CBD is exploding in popularity around the world, but did you know that pets can use CBD too?
All around the world, people are getting excited about cannabidiol (CBD) and the potential benefits it may offer. This versatile natural product is available in a variety of different forms and can easily be incorporated into your daily life. What’s genuinely exciting about CBD is that it could benefit our pets too! In the following article, we’re going to take a closer look at CBD and how our furry friends may benefit from this cannabinoid.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. There are approximately 113 different cannabinoids in hemp and marijuana, each with unique properties, but the two most abundant are CBD and THC. CBD, unlike THC, won’t get you or your pet high. It has no psychotropic properties. Scientists are only just scratching the surface when it comes to understanding the benefits that different cannabinoids may offer us and our pets.
How can our pets use CBD?
Inside everyone and most animals, including cats and dogs, is something known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis (balance and harmony) throughout the body and is made up of a series of receptors that are all linked together.
Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids such as anandamide and 2-AG that interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS. Cannabinoids can also interact with the same receptors. It’s almost as if our bodies were designed to use cannabinoids!
As our pets age, mobility issues start to become a massive concern for many pet owners. Arthritis and other joint conditions make it harder and harder for cats and dogs to get around. Studies have shown that CBD is a potent natural anti-inflammatory. Regular doses of CBD could help with the swelling associated with aging joints and muscles.
Another exciting use of CBD is assistance in dealing with stress. CBD can help with relaxation, so it makes sense that it would help with stress, which causes anxiety. Pets commonly suffer several different types of anxiety, situational, and separation. It’s hard to help them, but CBD could assist in calming them down when you’re not home or during thunderstorms and other loud events such as fireworks. Several studies have shown that CBD could potentially be a natural aid for stress and anxiety in our pets.
Our pets and CBD conclusion!
Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, and it makes it increasingly difficult to help them as they age. Pharmaceutical options for pets often leave them lethargic and dizzy, but CBD is all-natural. It has very few negative side-effects, but if your pet is currently on any medication, you should speak with a veterinarian before trying CBD.
If you have tried CBD with your pet and experienced any positive results, we’d love you to share your story below with other pet owners. Anecdotal evidence from pet owners around the world suggests that CBD could be extremely beneficial. If you have any questions about CBD or would like to find out how you can purchase CBD for yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.