Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Is your dog missing out on a great superfood? You might be thinking, “Hemp is a variety of cannabis, I’m not giving that to my dog!” If you are, it would be too bad because hemp has many health promoting properties nearly every dog could use!
Why I Think You Should Give Your Dog Hemp
Hemp is one of our oldest and most versatile plants, dating back to the 28th century BC. Today, hemp is used in medicine, foods and even textiles, but we’re most interested in the hemp extracts and the oil it produces.
Unlike hemp seed oil, hemp extract is derived from the whole hemp plant that promotes a perfect balance to your pets endocannabinoid system. These are natural nectars, that assist with promoting healthy skin , fur to calming your pet if they suffer from anxiety or constant itching. A good balance of these Extract oils is critical to your dog’s health because 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:
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 … and these issues are incredibly common in dogs too. 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 can’t make enough GLA and supplementing can become important.
Finally, because the GLA is perfectly balanced with Omega-3 fats, hemp extract will help reduce inflammation in your dog and strengthen the immune system.
2. It Reduces Joint Pain
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%. Once again, this is because the perfect balance of fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation naturally.
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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 the inflammation associated with common skin issues, including atopic dermatitis, pruritic skin disease and granulomas.