In the last decade, hemp seed oil has gained popularity in human nutrition. With promising benefits, this ‘superfood’ is now finding its niche in the pet nutrition sector as well!
A recent study by Future Market Insights (a Dubai headquartered market intelligence company) has estimated the global hemp seed oil market to reach USD 336.1 million from the current USD 61.6 million by the end of this decade. This study also indicates that, in addition to the leading hemp seed oil markets in Europe and the US, hemp seed oil will emerge in East and South Asia in the coming decade. With such promising figures, it remains natural for hemp seed oil to garner attention and be the focus of product innovations and expansions.
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is a substance extracted by the process of cold pressing hemp seeds. Although hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, hemp seed oil has very low CBD and almost no THC content. CBD also referred to as Cannabinoid, is the compound in medical marijuana that reduces stress and pain. THC or delta-9tetrahydrocannabinol causes the ‘high’ associated with marijuana. With low content of both CBD and THC, hemp seed oil does not result in a high or relieve pain.
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Research published in the Journal of Nutraceuticals Functional and Medical Foods in January 2000 explores the composition of hemp seed oil and its sources of nutrients. This study finds that hemp seed oil has an adequate supply of antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotene (precursor to Vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids, and several minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, along with modest amounts of iron and zinc. Hemp seed oil may also act as an alternative to flaxseed and fish oils, as it contains essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). With this, hemp seed oil remains one of the best dietary supplements, containing the nutrients needed for a healthy body.
Hemp Seed Oil for Pets
As more consumers become cognizant of the benefits of hemp seed oil for humans, this superfood has begun clinical trials for animals, proving its benefits in pet nutrition as well. Hemp seed oil supports skin health, as nutrients give pets softer and shinier coats. In addition to skin benefits, GLA-rich hemp seed oil slows down cancer by reducing inflammation and cell growth. It also provides a myriad of benefits for inflamed joints and arthritic bones, while boosting immunity and cardiovascular health. Unlike other supplements, hemp seed oil does not interfere with kidney or liver function, making the supplement pet-friendly.
However, certain precautions are required while administering hemp seed oil as a supplement. First off, one should avoid cooking hemp seed oil as it may turn rancid and become harmful to pets. Second, one should consult with their veterinary physician before giving their animal hemp seed oil to ensure the substance quantity is proportionate to the weight of the pet. With this, hemp seed oil can provide many health benefits when administered correctly to pets. So what are you waiting for? Ask your vet about hemp seed oil today!
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