Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil For Dogs: What Is The Difference?

There are a ton of CBD and hemp products on the internet – nearly every online pet retailer offers some form of CBD hemp oil. However, it is important to understand the basics of the terminology being used on the labels of these products. Is there a difference between hemp oil and CBD oil? And is one better than the other?

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In this blog, we are going to clear up any confusion and breakdown the differences between hemp oil vs CBD oil, and the potential applications and benefits of each. This information will provide you with a base of knowledge from which you can make a decision about which products are best for your pup.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hemp oil is a term that can refer to CBD oil and hemp seed oil.
  • CBD oil and hemp seed oil are different: CBD is extracted from the aerial parts of a cannabis plant while hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds.
  • Hempseed oil does not contain CBD, but it does have a high nutritional value, particularly because of its high concentration of essential fatty acids.
  • CBD may reduce stress, pain, and inflammation in dogs, and has even been shown to have anticonvulsant effects.

Is There A Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

An important thing to note (and probably the key takeaway here), is that ‘hemp oil’ is a term that can refer to CBD oil and hemp seed oil. A product should specify if it is hemp seed oil or if the product contains CBD.

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are different. Though they are both sourced from cannabis plants, CBD is extracted from the aerial parts of a cannabis plant (which usually refers to the flower, stems, and leaves), while hemp seed oil, as you may have guessed, is extracted from the seeds of a hemp plant. Both CBD oil and hemp seed oil on non-psychoactive, meaning they will not cause you to feel “high”. This is because of their non-existent or extremely low THC content.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil?

As we just outlined, hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a hemp plant. And for those wondering - a hemp plant is simply a cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC by weight. Both marijuana and hemp fall within the cannabis species, and the only difference between the two is that hemp plants fall below the .3% THC threshold.

Hemp seed oil DOES NOT contain CBD. It does, however, contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6), which make it a highly nutritional dietary supplement to dogs and humans.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil For Dogs:

  • Joint Health: Hemp seed oil’s omega-3 and omega-6 content contribute to its anti-inflammatory effects which can help dogs with joint pain and support overall joint mobility.
  • Promotes Healthy Coat and Skin: The abundance of omega-3 and omega-6 in hemp seed oil can help promote healthy skin and a healthy coat for dogs – it can also help reduce itching.
  • Supports Cardiovascular Health: Again with the fatty acids! The omega-3 fatty acids in hemp seed oil have been shown to improve heart health.
  • Can Reduce Stress: Even though hemp seed oil does not contain CBD, the nutritional compounds in hemp seed oil can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation in dogs.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in hemp and marijuana (again, both cannabis plants). Unlike its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not cause you or your dog to get high. For CBD to be sold legally online and shipped across state lines, it must be sourced from hemp and contain less than .3% THC by weight – it is important that CBD oil for dogs be below the .3% THC threshold, or contain 0 THC because THC can be toxic for dogs.

Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs

CBD has plenty of benefits, some of which have been researched for both dogs and humans.

  • Reduces Anxiety: If you’re a dog owner, you know that dogs experience stress and anxiety just like we do. Although their internal or external stressors may be different than ours, CBD may help calm a dog’s nervous system and promote relaxation.

In fact, a recent study performed at Cornell University found that dogs given CBD showed a significant decrease in stress and anxiety-related behaviors.

  • May reduce pain and inflammation: A common issue, especially among older dogs is joint pain and inflammation. CBD may reduce inflammation and relieve pain in dogs.
  • Reduction in seizure frequency: The anticonvulsant effects of cannabidiol CBD has shown potential to reduce the severity and frequency of seizures.

How To Give CBD Oil To Dogs

There are a range of CBD products for dogs on the market, but they mainly come in two forms: a treat (or chew), or a CBD oil. A dog treat can be given in a way you would typically give a dog a treat, and a CBD oil can either be dropped (using a dropper that comes with the CBD oil bottle) right into a dog’s mouth, or it can be put in his or her food or water.

For dogs especially, it is recommended to start with a low dose and work up slowly, if needed. A good rule of thumb is a dose of .5-2 mg per 10 lbs. It is recommended that you speak with your veterinarian before starting your dog on CBD.

Is CBD Safe For Dogs?

In general, CBD is well-tolerated by both dogs and humans. It is important to remember, however, that because of the way dogs metabolize CBD, they need much less CBD than humans do.  

Some dogs may be more sensitive to CBD than others, and it is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before use.

Final Thoughts: Dog CBD Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil

Both CBD oil and hemp seed oil offer benefits for dogs and humans, but they are unique in their contents and extraction processes. CBD oil, which is derived from hemp flower, stems, and leaves, contains a significant amount of CBD. Hemp seed oil (which some brands may just label ‘hemp oil’), is extracted from hemp seeds, and does not contain CBD.

It is important to read product labels carefully, look for CBD content, and if selecting a CBD product, make sure it is a reputable company that posts third-party lab tests for its products, like Evn does.

Disclaimers: The information provided in this blog and by this website is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to be professional medical advice, a medical diagnosis, or medical treatment. Please consult your health practitioner with any questions you have regarding a medical condition. 

Cannabis laws in the U.S. are continually shifting; therefore, the information in this article is subject to change. The information in this article does not constitute legal advice, and no entity at Evn-cbd is claiming to provide legal advice. Please visit your official state website for more information on your state’s cannabis laws and regulations.

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