Hemp vs CBD - What's the difference?

Hemp - otherwise known as Cannabis Sativa - is a plant that has been used for centuries for its therapeutic effects. Hemp seeds can be ‘cold pressed’ to extract oil that can be consumed for many potential health benefits, and is widely available for human and animal use.

CBD (Cannabidiol) - a compound extracted and purified from hemp - is more potent, and has similarly gained significant popularity for its potential health benefits.

In the UK, CBD is sold as a food supplement for human consumption. Under the current guidelines of the UK Government’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), vets can prescribe “human” CBD products to be given to animals. These are usually off-the-shelf CBD oils which can be added to your pet’s food, but you still need to take care when using them. Although many people currently buy CBD for their pets, it is not permitted to market CBD specifically for animal use.

Whether CBD is for human or animal use, the THC content must be less than 1mg per bottle. 

Pain relief

Hemp products may help alleviate pain and inflammation, whether due to arthritis, injury, or other conditions. 

Anxiety and stress reduction

Hemp products may have calming effects, helping to manage anxiety, separation anxiety, noise phobias, and situational stress. 

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Hemp products have natural anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and other inflammatory disorders. 

Seizure Management 

Hemp derived products has been studied for potential anti-seizure properties and may help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in epilepsy. 

Appetite stimulation 

Hemp products may help stimulate appetite that have a reduced desire to eat due to illness.  

Support for aging and overall wellness 

Hemp products may promote overall well-being, support the immune system, joint health, and cognitive function in advancing age. 

It’s important to note that while CBD shows promise in veterinary medicine, further research is needed to fully understand its effects and appropriate dosages for dogs. It's always recommended to consult with a veterinarian before introducing CBD or any new supplement to your dog's routine. Dog Phyte sells hemp derived products for animal use. Phyte Club sells CBD products for human use.