The perception of marijuana has changed a lot in recent years
- from being vilified as a schedule I narcotic (on par with drugs like heroin and LSD), to being acknowledged for having genuine medicinal value in 23 states, (as well as the nation’s capital). Not only has the widespread acceptance of medical marijuana softened the public view of this long-time taboo substance, but it has also given people the ability to experiment with possible underlying benefits of the cannabis plant.One of the more experimental advancements is the inclusion of hemp and hemp by-products into dog treats, food, and supplements
Pot for pets?
A key distinction that needs to be made about pot for pets before moving on -- the hemp-based additives will not get your dog stoned. Many of the medicinal benefits from cannabis are not a result of the mind-altering capabilities of the plant. The plant itself - and the seeds especially - contain certain oils
that are remarkably rich in essential minerals and nutrients.Cannabidiol (CBD) is proven to help relieve anxiety, convulsions, depressions, muscle spasms, and general inflammation. It is incredibly useful for pets with arthritis
or any other issue with mobility.Also, thanks to CBD’s anxiety relieving properties, vets are now giving dogs hemp-based supplements to help manage their fear of thunderstorms, car rides, or just a general unrest.And because these products are devoid of any of the psychedelic components of marijuana, these supplements are available in all 50 states, and in many other countries as well.
Is Pot Food Right for You?
Just like any other supplement or treatment, it pays to consult with your vet
before making any dietary changes. That said, research surrounding CBD and hemp-based pet products shows it as a fairly low-risk addition to any dog’s diet, offering a slew of potential benefits (joint health, pain management, anxiety reduction, and maintaining a healthy coat) with minimal chance for negative side effects.If your dog suffers from any of the following, adding a cannabinoid supplement to their diet could help.
Talk to your vet about the possible benefits of adding hemp oil or hemp-based pet products to your pet’s regimen.
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