April 11, 2018 4 min read

Across the country, families are opening up about how hemp extract has helped them. They’ll tell you that hemp extract and its main active ingredient, cannabidiol (CBD), have helped them battle a whole range of conditions, from anxiety to epilepsy. The benefits are gaining more scientific support every day, with studies illuminating the safety and limited side effects of CBD therapy. As the staff here at Enliven Essentials knows, hemp extract can help every member in your family, including your pets!

Enliven Essentials offers a broad range of hemp extract products to help you live your best life. We also offer CBD pet treats to help your furry friends! Keep reading to learn more about CBD therapy for dogs and cats and how you can introduce it to your family, then explore the rest of our site for a high-quality selection of full-spectrum hemp extract products. Contact us today with any questions!

You Heard Us Right — CBD Therapy for Pets!

It’s true, you really can safely share the benefits of hemp extract with your furry friends. You may know that marijuana is toxic to cats and dogs, as we’ve explained in a previous blog post, hemp extract is not marijuana. The THC in marijuana is what is toxic to pets, and the cannabis plants used to create hemp extract are specifically bred to reduce the THC levels to trace amounts. Instead, the plants are bred to encourage another cannabinoid, CBD.

The word “cannabinoid” refers to a chemical component of cannabis, and over a hundred different cannabinoids – including THC and CBD – have been isolated and named. Your body actually creates and processes its own cannabinoids through what we call the endocannabinoid system (ECS). All mammals have an endocannabinoid system — that means cats and dogs too! Research shows that the endocannabinoid system monitors and regulates several different systems in your body, with power over your mood, appetite, sleep, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, and more. Phytocannabinoids – the cannabinoids produced in plants like hemp – interact with your ECS and help promote homeostasis. While your pets will react differently to hemp extract than you do, they can still experience the positive effects.

Pet Owners Love CBD

Restrictions on marijuana have severely limited scientists’ ability to do research, so there are few studies on the efficacy of CBD therapy whether the patients are human or not. However, anecdotal evidence of hemp extract’s incredible benefits is abundantly available online. Scientific studies are slowly catching up as legal limitations on hemp and cannabis relax.

A study from the Journal of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA) was done on hundreds of pet owners, and many of them used hemp products, often specifically to treat an illness or condition diagnosed by their vet. Their reasons for using hemp extract ranged from alternative pain treatment to helping their pet handle anxiety, and the majority of them felt that the hemp extract was truly helping their pet. As always, we here at Enliven Essentials encourage you to do your own research! You can read the product reviews on our site and find plenty of similar accounts on the web.

Less is More

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, THC is toxic to cats and dogs. Enliven Essentials’ products are made from food-grade hemp plants with less than one percent of THC, but your pet may still get sick if you offer them CBD pet treats beyond the recommended dosage. If your pet becomes especially lethargic, loses balance and coordination, begins vomiting, has difficulty breathing, or experiences seizures, you need to call your veterinarian. It’s important that you tell your vet exactly what your pet ate and in what dosage so they can make sure your cat or dog makes a full recovery. The best way to avoid these problems is to stay within the recommended dosage of hemp extract treats!

Try CBD Therapy for Your Pet Today

If your furry friend suffers from chronic pain or inflammation, CBD pet treats are a natural option to help them feel better. Hemp extract is also a treatment option for anxiety if your dog panics during firework shows or thunderstorms. You can explore the possibilities for yourself and we encourage you to talk to your veterinarian. While it’s unlikely that they are legally allowed to endorse hemp extract products, your vet should still be aware of any changes to your pet’s health routine.

When you first introduce hemp extract to your cat or dog, make sure that you start with a low dosage and monitor their reaction. With scientific research strangled by governmental restrictions, it is difficult to provide dosage recommendations. See how your pet feels several hours after the first dose before offering them another treat. Visit our page on our superfood CBD pet treats for more information and dosage guidelines, and contact Enliven Essentials today if you have any questions about our products.

Hemp extract is gaining popularity and scientific support every day, but while the main focus may be on human use, pets can benefit too! All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which CBD interacts with to help promote homeostasis throughout many of your body’s functions. Animals will react differently to hemp extract than humans, but they too can experience reduced pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other positive effects. You can read thousands of testimonials online from happy pet owners and CBD users. Ready to improve the quality of life for everyone in your family? Order Enliven Essential’s CBD pet treats today!