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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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.

Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets

Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets Medicinal mushrooms certainly aren’t new to holistic health, but they seem to have taken the health and wellness industry by storm. Mushrooms have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries… but are just starting to gain attention in westernized medicine.

While there is an abundance of mushrooms with many different medicinal properties, one of the more well-known mushrooms is Trametes versicolor, also referred to as Coriolus versicolor. This particular mushroom is most commonly called turkey tail due to its shape and colors. Turkey tail mushrooms have been used for centuries around the world to treat a variety of health conditions, such as the ability to enhance the immune system. Impressive right? We think so! Especially when you think about the health benefits of medicinal mushroom for your beloved pets.

Here are just a few of the turkey tail mushroom benefits your pet may experience when using our Immune supporter products:

  • Turkey tail mushrooms contain a variety of antioxidants (phenol and flavonoid) which promote immunity by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of protective compounds.
  • Turkey tail mushrooms contain powerful immune-supporting polysaccharopeptides PSK and PSP, which may strengthen the health in the immune system.
  • Turkey tail mushrooms contain PSK (a polysaccharopeptides) and CVG (a polysaccaride), both components that may suppress the growth of certain types of cancer.
  • Turkey tail mushrooms may bacterial balance in the gut by enhancing growth of beneficial bacteria while suppressing harmful species.

We make two products that contain turkey tail mushroom: CannaCrush Immune Supporter and CannaDrops Immune Supporter, both can be purchased online or from select pet retailers.

For more in-depth information, please read this research paper on improving survival in naturally occurring Hemangiosarcoma, as well as the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine study. For additional and non-pet turkey tail mushroom research studies we have kept a close eye on Bastyr University research.

Five Tips for Pet Anxiety on New Year’s Eve

Five Tips for Pet Anxiety on New Year's Eve

Celebrations aren’t fun for everyone, especially pets! We’ve compiled five tips for pet anxiety on New Year’s Eve. These simple steps will help keep your pet feeling safe and calm.

  1. Keep Pets Indoors – Do your best to keep pets indoors in a safe and calming environment with a collar and tags in case they manage to escape.
  2. Exercise Pets in Advance – A tired pet is better than an anxious pet. Take them for a long walk ahead of time.
  3. Make Pets Feel Safe – Comfort your pets with pets, hugs, and talk to them in a soothing tone. Make sure they can access their crate or safe place easily.
  4. Avoid Noise –Try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible by closing windows, turn on the radio or television.
  5. Dose Pets with Hemp – Thirty minutes prior to fireworks, dose your pet with our hemp products for pets. Hemp may reduce situational anxiety and keep pets calm. You can order our pet hemp products online or check for a retail store near you that carry our hemp products.

The 2018 Farm Bill is Signed!

The 2018 Farm Bill is signed and we couldn’t be happier! This is especially exciting for us, as it makes it easier for researchers to conduct studies on the benefits of hemp, which is something we’ve been waiting for. We know the benefits of hemp, you know the benefits, but it will be nice to finally have scientific documentation of hemp benefits.

If you’re not up to date on this legislation, the biggest takeaway to be aware of is that hemp is now classified as an agricultural commodity. For more in depth information, check out this article from Forbes about what this means for hemp and CBD companies like us.