SPOTLIGHT ON: Hemp Products for Pets
According to Wikipedia, Hemp or industrial hemp (from Old English hænep), typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products.
It’s the Cannabis part that seems to give people pause. And that’s too bad. Because when it comes to pet health, hemp is actually pretty amazing.
Just like humans, animals also have endocannabinoid systems (ECS). The ECS is this complex array of cannabinoid receptors found in the brain, organs, skin, bones, and generally throughout the entire body.
Through what we call cannabinoid signaling, this system is what helps us maintain homeostasis – that all-important balance amongst the body’s metabolic processes. Like us, animals produce their own cannabinoids to interact with and signal the ECS. And like us, animals also run into endocannabinoid deficiencies. This is where whole-plant-based cannabis medicine comes into play.
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that’s been safely used for years here in the US. It does contain a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC) that gives marijuana its psychotropic properties, but it only contains 0.3% to 1.5% THC whereas marijuana contains 5% to 10% or more. In other words, if you want to get high smoking hemp, you’ll need a joint the size of a telephone pole.
The THC content in hemp products of pets is negligible. The important therapeutic component of hemp is called cannabidiol, or CBD. The more CBD you have, the better. And the products the Barkery has brought in are absolutely PACKED with it.
That’s a lot of science. But what’s it actually good for? Well, hemp can help with the following:
- strengthens the immune system
- boosts skin and coat health while reducing flaking and shedding
- boosts energy and supports a healthy weight
- supports healthy organ and heart health
- supports healthy brain functions
- acts as an anti-inflammatory
Want to read more? Try these:
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/pot-pets-companies-make-hemp-laced-meds-fidos-n124826 (Ignore the silly provocative headline)
http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/04/a-new-marijuana-plant-without-the-high-it-could-be-good-medicine/ (An article in TIME on the benefits of CBD)