Adding Hemp to Pet Food
As of April 2019, no hemp or hemp products have been approved or defined through available regulatory processes for use in animal feed or pet food. Therefore, hemp and hemp products may not be lawfully used in animal feed or pet food at this time within the United States.
To be clear, we are not advocating adding marijuana to your pet’s food. In this article we are discussing hemp products only, such as hemp flower, hemp seeds, hemp oil, or hemp flour. There’s huge buzz about the generally healthiness and possible benefits of hemp as a natural ingredient, as well as a lot of reported benefits of hemp-derived CBD on animals, although the studies have been limited and are still ongoing for safety and efficacy in a number of conditions.
Why You Might Add Hemp to Your Pet Food
Aside from the natural flower and seed or oil benefits of hemp, offering an alternative to traditional processed flour, there may be other reasons to consider it, mostly related to the potential benefits of the hemp-derived CBD contained within it. Some of the purported benefits of CBD for pets include reports of help with:
- Calming Anxiety
- Improved Immunity
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Increased Alertness
- Arthritis Relief
And there’s science to back up the potential benefits. You see, dogs and cats, like all other mammals, have an endocannabinoid system, a natural biology that seeks to balance the body holistically, that responds directly to cannabinoid stimuli.
But be sure to use hemp and CBD products that do not contain THC, including broad or full spectrum CBD products. THC can be toxic to pets.
There are a number of health benefits to including natural hemp products for your pets, but it’s important to stay informed and educated. If you do consider adding hemp-derived CBD to your furbaby’s food, please be sure to consult with experts, including your veterinarian and your chosen expert in CBD, such as a naturopath or nutritionist. Not all hemp is created equal, and lack of regulation can result in the inclusion of other ingredients that may be harmful to your pet. It’s also best to start slow and be aware of the dosages you’re adding, and how they interact with any other medications or supplements your pet is taking.
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