Hemp oil’s benefits to the body begin with its main compound, cannabinol (CBD). CBD fuels the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which has a significant impact on homeostasis through reactions with the immune system and the brain.
Given what we know about hemp oil’s benefits to the human body, it is natural to wonder if hemp oil can also benefit our beloved furry best friends. Research has shown that all mammals, including dogs, have an ECS, leading scientists to believe that hemp oil can benefits dogs in much the same way it benefits humans.
How can hemp oil benefit my dog?
The CBD found in hemp oil can have as many benefits to your dog as it can to you. Because humans share 95% genetic similarity to all mammals, dogs experience many of the same illnesses and diseases we do. Because the ECS regulates the balance between body and mind, many of these illnesses and conditions can be alleviated with the help of cannabinoids like those found in hemp oil. However, before giving your pet a dose of hemp oil, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian and do your research specific to your dog’s breed and medical history.
Afflictions are arising from increased levels of stress, such as anxiety and sleeplessness, can be reduced through the use of hemp oil. For example, if your dog gets scared from fireworks on the 4th of July, then giving him or her a little hemp oil beforehand can reduce the amount of stress he or she feels once the loud popping begins. Other stressful situations for your dog that can be eased with the use of hemp oil include traveling or prolonged separation from you.
Dogs experience the hardships of aging just like we do, which includes higher levels of pain and inflammation and more severe reactions to minor illnesses. Because the CBD in hemp oil can regulate the way the brain processes pain and strengthen the immune system’s response to specific ailments, sometimes symptoms of your dog’s aging can be reduced through the use of hemp oil.
Through years of selective breeding, some dogs form characteristics that develop into painful conditions. For example, a pug may have trouble breathing because of its flat snout, or a Chihuahua may have hind legs that are not adequately jointed to the hip. These conditions cause extreme discomfort, and even pain, for your dog. CBD in hemp oil can help reduce inflammation in a Chihuahua’s disjointed hips and soften the muscle tissue in a pug’s snout to make it easier to breathe.
Are their risks involved with giving dogs hemp oil?
Since hemp plants are a cannabis plant, many people wonder if hemp oil can have harmful effects on their dogs. Because hemp oil only has less than 0.3% of THC, it cannot produce the same high effect as marijuana. Although THC can be toxic to dogs, such a low amount poses no threat to them.
Furthermore, research has shown that CBD found in hemp oil is tolerated well by dogs’ bodies.
How can I give my dog hemp oil?
The easiest way to give your dog hemp oil is to use a dropper and drop it straight into its mouth. You can also put the oil on a spoon and let your dog lick it off. If your dog doesn’t take to the oil’s taste, then mix some of the hemp oil into your dog’s food.