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hemp extract vs. cbd: what you need to know for your dog’s health



As a pet owner, it's important to understand the difference between hemp extract and CBD. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to different things. Don't worry though, we're here to help you understand the distinctions between hemp extract and CBD, provide you with tips on how to identify products that contain CBD, and discuss any potential side effects. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your pet's health and well-being. So, let's dive in and explore the world of CBD and hemp extract together!


Hemp extract is derived from the hemp plant and contains various compounds, including CBD and other cannabinoids. In contrast, CBD is a specific compound found in the hemp plant known for its potential therapeutic benefits. Hemp extract may contain varying amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids, while CBD is a single compound with specific effects.


To determine if a product contains CBD, look for terms like "CBD," "cannabidiol," or "full-spectrum hemp extract" on the product label or ingredient list. Be careful of vague terms like "hemp oil" or "hemp extract" as they may not indicate the presence of CBD. Verify the CBD content and purity of the product by checking for third-party lab reports or Certificates of Analysis (COAs).


Both hemp extract and CBD are generally safe for dogs but may cause different side effects. Potential side effects of hemp extract may vary depending on the specific blend of compounds present in the product, including digestive upset or changes in appetite. CBD's potential side effects are generally mild and can include drowsiness, dry mouth, and diarrhea. It's important to follow dosing guidelines and consult with your vet to minimize the risk of adverse effects.


If you're interested in learning more about hemp extract and CBD for dogs, it's recommended to refer to reliable sources such as the "Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy, and Safety of Cannabidiol in Dogs: An Update of Current Knowledge" article by Frontiers in Veterinary Science and the "Use of Cannabis in The Treatment of Animals: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials" article by Cambridge University Press. These resources provide valuable insights and information on the subject matter.


By understanding the differences between hemp extract and CBD, you can make informed decisions about your dog’s health. Always check product labels to determine if a product contains CBD, and consult with your vet to discuss any potential side effects. Stay informed and seek out reliable information to help your pet live their happiest, healthiest life.


Happy reading. And happy tails to all.


- H&R 💙

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