With so many products on the market, it can be hard to decide on the best treatment for your pet’s ailments and overall well-being. That’s why we’ve compiled a 101 guide on hemp and cannabis oil – we want to pass our expertise on to you and to ensure to help your fur babies live their best lives!
So – we presume you’ve heard about the famous cannabis plant, and we also presume you’re wondering what on earth it could have to do with your pet. Read on to find out!
What is hemp/cannabis oil?
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound that is found in cannabis plants. Cannabis plants are also called hemp plants when cultivated for non-drug-related use. So, in a pet care context, it’s a hemp plant. That’s because the CBD oil used for pet care does not include THC, which is the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. From the hemp plant comes CBD oil, a non-intoxicating component that can’t get you or your pet high! CBD oil is not psychoactive, but it can influence brain activity in your fur babies.
How does it work?
The same way humans have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), so do animals. The main role of the ECS is to protect the immune system and maintain its natural functions by controlling inflammation. The ECS also acts as a communication system in the brain and therefore communicates any factors that could be affecting the body – including how your pet is feeling, moving, or reacting to situations. Hemp oil can impact these things. However, you should only ever administer hemp oil to your pet after consulting with your veterinarian – as per usual!
What are the benefits of hemp oil?
As such, there are a wide variety of benefits that cats and dogs can both reap. Hemp oil can:
- Act as an anti-inflammatory (i.e. hypersensitivity, dermatitis)
- Act as an anticonvulsant and seizure minimiser
- Reduce pain
- Support the nervous system
- Relieve anxiety
- Support digestion
- Support the cardiovascular system
- Improve the immune system
- Support strong joints
How do I give it to my pet?
At Pets Meat Supplies, we currently offer the Hemp Brother’s range of hemp oil. This product comes with some great additions like vitamins, protein, fibre, omegas, and essential fatty acids. These extras in hemp oil products ensure that your pets get that extra supplement boost. We recommend putting the oil in a treat or on top of their food to disguise the taste of it. If you are brave enough, the preferred method would be directly in their mouth up against their cheek – however, that is easier said than done!