Hemp and Bird Health
Aggressive behavior and feather plucking in birds is a major health concern and often the byproduct of one or more health issues. While few products on the market have shown to counteract the myriad of reasons for this condition, cannabinoids (CBD) and the fatty acids contained within the hemp plant could provide the most protection for birds.
Omega fatty acids, when added to the diet, has shown to be successful in reducing feather plucking. Hemp Well has the perfect ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids compared to other oils like flaxseed, corn, fish and vegetable. (http://m.petmd.com/bird/conditions/skin/c_bd_feather_plucking?page=2)
|Reasons For Feather Plucking||Benefits from Hemp||Source|
|Parasites / Ringworm||Eucalyptus, tea tree and cedar are common mite treatments in birds. Hemp Well offers the same effect without irritants that could affect bird health.||http://www.popsci.com/will-smoking-pot-get-rid-your-intestinal-worms|
|Emotional stress||Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24923339|
|Allergies to environmental factors or food||Anti-inflammatory agents of hemp work to provide relief from allergies.|
|Skin infections or inflammations||Hemp seed oil is useful for treatment of eczema and host of other skin diseases like dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis/cradle cap, varicose eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and acne rosacea.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/
|Malnutrition||Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids provide a proper ratio of essential fatty acids.|
|Liver disease||Cannabinoids improves brain and liver function.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182490|
|Boredom||Generally, CBD can help restore a more balanced ‘tone’ within the endocannabinoid system.||http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/womens-health/what-studies-say-about-hemp-cbd|
|Cancer||U.S. Patent 6630507||https://sites.google.com/site/6630507/|
|Poisoning by heavy metals like zinc||Hemp is known to leach heavy metal and toxins from humans, animals, and farming soil.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543203/|
|Metabolic disorders||Cannabidiol has an immunomodulating effect that may be effective in fighting ischaemic diseases, the most harmful complications of metabolic syndrome.||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22430005|
|Dryness of the skin due to low humidity||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16019622|
|Mites||Essential oils (tea, cedar, eucalyptus) are used to treat mites, but can be strong irritants if mixed or used improperly. Hemp oil is soothing, not irritating, and will kill mites safely through suffocation.|
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is fairly common in captive birds. Factors that have been linked to the development of atherosclerosis in pet birds include long term diets high in fat or cholesterol and/or lack of exercise. Omega-3 fatty acids, play an important role in the prevention of atherosclerosis by inhibiting inflammation within the blood vessels, reducing plaque formation and by other means that protect the vessels.
A researcher from Imperial College London and his colleagues have developed for the first time a map of a typical bird brain, showing how different regions are connected together to process information.
How many doses per bottle?
There are approximately 60 one mL full eyedroppers in each 2-ounce bottle. Suggested use would be no more than 1ml per day (full eye dropper) or a 60 day supply for Hemp Omegas and 120 day supply for Hemp Relief 100 and 300.
How much do I give my bird?
It is suggested that birds take no more than one full eyedropper orally per day of Hemp Omegas and no more than one-half eyedropper (0.5 mL) of Hemp Relief 100 or Hemp Relief 300. Consult with your veterinarian prior to use.
How are the drops administered to birds?
Orally. Feed Hemp Well to your bird directly from our plastic eye dropper, or add it to their favorite treats.
Topically. Feather plucking can be the result of dry skin or other allergens. Apply Hemp Well topically to each affected area.
Any case studies on effectiveness?
There are no known studies regarding the effectiveness of hemp in bird health, however, there are several studies from the National Institutes of Health about the efficacy of hemp in the treatment of several conditions in both human and mice subjects.
Mice and birds are similar, physiologically, and both have an endocannabinoid system. Certain correlations can be made from studies using mice and the efficacy in birds.
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