Is hemp and CBD the same for dogs? 🐶
Hemp and CBD (cannabidiol) are often used interchangeably when talking about cannabis products for pets. However, while related, they are not exactly the same thing.
What is hemp? 🌿
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that contains very low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” associated with marijuana. Hemp has been used for centuries to make things like rope, fabric, and paper.
Hemp seeds and oils are also used as a nutritional supplement for humans and pets due to their high levels of protein, fatty acids, and other nutrients. Hemp products for pets may contain CBD, but not necessarily.
What is CBD? 💊
CBD is one of over 100 active compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce any mind-altering effects.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates various functions like pain perception, mood, appetite, and more. CBD is thought to help support this system and has gained popularity for its potential therapeutic benefits.
CBD can be derived from either marijuana or hemp plants. However, CBD from hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC, per federal regulations.
The connection between hemp and CBD for pets 🐕
Hemp-derived CBD has become a popular option for pet owners seeking the potential benefits of CBD without the “high” of THC. Since hemp naturally contains higher levels of CBD compared to marijuana, it has become the preferred source for extracting CBD oil.
However, not all hemp products for pets contain CBD. Things like hemp seed oil, hemp treats, and hemp bedding may provide nutritional or textural benefits without actually containing CBD.
When looking for CBD products for your pet, it’s important to check the label for how much CBD it contains, where the CBD came from, and whether the product has been tested by a third-party lab. This will help ensure you’re getting a quality CBD oil derived specifically from hemp.
Potential benefits of hemp and CBD products for dogs 🐩
While more research is still needed, current studies suggest CBD from hemp may provide certain therapeutic effects for dogs. Some potential benefits pet owners hope to achieve with CBD and hemp include:
- Reduced anxiety and stress 😌
- Relief for chronic pain or arthritis 🦴
- Control of seizures or epilepsy episodes 🧠
- Improvement of skin conditions 💆♀️
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects 💊
- Anti-tumor properties in cancer treatment 🩺
- Overall wellness and calmness 😌
However, it’s important to discuss using any hemp/CBD products for your dog with your veterinarian first, especially if your pet is taking other medications.
Choosing quality hemp/CBD products 🛒
Since the hemp/CBD market is still unregulated, there can be vast differences in quality and contents between products. Here are some tips for choosing high-quality CBD and hemp products for dogs:
- Look for organic hemp sourced from US grown hemp 🌱
- Ensure it has been third-party tested for purity and CBD/THC levels 🧪
- Research the company’s reputation and reviews from other pet owners 📝
- Check the certificate of analysis to confirm the CBD and THC content 📜
- Consult with your vet on the recommended dosage for your dog’s size/condition 🐶
- Start with small doses and monitor effects before increasing gradually ⏱
While hemp and CBD come from the same plant source, understanding the key differences between the two can help pet owners make an informed choice when considering supplementary products. Always discuss using hemp/CBD with your vet first and purchase high quality products from reputable companies. This will help ensure your dog experiences the maximum benefits.