Our furry friends also suffer from aches and pains, and they too can find relief with medicinal herbs. The legalization of hemp many hemp infused products are quickly becoming the topic of many conversations focused around health and wellness across our country. Hemp is the legal name of Cannabis products that contain less than 0.3% THC per bottle, and this level is found to ideally not cause psychoactive or unwanted reactions. But what is the right hemp product for our four-legged friends?
Thousands of consumers have seen the research and have reported possible symptom relief from the multitude of available hemp therapies on the market from edibles, tinctures, topicals, smokables and more. We have come a long way in Cannabis research these past few years and we are now beginning to see the therapeutic value of these products for our furry friends as well.
As more research becomes available on the potential therapeutic value of Cannabis, we are discovering that we might not be the only ones that can benefit from this highly medicinal plant. Veterinarians and pet parents alike are embracing these new discoveries and integrating them into their practices, and most importantly are seeing the results. Although there are many questions around the efficacy of Hemp for pets, we are able to substantiate claims with medical research that suggests, just as we metabolize cannabinoids and terpenes, so do our pet friends.
As hemp is ingested, be it by human or animal, it is metabolized into through the endocannabinoid system. Much like our anatomical make-up, our animal friends such as cats and dogs also embody these cannabinoid receptor systems in order to break-down and utilize the potent medicinal compounds found in Hemp. By actively nourishing the endocannabinoid system, we are able to reduce recovery time after injury or procedures, and also with support their cognitive abilities, helping with separation anxiety, attentiveness and training, and overall emotional well-being.
Like any medication or therapy, there are associated risks to take into consideration. Using caution when implementing a Cannabis therapy is highly suggested due to the rare, but real occurrence of neurotoxicity from overexposure to certain cannabinoids, such as THC. Although highly unlikely that an animal would ingest a lethal dose of this psychoactive compound, research has found that it is a sensitivity to THC, and not CBD, as the main culprit of these adverse reactions. Exercising caution and best practices when giving plant medicines to your pet is always suggested and there are plenty of supporting resources if you are interested in delving further into neurotoxicity. There is also a myriad of anecdotal evidence, veterinary testimonials, and research to substantiate the use of full-plant extractions, with very low levels of THC, for animals to support anxious tendencies, systemic inflammation, and to help ease general pains.
By using whole-plant Cannabis extractions, we preserve the full spectrum of beneficial cannabinoids- which includes over 400 individual compounds! The numerous variables in Hemp work together synergistically, or also known as the entourage effect, to support animals health as nature intended. By nourishing the endocannabinoid system we are able to support our furry friends with their mood, digestive upset, pain and joint health. It has also shown to be helpful with relaxation and may strengthen a weakened appetite. There are also numerous, pet-friendly herbal therapies that may also support a variety of symptoms that your may be experiencing.
Sun God Medicinals formulates four unique blends that each include Hemp and supporting herbs dependent on their targeted use: Aja Relief Pet Oil is formulated with St. John's Wort and Skullcap, Heka Worry and Fear Pet Oil is formulated with Lemonbalm and Chamomile, Airmed DIgestive Pet Oil is formulated with Fennel seed, Marshmallow root, and Dandelion root, and Hercules Muscle Ease Pet Oil is formulated with Valerian and Passionflower.
In summary, the research is out and the response is overwhelming. We can help our furry friends live a higher quality of life with whole plant herbal medicine, and hemp is a very important botanical that should not be underestimated or overlooked.