CBD oil is an all-natural product that is derived from the cannabis plant. This popular oil is commonly used as a supplement in treating some diseases in both humans and pets.
Because it is also extracted from cannabis, hemp oil for dogs has also received increased attention. This increase in popularity is also because it is often recommended for pain relief and as a dietary supplement in dog food.
But the lines that separate these 2 cannabis derivatives can be a bit blurry sometimes; especially with little to no information. Some people even give the name ‘hemp oil’ to any oil that is gotten from the hemp plant – leading to more confusion about which is which.
Not to worry, in this article, we intend to provide you with the necessary information to clear up any confusion you may have about these oils. We will also take a short peek into the legal aspect of using these products in the United States. The goal? To help you choose the right oil for the right purpose for your dog.
Let’s get in.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. This chemical compound belongs to the family of cannabinoids present in cannabis. Unlike, THC, the main active ingredient in the plant, CBD has no psychoactive effect on dogs. So, your canine will not get high or stoned by taking this substance. This explains why it is regarded as a natural and safe remedy for treating certain conditions.
CBD Oil is made by extracting cannabidiol from the hemp plant and pressing it into a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Hemp oil, on the other hand, doesn’t belong to the family of cannabinoids. It is extracted from hemp seeds and only has a trace amount of CBD with no THC. This product has earned a better reputation than the cannabidiol product because it has a unique flavor that makes it safe for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is also useful as a skin product, an antioxidant, and for salad dressing.
Benefits of CBD Oils to Canines
Like humans, dogs have an endocannabinoid system that makes it easy for them to enjoy the benefits of cannabidiol that humans enjoy. For instance, because it has proven to be useful and safe as an anti-inflammatory medication in humans, dog parents also give dog-grade cannabidiol to their pups as a remedy for pain and inflammations.
What’s more? While cannabidiol is not intoxicating, there are reports of reduced anxiety and increased calmness in humans who took CBD over a period. Although there’s still ongoing research about this benefit in canines, pet parents have also reported the same effects of using periodic doses of cannabidiol on dogs with separation anxiety, car sickness, and noise phobias.
Benefits of Hemp Oils to Canines
Hemp oils contain a rich amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6 – 2 healthy fats that improve the health of a canine’s coat. Moreover, since Omega oils have been recommended as dietary supplements in dog food, you can introduce them into your pup’s diet with hemp oil.
Hemp oils are also useful for treating different allergies and skin conditions in canines. The fatty acids in it also help to soothe skin deficiencies.
Hemp oils and CBD oils play specific roles in pain management. Hemp oil is often recommended as a continuous supplement for managing and supporting inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis.
The CBD variant is a better remedy for severe pains and may be combined with some other treatments as prescribed by a vet.
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There’s almost no legal gray area with using hemp oil. CBD oil, on the other hand, may raise a few legal brows. However, even that is changing today.
With that being said, while cannabidiol products derived from marijuana are still very much illegal in the United States, some states have given the go-ahead on the use of the non-toxic oils derived from this plant.
Meanwhile, hemp-derived cannabidiol products (with THC content below 0.3%) are legal under Federal laws but illegal in some states.
So, the onus is on you to check the laws in your state before you buy any of these products.
How Much is Considered Safe?
Provided you go for products that are free from THC or have a THC content lower than 0.3%, CBD and hemp oils are safe for dogs.
These products only have few side effects, if any. More so, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, these oils have relatively few side effects such that an overdose is rarely ever fatal.
A cannabidiol overdose may only affect the pup’s activity level and stumble while walking but it eventually wears off after a while. Hemp oil is even relatively safer because the worst that could happen with an overdose is a stomach upset.
Nonetheless, ensure that you check the product label and the manufacturer’s dosage chart to know how much and how frequent the doses should be.
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It is clear that although cannabidiol and hemp oils are similar – especially since they are derived from the same plant – these products are quite different. The difference is obvious in the extraction process, composition, and some of the benefits that each one offers.
Irrespective of the product you consider for your pup (it may be either or both), ensure that you consult a vet for any precautions you may need to take. Remember that there’s still ongoing research about these oils, so err on the side of caution and get sound medical advice before using them.