To make things more confusing, when considering hemp oil vs CBD oil for dogs, there are also multiple types of CBD oil available: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and isolate CBD.
But what are the differences between them? Simply put, each type identifies the other components added to the CBD oil that help to enhance its ability to provide benefits for your dog. Therefore, CBD oil offers more benefits to your dog than using hemp oil.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the phytochemicals found in the Cannabis sativa plant such as terpenes, trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), essential oils, and other cannabinoids. Though THC levels are likely below 0.3%, it can still trigger a positive result in a drug test for humans but does not generate the psychoactive effects associated with THC due to the low amounts.
While drug testing is not of concern for your dog, many people are still concerned about any of the potential psychogenic effects associated with THC.
Fortunately, there is very little threat of these effects to you or to your dog due to the small amounts of THC contained in full-spectrum CBD oil.
Working synergistically, these components create what is known as the entourage effect, meaning that together they deliver greater therapeutic results for your pet.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the same properties as the full-spectrum CBD, but the THC is removed. This is helpful for people who worry about any residual effects or accumulation of THC in their dogs. Even without the THC, broad-spectrum CBD provides the benefit of the entourage effect.
CBD isolate is CBD in its purest, isolated form, without any of the other components of the Cannabis sativa plant. The extraction process is more complex but makes a more potent concentration of CBD. Isolate is good for those who only want the benefit of CBD and is also useful as an additive for CBD recipes.