Cannabinoids for Dogs & Cats
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.
The most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. However, there are many other cannabinoids that have been identified, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabinol (CBN).
How do Cannabinoids work in Dogs and Cats?
Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies. The ECS is a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters that help regulate various physiological processes, including appetite, immune function, and mood.
When cannabinoids are introduced into the body, they bind to these receptors and stimulate the ECS to produce various effects. For example, CBD has been shown to help promote a sense of calm in pets, which can be beneficial for pets with stress-related issues.
In addition to its calming properties, CBD has also been shown to have discomfort-relieving effects, which can be helpful for pets suffering from chronic hip & joint issues.
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 discomfort, 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.
Is it Safe to Give Cannabinoids to Dogs and Cats?
While CBD and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids have been found to be safe and well-tolerated by pets, it’s important to note that not all CBD pet products are created equal. When choosing a CBD product for your pet, it’s important to do your research and choose a reputable brand that uses high-quality, lab-tested ingredients. (wink, wink)
In addition, it’s important to speak with your holistic veterinarian before giving your pet any new supplement or medication, including cannabinoids. Your vet can help you determine the appropriate dosage for your pet and can also monitor your pet’s response to the supplement.
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!