Let’s take a look at how CBD can Help Your Cat or Dog
Medical marijuana is not legal for pets. Vets cannot prescribe it. However, there’s an alternative; a form of marijuana essence called cannabidiol (CBD). The substance has none of the high of regular marijuana but comes with many of its potential benefits. Here are seven ways in which CBD can help your dog or cat.
Potential pain reliever and anti-inflammatory
CBD can help your dog or cat through its supplementation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short), which all dogs and cats have. Studies have shown that 80% of canine subjects, when given CBD to stimulate and activate and underperforming ECS, experienced a decrease in pain so great that it improved their mobility, all with minimal side effects. CBD’s effect is on the endocannabinoid system, whose function is to control pain and reduce inflammation in the body. When exposed to CBD, cannabinoid receptors within the ECS seem to form an anti-inflammatory effect that lessens pain.
While there are many veterinary drugs available to dogs and cats that suffer from seizures or tremors, these can come with dangerous side effects. Cats, for instance, tend to have delicate livers that can have a very hard time metabolizing these medications. Long-term use of drugs such as potassium bromide and phenobarbital can come with chronic incidental effects.
One of the best-known effects stemming from CBD’s supplementation of the ECS in pets is in the control of tics, seizures, and tremors. It can be especially effective in pets that suffer from resistant epilepsy. Studies have shown that close to 90% of pets given a medical marijuana regimen tend to see considerable improvement in their convulsive condition.
The endocannabinoid system is part of all vertebrates, like cats, dogs, humans and so on. A healthy endocannabinoid system can promote appetite, memory, and mood. Much like humans, animals like cats and dogs possess an internal endocannabinoid system that produces specific cannabinoid chemicals, such as 2AG and anandamide. These help them control anxiety and stress. In cases where a pet’s endocannabinoid system is unable to keep up with the stress experienced, CBD supplementation of the ECS can help strengthen the system’s response and help with anxiety.
Potentially helps improve the health of the nervous system
Just as in humans, dogs and cats experience degenerative nervous disorders as they grow older. Such degeneration could be slowed down through the use of CBD to boost the ECS. This can inspire the ECS to protect the nervous system by neutralizing a variety of neurotoxins. With aging dogs, CBD’s help in getting an old ECS firing again could also found to help slow down cell death rate in the brain.
CBD can help your dog or cat when practiced as part of a routine health regimen, and help with life in general. Improved appetite, greater strength, and absence of digestive disorders could be part of the package. CBD being inexpensive, can be part of every pet owner’s pet health program.