Is CBD Right for Your Pet?

Pets are so much more than animals—they’re family. As family, it can be heartbreaking to see them in pain from an injury or experiencing other bodily malfunctions as they’re naturally aging. Of course, we want to see our pets live long, healthy, happy lives. If you’re looking for holistic methods of caring for your pet, CBD is a great option to consider.

What is CBD?

If you’re not entirely sure what CBD is, this is an excellent place to start in your inquiry of whether CBD is right for your pet. Even if you are familiar, we’d like to provide you some information for your knowledge-base.

CBD is short-hand for Cannabidiol, a biologically occurring cannabinoid component of cannabis. It is one of many cannabinoids derived from hemp, or the cannabis plant. CBD lacks THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the primary set of elements that produces a psychotropic experience, that of being “high”, like one would experience from smoking or ingesting marijuana.

Since CBD is non-psychoactive, you don’t have to be concerned about behavior changes in your pet. Emerging studies show the benefits CBD produces in humans, which also points to the health-enhancement available for your beloved pet.

How Does CBD Affect My Pet?

CBD positively influences the endocannabinoid receptors in the peripheral and central nervous systems. The function of these receptors is critical in the ability of your pets’ body to sustain a state off homeostasis, or balance.

Endocannabinoid receptors act as neurotransmitters, sending and receiving information from the brain to body, and the body to brain. CBD affects these neurotransmissions through sensory regulation—upregulating or downregulating the neuroactivity, to produce vital homeostasis.

What does this mean for your pet? Their body and brain maintain the equilibrium required for optimum health.

What Are the Benefits?

There are many benefits to using CBD in supporting your pets’ ailments or overall health and wellbeing; we’ll explore some of the advantages here.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties reduce the risk of disease (inflammation is at the source of all disease)
  • Anticonvulsant properties regulate spasms, tics, tremors, and seizures
  • Neurotransmission enhancement properties act as natural painkillers (for stiff or deteriorating joints, arthritis, and other pain)
  • Neurotransmission enhancement properties act to diminish stress or anxiety in your pet, as their capacity to maintain homeostasis increases from the CBD action on the nervous and peripheral systems
  • Antiemetic properties ease reflexes, both reducing nausea or upset stomach, and stimulating a healthy appetite
  • Neurotransmission enhancement properties act to reduce the risk of tumor manifestation, and diminish the growth of, or spread of malignant tumors

The Miracle of It All

What’s truly amazing about the action of CBD in these processes, is that mammals have specific receptors for CBD, by design, as described above and elaborated on here.

The endocannabinoid system is a biological structure inherent in all mammal species and is responsible for overseeing a wide spectrum of biological mechanisms, such as immune responses and reactions, memory, sleep, and others.

The cannabinoid receptors are constructed to network with endocannabinoids, the naturally occurring cannabinoids produced by the brain. As studies have shown, these receptors also interact with the cannabinoids of plant-derivative CBD, to produce a variety of beneficial responses in the brain and body, as we’ve explored.

Your pet (and you, by the way) came into this world designed for the healing available in the hemp plant—incredible!

Choosing the Right Product for Your Pet

Just as you’d want the very best medicines available for a family member, it’s important to choose a high-quality CBD product. The Hemp Shoppe offers several products that have been developed sustainably and to be environmentally responsive, allowing for the preservation of the essential cannabinoids, amino acids, and vitamins—the highest quality available for your furry friend.

Here’s to a Long, Happy, and Healthy Life for Your Pet!