What is Hemp?
Why is it Good
for my Dog?
We know you’re wondering and since we asked the same questions before we opened PawsWorks, we think they’re perfectly fair to ask. Hemp ingredients have become more popular in many products, for both dogs and people, but not everyone is truly familiar with what it actually is and what it can do. We’re happy to break it down for you, and we think once you see the type of benefits you can offer your dog using Hemp supplements, you’ll be just as excited as we are!
Before we go any further, let us get the biggest question out of the way. No, the hemp in our supplements will NOT get your dog “high” or intoxicated. Our products do not contain CBD or THC*, and are incapable of producing any intoxicating effects. We promise!
What is Hemp?
Hemp used in our dog supplements is also known as industrial hemp. In the U.S., industrial hemp is defined as a Cannabis sativa L., which means it can be separated into male and female plants. It’s grown specifically for industrial uses and was actually the first plant to be spun into fiber over 10,000 years ago. It’s used for a variety of purposes from clothing, paper, and building materials to a nutritional resource as oils and within supplements.
Natural Hemp Bites exclusively uses organic hemp seeds from the industrial hemp plant, and our hemp is always grown in the United States. The seeds are nutrient packed and a true powerhouse ingredient! They are refined into two forms, hemp seed oil and seed powder (sometimes called flour), both of which can be found in our soft chews. The seeds can also be used in their whole raw form, but the refined products created from the seeds are versatile and more easily made into palatable treats for your dog.
The hemp seed oil is produced by shelling the seed, and then pressing or crushing it to produce a nutrient rich hemp oil. The remaining shells are ground into a fine powder (or flour) which is naturally high in protein, fiber, and other minerals. Combining these two ingredients gives us the ability to naturally boost the protein, fiber, and minerals in our chews, and more importantly, to further boost the therapeutic benefits to your dog’s hip and joints.
What are the benefits of Hemp?
Hemp packs a lot of amazing qualities in such a tiny seed and they boast an impressive list of health benefits, in a natural and holistic way. Most importantly, it can help lessen pain and reduce inflammation, which are the two main symptoms of arthritis and hip dysplasia, the leading causes of hip and joint discomfort in dogs.
You are likely already aware of the importance of omegas in a healthy diet, and may have sought out supplements for yourself to boost your own intake. Similarly, your dog greatly benefits from the right amounts of healthy fatty acids. Hemp is one of the healthiest and most naturally balanced sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6, providing a nearly ideal ratio of 3:1. Making hemp a far superior source and more easily digested than commonly used fish oils or flax seed.
Why are omega fatty acids so important? They’re a fantastic health booster! They support a healthy skin and coat, leaving it soft and shiny, and also help with immune system response and cardiovascular health. Can you guess what else? Joint health! Omegas are essential in helping to support the overall care and health of your dog’s joints. They provide support in promoting joint flexibility and comfort. They are simply a must have for a healthy dog, but we knew how important they would be in achieving the goal of helping to relieve hip and joint discomfort specifically. Why not use the best source of omegas and provide extra benefits all in one?
Still wondering what else hemp has to offer? Good, because there is more! Omegas are something we have all heard of but far less of us have come across Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Consider it the lesser known, yet still equally important friend of Omegas 3 and 6. It’s an essential ingredient for any product that is aiming to be a well rounded hip and joint supplement, especially for mobility, but it has other great benefits as well. Dogs that suffer from digestive trouble, skin problems, and allergies may all see improvements in their conditions from the naturally occurring GLA found in hemp.
Hemp rounds out its powerhouse name with the distinction of being considered a complete protein source. Very few plants can lay claim to that title, but because hemp contains every essential amino acid, it stands apart from other ingredients. Finally, being naturally rich in minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin E, which is essential for a healthy immune system and skin health, hemp really packs a punch in the ability to boost the benefits of a supplement for your dog.
So why Hemp?
We think of organic hemp seed oil and organic hemp seed powder as equally essential as the more well known glucosamine and chondroitin ingredients we’ve come to expect in a hip and joint product, which we have also included in our Natural Hemp Bites. Hemp works right alongside those other ingredients and offers its own impressive list of therapeutic benefits to further promote healthy joint tissue and restore the mobility and vitality your dog may have once had. Incorporating the ideal number of our soft chews (based on weight) into your daily routine can have a fantastic impact on the quality of life you and your best friend share together.
We cannot wait to hear what you think of our Natural Hemp Bites! We’re confident you will love them.
*Industrial hemp may contain trace amounts of THC up to 0.3%, as defined by USDA regulations. PawsWorks products are verified by third-party lab testing to ensure there is 0 THC and 0 CBD.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.