Hemp extracts are not only beneficial to people but also to animals. They come with a crucial nutrition profile which includes fatty acids and minerals. The combination is an excellent addition to the meal plan of your pet. Hemp differs from other foods. First, the body finds it easy to digest. Besides, they assist the digestive system in any recovery it may require. The incorporation of hemp into an animal’s diet is still in its early stages.
The most common hemp extracts are oil and protein powder. The powder comes from grounded hemp seed. Hemp oil is an extract of the leaves, stalks, and flowers and contains high levels of cannabidiol (CBD). The compound has several health benefits to the animals.
Vomiting and nausea are common and severe symptoms in animals. For example, dogs may experience fatigue, dehydration, decreased appetite, and quick loss of weight. In the market, there are several antiemetic drugs. Chlorpromazine, Aminopentamide, and acepromazine are some of them, and people give them to cats and dogs to control the conditions.
Although the drugs are effective in the control of nausea and vomiting, they have various adverse reactions. For example, they may cause lethargy, strong sedation, hypotension, and excessive drooling. Besides, animals suffering from epilepsy may experience low seizure thresholds.
There is adequate evidence that CBD is an effective antiemetic. The hemp compound controls the two symptoms and at the same time induces appetite in animals. CBD functions through stimulation of the 5-HT1A receptor, which also has a role in reducing anxiety. Through the activation, CBD substantially reduces nausea and restrains the ensuing vomiting reflex.
Reduction of Anxiety and Stress
Other than physical symptoms, CBD also helps in dealing with mental conditions. Similar to humans, pets also may suffer anxiety or stress. The exact source of increased anxiety may vary in pets. However, the stress and physical consequences it causes are similar to those in humans. Dogs suffer from noise, separation, and travel anxiety.
The symptoms you will notice include aggression, persistent barking, and tremors. Besides, they may go chewing your shoes, furniture, or anything they find around. Do you see how dangerous that can turn? However, CBD (found in hemp) shows the potential to reduce anxiety in animals.
Anxiety medications available in the market usually work through increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. CBD functions in a similar way leading to a temporal increase in the levels. Therefore, it has anti-anxiety effects while reducing stress at the same time.
It is a pain reliever
A publication in the European Journal of Pharmacology shows that the endocannabinoid system has a considerable role in pain management. Recently, the popularity of CBD in relieving pain is on the rise.
First, it shows the potential to block the absorption of anandamide that assists in reducing pain waves in the brain. The temporal increase in the chemical has various effects, such as reducing pain sensations. Secondly, CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Veterinarians and animal nutritionists are gradually realizing the value of the plant. The most common animals that people feed with hemp products are dogs, cats, and horses. However, it’s worth noting that cats and dogs are primarily carnivorous. They are meat consumers. Therefore, you should use hemp products as supplements to their meals and not a replacement.