What does hemp have to do with dogs and nutrition? There are a lot of myths, paradoxes, and controversies we need to discuss. It’s become a hot issue being debated by veterinarians around the world. We feed our pup hemp seeds some mornings because it is the only plant in the world that is a complete protein. We recently heard from one of our suppliers who informed us of epileptic dogs receiving medical marijuana as a treatment. This triggered our interest and so we began to research this new field. We wanted to share the highlights of what we have learned so far.
Let’s start by answering the million-dollar question upfront. Is hemp marijuana? No! Hemp is not marijuana.
Hemp vs Marijuana
To better understand the difference, we need to get botanical. Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same plant species Cannabis Sativa L. It’s like how dogs and wolves are different breeds of Canis Lupis. They are related but differ in scientific make-up and how they are cultivated or bred. For example, hemp is made to grow upward like bamboo (10-15’ high) specifically for its stalks and seeds which are used for textiles, food, paper, body care products, plastics, and building materials. That’s why it’s most often referred to as “industrial hemp”.
Marijuana, on the other hand, is grown out like a bush to cultivate the leaves and cannabis flowers used for medicinal and recreational purposes.
David P. West, Ph.D. of the North American Industrial Hemp Council and renowned commercial corn breeder explain that a biochemical method further classifies Cannabis plants by their unique molecular compounds called cannabinoids - the most common being CBD and THC. Marijuana is low in CBD and contains 5-10% THC which is the psychoactive ingredient that gives a “high”. Industrial hemp conversely is high in CBD and has a low .3-1.5% level of THC and considered non-narcotic.
“Hemp is the miracle plant of our time! Everyone should know how it will affect not only our lives but our pets.”
The Cannabis College of Amsterdam attempts to inform the public on all aspects of cannabis and hemp.
Benefits of Hemp
consider these amazing ecological facts:
- Hemp has the ability to leach radioactivity from the soil and prevent erosion and mudslides.
- Hemp plants mature in just 4 months vs. 20 years for trees.
- One acre of hemp produces as much fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees.
- Plastics made from hemp are biodegradable.
- Hemp is rarely affected by pests or disease.