So, you've heard of all the beneficial uses of hemp derived CBD oil, and you're interested in supplementing this natural product into your pet's diet. You're just not quite sure if it is legal or safe. Is hemp considered marijuana? Will your pet get "high?" Here's what you need to know to put your mind at ease.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis. The principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, aka the aspect that gets you “high”
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plants, THC and CBD being two of the most common. Cannabinoids have different effects in mammals depending on which receptors they bind to. CBD binds to receptors throughout the body, where THC binds to the receptors in the brain.
Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system found in mammals composed of endocannabinoids. This system is involved in a wide array of physiological and cognitive processes such as fertility, appetite and pharmacological effects of cannabis.
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Are hemp and marijuana the same? No. Here’s a birds eye answer. Hemp and marijuana are both of the Cannabis family. Hemp plants contain significant amounts of CBD and little to no THC. Marijuana contains very high levels of THC, which gives you that “high” or “stoned” feeling.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
“Hemp” is from the cannabis sativa plant and is bred to contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is the most dominant cannabinoid found in hemp oil, which is non-intoxicating.
- Hemp derived CBD oil is used medicinally as a wholly natural substance enhancing the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
- Health benefits include:
- eliminating anxiety
- decreasing inflammation
- stimulating appetite
- soothing arthritis and joint pain
- easing sleep disorders and epileptic seizures
- preventing the growth of cancerous tumors.
- Unlike many prescription medications on the market today, there are no known side effects with proper dosage, and CBD does not cause damage to internal organs.
- Hemp derived CBD extracts are produced from the entire hemp plant profile including the stalks, cannabis flowers and leaves.
- When plants are bred to contain less than 0.3 percent THC, hemp is legal to buy and use in all 50 states.
- Derived from the cannabis sativa plant however it can also be of the indica and ruderalis varieties.
- Plant is bred to contain high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is very psychoactive and provides a euphoric effect when ingested, you will get “high” or “stoned.”
- Used to treat multiple symptoms in regards to:
- joint support
- arthritis pain
- Overall, using THC and CBD together is more effective; however, many people report they prefer CBD with lower levels of THC so they can function without the ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ feeling.
- Marijuana is only legal in select states within the U.S., making CBD derived from hemp products, containing less than 0.3 percent THC, a more viable option.
What is the difference between Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Oil?
You may be seeing “hemp seeds” all over the place. From Pinterest worthy “healthy recipes” to your morning talk shows to the aisles of your grocery stores, hemp seed is a superfood, and super popular. When you press the seeds you get hemp seed oil. So, if it has the world “hemp” in it, it has to be CBD, right? WRONG!
Hemp Seed Oil
- Hemp seeds are harvested from cannabis plants and are highly nutritional. They contain both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and have a high protein content.
- Typically, high-quality protein accounts for around one-quarter of their total calories, making hemp seeds one of the best plant-based protein sources.
- Oil from hemp seeds does not contain any cannabinoids or terpenes found in hemp derived CBD oil.
- Hemp seed oil is created by crushing hemp seeds until they excrete liquid, producing a healthy cooking oil.
Although hemp seeds are used in many products including food, textiles, lotions, and paper, beware of the shady companies out there attempting to sell their hemp seed oil as ‘hemp oil’ or ‘CBD oil’.
It is essential to research the company you are purchasing from. When in doubt, ask for CoA product testing results. If a company will not share that information, run – don’t walk – the other way.
Most importantly, do your research to understand the difference between hemp seed oil, hemp derived CBD oil, and medical cannabis (marijuana), when searching for a medicinal remedy for yourself and/or your pets.