treatment differently, hemp may or may not work for your dog. But it does provide an additional option.
Not all hemp products are the same.
When looking for hemp products for your dog, make sure that it is of high-quality, made from organic industrial hemp.
Also, some hemp oil contains only CBD. But for a natural plant product to work effectively, "synergy" is important - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
By that I mean the chemical components in a plant work together to create the desirable effects. If you extract only one component, it doesn't work as well. So, look for a product that has good ratios of numerous cannabinoids and other compounds, not just CBD.
I have looked at different hemp products that are made specifically for pets, and have found one that I think is worth recommending.
Maybe you have already heard of Canna-Pet®?
Their hemp products are made from hemp extracts that contain over two dozen cannabinoids, and other beneficial compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids. These work synergistically to produce the best effects.
The products are safe - won't make your dog "high", and many dog parents swear by their products for various dog health issues, from anxiety, skin problems, to seizures.
Canna-Pet® products are all lab tested to ensure the same high quality and consistency in each batch.