Hemp Oil is a natural medication that is becoming increasingly popular amongst pet owners for its many health benefits. Derived from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, hemp oil can remarkably improve chronic pain, anxiety, and other ailments in pets.
Administering Hemp Oil
Most hemp oils are mild in odor and flavor, making them an easy sell to dogs and their pickier feline counterparts. While it can be administered directly into your pet’s mouth, drizzling the oil over their food or on a treat is the easiest method for most pet owners. If your pet is still able to detect the oil, it can be mixed into peanut butter or pumpkin puree to more completely mask the flavor.
Storing and Shelf Life
It’s important to keep Hemp oil stored in a cool, dark place. Light and heat have been shown to degrade the quality of the oil and reduce its potency. Don’t refrigerate the oil, as it may coagulate. Properly stored oil can last between 1-2 years. You can tell if your oil has gone bad if it has a funky odor or rancid taste. High-quality oils with high-quality plants, ingredients, and growing process generally last much longer than low-quality products.
How to Choose A High-Quality Hemp Oil Brand
Make sure the hemp oil is:
- Free of pesticides
- Made in the USA or locally in your home state
- Stored in a dark-colored, airtight glass container
- Not hemp seed oil
- Only a few ingredients