Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp industry has boomed. Hemp products can be found in almost any form; examples are gummies, capsules, gum, mints, oils, creams, chocolate, and pet treats. Can our furry friends experience the same benefits as humans by using hemp products? This article discusses what benefits hemp oil provides for your pets and how to use it.
Is there a difference between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?
Before talking about how to use hemp oil for pets, it's helpful to understand the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil. Although they come from the same plant, these are two very different oils that provide different benefits.
Both hemp oil and CBD oil come from the Cannabis sativa plant, commonly known as the hemp plant, and are different from the marijuana plant (Cannabis indica). Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant's seeds, while CBD oil comes from the leaves, stems, and flowers of the hemp plant. The biggest difference between hemp oil and CBD oil is that only CBD oil contains cannabinoids.
Hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same, but hemp oil is sometimes used as a carrier oil for CBD oil. Carrier oils are necessary because CBD is fat-soluble and dissolves easier in oil than in water. A carrier oil allows CBD to dissolve completely and become easily digested and readily available to provide faster relief. Another benefit of carrier oils is that they make it easier to dose. Because CBD is a potent compound, carrier oils allow you to receive focused and consistent relief every time. Most carrier oils are nut or plant-based. Using hemp oil as a carrier oil for CBD oil provides the user with all the benefits that the hemp plant can provide.
Benefits of Hemp Oil for your pets
BALANCE: During development, animals require vitamin A for growth and proper muscle and neurological function. After birth, Vitamin A is just as important for maintaining balance in our pet's overall health. Hemp oil contains Vitamin A and can help prevent muscle deterioration and protect our pet's nervous system, leading to a balanced and healthy life.
SEIZURES: About 1 in every 20 dogs have a seizure in their lifetime, and some suffer from epilepsy or repeated episodes of seizures. Scientists and researchers have tried to find a treatment for pet seizures for years, and now there is finally hope. Recent research on hemp oil has found that it contains properties that prevent convulsions and other symptoms related to epilepsy in dogs. According to a survey by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, more than 62% of pet owners validate the benefits of hemp oil for seizures.
PAIN: Hemp oil contains high concentrations of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to have a positive effect on inflammation. When taken in supplement form, this fatty acid converts to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid and prevents inflammatory enzymes from breaking down and causing inflammation. GLA is not made by the body and has to be taken through diet, which means that if your pet isn't getting GLA through their food or taking it as a supplement, their body doesn't have access to the nutrient it desperately needs for pain management.
IMMUNITY: Vitamin E is one of the most important components of a healthy diet for your pet, and it can be found in hemp oil. This vitamin is so crucial because it prevents circulatory and immune damage caused by free radicals. Our pets are naturally exposed to free radicals through metabolic processes and aging, but they can also be exposed to cigarette smoke, pollution, and the sun. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E prevents free radicals from damaging our pet's body systems, increasing their immune responses and circulatory health as they age.
SKIN AND COAT: Hemp oil contains GLA, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E, which all play an important role in maintaining skin and coat health. In one scientific review, researchers found that GLA significantly improved pet skin and coat health by strengthening its permeability and its ability to retain moisture. Vitamin A and Vitamin E prevent free radicals from drying out the skin and making our pets more susceptible to bacteria, toxins, and other allergens.
SAFE: Hemp oil is a safe and natural way to make sure that your pet lives the best life possible. Because hemp oil comes from the hemp plant's seeds, it does not contain THC or any other cannabinoids that may have psychoactive effects on your pet.
Benefits of CBD Oil:
CBD oil has all the same benefits as hemp oil for your pet, but the benefits may be enhanced due to the presence of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) just like humans do. This is the body system that is activated by the cannabinoids in CBD, leading to all the familiar benefits associated with taking CBD. In pets, CBD can activate the ECS to further assist with pain, mood, balance, anxiety, and overall health.
Terpenes in CBD are aromatic compounds that have therapeutic effects. Some of the terpenes in CBD have been shown to have uplifting properties, anti-inflammatory benefits, and the ability to assist with anxiety.
How to use hemp oil for animals
There are so many ways to use hemp oil for your animals. You can give hemp oil to your animals directly from the dropper, or you can mix it into their food. Some hemp companies make it even easier by infusing hemp oil into pet treats, which is a tasty way to reward our pets and ensure they are getting the benefits they need from hemp oil. Other companies have hemp products targeted towards specific issues, like hemp topicals for cracked noses and paws. With all the different ways to use hemp oil, it is easy to find an option that works perfectly for you and your pet's situation.
Pet Hemp Products to try
Broad Spectrum Pet CBD Oil
Zatural provides three different types of pet CBD formulas for Felines, Canines, and Equines. Each formula contains a safe and specific amount of CBD for each type of pet. The formula is based on the weight and ECS of each animal.
Why buy from Zatural?
At Zatural, our customers come first. Our mission is to help increase the standard of health through natural means. All of our products are natural, organically grown, and handcrafted. We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that allows you to return your product for a full refund if you are not satisfied.