CBD (or cannabidiol) is naturally found in cannabis. It’s a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it won’t get you “high” like other compounds found in the plant. Did you know there are actually 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis? They all respond differently in our bodies, and each has its own set of medical benefits.
CBD is impossible to overdose on, and in fact, is used to subside the effects of a THC (the cannabinoid known for getting you high) overdose. It’s widely accepted as one of the most important medicinal cannabinoids you can derive from the plant.
The same endocannabinoid system that is found in your body is much like the endocannabinoid system found in your pet’s body. This system has receptors that interact with the endocannabinoids naturally produced in your brain. These same receptors react with the cannabinoids found in cannabis, resulting in the differentiating effects of each one.
What can CBD help your fur baby with? Well for one, it’s a fantastic pain reliever. If your pet suffers from pain, a dose of CBD each day could help them feel better and function normally. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so if the pain is coming from swelling, CBD acts as a double whammy.
CBD can also help an anxious pet calm down due to its stress relieving properties. Separation anxiety is common in dogs, and hyperactivity is a standard among some breeds. A drop of CBD oil on a yummy treat can help settle those nerves and lessen your constant worry about their mental well-being. You could also put a drop in food or directly in their mouth.
In more severe cases, CBD has been proven to help with seizures, tremors, and spasms. It’s a natural medicine widely accepted by doctors for this use. Studies have also shown that CBD can slow or even stop the growth of tumors and cancer. This can sometimes go hand-in-hand with a decrease in appetite, and CBD has shown to be helpful in stimulating hunger as well as calming nausea.
It’s wonderful that you are looking into CBD as an option for your pet. They would be grateful to know that you care so deeply about them. Even if your pet doesn’t deal with any of the above, CBD can also be used as a regular supplement, promoting overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle.
Author: Alyssa Shields, Freelance Writer