How Cats & Dogs can benefit from CBD

The health-giving properties of cannabis are not only limited to us humans. Our animal allies, our pets, may also benefit from the active constituents within this powerful herb. Oh and by the way, this doesn’t mean getting your dog or cat stoned. Cannabis also contains other cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive, yet offer immense benefits. One of these cannabinoids is CBD (cannabidiol), which has been found to possess powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anti-nausea, and anti-anxiety properties, among many other benefits.

CBD may be given to pets by owners in hopes of it serving as a prophylactic measure, and to alleviate certain symptoms associated with health issues that they may be experiencing. Quite a lot of the scientific studies revolving around CBD have been conducted on animals, and many of them show positive results, meaning that there is reason to believe CBD could benefit pets just as much as humans.

WHAT ADDED BENEFIT DOES CBD OIL HAVE FOR MY PET?

CBD is known to produce some of its therapeutic properties by indirectly acting upon receptors in the body that comprise the endocannabinoid system. These cannabinoid receptors are largely activated by molecules produced within the human body named endocannabinoids, specifically anandamide and 2-AG. Interestingly, compounds found within the cannabis plant can also activate these receptor sites directly or indirectly due to molecular similarity with endocannabinoids.

There are two primary receptors within the endocannabinoid system, CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, is known to bind to and activate CB1 receptors. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t directly activate either receptor, but can still cause changes in the cells that harbour them.

The endocannabinoid system is found all over the body of humans and some animals, and is known to play an important role in homeostasis—a state of biological balance. The endocannabinoid system is recognised to be integral when it comes to immune system function and inflammation.

Scientific literature has associated CBD with a long list of therapeutic actions that include anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antiepileptic, neuroprotective, vasorelaxant, antiemetic, immunosuppressive, antibacterial, and analgesic properties.

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of cannabinoids in general is their anti-inflammatory action. Researchers state that cannabinoids, being immunomodulators, interrupt a physiological process known as the cytokine inflammatory cascade, preventing local inflammation from resulting in tissue pathology.

Looking at the huge potential behind CBD, it’s no wonder that many humans decide to give their pets and themselves CBD on a regular basis.

HOW DOES CBD OIL FOR PETS WORK ?

CBD produced for pets contains additional nutrients and vitamins to keep pets healthy and performing to their best ability. The oil is loaded with fish oil, which is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids are excellent for supporting pet health and are associated with benefits such as increased stamina, healthy skin and coat, enhanced immunity, and decreased inflammation.

These benefits add to the powerhouse that is CBD, which may help your pet in terms of pain management, anxiety, heart health, inflammation, nervous system health, and digestion.

It is extremely easy to administer to your cat or dog. The product comes in a dropper bottle, allowing pet owners to simply drop the oil in their pet’s mouth, or directly on top of their food if they are being fussy about it.

The dosage is based on the body weight of your pet. For dogs, the recommended dosage is 2–3 drops of oil per 10kg of body weight, administered 2–3 times per day. For puppies, the dosage is slightly different, 1–2 drops should be given 1–2 times per day.

For cats, it’s advised to give them a maximum dose of 1–2 drops of oil, 2–3 times per day. In the case of kittens, give them 1 drop up to 2 times per day.

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