What is hemp?
“Hemp” has generally been used to describe
that is harvested for the industrial use of its derived products.
How does it work?
Hemp contains naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. There are over 140 known cannabinoids that have been identified in hemp and these cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system found in animals and in humans. Pet owners are increasingly looking to hemp products and cannabinoids as a first option for joint support and an alternative to traditional products.
Each plant is different, as each dog is different, and not all cannabinoids work on all issues. For example, some cannabinoids might work very well in stimulating joint functions but won’t help at all with mood. Some might work very well in supporting mood and calm, but not work on pain sensation.
Terpenes are additional compounds found in the hemp plant and are best known for their unique smells, but terpenes add much more than smell and taste. Terpenes and cannabinoids work together in a synergistic way and may increase the level of support. Terpenes are not all created equal and some are believed to have properties that support calm and are uplifting and some for pain.
The hemp marketplace is growing with innovation and shifts in cultural perceptions. It is important that pet parents are willing to evaluate the information they receive. Hemp companies are getting onto the pet “bandwagon” but are not always producing products of high quality that are safe for use in animals. Despite the marketing hype that can obscure its medicinal value or make the use of this plant appear to be a fad or trend, pet parents should not dismiss hemp for their pet.
Some of the most common issues for which pet parents are using hemp are: pain control, neurologic disorders (seizures, dementia, neuropathies), behavior disorders (anxiety), and as an adjunct treatment in oncology (cancer) as well as many others.
In the middle of the rapidly evolving hemp industry, pet parents are seeking guidance on the pros and cons of this plant and they’re looking to the veterinary community for answers.
We hope to help with that!
What to look for when choosing a product.
Remember, all hemp and CBD are not the same.
ElleVet is at the forefront of the science when it comes to new Hemp CBD products for pets without harmful side effects.
Founded in 2017 in Portland, Maine, ElleVet Sciences provides support products for dogs in both soft chew form and oil form, made from our proprietary hemp CBD oil blends. The signature active ingredient was the subject of the first pharmacokinetic study and clinical trial on the use of cannabinoids in dogs with multi-joint pain. The enthusiastic endorsement from the vets who administered that study at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine represents the new scientific standard for this class of products that ElleVet Sciences pledges to maintain.
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