As more and more people are discovering the benefits of CBD oil for their dogs, there has been some confusion about terms used to refer to hemp based products. As part of our educational mission, we want to help our customers know the difference between Hemp Seed Oil, CBD oil, and Hemp Oil for their pets.
What is Hemp?
Let’s get some terminology out of the way before we dive into the primary question this article will address. First of all, what is hemp?
Hemp is a specific set of strains of the cannabis family of plants that is defined by law to have less than .3% of the psychoactive compound THC. Hemp, and products made from it, were made legal at the federal level by the 2018 Farm Bill.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one strain of hemp. In fact, leaders in the CBD health industry who have seed to bottle control of their product, such as Lolahemp, are working to develop strains of hemp that provide a robust profile of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that already exist in this plant.
So called “industrial hemp” was originally developed for use in mostly textile and feed applications, and is not the same strain as is currently being developed for use in high quality hemp and CBD products at the cutting edge of this growing natural health market. Still, the legal restriction on the amount of THC is still maintained, ensuring a safe product for our pets.
Hemp Seed Oil: It May Not Contain What You Think
Hempseed oil is made from refining the seeds from the hemp plant. It is an oil based product that does have various potential health benefits for both people and pets.
However, Hemp Seed Oil primarily has nutritional benefits. According to Healthline, the nutritional benefits of Hemp Seed Oil may include:
- High in linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), two essential fatty acids that may contribute to heart health and lowering cholesterol levels
- High in the specific amino acid known as arginine which produces nitric acid in the blood which may lower blood pressure, reducing a major risk for heart disease
- Offers an excellent source of plant based protein and fat
While it may be true that hemp seed oil has some important nutritional benefits, it is critical to understand that it also has little or no CBD, the compound found in hemp that has been the subject of many research studies in the last few decades.