All About Hemp

All About Hemp

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Hemp vs. marijuana vs. cannabis. What is the difference? At Primal, our supplements are crafted using hemp, which is federally legal. Learn more here!

In order to understand how incredible hemp is at supporting pets, it’s helpful to gain a basic overview of what it actually is.

One common question pet parents ask us about our CBD or CBG products is: “Will these make my pet high?” The answer is: NO! All Primal Pets Supplements are derived from the hemp plant—which does not contain enough of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to cause the feeling of being “high”.

Marijuana and hemp are part of the group of plants called cannabis. While “marijuana” and “cannabis” are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Both marijuana and hemp are derived from the cannabis plant, but the key difference is in the levels of THC content each contains. Marijuana generally refers to cannabis or cannabis products that contain larger amounts of THC. 

Marijuana vs. Hemp Comparison Chart

  • Marijuana is any cannabis plant with MORE than 0.3% THC, although most marijuana plants contain much higher concentrations of THC. THC is the cannabinoid that creates the typical psychoactive (“high”) effect associated with marijuana.
    • Marijuana is not federally legal and is not used in Primal Pets Supplements.
  • Hemp is any cannabis plant with LESS than 0.3% THC. The strains of hemp we use have high amounts of other beneficial cannabinoids like CBD and CBG.
    • Hemp IS federally legal and is what we use in our health supplements.

Hemp Supplements Support Pets’ Endocannabinoid System

So, how exactly do hemp supplements support our pets’ bodies? The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an internal signaling system in animal bodies that communicates balance, or homeostasis. To learn more about how the ECS is comprised of endocannabinoids, endocannabinoid receptors, and enzymes and its influence on pet health, visit our previous blog, here.

Hemp produces exocannabinoids that our pets’ bodies can recognize and use! Scientists started noticing and researching the ECS within the last 60 years or so, making the benefits of hemp products a relatively new discovery.

How Hemp Products Can Help

The hemp plant naturally creates exocannabinoids (cannabinoids from an external source) which your pet’s ECS recognizes and can use. Daily supplementation of exocannabinoids can help support a healthy ECS and keep our pets in balance. When using health supplements to best support the ECS, daily use is key to seeing desired results.

Selecting A Hemp Product for Your Pet

If you’re wondering what type of hemp product may best suit your pet’s needs, check out our previous blog. You can also view the entire Primal Supplement line up here to find a product to support your pet!

It’s important to ensure that the hemp product you buy for your pet, including a CBD or CBG supplement, is high-quality. Your pet’s safety is our top priority at Primal. Test results for every one of our products can be found here.