Your Dog and CBD
Did you know that CBD has health benefits for dogs, too? It is natural to become skeptical when CBD is promoted as this ‘magic’ medical product. You’d be wondering, and rightly so, where was CBD all this time if it were such a great life saving product? The truth tends to get buried away under the burgeoning weight of public scorn, and it wasn’t until a little girl’s plight was brought to the media’s attention that public perception shifted in favor of CBD, softening the stringent regulations placed on medical marijuana. CBD can be great for your dog!
CBD can be extracted from either hemp or cannabis, and it is normally used without containing copious amounts of THC, which also has similar health benefits but at the cost of creating a euphoric high in consumers. Oil is the most prominent form of CBD although it can be administered through oral and under the tongue methods.
Medical marijuana today has legal status in 30 states and more will soon follow as people begin to realize that a lot of their debilitating illnesses could be treated with CBD and the same goes for your dog!
The reason why CBD works for your dog’s health is simple— dogs, just like humans, have an endocannabinoid system that can be stimulated with CBD. Dogs have two receptors in their body:
- CB1 receptors: these are located in the brain, organs, and nervous system
- CB2 receptors: these are located in the cells of the immune system
CBD targets these endocannabinoid receptors and restores balance when things go haywire. This makes it relatively simple to treat illnesses that have tempered with either the immune system or the nervous system.
Many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress, particularly when they become used to their owners surrounding them every moment of their lives. If you go out and leave them at home, this triggers separation anxiety. They are easily set off by loud noises such as fireworks and faulty smoke alarms. It can be particularly stressful for dogs to be placed in a crowded area because they can’t tell the difference between friend and foe. Such situations put them into high gear and the stress kicks in.
Here are some signs of stress that you should look for when diagnosing the condition:
- Lots of shaking, panting, licking, and drooling
- Disrupted appetite
- Abnormal sleep patterns
- Aggressive behavior
Depending on how your dog responds to stress, the situation can quickly turn dangerous. This is where CBD for dogs can help because of its strong anti-anxiety effects. Keep in mind, however, that researchers still haven’t been able to find out the exact mechanism that taps into the endocannabinoid system to regulate stress levels. The key to restoring stress is to control serotonin levels— classified by many experts as a ‘happy’ chemical.
In addition, an overweight dog is a heart attack just waiting to happen. The extra weight puts tremendous strain on their joints. Overtime, your dog increases its chances of developing cancer. While you should always control the amount of food your dog eats, it is advisable to start using CBD.