As we’ve covered, cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most important and central cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It comes from Hemp and is entirely legal because hemp its self is defined by having a THC content level that is below the legal limit (0.3% or less).
As you likely know, THC is the particular cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that produces that “stoned” feeling that is integral as an idea for so many people where marijuana is concerned.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is very similar in many ways, but lacks this psychoactive effect. As such, it has become an important tool in the toolbox for many people dealing with a variety of different health issues.
Like so many things, what is good for humans is also good for other animals that are a member of the class Mammalia. That’s because a dog, for example, is also born with an endocannabinoid system in charge of regulating many of the major processes and functions in its body.
Simply put, the endocannabinoid system is in charge of regulating the production and degradation of many different chemicals that govern cell functionality. As such, scientists and researchers have begun to explore the many different ways in which cannabinoids may be able to help our pets feel better right along with us.
CBD and Pets
Naturally, we’re only talking about pets that are also mammals. While it’s not inconceivable that CBD may also have some kind of impact on birds and reptiles and other types of animals, the research that we have at this point shows that the endocannabinoid system is only known to be a major part of the anatomical and physiological functioning of the mammalian class of the animal kingdom. So here, we’re talking about your dogs and cats and guinea pigs and bunnies, etc.
Psychology. One of the most important ways in which CBD can help our pets is by impacting their mood and anxiety levels. For example, dog psychology is an important field in its own right. Dogs are highly emotional beings and can develop issues such as depression and anxiety.
However dogs can’t go to a psychologist and have talk therapy and work out their problems. They sometimes need some extra help. And CBD, as we have found, has been able to help them relax and take a break from their instincts, which are often trying to tell set them on edge with fear or anxiety about things like thunderstorms or loud trucks or fireworks, etc.
Aging. In addition, CBD can help our dogs go through the process of aging in a way that is much easier to cope with. Often times, the worst part of getting older as a dog is inflammation. And as we know, CBD can have powerful positive effects for those suffering various forms of inflammatory issues.
Emergent Breed Issues. There are also issues that stem from the process of breeding. In other words, dogs are derivative from wolves. The process to make a Chihuahua out of a wolf takes many, many generations of selective breeding. And, while we have over such periods chosen traits that we’re interested in, we haven’t necessarily always maintained all of the parts of the genetic recipe that best leads to an overall healthy animal of the highest order.
So, while we may love our little scrappy dog, there may be issues that he or she confronts later in life due to emergent genetic dysfunction as a result of the breeding process.
As research continues forward, scientists are finding new and inventive ways to provide clinical proof of these important dynamics. And it may not be long before dog owners have easy access in their local pet store to various forms of CBD-based treatments for many of their dog’s ailments. But until then, CBD can still be acquired and applied to help your dog feel great.