CBD For Your Pet: A Comprehensive Guide
CBD: The Basics
If you’ve read some of our other blog posts, you already know how great CBD is for you and your health. The plant molecule works powerfully via the endocannabinoid system to regulate mood, energy balance, and metabolism.
With this rebalancing comes relief from many common diseases. Take CBD consistently and you’ll probably notice reductions in everything from arthritis to anxiety, from autoimmune diseases to cancer.
That is, if you have any of those ailments. But keep in mind that CBD's not just for people. Even if you're totally healthy, there's a big possibility that your pet has something that would respond well to the plant compound.
Why? As it turns out, CBD's just as good for pets as it is for people. Many of us humans struggle with disease because we subject ourselves to a lifestyle at odds with our ideal environment. Your pet’s health status is no different. Today, our pets are more likely than ever to suffer from anxiety, obesity, and even mental health disorders. Not good!
Endocannabinoid Health for You and Your Pet
CBD could be the solution. After all, your pet has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that reacts to CBD just like yours does. And while their ECS might be slightly different than yours — concentrated more in the brain than in the surrounding nervous system — it still functions to maintain homeostasis, or balance, within their body.
This biological reality has big implications for your pet's health. Just like you, the stressors of modern life can leave your pet prone to low endocannabinoid levels, something that's clinically called CECDS, or clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome.
Because eCB's are critical cellular signalers, being deficient in them is arguably worse than being deficient in vitamin C or vitamin D. The endocannabinoid system, after all, is what actually controls the enzymatic reactions that most vitamins and cofactors 'feed'.
That's how it works on a technical level, at least. Back to the basics: if your pet is anxious, hyperactive, or in chronic pain, they could be low in internal cannabinoids, cannabinoids that would otherwise be playing a vital role in maintaining health. Other symptoms possibly pointing to endocannabinoid deficiency include:
- Frequent nausea/stomach issues
- Swelling and inflammation
- Autoimmune disease
These conditions are growing increasingly common in our pets — but they may not have to be. Nature’s given us 2 types of cannabinoids to help maintain health: the eCB's we've been talking about, and phytocannabinoids from plants.
And if your pet is deficient in one type, the best thing they can do is supplement with the other. Welcome to the world of hemp!