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Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from hemp CBD. In fact, all mammals have an Endocannabinoid System. As we learn more on how CBD is helping humans, more interest turns to how CBD can help our pets.

 

“Much of the research into the effects of cannabinoids on the brain is based on animal studies…Ultimately, every biologically active substance exerts its effects at the cellular and molecular levels, and the evidence has shown that this is remarkably consistent among mammals, even those as different in body and mind as rats and humans.” [1]

All vertebrates and invertebrates are known to have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS helps balance most of our vital physiological functions. It promotes homeostasis across all major body systems, affecting everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction.

Research has shown that small doses of hemp cannabinoids and other plants help support the ECS and enhance its signaling. This suggests that small, regular doses of CBD from hemp might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system. In fact, because the ECS helps bring balance to the body, it has shown changes in levels and receptor expressions, aiding in many diseases such as neurodegenerative disordersrheumatoid arthritis and cancer.

One of the fears associated with cannabis for pets is the cannabis psychoactive properties. Fortunately, CBD hemp oil is non-psychoactive. The traces of THC in a whole hemp plant extraction are legally less than 0.03% and has shown to works synergistically with CBD and the rest of the plant’s components. This is called the Entourage Effect. CBD Isolate oil are also an option that contains only the CBD component and nothing else. Your pet can still benefit from the powerful healing components of the cannabis plant without getting high. Furthermore, CBD Hemp oil can provide an extensive list of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that may match the requirements of your pet. Access your pet’s quality of life by considering an alternative!

Read more articles and research:

The Cannabist

In March 2016, the CSU team completed work on a safety, toxicity and pharmacokinetic study of CBD in healthy dogs that was the first to demonstrate the compound was measurable in the blood and safe enough to warrant studies in a clinical population.

Project CBD

To help pet-owners become better informed about the use of cannabis for their four-legged companions, Sarah Russo of Project CBD spoke with Gary Richter, DVM, an integrative medicine veterinarian based in Oakland, California. Richter considers cannabis to be part of a holistic approach to animal medicine.

PetMD

Whether a dog has cancer, seizures, or anxiety, cannabis oil can serve as an alternative medication to help treat symptoms. Here’s everything pet parents need to know about cannabis oil for dogs.

Veterinary Practice News

The University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has launched a survey to learn more about the use of cannabis products on pets.

 

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