A Must Know for Modern Pet Health: The Endocannabinoid System
Pet owners are often guilty of anthropomorphizing their beloved pets- this is the act of giving animals human characteristics. The truth is, we may have a good reason to do so!
Research has, in fact, found that our animals have more likeness to humans than we really knew: studies have shown animals have 70% of same biological and physical characteristics as their human counterparts.
Given this information, it is safe to say our pets have an endocannabinoid system as well. With the exception of insects, research has shown that every animal has an endocannabinoid system.
What is an endocannabinoid system?
This unique system is the network of receptors within our bodies which regulate and activate cannabinoids. Cannabinoids include both endocannabinoids (naturally occurring cannabinoids already present within the body) and exo-cannabinoids(compounds that are found outside that body that mimic these endocannabinoids.) The exo-cannabinoids found in plants such as CBD, THC, or CBG found in the powerful plant Hemp or Cannabis Sativa plant are also called phyto-cannabinoids.
When our pets’ bodies or minds are out of balance and end up in disease state such as pain, inflammation, stress, or even cancer, the activation of the cannabinoid receptors is potentially helpful in treating these imbalances in a natural and effective way without the side effects of over the counter drugs and pharmaceuticals.
The big question is: is it safe to give your beloved furry friend CBD?
Any conscientious animal lover hates to see their animals suffer from pain, stress, or disease, right?
Due to the restrictions on research into CBD and THC in the US, clinical trials are difficult to conduct or obtain. However, there is scientific data that supports the effective use of these cannabinoids for a myriad of ailments.
However, one important thing has been shown in scientific studies: dogs metabolize cannabinoids in a different way than their human friends. How so? Read on.
In the endocannabinoid system, the 2-AG and anandamide are the primary messenger endo-cannabinoids. These compounds activate CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and other areas such as the digestive system and the skin. In dogs, CBD binds to these receptors for a longer duration, and evokes long-lasting therapeutic response without toxic side effects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1806942
Studies on dogs show that CBD spreads throughout the body quickly and is followed by prolonged elimination with a terminal half-life of 9 hours. In fact the study showed that total clearance of CBD from the dog’s body could take up to about 17 hours after that initial administration.
This might be why CBD can produce immediate as well as prolonged therapeutic relief in animals such as dogs, cats, and horses.
Every animal deserves a safe and effective treatment for the imbalance their minds and bodies encounter from the food, water, and environment.
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