A new trend has been developing since the wide-spread legalization of marijuana has begun. Many people are now considering or are already using hemp oil for their beloved pets. While marijuana and hemp are not the same, they are from the same group of plants. Although there is THC in hemp oil, the amount is negligible. Hemp oil contains on average 0.3%-1.5% THC while marijuana contains 5%-10% or higher.
The key difference in the medical use of hemp vs marijuana is that hemp oil lacks the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that marijuana contains, CBD (cannabidiol) instead being the active ingredient. THC is the chemical that causes the psychoactive properties that make people high. Dogs are reportedly very sensitive to THC. Since the wide-spread legalization of marijuana, veterinary offices have reported an upward spike in the frequency of vomiting and ill dogs, usually related to getting into their owner’s marijuana supply. CBD offers all the medicinal and positive benefits without making animals feel ill.
The use of hemp oil is more common in dogs than in cats, but that doesn’t mean your kitty can’t benefit too. If you have an older pet who is suffering from joint pain or other complications of old age, or a pet who is fearful of storms or has separation anxiety, hemp oil is worth a try. The most common method of administering hemp oil is to mix it in with their regular food. You should feed a teaspoon to every pound of food.
1. Storm and Separation Anxiety
There are now several treats on the market that contain CBD and are intended for use in animals who suffer a lot from storms or other causes of anxiety. It is claimed that dogs given these treats seem generally calmer and aren’t afraid during the fireworks show on the Fourth of July anymore.
2. Fighting Cancer
Hemp seeds are high in GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which is an essential Omega-6 fatty acid. Cancer research has determined that people with cancer, diabetes, and skin-related allergies do not produce enough GLA. This is also true in pets. GLA works to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, which helps to extend the life of a pet with cancer.
3. Improving Quality of Skin and Coat
The combination of fatty acids in hemp helps eliminate inflammation from most common skin problems such as grass allergies and skin disease. The oil will cause your pets fur to be much thicker and softer, as it promotes healthy cellular growth.
4. Pain from Arthritis
The combination of fatty acids also reduces inflammation in the joints. One study reports a 25% decrease in symptoms of animals suffering from severe joint pain.