What is Hemp?

So what exactly is this magical herb?

Hemp is a natural substance that is found in the hemp plant. Hemp can produce effects on the body’s central nervous system and immune system. The cannabis plant is an umbrella term that encompasses several species of plants, including the hemp plant and marijuana plant.

Here’s where a few general misunderstandings occur. First, products from the hemp plant are legal in all 50 states. In fact, hemp-based products are likely already a part of your everyday life. Hemp is used in all sorts of ways, including fabrics, fibers, and fuel. Industrial hemp is used in manufacturing clothing, as well as beauty products and health supplements. You may also see hemp milk on the shelves of your local grocery store.

Hemp has an extremely low level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another well-known cannabinoid. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that people associate with “getting high.” The THC level in hemp can be no higher than 0.3%. Given hemp’s very low THC level, hemp is safe for dogs and will not have any mind-altering effect on Fido.

Second, while the hemp plant and marijuana plant fall under the same species of plant (Cannabis sativa L.), they are different in many ways, including genetic makeup, cultivation, and usage. The major difference that we want to make sure pet owners are aware of is the THC levels. The THC levels of marijuana plant-derived CBD can be as high as 20% (or even higher!), making CBD from the marijuana plant potentially very toxic for your furry friends.

Of course, Hemp derived from the marijuana plant is legal only in states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal. Therefore, many pet owners won’t have the potential for mistaking the two. However, it is important to recognize that Hemp products are not all cultivated and created equally (or even come from the same plant).

Regarding the Hemp that your precious pup may benefit from, we’re talking about the hemp plant.

What is ECS?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system first discovered in the late ’80s and early ’90s, although much remains unknown about the system today.

The ECS is largely comprised of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that are believed to help regulate a variety of functions in human including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, reproduction, and pain sensation. Scientists still have plenty of questions about the human endocannabinoid system and how it functions.

How do CBD treats for dogs work?

CBD works by stimulating your dog’s ECS system – a system that is found in most animals, including people. This system is responsible for regulating processes in your dog’s body like immunity, sleep, mood, appetite, and pain.

CBD is like a vitamin for this system. It increases the activity of your pet’s ECS system positively, helping their body regulate their mood, appetite, and pain more easily. This makes CBD a valuable alternative to other medications that are less natural and carry negative side effects.

Because CBD treats have other ingredients mixed in (as opposed to more pure forms of CBD like CBD oil) they aren’t as potent as other forms of the compound. This is great for older dogs who need milder forms of treatment.

How long Do CBD treats take to work?

CBD oils are the most potent and direct form of CBD, which is also why they’re the most popular. CBD oils usually take effect just 20 minutes after being administered and within an hour at the most.

CBD treats, on the other hand, are not as fast-acting or as direct as CBD oils. For one, they need to be digested to work, and two, they have several other ingredients mixed in, which slow down the rate that the CBD is absorbed. As a result, CBD treats usually take closer to an hour before they start showing their effects.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, especially when it comes to older dogs! The mild nature of CBD treats makes them gentler on older dogs and dogs that are just beginning to take CBD. Just be sure that if you’re giving you pet CBD for a time-sensitive event (like a car ride) that you administer it about an hour beforehand.

Is CBD legal?

Yes! Hemp-derived CBD is legal federally.

The 2018 Farm Bill made it hemp legal in the US. Before that, CBD was lumped in with other drugs like marijuana and heroin under the Controlled Substances Act.

But since hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive and contains less than 0.3% THC, it’s no longer a controlled substance.

Is there a difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

Hemp is a complex plant that offers a wealth of benefits from the stalks used for fiber to the seeds used in skincare moisturizers. But this makes things a bit confusing, so let’s clear it up.

Hemp oil, often called hemp seed oil, is not hemp CBD, which is sometimes called hemp extract. 

You will frequently see hemp seed oil in CBD oil because it makes a great carrier oil with its beneficial fats, which include omega fatty acids.

Hemp seed oil comes from cold pressing the seeds to extract oil while CBD comes from the resin found on the flowers and leaves.

It’s important to know the difference as shady companies will market hemp seed oil as CBD oil by simply calling it “hemp oil” and saying it has anti-anxiety and anti-seizure benefits. It doesn’t.

Hemp seed oil is wonderful for health as the omega fatty acids help with immunity and heart health. As well, hemp seeds are a good source of protein. However, it doesn’t have anywhere near as many benefits as CBD.

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial hemp and marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis sativa. They have a unique genetic profile, however. Typically, industrial hemp is very fibrous with long strong stalks and few flowering buds. Marijuana plants are typically smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as the Kentucky hemp we’re now using! Most of the time, marijuana has a high amount of THC and a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has higher amounts of CBD (in most instances) and only trace amounts of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Historically, hemp has been used to make food products, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more. In the US, marijuana is usually used both recreationally and medicinally. The term “cannabis oil” can refer to either a marijuana or hemp-derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis. All Pure Kana CBD oils are derived from hemp.

How should I store my CBD? What’s the shelf life?

For the best shelf life please store in a cool dark area away from direct sunlight, with low humidity. This will help to preserve the properties of the hemp extract. If properly stored CBD may have up to a 1 year shelf life!

Where can I find the 3rd party testing for your products?

All our products are lab tested to ensure that we are providing you with the best possible product. On each product page you will find the most up-to-date results of that specific product.

Is CBD safe?


Pet Releaf CBD hemp oil is a plant-based “superfood”. It is derived from our strain of Certified USDA Organic hemp, PR-33. Our CBD hemp oil is 100% natural, completely safe and non-toxic. It will never get your pets “high” and there are no known or documented overdoses on full spectrum hemp oil.

Do we need a prescription from our vet for CBD products?


Since all Pet Releaf products are 100% natural, you will not need a veterinarian to prescribe our products. We do recommend letting your vet know that you are using Pet Releaf products so they have a full picture of your pet’s health profile.

What are CBD’s side effects?

A big talking point for lovers of CBD is its low side effects. In fact, the most common side effect of CBD is it just doesn’t do much for some dogs. It’s a pretty rare side effect because most times, the ECS can do with a helping hand in some way.

High dosages can cause tiredness where low and medium dosages are more likely to provide a slight boost in energy. While dogs rarely have issues sleeping, some owners find high dosages work well for keeping their dog calm.

Remember to only give your dog hemp CBD as marijuana and products high in THC are not safe for dogs.

Is CBD right for your dog?

With CBD, your dog has a whole lot to gain and nothing to lose. If you’ve been wondering how you can support your dog’s day-to-day and long term health, your search ends here.

CBD is currently being trialed for a plethora of reasons like anxiety, pain, arthritis and epilepsy. For more detailed information on these trials refer to our Scientific Research Library. It can give pet owners the critical tool of knowledge on the most current research on issues like anxiety, pain, arthritis, and epilepsy. If the research turns out to be conclusive it will have the ability to rival numerous conventional drugs with less harsh side effects.

​Who buys CBD-infused dog treats?

Pet owners who are devoted to the health and happiness of their dogs are increasingly turning to CBD-infused treats for the benefits it can bring to their pets. Discerning dog owners are seeking the very best CBD-infused products on the market for their furry companions. That’s where Hemp Dog comes in. We invite you to compare our quality and try our chews risk-free with our money-back guarantee!

What is WPB return policy?

Please read our return policy here.

5 guidelines to follow when buying CBD:

  1. Organic: Hemp has a lot of amazing benefits, and one of those is it’s great at cleaning up toxic spills. This makes it so important that you only chose CBD derived from organic hemp grown free of any harmful chemicals.
  2. Extraction Method:
  3. Certificate of Analysis (COA): Unfortunately, many companies lie about how much CBD is in their product. That’s why a certificate of analysis is so important. This is awarded to companies that have had their CBD independently tested for quality, accuracy, and safety. You can find ours here.
  4. Inactive Ingredients: A carrier oil like hemp seed or coconut oil should really be the only inactive ingredients in CBD oil.

Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum?

While named after a single compound in cannabis, you want your CBD to contain more than just cannabidiol. The other cannabinoids and terpenes greatly improve everything from the benefits to absorption. Ignore CBD isolates and go with full-spectrum or broad-spectrum instead.