For pets experiencing anxiety, the hemp plant holds potential as a natural solution. Hemp contains a variety of compounds that have been studied for their potential benefits in alleviating anxiety in our beloved companions. These compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and are reported to contribute to a sense of calm, helping pets find relief from anxiety-related symptoms.
In this study, researchers noticed that certain situations made dogs feel stressed. They saw changes in the dogs’ stress levels after exposing them to these events, which made the dogs measurably upset. They then tried using hemp to see if it could help with the dogs’ stress. The result? Dogs that got hemp felt way less stressed, sad, tense, and uncomfortable during a separation event compared to dogs that didn’t get any. They were also more curious and explored more, whined less, sat less, and went further when left alone.
Almost every animal on earth has a similar endocannabinoid system. This study approaches the topic of hemp-derived cannabinoid use in humans. It found that “Existing preclinical evidence strongly supports [hemp terpenes] as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely.”
By incorporating hemp-based tinctures into their care routine, pet owners may provide their furry friends with a potential means to manage anxiety. While specific compounds within hemp are being researched for their effectiveness, it’s important to consult a veterinarian before introducing new treatments. They can guide you on the appropriate use and dosage of hemp-based remedies, ensuring the well-being and safety of your pet. By exploring the potential benefits of hemp and working alongside professionals, we can support our pets in finding a sense of calm amidst anxiety.