Why CBD for Pets?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 100 naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis. Hemp-derived CBD has come into recent popularity in the health and wellness space, offering humans and animals alike significant therapeutic potential. Due to its non-psychoactive nature, CBD presents a wonderful option for pets that may benefit from cannabinoid therapy.
How Does CBD Work for Pets?
Your pet has an endocannabinoid system just like you and me. Any animal with a vertebra will have this important biochemical communicative system that’s responsible for regulating crucial day-to-day physiological functions. This lock-and-key system is designed to promote homeostasis among all biological functions when introduced to both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. CBD is a phytocannabinoid that nudges the endocannabinoid system towards optimal harmony, potentially reducing inflammation and other discomforting conditions.
The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabinoid Receptors in Pets
The endocannabinoid system produces endocannabinoids within your pet’s biology. Endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are two major components that work together to communicate with all the other important biological systems. The endocannabinoids attach to cannabinoid receptors which trigger homeostasis. CBD actually has the same chemical makeup as these endocannabinoids. When introduced to your pets, they attach the same way to their cannabinoid receptors, causing the same biological reaction. That’s why CBD may offer an extensive scope of therapeutic benefits for numerous conditions ranging from physical to emotional.
Is CBD Safe for My Pet?
CBD is safe for all pets including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and more. Since CBD has the same chemical makeup as the endocannabinoids produced in your pet’s own biology, it is generally well tolerated with minimal side effects. CBD offers a natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals that often have a significant list of side effects that impact your pet’s quality of life.
What’s the Right CBD Dosage for My Pet?
Dosage varies from pet to pet, making it important to take the time to discover the right dose for yours. We recommend starting with a small dosage and working your way up slowly each day until the desired effects are achieved. CBD is non-toxic in large doses and presents zero risk for overdose, making experimentation safe. We always recommend speaking to your veterinarian before giving your pet CBD.
Are There Side Effects?
While side effects are minimal, rare cases have been reported. The most common side effect of CBD for pets is drowsiness. Lowering the dosage may alleviate side effects– we always recommend observing your pet’s behavior before and after giving them CBD. Pets with sensitive stomachs may require taking CBD with food.
Does CBD Have Drug Interactions?
Yes, CBD temporarily deactivates the p450 cytochrome system which is responsible for metabolizing the majority of traditional medication. Always speak to your veterinarian about CBD especially if your pet is taking medication.