If your pet is suffering from a variety of ailments than CBD supplementation could be the answer to your prayers. When our pets are injured or become sick, we as pet owners, give it our all to find the best medicine or treatment available. If you have a sick pet at home, odds are you have heard of the workings of this new miracle medicine.
This article will serve as a basic overview, highlighting how CBD operates within a pet’s body the seven major benefits your pet can receive from CBD supplementation.
How CBD Works in a Pet’s Body
The natural compound, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive and non-toxic substance that is considered incapable of causing an overdose. While this is commonly understood for human consumption, this is also identical to that of animals. This is known because a majority of CBD research has been conducted on lab rats and humans during clinical trials. In fact, all mammals (yes including your very own cat or dog) have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) much like us humans do. The ECS is a biological system that is responsible for managing various physiological systems throughout the body.
So whether we are talking about the ECS in dogs or humans they generally work in the same manner and offer similar results. The only thing that differs is the precise location of these CB1/CB2 receptors within the body.
For example, the location of CB1 receptors for dogs and cats are often found in the
CB2 receptors are often found in the
and CB1 and CB2 receptors may be found together within the
These receptors are built to interact with endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the brain) and plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD which trigger a variety of responses throughout the brain and body. The ECS essentially acts as a processor for incoming cannabinoids coming into the body.
CBD Benefits for Pets
A similar ECS between humans and pets is what allows your cat or dog to reap the same benefits of CBD as you would if you were to take it.
CBD can fight chronic and acute injuries and diseases like:
However, we are going to focus on the seven major areas in which CBD can help improve the quality of life for your pet.
1. CBD as a Painkiller
Today, CBD has become most famous for its painkilling properties. The body’s endocannabinoid system is deeply involved in managing pain and can do this in many ways. Various studies have shown, that CBD can help temporarily stop the absorption of a chemical that dampens pain signals in the brain. This chemical is called anandamide. Reduced pain sensations are, therefore, the byproduct of having increased anandamide within the bloodstream.
2. CBD as an Anti-Convulsant
CBD can also be used to help control seizures, tics, spasms, and tremors. This is because CBD is a natural anti-convulsant. Seizures are believed to be caused by the rapid, uncontrolled firing of neurons in the brain. Research has suggested that CBD can help restore the order of these neurons by helping them to fire normally, thus preventing a future onset seizure from occurring.
3. CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory
As an anti-inflammatory, CBD is able to reduce inflammation in painful physiological conditions like arthritis. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are believed to be the reason why this compound is so effective at treating a variety of different diseases and injuries.
Conditions like arthritis, MS, irritable bowel disease, and many others stem from chronic inflammation. When CBD interacts with CB2 receptors (which are usually located within immune cells) these activated receptors are then able to trigger copious amounts of immune responses. This includes fighting inflammation.
By lowering inflammation, CBD can help prevent an immune system from malfunctioning and help reduce the painful symptoms of various physiological and neurological diseases like arthritis and hip dyspepsia.
4. CBD as an Antiemetic
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in both humans and pets that can lead to rapid weight loss, decreased appetite, fatigue, dehydration, and more. While there are plenty of useful antiemetic medications on the market targeted towards pets such as dogs or cats. These medications often come with various side effects which include:
Lowered seizure thresholds for animal epilepsy
Lack of Appetite
CBD is successful at managing both nausea and vomiting while also stimulating appetite instead of suppressing it like other antiemetic medications.
5. CBD on Cancer Development
Cancer and malicious tumors are a commonality in pets and have proved in the past to be quite fatal. Currently, there is no known cure for cancer so efforts are usually focused on slowing down the growth of a tumor while reducing any painful symptoms along the way.
A common treatment for cancer and tumors for pets is chemotherapy, however, as with humans, chemo brings on a slue of side effects which includes:
Diarrhea and more
However, new research is starting to show that cannabinoids like CBD have unique anti-cancer effects. This research is starting to discover how cannabinoids are being used to slow down the growth and spread of cancer while reducing the size of tumors.
In 2011, a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found that CBD can cause programmed cell death and therefore inhibit the growth of breast cancer.
Complutense University in Madrid, Spain has shown that CBD and other cannabinoids can enhance the effect of traditional chemotherapy. With the addition of CBD during chemotherapy, the chemo process thus becomes more efficient as the rate in which cancer cells absorb chemotherapy agents increases, while the protection of healthy cells continues to prevail.
6. CBD vs Anxiety and Stress
Similar to humans, pets too can suffer from anxiety, stress, or certain phobias. Separation anxiety, noise anxiety, and travel anxiety are all common forms of anxiety that can affect your pet (specifically dogs). While a human may bite his/her nails or pace around the room while under stress, pets perform similar behavior when suffering from certain anxieties. Some examples of this would be:
Chewing (furniture, shoes, garbage, etc)
By reducing feelings of anxiety, CBD can, therefore, reduce the severity of these symptoms and help your pets live a more healthy, homeostatic life.
7. Promoting Homeostasis
Homeostasis is the condition of optimal functioning for an organism. Any living thing that is in homeostasis has all of its biological systems functioning to the best of its ability. The balance, however, is thrown off when disease and illness strike.
Due to the ECS being involved in so many bodily processes, researchers believe that by stimulating this system cannabinoids like CBD can help an organism maintain an optimal level of homeostasis throughout the body.
This is why most pet owners will choose to use CBD not only as a medicine to cure or manage certain diseases but also as a daily supplement to promote the overall health and well-being of their pets.
Your Take Away
The way CBD operates within your body is very similar to that of other mammals. With ongoing research being conducted towards CBD’s benefits on pets it should be a no brainer that this miracle medicine should be a staple in your pet’s diet and lifestyle.
What some pet owners fail to realize is that CBD is a relatively cheap and efficient natural compound that promotes incredible medicinal and therapeutic results for your pet. Whether your pet is in great health or suffering from chronic pain and inflammation, CBD can help improve and promote optimal health for your pets so that they can continue to live a more mobile and healthy life.
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