History records the use of the Cannabis Sativa plant in treating an array of conditions. The use of cannabis as medicine was employed for humans and animals, in both ancient and modern history. The ancient Greeks treated their animals, including horses and farm animals, with cannabis-based tinctures for various conditions. Also, cannabis-based formulas were used as an adjunct to anesthesia, as well as, a seed based remedy for tapeworms and as a poultice for healing wounds. Today, the use of CBD oil for pet tinctures have become the non-psychoactive, safe, preferred, natural alternative for the treatment of many furry friend conditions. Let’s take a look at what we know, so far, about CBD for pets.
How Does CBD Work For Pets?
Here is a simplified explanation of how CBD works in your pet’s body.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a biological system found in humans and all mammals. The ECS is involved in the management and maintenance of biological processes such as immune response, memory, sleep, and much more. CBD interacts with receptors in the cells of the ECS throughout the brain, body, major organs, and immune system. This receptor activity, on what is known as, cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 that take place on endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced by the brain), will also interact with plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD.
These receptor responses are very beneficial to the human and animal body in various ways and provide both treatment and relief for a myriad of conditions.
What Major Benefits Does CBD provide For Pets?
There are several major benefits that CBD can provide for your pet. There are actually more benefits than these, however, these major benefits will also apply to the others. The best part of the benefits of CBD for your pets is that it is natural, non-toxic and non-psychoactive. This makes it both an effective and safe treatment for all pets, including horses!
1. CBD For Pets With Seizure
One of the most touted uses for CBD for humans, as well as dogs and cats, is as an anti-convulsant (stops seizures). This is particularly applicable to dogs and cats because there are a growing number of veterinary patients that are demonstrating seizure symptoms. CBD has been shown to be a natural anticonvulsant and is effective in the treatment of epilepsy. CBD has also been shown in studies to help manage the tics and tremors of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Tourette’s syndrome. The anticonvulsant properties of CBD are a safe, non-toxic, natural treatment for pets with seizures.
2. CBD For Pain in Pets with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain Conditions
CBD for pain relief is the number one use of this powerful cannabinoid! For your pets, CBD remains the safest, most effective and versatile pain management treatment. For the treatment of chronic pain conditions, in your pet, such as arthritis, joint pain, and rheumatism, CBD oil tinctures can safely be administered over the course of the day and night. This allows for the decrease or elimination of pain and increases in the quality of life for your pet.
3. CBD Is An Anti-Inflammatory
The importance of the anti-inflammatory property of CBD cannot be overstated. Inflammation is not only present in almost all medical disorders; it also can be a cause of medical disorders. Inflammation has a purpose in the healing process; however, chronic inflammation can be at the root of many disorders. This is true for both pets and their humans. Inflammation plays a significant role in pain and chronic pain. CBD oil reduces and controls inflammation in conditions such as arthritis and other immune disorders, as well as injuries and is one of the key factors in pain relief!
4. CBD Reduces Anxiety and Stress in Pets
Dogs are often more susceptible to experiencing anxiety and stress than cats. Yet, that said, cats also can display signs of anxiety and stress that are similar to dogs.
Some of the most common forms of anxiety affecting both dogs and cats are:
Separation anxiety, travel anxiety, noise anxiety and sometimes types of phobias.
Some common symptoms and repetitive behavior of anxiety in dogs include:
*Chewing (furniture, shoes, other household items)
*Urinating and defecating inside the house or their crate
CBD targets a type of serotonin receptor in the body known as 5-HT1A. Research shows that this receptor activity increases serotonin levels in the brain, which improves mood and helps reduce feelings of anxiety and fear. It is through this receptor activity that CBD provides a powerful anti-anxiety and anti-depressant treatment aid for your skittish, fearful or misbehaving pet!
5. CBD Helps Nausea and Vomiting
All cats and dogs have times that they experience nausea and vomiting, for various and often-unknown reasons. Since CBD is also a powerful antiemetic (controls nausea and vomiting) you can quickly come to the rescue of your heaving cat or dog by giving them a small dose of CBD oil tincture! Your little furry friend will appreciate the save!!!
6. CBD As A Supplement Promotes Homeostasis in the Body of all Animals
When you supplement your pets with CBD oil, the absorption into the bloodstream naturally stimulates the Endocannabinoid System, thereby encouraging homeostasis or balance in the many body functions. The primary activity of CBD in the body is to bring the body to homeostasis, which is the foundation of health and well-being.
There is also an interesting factor, which has been expressed, in anecdotal evidence that CBD seems to have a cumulative effect in the body. This means that a daily supplement dose of CBD will play a huge role in the consistent balance of the physical, mental and emotional health of your beloved pet.
Actual dosing amounts depend on the size and weight of your pet, along with taking into consideration any physical conditions and/or sensitivities. It has been shown that the delivery method that provides the greatest absorption is from CBD oil tinctures. The best recommendation is to start slow with a low dose and increase it slowly, if necessary. The great news is that CBD is non-toxic and overdosing is not dangerous, however, administering a proper dose for your pet will provide the optimum benefit.
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