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Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant, containing a very tiny amount of naturally occurring tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC). The hemp seed oil itself is made by pressing hemp seeds to extract oil. Note: this won’t get you or your dog high, so no worries about a loopy pup! It has a slightly nutty flavor and possesses lots of great nutritional perks for both humans and dogs. Plus, my pups both seem to enjoy the flavor when I drizzle a bit on their food and stir it up. I also think it’s quite tasty on salads as a dressing!
Hemp Seeds are rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is a necessary building block for hormone-like chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. They help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature, and assist in several other functions.
Research shows hemp seeds can be helpful for dogs suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of joint pain. If your dog is struggling with joint and inflammation problems, I recommend my Inflammation care plan, available here, which has a great list of supplements to help manage joint pain.
It has high quantities of omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. Normally found in high quantities in fish oils, and added currently by manufacturers to many dog foods, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are an essential part of canine nutritional needs.