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How Does CBD Work on Pets?

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Paaez Coleman

You ever wonder to yourself “how does CBD work on pets?”

No matter what time of day it is, they’re always up for a game of fetch, chase, or whatever other game you guys play. 

But what happens when you see a change in behavior? The natural next step is to phone the vet and make an appointment. From this point on you’ll have a better understanding of what’s ailing your pet, and you can see how to approach the situation. 

Many pet owners understand how beneficial CBD is in their pet’s lives.

There’s a lot to think about before you introduce your pet to CBD.

So, let’s check out some of the facts… 

The Science Behind CBD

A picture of oil dropping into a tinctureHemp isn’t as new as some people think. It’s been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient times where it was used in a multitude of ways including teas, paper, clothing, and more. 

As time has evolved, so has our knowledge of hemp and the products it’s capable of creating. The cannabis plant contains over 100 different compounds, all boasting different, yet similar effects on the body. 

These compounds are called cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids. 

The compounds we are most familiar with are THC and CBD, but we’re learning more about other compounds such as CBN, CBG, and others that produce engaging results for our everyday lives. One main variation to understand is the difference between the hemp plant and the marijuana plant when it comes to products created from these plants. 

The hemp plant contains a much lower ratio of THC to CBD. These plants contain less than 0.3% THC, and cannabis crops and products created from those crops contain 30% THC and higher in some cases. 

As human adults, some of us look for the euphoric feeling THC produces, but if you think about it, our pets probably wouldn’t enjoy it. 

With this in mind, make sure you’re looking at a hemp-based pet product that contains minimal amounts of THC so they’re not freaked out by any of the psychoactive effects. 

So, How Does CBD Work on Pets?

Two dogs looking up at the cameraThe endocannabinoid system (ECS), as complex and extraordinary as it was, was only discovered a short time ago. This discovery revealed all mammals inherently possess this system. 

This system plays a major role in many of the primary functions within the body such as sleep, mood, reproduction, pain, immunity, and much more. The relationship between the endocannabinoids (or cannabinoids) and the receptors are the base of this whole system. 

The CB1 and the CB2 receptors sit atop of cells waiting for neurotransmitters to attach to them, signaling a need for action, or homeostasis.  The CB1 receptors are in charge of the brain and nervous system function. 

The CB2 receptors are primarily there for the immune system, sustaining and levels of inflammation and immune responses to pathogens. 

We all have an ECS system—me, you, the dog, the cat, and believe it or not, even sea urchins. All this means is we’re all capable of taking advantage of CBD in some capacity successfully. 

How Much Will Your Pet Enjoy CBD? 

A grey dog looking up at the cameraOur pets go through a range of emotions on a daily basis, most of which we have no way of deciphering. If we look at some of the more common issues our pets go through we can talk about how most of our pets can benefit from the mellowness CBD is capable of introducing into their lives. 

Some of our pets get extremely worked up around other animals, loud noises, our absence, and any type of delivery truck, along with the person that hops off to toss a package on your doorstep. 

Chances are, your pet will enjoy the fact they’re not spazzing out over the usual day to day stuff they call a “routine.” Who knows what your pet will do with this new, relaxing state of mind. 

Something else to wrap your head around for later. We’ve all been home more than often lately, and our pets have most likely enjoyed this, but think about how it’s going to be for them when we return to work—if you haven’t already. 

If your pet already had some trouble with separation, it’s likely they’ll experience a deeper range of anxious emotions going back to being alone during the day. This is a perfect example of how to invite CBD to the party. This way, they’ll have the soothing blanket of CBD to keep them chill while you’re out for those long eight hours or more. 

There are all kinds of ways our pets can enjoy CBD.

Parting Thoughts for Pet Owners

As humans, we have to find the best possible way to balance our responsibilities while finding the best way to curb any uneasy feelings we encounter. 

But our pets don’t have it this easy. They can’t communicate problems and issues with us effectively most of the time. This is why it’s important for us to monitor our pet’s behavior so we can tell if something is different in their behavioral patterns. 

After taking them to the vet (if necessary), you can introduce a pet tincture as a means of helping them navigate through their issues. However, as stated before, it’s still important to keep a close eye on them and see how they’re handling their cannabinoids. 

Most pet owners see tremendous improvement in their pets in little to no time and they wonder why they waited so long to give them CBD in the first place. 

You don’t have to think about it any longer, go ahead and give them something that gives them peace of mind and works for them in a multitude of ways. 

So, now that you can answer “how does CBD work on pets” the final question is…

Could your pet benefit from using CBD?
Check out our collection of pet tinctures and find the perfect product!

DID YOU KNOW?

Dogs—yes Dogs!—have an endocannabinoid system that works to produce similar benefits when using CBD as with humans.

DID YOU KNOW?

The strength of the CBD needed (500mg, 1000mg, and 1500mg) will depend on the dog.

 

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