CBD oil for dogs vs. hemp oil

Recently, CBD has received a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory and calming effects. This product is cross-species as both humans and dogs can enjoy the benefits of this product.

Since CBD is derived from cannabis, another cannabis derivative has also come into the spotlight, hemp oil. This product is said to relieve joint pain in dogs and is also said to add fatty acids to the pet diet.

However, most people sometimes confuse one for the other because they have a common ancestry and offer similar benefits. Because of this, you cannot be sure what each of these products offers dogs or what the differences are between them. In this article, we want to remove that confusion. So that you can better understand the differences, we will first explain each product to you individually.

Hemp oil

Hemp oil (as the name suggests) is made from hemp. However, unlike CBD, it is not a cannabinoid. By this we mean that this product does not contain active THC or CBD. These properties are only found in cannabis flowers and, to some extent, in their leaves, while hemp oil is extracted from the pressed seeds of the plant.

Hemp oil has been used longer than CBD. It was typically used as a cooked product (as it has a distinct nutty taste) and as a medicinal product. This product can be used for a variety of purposes, from skin supplements to antioxidant supplements to salad dressings.

CBD oil

CBD is a short form of the term cannabidiol. Cannabidiol belongs to the group of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the active substances contained in cannabis. Unlike THC (another major cannabinoid), CBD does not have the properties to affect cognitive function and cognition. In simpler terms, it may or may not get your dog high.

When this compound is extracted from hemp and squeezed, we get CBD oil. This product is rapidly gaining recognition worldwide as a natural remedy that is free of side effects and safe.

A recent WHO report confirms that studies on the use of cannabidiol oil have not found any negative effects. You can visit https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlling-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf here to read this report. So, if you choose to give your dog CBD, you can rest assured that as long as you give him the right dosage, he will not develop any side effects.

CBD vs hemp oil

As we have seen from the discussion above, the main difference between these products is the part of the plant from which they are obtained. Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the plant. Hemp oil, on the other hand, is obtained from the seeds of the plant. The seeds do not contain cannabinoids. Unless cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are intentionally added to the hemp oil, it should be free of cannabinoids.

However, because these products both come from a single source, some people have used CBD and hemp oil interchangeably. This makes sense in a way. But as we’ve seen, these products are different and we can’t afford mix-ups and mix-ups when it comes to our pets.

So whenever you buy any of these products, be sure to read the labels to make sure you are buying the right thing.

Which ones should you give your dog?

Whether you give your dog cannabidiol or hemp oil should be based on your dog’s medical needs. Each of these products, while having some similar effects, works better for certain ailments. However, let’s look at two main reasons people use this product for their pets and which product is better for them.


Both oils can be used to treat and manage pain. However, they each focus on specific areas. Hemp oil can be used as a dietary supplement that can help support and treat joint pain and arthritis.

On the other hand, cannabidiol can be used not only for pain relief but also as a pain reliever. However, it is sometimes combined with other medications (prescribed) to get the desired effects. Note that cannabidiol, while purely natural, can interact adversely with some drugs. Hence, it is important to consult a veterinarian before doubling down on CBD treatment with other medications.


Hemp oil doesn’t have much to offer when used as an anxiety treatment. However, if your dog is immobile it can increase anxiety. Hemp oil can be added to a dog’s routine to help regain mobility. So, if you don’t want to help your dog this way, this product may not be a good choice for anxiety.

However, as a cannabinoid, CBD has several properties that can have therapeutic and calming effects in dogs. As such, it is a wonderful anti-anxiety remedy.

Are These Oils Legal?

Since these are products from cannabis plants, the question of the legality of these products often arises. Hemp oil does not contain cannabinoids and has therefore always been classified as legal.

With CBD, the story is very different, as the legal context of this connection is still quite unclear to this day. The 2018 Farm Bill made cannabidiol from hemp legal as it typically contains only 0.3 percent THC. You can check here to learn more about this invoice. However, some states still consider this product to be illegal to use. It is therefore advisable to find out about the legal situation in your country of residence in this matter before buying.


We believe we have cleared up any confusion regarding these products. But if you have any further questions, please let us know.

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