As every four-legged animal lover knows, furry companions make for some of the best and loyal friends anyone could wish for! It is thought to be around 10,000 years ago when humans began to love four-legged animals. Evolving into a playful, affectionate, and in many ways a supportive companion, pets make us feel special and purposeful. A mutual love; our pets are our world and we would care for them as we would care for ourselves.
Whether from old age or condition, we cope with the inevitable medical challenges our pets face. The more we know as owners, the better we can promote our pets’ emotional and physical wellness. In the same way that we would want to avoid ritually consuming synthetic drugs that can later be more harmful and dangerous, we would also avoid providing our pets with a numbing drug that may not be entirely benefiting.
There are alternative ways to treat and heal your pet beyond traditional veterinary medicine. More and more Veterinarians, in fact, have been open to alternative ways to help animals dealing with certain conditions, including with cannabis. As the demand for cannabis increases, the questions and research about cannabis, or more so the plant’s healing components for pets is too! Although the use of CBD oil is a new amongst dog owners, it is now a popular approach that has gained way into main stream. The Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association conducted a survey study in which reported that 61.8% to 95% of pet owners have endorsed the health benefits of CBD. Having moderate to positive feedback, some of the medical conditions included were pain, nervous system problems, inflammation, anxiety, digestive system problems, nausea and/or vomiting, tumors, seizures/convulsions, skin problems and phobias. 
Like humans, animals produce endocannabinoids that act on specific receptors that are found throughout the body. However, unlike humans, dogs metabolize cannabinoids in a different way.  These sites, which make up what’s called the endocannabinoid system, are primarily in the brain and central nervous system, and in peripheral organs, especially immune cells. The primary messenger cannabinoid in dogs is 2-AG and anandamide, which activate CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain as well as other regions. CBD binds to these receptors for a longer duration, and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response without causing toxic effects. 
There are many studies that have promising findings, including that the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids could prevent immune and inflammatory allergic disorders, including skin problems, in dogs.  It can also help with pain, tumors, seizures, muscle spasms, appetite stimulation, aggression, anxiety and neurological disorders. Having anticonvulsant and anti-epileptic properties, CBD has high effect, compared to the conventional anticonvulsant drugs.  These studies give hope when treating your pet for a chronic condition.
It is important to know that CBD product for your pet will not get them “high.” CBDs are therapeutic, non-psychoactive cannabinoids and there are no adverse side effects when using CBD products. CBD is a safe and logical way for alternative healthcare that shifts from a bandage-symptom approach to holistically treating a pet.
Of course, as with any other medication, it’s a process to finding the right levels that will aid in symptom relief. Some animals can become sedated on CBD products, as some animals are more sensitive than others. If you notice your pet has become too sedate, stop giving the product and decrease the dosage. Allergic reactions are always possible. Remember to work with your veterinarian when deciding on treating your pet with CBD.
While we love talking about the science of medical cannabis here at KB Pure Essentials, we are not doctors and do not give medical advice. The shared information and discussion is for educational and conversational purposes only.
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