Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hemp is a variety of cannabis, I’m not giving that to my dog!”?
If you have, you may want to reconsider.
Hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile plants on earth, dating back to the 28th century.
It is used in foods and even textiles.
But today I am going to talk about the hemp seed and the oil it produces.
Why I Think You Should Give Your Dog Hemp
These are essential fatty acids that your dog can’t produce. That means he needs to get them from his diet. And a good balance of these Omega oils is critical to your dog’s health.
Hemp seeds are also high in an essential Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Most dogs have the right amount of GLA, but there are times when they need more … like after hard exercise and stress. This is when supplementing becomes important.
Here are 3 reasons why you should give your dog hemp oil:
1. It Fights Cancer
Researchers at the American Cancer Society say there’s evidence that people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies don’t make enough GLA. These issues are incredibly common in dogs too.
And because GLA in hemp seed oil is perfectly balanced with Omega-3 fats, it will help reduce inflammation and strengthen your dog’s immune system.
2. It Reduces Joint Pain
Researchers in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology found that the GLA found in hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25% compared to the placebo at 4%.
This is also because of the perfect balance of fatty acids. They help reduce the inflammation naturally.
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3. It Improves Skin And Coat
Hemp seeds are commonly used in cosmetic products and soaps. This is because the oil penetrates the inner layers of the skin to promote healthy cellular growth.
The balanced fatty acids in hemp seed oil also play an important role in reducing the inflammation associated with common skin issues, including:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Pruritic skin disease
How Hemp Seed Oil Works
Your dog has substances in his body called prostaglandins. They circulate around the body, helping to:
- Smooth muscle contractions
- Control inflammation
- Regulate the body temperature
- Help with other vital functions
The GLA that’s abundant in hemp seeds is a building block for prostaglandins.
In fact, researchers are looking at GLA supplementation as an important component of proper hormone health and development.
A Word Of Caution!
Before you start adding hemp seed oil to your dog’s meals, there’s a couple of things you should first know.
Hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat, which means the oil is unstable.
If you cook your dog’s food, you don’t want to add hemp seed oil to the food while it’s cooking. This can cause the oil to become rancid and cause health issues in your dog.
In addition, if your dog is eating a poultry-based diet, adding hemp seed oil may cause an imbalance in his diet. Chicken is already quite high in polyunsaturated fats and linoleic acid.
According to Steve Brown, author of Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, flaxseed oil is a better choice for chicken-based diets.
But if your dog is eating a diet rich in beef and other ruminants, then hemp seed oil is a great way to balance the diet.
How Much Hemp Seed Oil To Give
So we’ve established that giving your dog hemp seed oil whenever you give him red meat is an excellent boost to his health. So how much should you give?
Steve Brown recommends adding a teaspoon for every 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of food.
Cannabis sativa actually means “useful hemp” in Latin.
Try adding some to your dog’s diet and learn why this ancient superfood is making such a huge comeback!