What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids, like Cannabidiol (CBD) for pets, have exploded in popularity over the last decade due to the well-researched medical benefits that pet owners have witnessed. An important term to note when considering a cannabis product for your pet is the term, cannabinoid or phytocannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds derived from botanical sources that interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and other peripheral functions in the body. The cannabis plant produces over 100 of these compounds and can provide a wide array of medicinal value to both humans and pets.
How Can Cannabinoids Help My Pet?
All mammals contain what is called an Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS), which is considered to be the largest receptor system in the mammalian biology. The ECS naturally produces these chemicals and interacts with functions in the body that deal with pain, neurological function, GI health, mood, appetite, immune function, and many other peripheral functions that contribute to the homeostasis of the body. Fortunately for us and our pets many plants, but most abundantly, the cannabis sativa L plant produces over 100 of these similar compounds called phytocannabinoids that can help in the same way to engage our ECS and create balance within the body. By binding to the same receptors that naturally produced endocannabinoids, cannabis cannabinoids can be a medicinal pharmacopeia to help with many different functions in our pet’s body.
The links below will provide the many benefits of each cannabinoid and how they work along with a variety of scientific references. We hope this information helps!