CBD and Pets
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the most popular components of cannabis. CBD has a wide range of health properties that can benefit people and their pets. The use of CBD as medicine for pets is increasingly becoming popular. However, very few have a comprehensive understanding of CBD and how it is able to bring relief. In this article will shed some light on what CBD is and how it interacts with the body.
What is CBD
As stated above, CBD is a component of cannabis which is generally extracted from industrial hemp. CBD is one of over 200 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD does not have any psychoactive effect. Studies have proven that CBD has a lot of medicinal proprieties that can come in handy for the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Some illnesses that CBD has been proven to treat are chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, loss of appetite, vomiting, seizures caused by epilepsy, cancer, arthritis and many others. CBD is a unique compound because it has a unique way of interacting with the human body and that of animals.
How CBD Works in the Body
One of the first things to understand about how CBD works is that it interacts with receptors in the body. The body has an endocannabinoid system which has receptors spread throughout. Although these receptors are scattered throughout the body, the majority are located in the brain and nervous system. Humans are not the only ones that possess an endocannabinoid system; animals like birds, cats and dogs also have an endocannabinoid system. This complex biological system controls sleep, pain, appetite, mood, memory, and many other important functions.
The ability of CBD to interact with the endocannabinoid system that makes it unique. When CBD is given to a dog or cat in pain, it works by shutting down the receptors in the brain that control pain. By doing so, it stops the cat or dog from experiencing pain. Not every drug meant for the treatment of pain in pets works like this.
Another point to remember about CBD is that it is 100 percent natural and does not have any serious side effects. Unlike other drugs for pets on the market, CBD will not leave your pet sick. It is common knowledge that most drugs on the market for pets have serious side effects. Some of these side effects include damage to major organs in the body. Despite its popularity, it is advisable for people to consult a vet before giving your pets CBD.