CBD Oil for Pets: The Purrfect Remedy for Your Cat or Dog?
You will have probably run into cannabidiol (CBD) as a relatively new hemp-based treatment for a range of human ailments. But did you know that the endocannabinoid system, on which CBD works in the body, exists in most multicellular organisms? While no one would get much fun from a pet jellyfish, even the these have an endocannabinoid system in their bodies!
Let’s first of all look at the endocannabinoid system in animals and humans. And then we’ll look at how CBD oil could help treat your cat or dog.
The endogenous cannabinoid system as it is sometimes known sits in between nerve cells and passes chemical messages across the gap known as a ‘synapse’. Even non-nerve cells have cannabinoid receptors, and this for instance is believed to be the way that CBD interacts with cancer cells, stopping them from growing or even killing them.
With regard nerve cells, the two endocannabinoids that the body makes (anandamide and AG2) are understood to moderate other synaptic activity. They can increase or decrease the levels of neurotransmitters like glutamate, dopamine, serotonin and adrenalin that are present in the around that synapse.