Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the many naturally occurring chemical compounds known as cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD is known for its many therapeutic effects and non-intoxicating nature. The well known “high” of cannabis is mainly induced by another cannabinoid called Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. CBD by itself does not cause any psychoactive effects and has recently gained notoriety in the medical field due to its wide range of therapeutic properties.

CBD oil (isolate) is simply the isolated compound extracted from the cannabis plant, removing any other cannabinoids such as THC in the process. By removing the psychoactive components from the product, it should not induce the “high” or make your pet “stoned” when administering the CBD oil.

As the name suggests, hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant. Therefore little to no cannabinoids such as CBD exists in the final product. Hemp seed oil is usually extracted using a cold-pressing method to remove the oils from industrial hemp plant seeds.

Although the therapeutic properties of CBD may not be present, hemp seed oil is known to be packed full of nutritional benefits. Hemp seed oil is filled with omegas, antioxidants and healthy plant cholesterol which can help support inflammation, immune system and improve skin and coat quality.\n\nStudies show that CBD is a natural painkiller and anti-inflammatory. By stimulating your dog’s endocannabinoid system (a physiological system involved in managing everything from pain to memory and sleep), pain signals or “triggers” to the brain are reduced while also actively fighting inflammation around the body.

This is why CBD has become such as popular treatment option for people and animals suffering from arthritis. Plus, the fact that CBD produces no side effects makes it especially attractive.

It’s important to distinguish the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil when considering medication for your pet.  Both have different uses, side effects and legality. Always check the product label for the active ingredients before administering any medication for your little friends.

Is CBD oil legal for pets in Australia?
CBD is currently a schedule 4 drug, which means it will require a prescription from your vet.

Editorial – July 2021

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