The Hemp Benefit – For Your 4-Legged Companion
Don’t freak out! Hemp seeds do not make your pet high or hallucinate. There’s isn’t enough THC in hemp (0.3 to 1.5%) to make anyone high, and certainly not your pet. Hemp is not marijuana, which has from 5 to 10% or more THC.
Hemp is used in many food products, and unlike fish oil, hemp seed oil contains the perfect ratio of Omega-6 (linoleum acid) to Omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids, and a dog’s system can’t produce them. Dogs need them in their diet to have a good balance of these Omega oils, which is critical to a dog’s health, as they work synergistically in the body.
Hemp seeds are also high in an essential Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). That’s important because there’s some really good reasons to boost the GLA in your dog’s diet:
Reasons to boost the GLA in your dogs diet:
1. It Fights Cancer
Researchers at the American Cancer Society say there’s evidence that people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies don’t make enough GLA … issues that are also incredibly common in dogs. While GLA is considered a conditionally essential fatty acid (which means that most dogs can make enough of it, most of the time), there are many circumstances (hard exercise or stress) where dogs do not make enough GLA, and supplementing their diet is very important.
The THC in hemp seeds have also been found to stop brain cancer (British Journal of Cancer), improve breast cancer (Breast Cancer Research and Treatment) and lung cancer.
Because hemp GLA is perfectly balanced with Omega-3 fats, hemp seed oil helps to reduce inflammation in your dog and strengthens the immune system.2.
Researchers in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology found that the GLA found in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25%, compared to the placebo at 4%; significant because the perfect balance of fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation naturally.
3. It 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 inflammation associated with common skin issues, including atopic dermatitis, pruritic skin disease and granulomas.
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How Hemp Seed Oil Works
Your dog’s body produces prostaglandins. These are like hormones and they circulate around the body, helping to smooth muscle contractions, control inflammation, regulate the body temperature and other vital functions.
The GLA that’s abundant in hemp seed is a building block for prostaglandins. Researchers are looking at GLA supplementation today as an important component of proper hormone health and development.
Before you start adding hemp oil to your dog’s meals, there is a word of caution.
Hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat, which means the oil is unstable. If you cook your dog’s food, do not add hemp seed oil to the food while cooking, this can cause the oil to become rancid and cause health issues in your dog.
In addition, if your dog is eating a poultry-based diet, adding hemp seed oil may cause an imbalance in his diet because chicken is already quite high in polyunsaturated fats and linoleic acid. According to Steve Brown, author of Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, flaxseed oil is a better choice for chicken-based diets.
But if your dog is eating a diet rich in beef and other ruminants, then hemp seed oil is a great way to balance your dog’s diet, alongside regular fish or fish oil.
How Much To Give
Giving your dog hemp seed oil whenever you give him red meat is an excellent boost to his health. So how much should you give? Steve Brown recommends adding a teaspoon for every 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of food.
Cannabis sativa actually means“useful hemp” in Latin. Try adding some to your dog’s diet and learn why this ancient superfood is making such a huge comeback!
Quotes from Article published in Dogs Naturally
Author: Dana Scott
Hemp extract helps reduce pain and Inflammation, decreases anxiety, assist with allergies and in some cases seizures OR to just keep your pet Healthy. Contains Vitamins, B1, B2, B6, E, D, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, GLA, Chlorophyll, Sulfer, Potassium, Phosphorus, Enzymes, Antioxidants Veterinarian Recommended.