What's the Difference Between CBD Oil vs Hemp Oil?

on January 31, 2022

 cbd oil vs hemp oil

CBD and other hemp products offer lots of health benefits for pets (and humans). But then there are some confusions, like are CBD oil and hemp oil the same thing? (Hint: they’re not). Labeling can also be inconsistent, so it’s difficult to know what you’re taking, or giving your fur baby.

So to make things simple, here’s a quick overview of CBD oil vs hemp oil for dogs.

It’s All Hemp, Sort Of

First, let’s just talk about the plant known as “hemp.” Hemp is the cannabis sativa plant. Years ago, it was not distinguished from marijuana plants. For one, these plants are the same species. The difference is legal: THC levels.

In order for a cannabis sativa plant to legally get classified as hemp it must contain less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Other strains of cannabis sativa get grown for maximum THC; those ones are marijuana. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis sativa plants.

In 2018 the FDA legalized the production of industrial hemp, with that 0.3% distinction. 

That means that “hemp” products are not grown to make you high. But they do have a number of other uses. Industrial hemp fibers make fabrics. Hemp seeds become food or supplements. Hemp leaf extract becomes CBD oil.

So now a little bit more about that distinction, and hemp oil for dogs vs CBD.

Hemp Seeds are Good Food

Hemp oil might more fully be called “hemp seed oil” because hemp oil is made by cold pressing hemp seeds to extract the oil. 

Hemp seeds contain no cannabinoids or terpenes, so “hemp oil” contains no CBD oil at all.

Hemp seeds, though, are good food. Hemp seeds (and hemp seed oil) contain lots of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. They’re high in protein and good vitamins like vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Hemp seeds also contain GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which may help reduce symptoms of PMS

Because of all of these good ingredients, hemp seeds and hemp oil are good food to eat or to take as a supplement.

Hemp Oil for Pets

So does that mean hemp oil might help with doggy PMS?

Well, most of the studies about the benefits of hemp oil have been conducted on humans. If we consider that much of our biology is the same, hemp oil has several benefits for our dogs, such as:

  • Providing a good source of protein
  • Supplying good vitamins
  • Enhancing health with Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFAs.

Those omegas especially may be important! Those fatty acids may help reduce cholesterol, control inflammation and improve coat health. That’s why most dog foods contain omegas.

So both hemp oil and CBD oil might be good for your dog. They’re just different. 

And when it comes to some of the miraculous stories you hear about dogs and CBD, you need a high-quality pet CBD oil.

The Magic of CBD Oil 

So if the hemp seeds contain no cannabinoids, where does CBD oil come from?

CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant’s leaves. It must also be extracted carefully, so as not to damage the cannabinoids and end up with a lower-quality product.

CBD oil for dogs may help:

  • Improve joint health
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce seizures in epileptic dogs
  • Improve skin conditions
  • Enhance sleep quality
  • Improve digestion
  • And so much more!

The list of benefits of CBD oil for dogs might sound a little magical, or maybe even a little too-good-to-be-true. How can so many good effects come from one compound?

The real magic of CBD appears to be that it can help restore “homeostasis,” a biological term for all of the parts functioning together for the whole. Think of health symptoms as being something “out of whack,” something not quite on the right track and working like it should. Restoring homeostasis then, can help resolve such a huge variety of symptoms because it’s like getting the train back on the tracks. 

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