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Understanding Your Pets Endocannabinoid System

by Summer Kucky on October 28, 2020
Understanding Your Pets Endocannabinoid System

 

Does CBD affect animals in the same way it affects humans? This is an important question to ask when you are thinking of purchasing CBD for your pet. There is no straightforward answer when it comes to the effects of CBD because it differs from person to person. Therefore, the effects may also differ from pet to pet. It is also important to understand that there have not yet been many clinical studies to determine the effects of CBD on household pets. However, if you are looking for advice on how to use CBD for your pet, you can openly ask your veterinarian, and they should be able to provide the information that you need.


In this blog, we will discuss some of the benefits that CBD has to offer your pet, and how CBD may affect them. But before we begin it is important to understand what CBD is and where it comes from. We have gone over this in many of our previous blogs, but just in case you missed them, here is a little rundown about CBD.

CBD Overview 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most commonly known active compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Another known compound that you may have heard a lot about is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which provides psychoactive effects to the body. Contrary to some beliefs, CBD does not have the psychoactive properties that THC has, and therefore will not produce a “high”. Our CBD products are 100% safe and contain less than 0.3% THC, which is the legal limit in the United States.

 

CBD for Pets 

Using CBD for domesticated animals has recently become one of the hottest topics for CBD users and pet owners. This is mostly due to the scientific research that supports the idea that CBD could be used for therapeutic purposes, due to its calming effects. 

Like humans, both cats and dogs have Endocannabinoid Systems (ESC). So far, we know that ESC plays an important role in managing immunity, sleep, appetite, and mood. The Endocannabinoid System is also responsible for maintaining a natural internal balance within the body to help both humans and pets feel their best. 

For the most part, all Endocannabinoid Systems function in the same way, so the knowledge we gain through scientific research can benefit, not only humans but your favorite animal as well. 

CBD  has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties that could be beneficial for both humans and animals. While studies have yet to confirm this with domesticated pets, owners have reported similar effects. Researchers at Cornell University have found that pets with arthritis pain used CBD and helped dramatically reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. 

So What Is The Endocannabinoid System? 

The Endocannabinoid system is a complex cell-signaling system comprised of three essential components:

  • Endocannabinoid receptors – receptor cells (CB1 and CB2) mediate the response of endogenous cannabinoids. These cells are found all throughout the body. CB1 receptor cells are found primarily in the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain), while CB2 receptors cells are more abundant in the peripheral nervous system (immune system). These cells send signals from our brain to the rest of our body.
  • Endocannabinoids – endogenous cannabinoids are molecules that help activate cannabinoid receptors. They are created throughout the body and are the key messengers of the ECS.
  • Enzymes – biological molecules that help break down endogenous cannabinoids. They help stimulate chemical reactions in the body.

Endocannabinoid System and CBD

It is important to understand that the Endocannabinoid system will function regardless of if your daily use of CBD. When you or your pet takes CBD, enzymes in their body will begin to break down the cannabinoids, thus making it possible for the Endocannabinoids to bind with receptors. Once these receptors are activated, it will send signals to stimulate other parts of the body, promoting overall health and growth for your pet.

You can read more about our customer experiences by visiting our collection,  CBD for Pets.

Sources

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Reports, C. (2019, February 18). CBD for pets' ailments? Many people swear by it, but there's very little animal research. Retrieved June 25, 2020, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cbd-for-pets-ailments-many-people-swear-by-it-but-theres-very-little-animal-research/2019/02/15/f01beef2-2f07-11e9-86ab-5d02109aeb01_story.html

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