7 Lies About Hemp Oil & Dogs – A Must Read Guide
Hemp extract for pets: If you haven’t heard about it, you’re living under a rock!
Unfortunately, Facebook and social media in general are full of inaccurate information and sellers pushing questionable products. We put together this resource exposing the myths around full or broad spectrum hemp oil:
Lie #1 – Hemp Oil Will Cure Anything That Ails My Dog
Sadly, the hemp industry is plagued by unscrupulous sales reps and affiliates that promise that hemp oil can cure nearly any health condition. Most of these claims are not supported by any scientific research or clinical trials.
What can hemp oil help? Here’s what we believe the research today shows:
- Hemp is a powerful anti-inflammatory that promotes healthy joints, especially in aging dogs – Many people notice remarkably more mobility after giving hemp to a dog showing signs of joint pain
- Hemp oil promotes a sense of calm, especially with dogs with anxiety or phobias – Hemp oil is remarkably popular among owner with dogs experiencing separation anxiety
- Hemp oil reduces the frequency & severity of seizures – This is perhaps the most studied aspect of hemp, not just in pets but also in humans
Full spectrum hemp oil shows promise in other areas well, but more research is needed.
If you’d like to look at what over 400 unbiased real users of hemp oil said regarding their experience with giving it to their dog, please visit this survey report.
Lie #2 – Hemp Oil Is Illegal in My US State
The changing legality of marijuana is hard to keep track of and varies by state, but when it comes to hemp oil from hemp, it’s easy. Unlike marijuana, hemp is legal in all 50 states. The 2018 Farm Bill, recently passed by congress and signed by the president, further clarified the legality of hemp. It’s perfectly legal to buy and possess hemp oil as long as it’s obtained from hemp and has less than 0.3% THC.
Lie #3 – Hemp and Marijuana Are The Same Thing
The first concern people have for administering hemp oil to their pets is exposing them to potential toxins related to cannabis. While the cannabis plant is most commonly associated with marijuana, hemp is its safer cousin. Unlike marijuana, hemp is not psychoactive, which means it can’t make your dog high.
Lie #4 – It’s Ok to Give a Dog Hemp with THC In It
While some sellers argue a very small amount of THC is ok for dogs, we believe 0% THC is the safest option for your dog. Ask any veterinarian, marijuana poisoning is a very real and dangerous thing. Removing ALL the THC will add to the cost, but also boost the safety.
Lie #5 – Hemp is Psychoactive & Will Make My Dog “High”
It’s the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana that gives people a high. Hemp oil from hemp, however, is cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC (for pets we recommend choosing a product that is 100% THC free, see myth #4). Hemp oil has all the therapeutic properties of cannabis without the mind-altering characteristics of THC.
Lie #6 – It’s Easy to Give a Dog an Overdose of Hemp Oil
Fortunately, it appears to be extremely difficult to give a large enough dose to seriously harm an animal. Unlike the THC, the toxicity of hemp appears negligible. With that said, you should always start slow when introducing any new supplement to your dog’s diet. Occasionally, the carrier oil (such as MCT oil or Hemp Seed Oil) can upset a dog’s stomach that is not used to a little extra fat in their diet.
Lie #7 – All Hemp Is Basically The Same
If you’ve shopped hemp online you’ve likely seen a wide variety of pricing which can be confusing.
Oftentimes, too low of a price can signal poor or inconsistent quality. A trustworthy hemp supplier will go the extra mile to test their hemp by batch to ensure its efficacy and purity. All of these extra tests add up, but we believe its worth it. Here are 8 other vital things you need to know before choosing a hemp extract product for your dog.
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