Your faithful friend may be showing signs of hair loss; have red or flaky skin or lesions, scabs or rashes from excessive scratching or licking. This might show up on their face, ears, feet, belly or anywhere else on the body – all very uncomfortable!
Everyone’s talking about the benefits of hemp seed oil and hemp oil/CBD products for pets, but it’s important to understand how it works and what the benefits are of using certain products for your pet’s skin problems or general health.
Humans and pets (and just about any living thing with a backbone) have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS has certain receptors that play a role in the body’s processes, including processes that directly involve or affect the skin. Receptors in the organs, brain, connective tissues and immune cells respond to cannabinoid compounds. A growing body of literature around the relationship between skin health and the ECS is showing that the activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors cause specific reactions in a variety of skin cells. Findings suggest that the ECS exists in various parts of the skin and plays a crucial role in maintaining skin ‘homeostasis’ (balance). Studies indicate that the ECS can help support this balance by regulating skin cell growth and function.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound in cannabis that creates the ‘high’.THC can be quite harmful to pets, as they are more sensitive to it than we humans are. Hemp Seed Oil is a nutritional product that DOES NOT contain THC or CBD and will not get your pets ‘high’. Hemp Seed oil has just enough cannabis-derived goodness in it to make a noticeable difference to your pet’s skin & fur health while staying well within the Australian laws surrounding hemp products. Topical hemp oil products such as balms and rollers can also help soothe and heal when applied to affected areas.
Always check with your veterinary professional before giving your pet any new product, to make sure there are no known interactions or issues.
(Adapted with permission from an original blog – https://cannabiscompany.com.au/blogs/higher-learning/cannabis-for-dogs-with-skin-problems-allergies)