Hemp oil, hemp clothing, hemp dog treats — hemp seems to be everywhere these days. As a dog owner, you might be having a tough time keeping track of what’s what.
The term hemp oil can be especially confusing. If you’ve ever wondered…
...then read on, because we’re sniffing out the answers!
You know how a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square?
It’s a similar situation with CBD oil and hemp seed oil. But don’t get your leash all in a tangle over this — we’re about to break it down like a chew toy at a puppy party.
We’ll start with the “rectangle” in this situation: hemp seed oil, sometimes called hemp oil.
Hemp seed oilis extracted from hemp seeds of the cannabis plant. The seeds don’t contain CBD or THC, and they do not produce CBD oil. Hemp seeds do have nutritional value, though.
Hemp seed oil is not CBD oil. Got it? Cool.
CBD oil is extracted from Cannabis sativa L. Both hemp and marijuana are varieties of the Cannabis sativa L. plant species.
After the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal across the land of the free, CBD made from industrial hemp became widely available.
So, technically, some CBD is a hemp oil. And, some folks and CBD companies might call it hemp oil. But, CBD oil is not the same as hemp seed oil, mainly because CBD oil is full of cannabidiol. (That’s what CBD stands for.)
Cannabidiol is the cannabis compound everyone is howling about for its non-psychoactive — aka won’t get your dog high — benefits. Depending on the type of CBD, it may also contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
It’s important for paw-rents to know the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil because they have different benefits and uses.
Let’s dig into those differences, shall we?
Many of hemp seed oil’s health benefits come from its omega fatty acid content. You might be familiar with omegas if you give your pet a fish oil supplement. They’re the “good” fats.
Hemp seed oil is a plant-based source of these beneficial fats, including omega-3 and omega-6.
Here are some of the benefits your dog might get from omega supplements like hemp seed oil:
The efficacy of omega-rich fish oil for canine health has been well researched, especially for reducing inflammation. Hemp-derived omegas haven’t been studied in dogs.
Hemp seed oil contains small amounts of other things that may be good for your pup, like chlorophyll and vitamin E.
Overall, hemp seed oil is a nutritional supplement that could be used in place of your dog’s fish oil supplement. You shouldn’t expect to see an immediate result.
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system that responds to CBD. So, while our four-legged mammal pals can’t exactly tell us what they’re feeling, we know they can get benefits from CBD like their humans do.
Research points to many health benefits of CBD. Some common reasons owners give their pets CBD include:
Unlike hemp seed oil, you’re more likely to notice the effects of CBD on your dog. Depending on how your pooch responds and the results you’re looking for, you might observe a change in a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s what Pure Craft pet parents have to say about their canine’s CBD experience.
So we have been using this for literally 2 days. I can really see the difference in my senior dog. He has had some hip issues and has been so much more mobile. Thank you, seriously! - Ashley
My pup had a serious case of poor digestion. We have tried everything and so far this CBD oil has been working like a treat! - Gabriel
Our dog finally managed to sleep through the night! - Scott
If you’re thinking about giving Fifi or Fido CBD, check out our guide to CBD for dogs. It’s packed with all the information you need to get started safely and efficiently.
IMPORTANT TIP: THC is toxic to cats and dogs. That’s why we recommend a THC-free CBD formulated specifically for pets.
Whether you choose to give your dog CBD oil, hemp oil, or both, they have similar best practices.
Both CBD oil and hemp oil can be part of a healthy canine lifestyle. But, as you can see, there are some key differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil.
If you choose to use CBD, make sure it doesn’t have more than 0.3% THC content. A CBD oil made for pets is the best choice.
You’re the best advocate for your pet’s health, so communicate with your vet and choose the best hemp and CBD products for your dog’s needs.
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