A growing number of organizations promote the production and use of hemp seed oil, ointment pressed from the seed of a cannabis plant.
However, there is an extremely low, if undetectable, level of any psychoactive molecules in the oil as the seeds themselves do not contain psychoactive molecules.
After hearing about the benefits of hemp oil in humans, animal welfare activist Leo Grillo had his medical staff introduce this form of treatment to some of the more difficult animal cases at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the largest no-kill, care-for-life animal sanctuary of its type in the world. Grillo founded the not-for-profit organization in 1979.
"We began using the hemp oil on our most difficult cases, those with cancer," said chief veterinarian Dr. Gaylord Brown, "Within a few weeks we saw measurable improvements in most of these animals' lab work, especially in their liver enzymes.
"There was also an improvement in their hair coat vitality, both which are often adversely affected by chemotherapy."
The medicinal benefit of hemp oil is currently under study in the United States and has shown to provide favorable results in relation to the treatment of cancers and other diseases in humans.
By Sharon Raiford Bush
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