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Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids can help with hip and joint conditions in some dogs. Hemp oil contains the perfect ratio of these fatty acids and can even boost your dog’s immunity. Cannabinoids, found within Hemp Well products interact with your pets endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids are the only compound in nature to replenish this necessary system found in animals and humans. All mammals to be exact.
- A study published in the Free radical biology & medicine journal by US researcher G.W. Booz from the University of Mississippi Medical Center showed that cannabidiol can be helpful in lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress, decreasing the risk of organ damage and dysfunction. Oxidative stress and inflammation contribute to a number of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type 1 and 2, atherosclerosis, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease or depression.
- Scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (US) showed that cannabinoids can suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing analgesic tolerance.
Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory response and attenuate disease symptoms by inducing apoptosis in activated immune cells, suppressing cytokines and chemokines at inflammatory sites and upregulating FoxP3+ regulatory T cells.
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RESEARCH: Bioactive ingredients from industrial hemp will be used in new research to optimise the diets for sows and piglets, thus reducing post-weaning diarrhoea, the use of antibiotics and piglet mortality.
The pig industry in Denmark is challenged by high piglet mortality which is very costly for the industry. But now scientists from Aarhus University will be testing a new strategy in an effort to reduce mortality and to enhance animal welfare.
It is the industrial variety of hemp that scientists and a number of industrial partners are putting their faith into with the aid of a 6.7 million DKK (€8.9 mln) grant from the Green Development and Demonstration Programme under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Hemp contains protein, fibre and fatty acids of a very high nutritional value plus some potentially immuno-modulating substances that present a hitherto untapped bioactive resource for pigs. In the project we will focus on the potential in using protein and oil from industrial hemp as a special feed and feed supplement for piglets and sows. The cold-pressed therapeutic hemp seed oil and protein may help solve the production challenges of post-weaning scours and early mortality due to their unique ingredients, explains project leader and section manager at the Department of Animal Science, Charlotte Lauridsen.
In the project we will focus on the potential in using protein and oil from industrial hemp as a special feed and feed supplement for piglets and sows. The cold-pressed therapeutic hemp seed oil and protein may help solve the production challenges of post-weaning scours and early mortality due to their unique ingredients, explains project leader and section manager at the Department of Animal Science, Charlotte Lauridsen.
The rationale for the project is the positive experience from a pig farm where a hemp oil product was added to the diet of piglets and weaners. This led to a marked improvement in piglet survival and it is this improvement that the project participants hope to copy.
Before the effect of the hemp products can be tested in the project, processes need to be developed to remove THC from hemp (THC = tetrahydrocannabinol – a psychoactive substance that is found only in low concentrations in industrial hemp and is therefore useless for recreational purposes) so that the hemp can be used for animal feed. The project will look at the effect of hemp on piglet survival. This is done by supplementing hemp to the lactation diet for sows, which via the colostrum will provide energy and vitamin E to piglets and raise their concentration of immunoglobulin and thus their resistance to infections. Particularly energy depots and vitamin E levels are low in newborn pigs.
The project will also explore the effect of substances in hemp on post-weaning diarrhoea and the growth potential of piglets.
Fatty acid composition, protein allocation and the content and composition of fibres are important for intestinal health and immune response in pigs during the critical postweaning period. The hemp plant contains substances with therapeutic properties that are of interest for the control of inflammation of the intestines due to infection, says Charlotte Lauridsen.
Project participants estimate that the commercial utilisation of hemp products can reduce piglet mortality by 1.5 pigs per litter and that the incidence of post-weaning diarrhoea can likewise be reduced and thus the consumption of antibiotics.
E. coli is the leading cause of diarrhoea in the first few weeks post weaning, and we expect that hemp products can reduce mortality. At the same time, it is estimated that the majority of the antibiotics consumed is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders in pigs, and these disorders are therefore the major causes of the use of antibiotics in pig production, says Charlotte Lauridsen and continues:
Supplementation with hemp products will hopefully result in fewer outbreaks of postweaning diarrhoea and will improve the health of the gastrointestinal tract in piglets, which in turn will lead to a reduced need for antibiotic treatment. In addition to the expected effects on mortality, post-weaning diarrhoea and animal welfare, the project participants believe the cultivation of hemp also offers environmental benefits since its cultivation does not require pesticides.
The project started on 1 January 2014 and will run until 31 July 2017.
Despite misconceptions about hemp, an increasing number of horse owners are finding that the plant’s nutritional properties reduce inflammation and increase the overall well-being of their animals (all warm-blooded animals can benefit). “Hemp is emphatically not a drug. It is a natural product that is absolutely safe with no side effects,” says Lana Tatarliov, who has launched Hemp for Horses.
“Feeding hemp to horses provides them with a combination of essential fatty acids not found in other oils.”
Although illegal to grow in the United States, the strictly regulated Canadian hemp can be imported to the U.S. “Commercial hemp is tracked, inspected and tested from certified seeds through harvesting to ensure that it contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive agent THC,” says Tatarliov. Tatarliov, an organic farmer who raises beef cattle and Egyptian Arabian horses in Saskatchewan, was inspired when two farmers contacted her to market their human hemp product to horse owners as a holistic approach to better equine health. After seeing the positive results of feeding hemp to her own horses and doing her own research, Tatarliov was convinced that she had a nutritional powerhouse on her hands. In fact, it has been called by some the most nutritionally complete food source in the world.
Tatarliov enumerates the many nutritional qualities of hemp, which include essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, flavonoids, cannabinoids, and terpenoids. “Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, while essential fatty acids are important for the development of the brain, eyes, and nervous system,” she says. “Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants, cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory properties, and terpenoids have both, as well as antimicrobial properties.” In addition, hemp protein consists of edistin and albumin both commonly thought to be the most easily digestible protein.
While most human hemp food products use only the hemp-seed, Hemp for Horses uses the entire plant harvested at its nutritional peak. It is 100% hemp, with no additives. “We feel that the benefits are greater using the whole plant because there are important compounds in the leaves that are not in the hemp-seed. These compounds provide horses with a number of potential benefits,” Tatarliov says.
Tatarliov has solicited owners of several sanctuaries for abused and neglected horses to try the product on their most severe cases of arthritis, joint ailments, inflammation, intestinal conditions, founder, and hard keepers. The results have been astounding with horses regaining their mobility, hard keepers maintaining weight, and attitudes significantly improving with the decrease of pain. Concluded Tatarliov, “Although this is not a clinical trial per se, we’re confident that it will provide owners with the information they need to begin supplementing their horses’ diets with hemp.”