For many individuals, pets are just like children. We care for them, we love them, we discipline them, and we worry about their overall health. Just like humans, there are many ways that our pets can benefit from cannabis. When it comes to utilizing CBD for pets, many products are hemp based. Hemp cultivars, unlike most cannabis strains, are high in a cannabinoid known as CBD rather than the better known psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Here are 5 ways in which the utilization of CBD may be beneficial for pets.
CBD has been proven to offer anti-inflammatory properties and can help to mitigate mild to moderate pain. This is especially true when it comes to pain related to nerves. This occurs by temporarily halting the absorption of a natural endocannabinoid known as anandamide. This compound is responsible for sending pain signals to the brain and by halting the absorption of the chemical it increases in the body helping to lessen pain sensations that may be felt by your pets.
There are several scientific studies and anecdotal stories of how humans have fought cancer as well as how cannabis has helped to mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy. CBD offers an anti-tumor effect that can help to prevent the spread of cancer cells throughout the body by preventing cancer cells from growing and eliminating them from the body.
Just like how CBD and other cannabinoids are helping humans find relief, the same can be used on our pets. Appetite suppression occurs heavily in both humans and mammals that have cancer and CBD is excellent at helping to stimulate appetite. CBD stimulates the CB1 cannabinoid receptor in the brain specifically the 5 – HT1A receptors and the stimulation helps to increase appetite as well as reduce nausea and vomiting.
Many pets suffer from hip dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and other conditions that are a result of chronic inflammation. As we previously mentioned, CBD has been proven to have natural anti-inflammatory properties. It can help control and minimize inflammation by attaching to the CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system.
It’s likely that you have already heard the CBD success stories of people treating and sometimes even eliminating seizures and epileptic symptoms. Just like humans, many of our pets also suffer these conditions. CBD is a natural anticonvulsant and is thought to be a great natural remedy for epilepsy and other neurodegenerative diseases.
If you have a pet, it is likely that they will lick and scratch whatever may be bothering them. Because of this, many pets suffer from dry, itchy, and flaky skin. As an alternative to corticosteroids, CBD is a great natural option. Luckily there are several different oils and topical solutions that are perfect for helping your pet find relief.
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