Posted by Camille Arneberg on

How Hemp Oil Can Help Your Dog with Hip and Joint Pain

For a long time, products made from hemp have not only come with a huge stigma attached — they’ve been illegal!

But over the past few decades, more and more research has emerged showing real medical benefits from hemp. As a result, hemp is now seen as something of a “superfood” with more and more people adding it to their diets.

Where does your dog come in?

It turns out hemp has a lot of benefits for dogs as well. Because hemp oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), antioxidants, phospholipids, the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats, and so much more.

Table of Contents:

  • Hemp Helps Alleviate Your Dog's Pain
  • Help Helps Keep Your Dog's Inflammation Balanced
  • Hemp Bolster Your Dog's Immune System
  • Hemp Helps With Your Dog's Skin and Coat
  • Hemp Helps Fight Canine Cancer
  • What Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Powder is Not

Here are a few of the benefits of hemp for dogs:

Hemp helps alleviate your dog’s pain.

The GLA in hemp seeds has been found to reduce arthritis symptoms by a whopping 25%. That’s according to a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Hemp oil used in hip and joint dog chews for greater mobility

Phospholipids in hemp help with arthritis pain on a cellular level. They enable cells to maintain their shape and internal structure.

Hemp helps keep your dog’s inflammation balanced.

That’s right - we said balanced.

Most people think only in terms of reducing inflammation. But really, a certain amount of inflammation is important for healing from disease and injury.

Hemp oil is amazing in this regard because of its perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This 1-to-3 ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s allows the body to produce the level of inflammation necessary to heal without going overboard.

In addition, hemp oil is safer than other prescription anti-inflammatories like Rimadyl for dogs, which has several negative side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea and weight gain. 

Just as important, omega-3s reduce chronic inflammation, which is related to a variety of health issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer

Hemp bolsters your dog’s immune system.

Did you know that your dog’s immune system can worsen arthritis pains?

Hemp contains both vitamin A and E. These two antioxidants help pump up the immune system by fighting against free radical damage. 

Additionally, they increase the number of killer cells, which can slow the decline of your dog’s immune system as they age.

Hemp helps with your dog’s skin and coat.

GLA helps dogs have a smoother coat and more supple skin by improving their ability to keep moisture in their skin. Moreover, it has been shown to alleviate symptoms related to atopic dermatitis, a skin allergy.

Hemp helps fight canine cancer.

Some types of cancer can cause pain in the hip, joints, and other parts of your dog’s body. But hemp goes beyond fighting the pain — it can help fight cancer itself, too.

Omega-3 helps reduce associated inflammation. Phospholipids make it harder for tumors to grow. And vitamin A has many properties that help it fight cancer. 

But the real superstar here is GLA. It slows the growth of tumor cells and also helps to...

  • reduce side effects associated with typical cancer drugs,
  • reduce the chance of cancer in the first place, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, and
  • stimulate a process that causes cancer cell death.

What Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Powder Is Not

The laws surrounding hemp and marijuana are changing fast around the country. And there’s a lot of confusion about what various products contain. 

So, let’s make it clear what hemp for dogs is and is not.

It is not marijuana. It contains no THC. And there are no cannabinoids of any kind in hemp oil.

It is an incredibly nutritious substance. With many vitamins and nutrients that dogs’ bodies need to heal and maintain health.

Learn more about our HempMobility Chews for your furry best friend. 



Camille Arneberg and her dog
Camille is a co-founder of PetHonesty and VP of Pup Parent Education. After watching her own family dog suffer from joint issues for years she became passionate about improving dogs' quality of life. With the help of a team of veterinarians and dog nutritionists she now helps educate other dog owners about the small but powerful things they can do to positively impact their dogs' health and wellness! She lives in Austin, TX and loves cuddling puppies, being outside and reading.