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CBD and Our Pets

 

 

Did you know that mammals have an endocannabinoid system that regulates sleep, pain and immune system response, plus much more?  We do!  This includes our beloved pets as well.  CBD works wonderfully with that system!

 

What is CBD?

If you have not read any of our CBD blogs yet, you can find them listed on the CBD page of our website.  CBD is a natural remedy that may aid in the management of many things from physical pain, anxiety and cancer related symptoms to epilepsy, arthritis and emotional pain.  As stated in our blog Why CBD?, Cannabidiol (CBD), the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis, is the non-psychoactive compound with many medicinal qualities.  It has been shown in scientific studies to have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-spasmodic (stops spasms,) and anti-emetic effects (stops vomiting) along with anti-convulsant properties.  It also has been shown to inhibit tumor cell growth.

 

Research shows that full-spectrum (contains THC at or below the federal legal limit of 0.3%) CBD has anti-inflammatory properties while boosting the immune system and helping those who use it better able to cope with anxious feelings.  In an article published on the Veterinary News website, Cornell takes the lead in cannabidiol research, “A new pharmacokinetic and clinical study recently completed at Cornell suggests that 2 mg/kg of cannabidiol (CBD) oil twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with osteoarthritis.” (1) That's phenomenol!  Now, our beloved pets have options other than pharmaceuticals, as we do too.

 

How does it work?

When CBD enters the body via the mouth or skin, it naturally stimulates the endocannabinoid system and enhances communication between the brain and the receptors throughout the body.  "Cannabinoids are chemical substances which act primarily on specific cannabinoid receptors and are basically divided into three groups; beside endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) also herbal cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) and synthetic cannabinoids". (3)

 

"Cannabinoid CB1 receptors are among the most plentiful and widely distributed receptors... CB1 receptors are present primarily in the central nervous system in regions of the brain that are responsible for pain modulation, movement or memory processing.  To a lesser extent, they can also be found in some peripheral tissues such as pituitary gland, immune cells, reproductive tissues, gastrointestinal tissues, sympathetic ganglia, heart, lun