Hemp CBD has been increasingly popular in recent years. It’s available in a plethora of products, from beauty and skin care to pure oils and vaporizers, and can be given to dogs for a range of health and wellness needs including pain and inflammation, anxiety, seizures, glaucoma, and many other physical and mental ailments.
What is Hemp CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant that can be extracted and used for its calming effects. CBD is a close relative to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the major active ingredient in marijuana, which is a psychoactive compound. THC can cause euphoric feelings, but CBD will not make you feel altered in any way.
The Cannabis sativa plant has two primary species: hemp and marijuana. Both species contain CBD. Hemp is usually used for extracting CBD since it has a higher CBD content and lower levels of THC than marijuana.
Why Give Hemp CBD to Dogs?
Recent studies here have shown that most veterinarians support the use of CBD products for the treatment of animal conditions—this includes both Cannabis and Hemp variations. The important distinction is that CBD from hemp is far more common due to its availability for extraction—more CBD means more products can be extracted from the plant.
CBD has been particularly beneficial for humans, resulting in an expansion of the market in recent years. It has been found that humans and dogs are affected by CBD in similar ways. Benefits include reducing symptoms of:
- seizures and epilepsy
- pain and inflammation
- appetite loss
And it may be able to help fight cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells.
Is Hemp CBD Safe for My Dog?
Absolutely! A variety of research and studies have been conducted and shown that CBD is completely safe for dogs. The only downside that your dog may experience is drowsiness, caused by the extreme relaxing effect of CBD. However, make sure your dog stays away from the cannabis plants themselves, as those are dangerous for dogs. The bottom line is that oils or treats containing CBD from hemp are a great way to get started on the holistic path for your dog. While cannabis may not be legal everywhere, hemp is, making it a great option for treating your dog’s ailments.
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