CBD has popped up everywhere to help with sleep, anxiety and pain for humans. It can also do the same for our furry family members. Like us, our pets have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of receptors present throughout the body and brain in humans and animals. It is responsible for maintaining balance or homeostasis in the body
The ECS regulates the following vital life functions:
- sleep patterns
- appetite control
- pleasure / pain sensations
- motivation / behavior
- motor control
- immune function
- neurotransmission at the cellular level to the brain
- communication with 11 other body systems
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp. With over 120 naturally occurring cannabinoids it is the second largest. Cannabinoids interact with the ECS system like a portal via CB1 and CB2 receptors. The cannabinoid opens the receptor portal for more effective ECS function. By itself, CBD does not get you high. It can have many therapeutic benefits including:
Will CBD work for my pet?
With all of the benefits of CBD helping pet owners it's hopeful it can help our furry friends as well. Prescription medications can have terrible side effects which no one enjoys. CBD offers a natural option for relief without bothersome side effects. There is not a lot of research available on CBD so dosing is somewhat experimental. A general guideline is 5 mg for every 20 pounds.
CBD & the FDA
CBD was approved by the FDA in 2018 to treat two forms of epilepsy in two distinct drugs. The FDA has not approved the use of CBD in pet products. Therefore, your veterinarian cannot recommend it. Since the industry itself is not regulated you must do your research before giving CBD to your pet. Local pet stores can be an awesome resource for CBD products.
Finding the right CBD product can be fun for you and your pet. Treats, tinctures and topicals are all options that can work well for relief. Check out product reviews and get samples when available. A reputable CBD company lists a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on their website or provides one if requested. Pets are family that deserve safe and natural products keeping them happy and healthy.