Q. Dear Terry, “One of my friends has been giving hemp to her dog for skin issues and some separation anxiety. I’m interested to know more about using hemp in dogs. I think my two little dogs could also benefit from taking hemp.” – Kai H., Hilo, HI
A. Dear Kai, There’s been an explosion of interest in hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) in the past few years. Humans and dogs (and many other animal species) have something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved with pain, anxiety, skin issues, digestion, and virtually every body system in humans and dogs.
One area of research using hemp in dogs is for atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that is also involved in some undesirable behaviors like over-excitability, begging for food, excessive chewing, and many others. Cannabinoids from hemp can help rebuild and restore the ECS, which can help break the cycle of stress, skin issues, and other unwelcomed behaviors. Other uses for hemp include arthritis, pain, and seizures.
While CBD receives most of the attention, there are over 100 phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids) found within hemp. I think these compounds interact best when they are taken together – in people and dogs.
It’s important to note that there are a wide variety of things that can reduce natural endocannabinoid levels in dogs: poor diets, stress, and decreased omega-3s. I think supplementing with a good omega-3 for dogs is also helpful in addressing the ECS.
I recommend a daily hemp supplement with a full-spectrum of cannabinoids and also an omega-3 supplement from salmon.
Terry . . . Naturally
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