Medicinal mushrooms surrounding soft chews for dogs and cats

All About Functional Mushrooms

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Why do Primal Pet Supplements include functional mushrooms in a selection of our hemp supplements for dogs? Read on to discover more about the immune-boosting properties and other benefits mushrooms may provide for your pet.

At Primal, we strive to craft products that are made from high-quality, whole-food ingredients. This is why we’ve chosen to include our blend of certified-organic functional mushrooms in most of our canine hemp supplements. More information on each of these amazing functional mushroom varieties is featured below!

Functional Mushrooms: Medicinal Mushrooms vs. Adaptogenic Mushrooms

Functional mushrooms are varieties of fungi that are thought to provide benefits beyond simple nutritional value. There are two types of functional mushroom groups: medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic mushrooms. While there are some functional mushrooms that are considered both medicinal and adaptogenic, many fall into one of the two categories.

Medicinal Mushrooms: As the name suggests, medicinal mushrooms are considered to have certain natural compounds that help support immune function and benefit specific conditions.

Adaptogenic Mushrooms: Adaptogenic mushrooms can help support the body and its response to stress. Adaptogens are foods and other natural substances that help the body adapt, promoting better balance.

All of the mushroom varieties in Primal Pet Supplements are considered to be both medicinal and adaptogenic mushrooms.

Mushroom & Hemp Soft Chews for Dogs:

In addition to CBD from organically-grown hemp, these soft chews contain a blend of certified organic Reishi, Shitake, Mesima, Poria & Turkey Tail mushrooms.

Reishi mushrooms


The reishi mushroom has been a commonly-used mushroom in traditional Eastern medicine for nutritional and medicinal purposes since the Han dynasty in China—over 2,000 years ago! Reishi mushrooms can help enhance the immune system and have the potential to reduce stress.

Shitake mushrooms


First used in China in 1000 and 1100 A.D., shiitake are widely used in Asia and, in recent decades, the rest of the world. Considered a “superfood,” shiitake mushrooms contain levels of amino acids comparable to red meat and are also rich in polysaccharides, which can help support your immune system.

Mesima mushrooms


Mesima, a mushroom that grows on mulberry trees, contains a multitude of antioxidants, as well as other nutrients which can boost the immune system.

Poria mushrooms


Poria has also been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Poria contains nutrients that promote immune system health, including polysaccharides and triterpenoids.

Turkey tail mushrooms

Turkey Tail

The Turkey Tail is one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms in the world. Turkey tail mushrooms contain a wide range of antioxidants and immune-boosting compounds, including polysaccharides.

Choosing a Primal Pets Supplement for Your Pet

When it comes to selecting a supplement for your pet, particularly a CBD or CBG product, there are benefits to each depending on your pet’s needs. Whatever supplement you choose for your pet, it’s important to ensure that it is high-quality. Learn more about Primal Pets’ quality and safety standards, including test results for every one of our products. Or view the entire Primal Pets Supplement lineup and find a product to support your pet!