Potential Benefits of CBD for Animals

Updated: Mar 31

You’ve probably heard about CBD for human use but have you ever that CBD could be good for your pets and animals


The Endocannabinoid System

Like humans, animals have what is known as an endocannabinoid system; in fact the ECS in mammals works the same. It is made up of three integral parts:


Endocannabinoids

Cannabinoid Receptors

Enzymes that create and break down endocannabinoid


How the ECS Works:

The ECS main function is to help a mammal's body maintain homeostasis. The ECS does this through the cannabinoid receptors found all throughout the body. 


Canine Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids are receptors in the nervous system and around your body, that bond with the endocannabinoid system to ensure that it is functioning normally. Similarly to the endocannabinoids produced by mammals, cannabinoids, such as CBD, are able to bind to the cannabinoid receptors in an animals body.


There are at least two known types of cannabinoid receptors:


CB1 – This is located in the central nervous system and is comprised of the brain and nerves of the spinal cord.


CB2 – This lies in the extreme ends of the nervous system, specialized cells in the immune system and the digestive system. 


A well regulated ECS is essential to the well-being of animals, as it is in charge of maintaining a large number of functions such as: 


Mood

Appetite

Metabolism

Sleep

Movement and coordination

Immune response


So How Can CBD Help?

CBD benefits the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system because its properties are very similar to those cannabinoids that are produced within an animals body.


CBD is transported throughout the body to interact with special cannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, these receptors are called CB1 & CB2.

 

CB1 receptors are mostly in charge of nervous system and brain function, while CB2 receptors are in charge of peripheral organs and immune cells.


CBD may help alleviate the following symptoms:


Pain

CBD can aid in pain management since it has an effect on anandamide, the chemical that helps weaken pain signals in the brain. In addition, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which may aid in arthritic pain and other inflammatory conditions. 


Anticonvulsant

Recent studies have shown that CBD was used to treat epilepsy and it aided in the reduction of the number of epileptic episodes patients experienced. Customers have claimed that Pet CBD Oil has aided in seizures experienced by their pets as well.


Promoting cardiovascular health

The cardiovascular health of animals can be improved by taking CBD infused foods according to research.


Anti-anxiety

Cannabinoids generally work in synergy to combat anxiety. Some signs that your pet is anxious include:


Being overly cautious of strangers

Chewing on furniture

Defecating in the house

Overly aggressive


In such a situation, you can use CBD to aid in treating anxiety.


CBD is just as beneficial for animals as it is for humans. When your pet is going through a problematic period, you can use CBD to help alleviate some of the symptoms. Remember, CBD is not intended to replace a pets visit to the vet, so please make sure to check with your local veterinary about your pets symptoms. 


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