By Angela Ardolino
Natural medicines and essential oils are very popular these days and, believe it or not, your pets can benefit from some of the same all-natural supplements as humans do. All-natural Hemp CBD oil for dogs is one of the latest methods pet owners are using to help treat or prevent numerous pet ailments.
Cannabidiol (CBD) for pets is derived from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant species, yet contains less than 1% of the psychoactive properties commonly associated with cannabis. Instead, it contains compounds that interact naturally with your dog’s immune, nerve and endocannabinoid systems.
Why Dogs Need Hemp/CBD Oil
Unlike fish oil, hemp seed oil contains the perfect ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids, meaning dogs can’t produce them, and need to get them as a part of their diet. A good balance of these Omega oils is critical to your dog’s health because they work synergistically in the body. Hemp seeds are also high in an essential plant-derived Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). And CBD oil contains cannabinoids (CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBG, and terpenes) which are proven to both treat and prevent several common pet health concerns.
Reduces Joint Pain and Inflammation
The Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology has reported that the GLA found in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25%, compared to a placebo at 4%.
There are two main cannabinoid receptors in both human and canine nervous systems, known as CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are more affected by the presence of THC—controlling perception, memory, mood, sleep and appetite—while CB2 receptors affect the immune system.
The compounds in the plant that play a role in inhibiting inflammation are the substances that activate the CB2 receptors, as inflammation is an immune response. GLA is not the only compound in cannabis that activates the CB2 receptor. A terpenoid known as beta-caryophyllene is found in hemp extract, and also activates this receptor with no psychoactive effect. In addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits, CBD Oil has also been shown to have anti-psychotic, anti-convulsant, anti-oxidant and immunomodulatory effects.
Improves Skin and Coat
Hemp seed has long been used in cosmetic products and soaps because the oil can penetrate the inner layers of the skin and promote healthy cellular growth. The balanced fatty acids also play an important role in reducing the inflammation associated with common pet skin issues, including yeast infections, hot-spots, itching and dermatitis. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD oil can relieve systemic inflammation that causes hives, blisters and whole-body itching. And it helps fight skin allergies by promoting healthy cell growth.
Helps Relieve Anxiety
Does your dog become frantic when you leave, or when a thunderstorm is approaching? CBD oil can also help with depression and anxiety by playing in a role in the serotonin pathways. I give CBD oil to my dogs during every thunderstorm and it calms them down, almost instantly, after ingestion.
Hemp CBD oil has also proven to calm anxiety and reduce obsessive behaviors in dogs, like chewing and licking.
Fights Cancer and Shrinks Tumors
Researchers at the American Cancer Society say there’s evidence that people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies don’t produce enough GLA; these issues have proven to be incredibly common in dogs too. While GLA is considered a conditionally essential fatty acid (most dogs can make enough of it, most of the time), there are many circumstances like hard exercise or stress in which dogs can’t produce enough GLA—making it extremely important for you to provide it as a nutritional supplement. Finally, because GLA is perfectly balanced with Omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seed oil will help reduce inflammation in your dog and strengthen his or her immune system.
I’ve even administered CBD oil on a daily basis for help with my Doberman’s severe fear of thunder and her small fatty tumor on her eye had shrunk and within a matter of weeks the tumor completely disappeared!
Where to get it?
At Beautify the Beast we carry the Pet Pharma line of Hemp CBD oil products. These vegan hemp oil spray/tinctures are made from non-GMO hemp grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. These all-natural formulas contain hemp CBD complex, hemp seed oil, terpenes, and coconut oil. They are also high in essential fatty acids, offering the perfect ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6, and contain a full spectrum hemp oil with CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBDA. These ingredients come together for synergistic, long-lasting beneficial effects for your dogs.
Angie Ardolino pictured with her mini schnauzer Odie, is co-owner of Beautify the Beast. She has a Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine from the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. She has been caring and working with animals for over 25 years and has a rescue farm in Lutz, Florida.