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.
CBD Oil and Hemp Oil for Dogs: Same Thing?
In almost all cases, CBD Oil and Hemp Oil both refer to products made from the hemp plant (rather than the seeds). The oil is made by extracting the compounds found in the plant through chemical and mechanical means.
There is no legally defined difference between the label “CBD oil” and “Hemp Oil” and manufacturers of these products often use the terms interchangeably.
It is important to read the label of any CBD or hemp oil that you buy. Look for a guaranteed concentration analysis of CBD, the active compound found in hemp. For example, here at Lolahemp, we offer third party testing for every batch of our full spectrum Hemp Oil (also known as CBD oil).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some CBD products made for people in states where cannabis is legal could be made from strains of cannabis other than hemp and may contain higher amounts of the compound THC than is safe for pets. Never feed your dogs CBD products made for people!
CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum: The Difference that Matters
All plants in the cannabis family, including hemp, have a variety of compounds in them that have been the subject of numerous scientific studies in the medical fields. By far, most of this research has focused on the two primary compounds found in cannabis CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC, the chemical in cannabis that causes the “high” in medical and recreational strains of marijuanna. Other cannabinoids found in hemp include (but are not limited to) CBG, CBC, and CBN.
Some manufacturers first chemically isolate the compound CBD into a pure powder before making their products. You might see labels such as “THC Free” or “CBD isolate” to make this clear on the labeling.
Other manufacturers, such as Lolahemp, carefully and gently extract the oil from hemp so that it contains a full spectrum of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes found in the source plant. You can only verify the quality of a full spectrum oil by looking at the cannabinoid profiles such as those we provide to our customers here at Lolahemp.
Why does this matter? Researchers that have been pioneers in the study of the medical use of cannabis have identified what they call “The Entourage Effect” which suggests that the various compounds naturally found in cannabis help to support each other’s function through a synergistic effect on the endocannabinoid system.
Lolahemp: Full Spectrum CBD Oil Specifically Made for Pets
Here at Lolahemp, we use both the terms “Hemp Oil” and “CBD oil” to refer to our hiqh quality organic tinctures made from domestically sourced hemp. We pride ourselves on a robust full spectrum oil made just with pets in mind. And, our customers have had great success with our product, many of whom did not see similar results after using CBD isolated oils.
If you are considering trying CBD oil for your dog, we hope you will give our family owned brand a try. We are very proud of our quality, accessible prices, and commitment to animal welfare through our partnership with various animal rescue organizations. And, we offer a 30 day money back guarantee so you can try our product with confidence.
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