Can hemp products help with my pets anxiety?

While researchers are still trying to pin down the exact mechanisms by which Hemp decreases anxiety and stress in mammals including humans and dogs, more than a decade of studies show that Hemp can be highly effective in this application.

Anxiety in dogs can manifest itself in many ways, including aggression, fear, noise phobias, and separation anxiety (which is a particlularly big issue for pups, as their owners have been forced to return to the office). Hemp has been shown to be effective in all these areas, helping dogs to feel more relaxed and at ease.

Its anti-anxiety benefits have been shown to accrue with regular usage over time. 

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The Health Benefits of Hemp Extracts for People and Pets

Since the United States legalized hemp cultivation at the federal level in 2018, researchers have gained an unprecedented ability to explore the potential health benefits of the hemp plant and its many chemical compounds. While this area of research remains relatively new, the early returns have been extremely promising for both humans and pets, especially dogs and cats.

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WHAT IS IN HEMP EXTRACT THAT MAKES IT EFFECTIVE?

Hemp extracts and concentrates contain the naturally occurring chemical compounds of the hemp plant, known as phytocannabinoids. Hemp contains more than 100 different active substances, and we are only beginning to understand the full extent of their potential benefits. These phytocannabinoids appear to have the potential to address a number of common ailments, from inflammation to anxiety to even cancer.

While phytocannabinoids seem to provide benefits on their own, they also take on additional qualities when acting in concert with one another referred to as the entourage effect. For this reason, it is important to look for broad-spectrum hemp extracts, like PetVetRX, which retain as many of the phytocannabinoids of the hemp plant as possible, rather than isolating just one. Similarly, one should look for phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extracts, which contain greater concentrations of the hemp plant’s active compounds.

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What Are the Potential Health Benefits of Hemp Extracts for People, Dogs, and Cats?

Research indicates that hemp extracts can have a powerful impact on the health of humans and other mammals, including dogs and cats. The wide-ranging benefits of hemp extracts span both mental and physical health, with evidence suggesting that hemp extract can be beneficial in the treatment of:
• Seizures
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Inflammation and chronic pain due to inflammation
• Pain and swelling due to Irritable Bowel Disease
• The growth and replication of cancer cells
• Difficulty sleeping

Taking hemp extracts regularly also could have long-term health benefits, including lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The mental health benefits of hemp extracts are believed to result from the manner in which the phytocannabinoids interact with the brain’s adenosine and serotonin receptors.

For dogs and cats, hemp extracts can also lead to shinier coats and healthier skin, as well as reduced fearfulness and timidity. In this age of pets suffering from separation anxiety, many have found hemp extracts to be a safe and effective treatment for their furry friends.

ARE HEMP EXTRACTS SAFE?

To date, there are no known serious side effects associated with the use of hemp extracts but as with any dietary supplement, it is important to start with low dosages and work your way up. Monitor your animal companion for signs of a change in behavior and if they exhibit signs of lethargy, you might want to reduce your dosage or frequency.

What Forms Do Hemp Extracts Come In?

Hemp extracts come in a wide variety of forms, from oils to capsules to chews. Still other hemp extracts can be applied topically, (directly to the skin). Experts most often recommend hemp extract oil or drinkable hemp-derived tinctures as having the best purity and allowing for the greatest accuracy of dosage. However, personal preferences may vary.

The Bottom Line

Broad Spectrum hemp extracts represent an exciting new frontier in medical science, with researchers finally able to tap into the many possibilities posed by the scores of powerful phytocannabinoids found in hemp. Undoubtedly, we will continue to learn about many more useful applications in the years to come, but, in the meantime, we already can tap into the benefits now, for ourselves, our families, and our beloved dogs and cats!

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