First things first: Anything with an endocannabinoid system can benefit from hemp.
Hemp seed oil for pets is a fascinating topic, especially considering its incalculable benefits. But even though it has such an impressive array of advantages, pet owners are often oblivious to this amazing natural herb… and fair enough, it’s been illegal and misportrayed for so long! But this is no longer the case, so we want to help spread the word of how everything on this planet can benefit from hemp – not just humans.
…So don’t worry if you haven’t heard much about it yet. In this article, we’re going to bring you up to speed on all the benefits of hemp seed oil for your pets – dogs and cats alike!
Hemp Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil for Pets… What’s the Difference?
Hemp oil (also known as CBD oil) is a medicinal product that’s manufactured from the flower of the female Cannabis sativa plant. It’s quite high in cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids, and can contain THC, the compound that is reported by Wikipedia to be the principal psychoactive in cannabis. This is one of the main ‘medicinal cannabis oils’ that we’ve been hearing so much about recently! As it seems, it’s becoming widely used for pain relief for humans and pets across the world. Hemp Oil is essentially a concentrated extract of the medicinal compounds of the cannabis plant, and therefore contains high amounts of cannabinoids.
Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is the oil extracted by cold-press from the seeds of the same cannabis plant. Legally speaking, hemp seed and hemp seed oil in Australia should have less than 0.3% THC to be sold. This oil contains only slight traces of THC and CBD. Therefore, you can legally use hemp seed oil without a prescription for yourself or your pet animals in Australia. The composition of hemp seed oil is perfect for pets. In fact, it’s one of the only natural food in the world that has Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) like Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the optimum ratio of 3:1.
But that’s not all. With a newfound interest in this often-neglected plant, researchers seem to be finding more about the diversity of its benefits every day. Let’s take a look at a few ways that pets can benefit!
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Pets
Hemp seed oil can truly be a life-saver for your pet. But that doesn’t mean you need to use it only in times of distress and sickness. In fact, hemp seed oil could – and should – be used in your pets routine diet. Here’s a few reasons why!
Improved skin and coat
Hemp seed oil can improve skin health in both dogs and cats, leaving them with a fluffy, irresistibly cuddly coat. As mentioned above, hemp seed oil has the perfect composition of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) like Omega 6 and Omega 3 in the ratio of 1:3. Omega fatty acids are one of the most important factors for skin and coat health in animals.
Hemp Out Agency mentions in their article that the unbalanced composition of Omega 6 and Omega 3 in your pet’s diet can cause major upsets in its health. With extra Omega 6, your pet’s body would further reduce its Omega 3 levels. Similarly, with an excess of Omega 3, the body would cut back on Omega 6. This can lead to serious instabilities in your pet’s body. As a result, other unbalanced sources of Omega fatty acids like fish oil can not be relied upon.
The fact that it is a perfectly balanced source of Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids further magnifies the importance of incorporating hemp seed oil in your pet’s diet.
Treating Skin Allergies
Any oil that is so perfectly balanced with Essential Fatty Acids would certainly work well for skin allergies and diseases. A 2005 research noted that Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) patients experienced reduced allergic symptoms with the dietary use of hemp seed oil.
…And that’s just getting started! There are many other notable benefits of hemp for pets, which you can read more about here
Safe use and dosages of Hemp Seed Oil for Pets
We often hear questions like, “how much hemp seed oil should I give my dog?”
Hemp seed oil is comparable to sunflower oil – and is perfectly safe for your pets. It does not contain any psychoactive compounds like THC, and includes minimal amounts of CBD as well. So, you can even incorporate hemp seed into your cat or dog’s meal without fear. The general rule of safe dosage is 1ml – 5ml depending on your furry friends weight.
On the other hand, CBD oil (or hemp oil) is used as medicine and only a vet can prescribe a proper dosage for it. Unfortunately, not much research has been conducted on safe levels of concentrated CBD oil for pets.
Will Hemp Seed Oil Get My Pet High?
No. Hemp seed oil will not get your pet high. The psychoactive chemical in Cannabis that gives the sensation of being “high” is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). With that said, there’s virtually no THC in hemp seed oil. Therefore, our furry friends would have to get into a lot of hemp to get high – just like humans!
All in all, hemp seed oil for pets is not just safe – but highly beneficial as well.