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Potential Benefits of CBD for Animals

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

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:


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. 

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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: 





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

CBD may help alleviate many symptoms that your pet experience.

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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