Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil for Dogs
CBD oil has received a huge amount of attention in recent years for its calming and anti-inflammatory effects—for humans and dogs alike.
As a cannabis derivative, it’s also bought hemp oil into the spotlight as an effective way to reduce joint pain, as well as a great source of fatty acids in pets’ diets.
Despite the attention, it can be hard to get clear on exactly what each product offers owners, and what the differences are between CBD and hemp when given to dogs.
This post is intended to help clear things up.
Basic CBD & hemp questions
What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol—a derivative of the hemp plant, extracted and pressed into an essential oil.
Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid, which means that it’s one of the active ingredients in cannabis. However, CBD differs from the other major active ingredient, THC, as it has zero effect on your perception and cognitive functioning. In other words, it doesn’t get you or your dog high!
CBD is now becoming recognized worldwide as a safe and side-effect-free natural remedy. A recent report from the World Health Organization confirmed that studies of the consumption of CBD oil have found no ill-effects or addictive properties.
What is Hemp Seed oil?
Like CBD, hemp seed oil is derived, not surprisingly, from the hemp plant. The difference with hemp seed oil being that it is not a cannabinoid, which means that it contains no active CBD or THC. Those properties are only found in the cannabis flower, and to some extent, the leaf.
As a pressed seed with a distinctive, nutty flavor, hemp seed oil has enjoyed a longer and wider reputation than CBD as a medicinal and cooking product. You can use hemp seed oil as a salad dressing, a skin supplement, or as an antioxidant supplement. It might help to think of hemp seed oil as a more luxury version of sunflower oil!
Note: things can get confusing when people refer to CBD and other cannabinoid oils as ‘hemp oil.’
Because all of these oils derive in some way or another from the hemp plant, calling them all hemp oil does seem reasonable. Because of this, however, ensure that you check carefully before purchasing any hemp oil product to ensure that it is indeed hemp seed oil, if that is in fact what you’re looking for.
Are we talking about marijuana here?
No—but kind of! Hemp plants are indeed a variety of the cannabis plant, but are not bred to maximize yields of the marijuana flower. Instead hemp is grown for all sorts of reasons, including clothing and paper, as well as health uses.
That said, with the rise of the legal cannabis industry, many growers who would have once solely focused on THC products, are now developing plant strains designed specifically for the creation of CBD oil and supplements.
CBD oil has received a huge amount of attention in recent years for its calming and anti-inflammatory effects—for humans and dogs alike. As a cannabis derivative, it’s also bought hemp oil into the spotlight as an effective way to reduce joint pain, as well as a great source of fatty acids in pets’ diets. Despite […]
CBD Vs. Hemp Seed Oil: Differences & How Your Pet Can Benefit From Both
With CBD oils and products on the rise, many consumers are coming to understand its potential health benefits, opting for this natural alternative rather than pharmaceuticals. But there’s another product on the rise in the market, and that’s hemp oil, or hemp seed oil.
When looking for alternative solutions to a wide variety of conditions your pet experiences, you may assume that CBD and hemp oil are the same. But actually, CBD and hemp seed oil have more than a few differences, starting from how they are derived, to which health benefits they may provide your pet.
The Difference Between CBD and Hemp Seed
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is a component of marijuana, it comes directly from the hemp plant, which is not the same as the marijuana plant. In other words, the hemp plant won’t make you (or your pet) high.
CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant, while hemp seed oil is only made from the hemp seeds. The important takeaway is that hemp seed oil contains no CBD or THC. Whereas CBD contains less than 0.3% of THC. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. THC is commonly known as the part that gets you “high” or intoxicated.
When looking at alternative medicines and supplements derived from the hemp plant, you can simply look at the ingredients to determine whether the product is CBD or hemp seed-derived. If the ingredients don’t include “hemp seed oil” or just “hemp oil,” see if the list includes “cannabis seed oil” instead. Pure CBD products will list ingredients that include “full-spectrum”, “broad-spectrum”, “isolate”, “cannabidiol”, or “CBD.” Any of these ingredients is an indication that the product is made with CBD and not simply hemp seed oil.
The Benefits of Hemp Seed Vs. CBD Oil for Pets
Pet parents typically use CBD oil to aid in treating a variety of therapeutic conditions in pets. For instance, CBD helps alleviate inflammation that can cause pain. CBD oil has also been used to help treat anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and more in both humans and pets.
On the other hand, hemp seed is considered a nutritional supplement. While it contains no CBD, it is chock-full of nutritional properties that support pet health. You probably already know about the amazing benefits of omega fatty acids that are found in other supplements, like fish oils. But you may be surprised to learn that hemp is actually one of the best sources of Omegas, too! Hemp seeds are a great way to add Omegas to your pup’s diet. Here are some of the benefits of omegas for pets:
- Supports skin and coat health
- Promotes healthy hips and joints (meaning, potentially more flexibility and comfort)
- Helps with cardiovascular health as well as immune system
Hempseed oil also provides another holistic ingredient: Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)–not as commonly known, but helps support pups with allergies, mobility, skin, and digestive issues. It also helps promote a healthy coat and supports weight management!
The benefits of hemp seed don’t stop just there. It’s also a powerful source of protein, vitamins, and minerals that are essential in providing your pet with a well-balanced diet.
So, Which Does Homescape Pets Carry: CBD or Hemp Seed Oil?
The answer is… BOTH! And we couldn’t be happier to be able to provide such a variety of support to your beloved fur-babies:
Companion’s Best Day is our one-and-only pet CBD oil! Vegan, Non-GMO and Gluten-Free, Companion’s Best Day helps promote overall wellness, anxiety relief, cognitive health, immune help, and more. If you’re looking for something containing both CBD and Hemp Seed Oil, this is the way to go! Companion’s Best Day only contains these two active ingredients and comes in two potency levels: 300mg and 750mg.
Looking for something containing only hemp seed oil and not CBD? You’ll want to check out Calming Relief , which helps calm the discomforts associated with inflammation, illness, and aging, as well as supports healthy digestion and immunity.
And if you’re looking for hemp seed oil that provides similar therapeutic benefits as CBD, Restful Pet may be the right supplement for your pet. Our Restful Pet is formulated to promote relaxation during stressful or tense environments, including separation, fireworks, travel, and more!
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When looking for alternative solutions to a wide variety of conditions your pet experiences, you may assume that CBD and hemp oil are the same. They're not. Let's talk about how they're different and how your dog or cat can benefit from both of them.