New Product: CannaShroom Immune Supporter

Meet our two newest products: CannaShroom Immune Supporter with Five Mushroom Blend and CannaShroom Immune Supporter with Turkey Tail Mushroom!

These new products combine premium ingredients: Organic PCR Hemp, a blend of USDA Certified Organic Mushrooms: Chaga, Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, and USDA Certified Organic Ceylon Cinnamon. These natural ingredients may help pets with a variety of immunity related health conditions, including overall wellness, boosting pet immunity, reducing inflammation, negative stress reduction, and help with situational anxiety. Additionally, Turkey Tail Mushroom research shows its unique cancer fighting properties.

“Once I learned about the immunity boosting benefits of medicinal mushrooms and saw the initial research on Turkey Tail Mushroom treatment in cancer, I knew I had to make this product for pets,” said Dave Merrell, CEO and Founder of Healthy Hemp Pet Company. With two products to choose from, there’s something for any pet that could benefit from an immunity boost.

  • The CannaShroom Immune Supporter with Five Mushroom Blend is recommended for pets who may benefit from increased immunity and overall wellness.
  • The CannaShroom Immune Supporter with Turkey Tail Mushroom is recommended for pets with immunity issues, such as cancer.

To date, reported benefits are:

  • Turkey Tail Mushroom may help with fighting cancer, infections, and other immunity illnesses.
  • Ceylon Cinnamon may help with inflammation and act as an antioxidant.
  • PCR Hemp may help with anxiety in pets.
  • PCR Hemp may reduce aches and pain in pets.
  • PCR Hemp may help with movement ease for pets.

Both products are available now and can be purchased at select retail shops or here: CannaShroom Immune Supporter with Five Mushroom Blend and CannaShroom Immune Supporter with Turkey Tail Mushroom.

Joint Health in Pets – What to Know

JWhen it comes to your pet longevity, maintaining joint health in pets is going to make life much easier down the road as your pet ages.

Signs of Joint Issues in Pets

Have you noticed your pets are doing less, or having difficulty with everyday activities? Examples are: problems getting on a couch, going up the stairs, or jumping easily into your car. With more athletic breeds, maybe they aren’t running as long, or don’t want to participate in play. Beyond the aforementioned early signs of joint problems, there are more overt signs such as holding a limb up or holding the limb funny. Rarely do pets show obvious signs of joint pain, it’s a slower process to obvious pain issues. This is why many pet owners opt for preventative care when it comes to their beloved pet’s joints.

Dog Breeds Prone to Poor Joint Health

In general, larger size and weight predisposes joint strain – making larger and overweight dogs prone to both developmental and degenerative joint issues. That’s another great reason to keep your pet at a healthy weight for their particular breed.

There are, indeed, specific breeds that tend to have more joint related problems:

  • Newfoundlands have the highest prevalence of cruciate ligament disease of all dog breeds.
  • Rottweilers have more knee and ankle issues than other breeds.
  • Bernese Mountain dogs are prone to elbow dysplasia.
  • Dachshunds are quick to develop joint problems in their back due to their long, low torsos.
  • German Shepherds are predisposed to hip dysplasia, as well as other joint issues such as arthritis.
  • Labradors are prone to obesity, which will intensity the stress on joints.
  • Great Danes have prone to hip and/or elbow dysplasia and arthritis due to their huge frames and fast growth.
  • Saint Bernards also have hip and elbow dysplasia issues due to their huge, fast growing bodies.
  • Old English Sheepdogs are prone to hip dysplasia.
  • The Mastiff is another breed that is prone to hip and/or elbow dysplasia.
How to Prevent Poor Joint Health in Pets

If your dog is on the above list or showing signs of poor joint health, there are preventative steps you can take.

Many veterinarians recommend supplementing with glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin when a dog is as young as one year old (or at the time when they stop growing). Another holistic option is supplementing with fish oils and/or green-lipped mussels, which are anti-inflammatory and generally have fewer side effects than medications. A 2013 study found increased concentrations of plasma omega-3 fatty acids and improvement of peak vertical force in dogs fed a diet enriched with green-lipped mussel.

If you’re looking for a good supplement, check out our CannaNatural which contains joint supporting ingredients such as green-lipped mussels, as does our CannaCrush and CannaCrush Immune Supporter. All Healthy Hemp Pet Company products contain organic hemp, which helps with pain and inflammation, making our products perfect for current joint pain or preventative joint care.

**Article Cited: Rialland P, Bichot S, Lussier B, et al. Effect of a diet enriched with green-lipped mussel on pain behavior and functioning in dogs with clinical osteoarthritis. Can J Vet Res 2013;77(1):66-74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3525174/

 

 

 

 

Understanding Cannabinoids

Cannabis has long been known for two main cannabinoids: CBD and THC. Scientists now believe there could be over 100 different types of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids aren’t found in any other plant and have a unique ability to positively interact with the body’s natural cannabinoid receptors. While additional research needs to be conducted, scientists have already discovered many compelling cannabinoid properties.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the more well-known cannabinoids:

CANNABIDIOL: CBD

Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, is one of the most plentiful compounds in the cannabis plant. If you’ve not heard the term “nonpsychoactive” before, the quick explanation is that you can’t get high off of CBD.

This particular cannabinoid offers many health benefits without the drawbacks of psychoactive THC. A few conditions that CBD is beneficial for include: schizophrenia, epilepsy, and certain forms of cancer. More research needs to occur, but there’s hope that CBD’s will help with chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Some scientists believe CBD will play an important role inhibiting THC from binding to an important cannabinoid receptor in the brain called CB1. This will lessen the “high” consumers experience with THC and enhance THC’s medicinal benefits.

Although more research is needed, current studies suggest CBD actually works better in synergy with other cannabinoids and terpenes. This is commonly called the “entourage effect.”

TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL: THC

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you “high”, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. There’s evidence that suggests that THC helps medical conditions when used in the proper doses. For example, THC has a powerful pain-relieving effect, which will help many people suffering from extreme pain conditions such as cancer.

Recent studies show that THC will reduce eye pressure in glaucoma patients and help chemo patients with poor appetite. Interestingly, CBD oil was found to have the exact opposite effect on glaucoma patients, which proves that different cannabinoids need to be used for different conditions.

Since THC is highly regulated, it’s difficult for doctors to understand the benefits and drawbacks of using this cannabinoid without scientific research. As medical marijuana becomes more common, scientists won’t be able to ignore this abundant compound.

CANNABICHROMEN: CBC

Although less studied than other cannabinoids, Cannabichromen has shown potential as a treatment for numerous conditions, particularly chronic pain. Studies on CBC’s effect on the human body looked into the cannabinoid’s ability to block the perception of pain. A study out of the Second University of Naples, in 2017, found that CBC in combination with CBD decreased pain signals in a group of mice.

Another study looking into the same issue discovered CBC combined with THC had a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on mice. While nearly all press on CBC is related to chronic pain, many doctors believe that’s only the beginning of CBC’s healing potential. Other studies looking into CBC have suggested this cannabinoid may repair brain damage, get rid of acne, and even improve mental health conditions.

CANNABINOL: CBN

Cannabinol is a fascinating cannabinoid, as it’s only created after THC deteriorates in the cannabis. Meaning you’ll only find high quantities of CBN on plants that have been exposed to oxygen for longer periods of time. This was enough to make CBN undesirable in the past. However, recent findings have generated a whole new discussion concerning this lesser known cannabinoid.

We still have a lot more to learn about how CBN works, but thus far it seems to attach to the brain’s CB2 receptors. Researchers are most interested in CBN for the potential to treat sleeping disorders, such as insomnia. Current research suggests CBN works as a powerful, yet natural sedative. A study by Steep Hill Labs claimed that 2.5-5mg of CBN has the same effect as a 5-10 mg dose of the pharmaceutical: Diazepam. This initial research sparked interest in CBN, which was previously ignored by the cannabis industry due to the fact that it was mostly found in older cannabis plants.

CANNABIGEROL: CBG

Cannabigerol is the forerunner of both THC and CBD. Despite this, CBG is typically ignored as it only makes up roughly 1% of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. This just isn’t enough to make it worthwhile to some growers. That said, there is a growing community of cannabis growers who work on breeding plants that will yield a higher percentage of CBG.

Many in the medical cannabis industry believe this particular compound could help with a wide variety of issues ranging from eye disease to digestive disorders. A Polish study showed promising results for CBG’s ability to reduce eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. Additional conditions that CBG seems to help with are: colorectal cancer, irritable bowel disease, and bladder issues like interstitial cystitis.

CANNABINOIDS: MORE TO COME

When people talk about cannabinoids, they usually focus on CBD and THC. While these two are unquestionably important, they aren’t the only cannabinoids worth exploring. With additional research, researchers will likely uncover the best ways to use these and additional cannabinoids to help ease the suffering of countless patients. With changes in the 2018 Farm Bill, we look forward to growth in the hemp industry which will result in more research.

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Does Your Pet Have Allergies?

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Does your pet have allergies? This is a topic we get asked about a lot. Yes, just like people, pets can suffer from allergies. There are three main types of allergies that can affect cats and dogs: food allergies, allergies to flea bites, and environmental allergies.

If your pet seems especially itchy, you may wonder whether (s)he’s suffering from allergies. There are additional signs to watch for, but scratching is the most common. The other signs of allergies in pets include:

  • Compulsive paw licking is a common sign of allergies in dogs.
  • Scratching and biting themselves to relieve itching can indicate allergies in pets.
  • Rear scooting or licking the anal region is a symptom of histamine reaction in dogs.
  • Skin infections are a serious sign and side effect of allergies, related to chronic scratching.
  • Hair loss and increased shedding is a common sign of allergies in both cats and dogs.
  • Pet dandruff is a common sign, since allergies severely dry the skin out in pets.
  • Respiratory issues in cats are a sign of allergies. Cats are far more sensitive than dogs to environmental pollutants and poor air quality.
  • Ear infections, particularly in dog breeds who have floppy ears such as hounds and cocker spaniels. The common sign is excessive head shaking and red, waxy ears.

Environmental allergies can be provoked by outdoor allergens such as grass or pollen or indoor ones like mold, dust mites or fabrics. Environmental allergies can be genetically inherited, and some dog breeds are more prone to allergies such as germen shepherds, cocker spaniels, bichon fries, golden retrievers, and labradors.

Limiting (and if possible preventing) exposure to pet allergens is key to managing allergies. Prescribed antihistamines and/or corticosteroids often help control symptoms, while specialty shampoos or other topical therapies minimize your pet’s itchiness and may reduce excessive scratching.

An at home allergy treatment that’s getting more attention recently is PCR hemp oil for treatment of allergies in pets. PCR hemp oil may reduce allergic reactions throughout the entire body, calms anxiety and reduces your pet’s need to chew and lick. As an anti-inflammatory, PCR hemp oil may also relieve systemic inflammation that causes hives, blisters, and whole-body itching in pets. Our CannaBalm is an all-natural salve that may soothe skin from rashes and ease allergy related discomfort. We’ve had customers report great success treating pet allergies with our CannaNatural and CannaDrops, which are a biscuit and liquid formulation. All our Healthy Hemp Pet Company products contain PCR hemp oil and other natural ingredients.

While allergies cannot be cured, there are many ways to help manage them to keep your pet more comfortable. If symptoms persist, consider a trip to your veterinarian for testing and a more serious treatment plan.

How to Spot and Treat Dental Pain in Pets

How to Spot and Treat Dental Pain in PetsAs a pet owner, the safety and wellbeing of your pet is a huge priority. Sadly, our pets can’t tell us when they’re suffering from a toothache or any other type of oral issue. Untreated oral pain in pets can result in more severe health problems such as infections, loss of teeth, and other issues.

Here are some common signs of dental pain in pets to watch for:

Bad Breath

The odor is a byproduct of the bacterial metabolic process. In pets with periodontal disease, there is more bacteria in the mouth, and so the odor increases. Doggy breath isn’t normal and needs to be evaluated and/or treated.

Different Behavior

Chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, running away from the food dish, crying when yawning, hiding, not grooming themselves and acting a little grumpy are all signs of dental pain in pets. You know your pet better than anyone, so look for abnormal behaviors and make a note of them to discuss with your veterinarian.

Bleeding

Bleeding from the mouth is typically due to periodontal disease, but it could also be evidence of fractured teeth, lacerations or even ulcers on the tongue or gum tissue or the presence of an oral mass. Look for thick, ropey saliva, spots of blood found on toys or pet bedding, and also drops of blood in the water or food dish. If the periodontal disease is severe enough, you may notice bleeding from the nose or bloody discharge when your pet sneezes. Call your vet clinic with concerns.

If you’re looking for help with oral care at home, our Healthy Hemp Pet Company CannaSpray can help. This spray application is best for pets with oral care concerns and to helps support gum tissue health in pets. Read this Healthy Hemp Pet customer testimonial who found success in treating her dog’s Periodontal Disease with CannaSpray.

You can order Coconut CannaSpray or Salmon CannaSpray on our website or check a retailer near you.

Why use Hemp Products for Pets?

Why use Hemp Products for Pets

If you have a pet with any type of medical condition, it’s likely you’ve heard about hemp products for pets. While hemp products are most well-known for pain management and controlling and/or limiting seizures, hemp can also help your pet with a myriad of other ailments… many of which are every day issues such as anxiety and inflammation.

PCR hemp oil, which is what we use in our hemp products for pets, is non-psychoactive. Simply put, this means you can safely give your pets hemp without worrying about getting them high. It’s a safe and legal way to treat your pet more holistically than using harsh pharmaceutics.

Some of the most commonly known uses for hemp products are listed below, though we’ve heard from pet owners who use our pet hemp products for nearly every condition. You can see some of our favorite customer testimonials here.

  • Pain management
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Used to reduce and/or eliminate stress and situational anxiety
  • As a holistic antiemetic to help with nausea and vomiting
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Allergies and other skin conditions

If you’re new to using hemp for your pet, it can be confusing figuring out what type of hemp product to start with. There are just so many on the market to choose from! This is why we created the CannaKit, which is a starter kit that contains some of our most loved products: CannaNatural, CannaDrops, and CannaBalm. This gives pet owners the opportunity to try biscuits, balm and oil to see which type works best for your pet.

You can save 20% on our CannaKit this month when ordered from our website. Order Healthy Hemp Pet Company’s CannaKit here and use coupon code: TryCannaKit.