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Hemp oil can be the term used to describe hemp seed oil, or it may be the oil extracted from multiple parts of the hemp plant. The hemp plant is a strain of Cannabis sativa used mainly for its fibre. Hemp is very low in both CBD and THC compared to Cannabis. Hemp oil can be the same as CBD oil if it was extracted from multiple parts of the plant, such as the flowers, leaves, and stalks. Hemp is low in CBD and THC, making adverse (or positive) effects from these unlikely. However, the quality of hemp oil is unregulated so there could be any number of contaminants or other harmful byproducts of extraction present.
Hemp seeds can be a good source of protein and essential fatty acids, particularly omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. In this way, they are similar to other benefiical seeds such as flaxseeds. While omega fatty acids can have a whole host of benefits for pets including supporting skin and coat condition, joint function and cardiovascular health, it’s important to be aware that omega fatty acids from marine sources such as fish oil or green lipped mussel powder are more readily utilised by pets than those from plant based sources such as hemp seeds or flaxseeds.
While pet owners in areas where cannabis oil is legal and accessible may report positive responses, currently there is not sufficient evidence to support the use of cannabis oil for use as a first line therapy. A small number of trials using cannabis oil to treat conditions such as seizures and arthritis have been completed and while results look promising more research into its safety and efficacy in pets needs to be done.
Hemp seed oil is derived purely from the seeds of the hemp plant – not the leaves, stalk, or flowers. It is obtained by cold-pressing seeds to extract the oil. This form of oil may contain only trace amounts of CBD or THC, but the amount, if present, is so tiny it does not have any effect. This is because different parts of the plant contain different concentrations of CBD – the leaves and flowers have a high concentration of CBD, while the seeds have virtually none.
Note: The information contained in this article is general in nature should not taken as recommendation or advice to treat your pet. Human cannabis oil products should not be given to pets as they can cause severe illness or death.
Hemp (a form of very low THC cannabis) used in dog treats or hemp seed oil does not contain enough THC to cause adverse reactions and is therefore considered safe. A very large amount of hemp is required to produce even small amounts of CBD, so there is unlikely to be enough CBD in hemp based pet treats to have a therapeutic effect.
Use of cannabis products in pet treats
The two most studied active components of Cannabis sativa are the cannabinoids delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is primarily responsible for the ‘high’ of marijuana use, along with other potentially desirable effects such as relaxation and improved appetite. CBD is non psychoactive so does not cause a ‘high’ but may have many benefits and applications such as use as an anti inflammatory, treatment for pain, nausea, epilepsy and many other conditions.
Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) has recently seen a rise in the popularity of using cannabis products to treat a number of medical conditions in humans, so it is only natural pet owners may consider using it to treat a variety of illnesses in their pets such as epilepsy, cancer and arthritis.
CBD oil is typically extracted from the hemp plant. Firstly, CBD oil will not get you high! CBD oil is not psychoactive (psychoactive substances affect the way you think and feel, so they can affect the way you behave). THC (tetrahydocannabinol) is a psychoactive compound that comes from marijuana, which is where the confusion comes from. CBD oil is, in a nutshell, all of the goodness from the cannabis plant, without the THC. It has been vastly studied and researched in recent times. If you hear someone talking about therapeutic benefits of cannabis, chances are that they are talking about CBD oil.
The cannabis plant has been used for a number of applications throughout history, stretching back to ancient times. In recent times it has made a comeback, due to it’s versatility in what it can be used for. Hemp fibre is used to make textiles, building materials and food. Marijuana is used to make medicines or to get high. Both of these come from the cannabis plant.
So what is CBD oil then?
“We have CBD oil to thank for saving our girl. Cancer is a horrible thing to watch a pet go through, and the chemo drugs were so toxic for her. We are so, so thankful that we discovered CBD.” – Geoff, owner of eight year old Boxer, “Tess”. Tess was diagnosed with lymphoma at age six.
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