Written by Janine Yeates, November 6th, 2019
Let’s talk about hemp for your pets- CBD or Hemp?
“It’s all the same”, well actually it isn’t!
CBD and hemp seed oil both come from the hemp plant known as Cannabis sativa or industrial hemp. But they are two different things, with many different purposes.
CBD (cannabidiol) oil comes from the stalks, leaves and buds of the hemp plant. It’s used therapeutically to help manage many health conditions … such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, seizures and even cancer.
Hemp (or hemp seed) oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and is a nutritional supplement. The seeds contain very little CBD but are rich in nutrients that also have many health benefits.
Hemp is a sustainable crop that’s easy to grow in many different climates and soil types – in fact it’s said to grow like a weed!
The Health Benefits of Hemp in pets
Hemp contains various types of fatty acids, plus antioxidants and phospholipids. Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid in hemp that’s especially valuable.
Unlike many other foods, hemp is easily digestible by the body and shown to aid the system in any recovery work it needs to do, as well as for the maintenance of good health.
Hemp seed oil contains an ideal 1 to 3 ratio of Omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) to Omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids. A good balance of these fats is vital for health because they work synergistically in the body.
Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body. Too much Omega-6 turns on the hormones that raise inflammation. Too much omega-3 can cause immune dysfunction.
Inflammation isn’t always bad. It’s an important part of the body’s healing response to injury or disease. Omega-6 fats increase inflammation to help the body recover.
Omega-3s lower inflammation and control chronic inflammation in the body.
Omega-3 fats also benefit the eyes, brain, skin, heart, bone, joints and immune system. They promote good blood flow and improve overall organ function.
Hemp has had some great results in improving the overall health aspects of dogs and cats, including:
- Joint health
- Skin & Coat
- Immune & digestive systems
Plus many more, ask about it today at your local Just For Pets independent pet store
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