One minute? Cannabis is shunned, illegal and dangerous.
The next? It’s the ultimate superfood.
And the very next? You can give it to your dog, too!
Okay, if you’re confused over whether hemp has a place in your dog’s diet, we don’t blame you. Unclear legislation and a questionable past has led to a whole lot of head-scratching.
So, is hemp good for dogs? Will it make them high? And why on earth is everyone barking on about it?
Hemp and cannabis explained
Research suggests that hemp boasts a whole range of health benefits for dogs (and humans), including immune support, improved mobility, digestive support and a glossy coat.
And most importantly, hemp won’t make them high (that’s right, we’re not about to tell tales of laidback Labradors, giggling Golden Retrievers and Malteses with the munchies).
To completely understand the benefits of hemp for dogs, we must first understand Cannabis.
Hemp and marijuana are both members of the Cannabis Sativa family, which is a variety of flowering plants. So yes, they’re related, but they’re quite different in their effects. A good way to think of it is how Chihuahuas, Poodles and Great Danes are all dogs – but they’re wildly unique in their traits and personality.
The main difference is that marijuana contains higher levels of THC (the compound makes you giggly). Hemp, on the other hand, contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight, which isn’t enough to make you (or your furry friend) high.
Benefits of hemp for dogs
The hemp pet products you can readily buy off the shelf are created using the seeds of the hemp plant. And these tiny seeds are a powerhouse for our doggos. Just take a look…
Hemp is rich in protein
More than 25% of the calories in hemp seeds are from high-quality protein, which is essential for cell growth, hormone function, muscle tissues and a healthy coat. This is a great way to add a hit of protein to the food your dog already slurps up.
Hemp has the ideal ratio of Omega 3 and 6
Like humans, it’s believed our dogs need to consume Omega fatty acids in the right ratio to get a good balance of nutrients (in other words, balance out their Omega 3s with their Omega 6s).
While studies in this area are still ongoing, the Omega in hemp is in an ideal ratio of 3:1, which is in line with ancestral diets. This has a whole range of benefits, including heart health, reduced inflammation, bone and joint health, and even reduced anxiety.
Hemp is rich in fibre
Hemp is a rich source of insoluble fibre, which works to regulate digestion, promote a healthy microbiome and keep your dog’s poop nice and healthy.
Hemp contains Leucine
Found in hemp protein, leucine is an essential amino acid that helps to repair muscles, support joints and aid recovery after a long day of fetching.
Not only that, hemp is also a fantastic source of Vitamin E, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc - all things that keep your best friend in peak condition.
So there you have it, hemp isn’t the notorious plant it once was, but a valuable staple in your pupper’s diet.
At Field Day, our range of meal supplements are a great way to boost the nutrition of your dog’s food, using a range of wholesome ingredients like hemp, turmeric, nutritional yeast, psyllium husk and more.