By now, we have heard all there is to hear about CBD. I mean – the whole lot. We know that it is extracted from hemp, we know that it isn’t psychoactive and we know that it is widely used for the treatment of all kinds of diseases. From relieving pain, to reducing anxiety, it seems to work for everything.
Take a look at this: https://www.healthline.com/program/cbd
Here is something else we already know very well. In addition to consuming CBD products themselves, people are giving it to their pets. And I think that that topic was also widely covered. Bottom line is – it is safe for them and it can treat a lot of illnesses. From arthritis to aggression, you name it…
Therefore, I don’t think there is any need for me to talk about whether CBD-based products should be used by animals. Furthermore, I also don’t need to explain what its effects are and if it is really good for our pets. Guess what? We have by now established that it definitely is very good and there is no point in going further into that.
However, there is something we do need to talk about. True, the effects of CBD on our animals are widely known. But, have you ever wondered about the reason behind these effects? Why is it that these products are so good on our pets? What is it that they affect in their little bodies that leads to such a great improvement no matter the symptoms they might be exhibiting? Go here.
The Endocannabinoid System
It’s time to get acquainted to the endocannabinoid system. Why? Well, because it is the key towards understanding the effects of CBD on animals. Of course, it is also the key to understanding the same thing about humans, but that’s not our topic today. And, after all, I suppose you already know a few things about this system and humans.
So, today we are focusing on our pets. They deserve our attention and we are obligated to be informed about everything that is important for their health. Therefore, we definitely cannot skip the system that is in charge of keeping them healthy and happy by interacting with the cannabis-based products. The knowledge you gain about this will further illuminate all the positive effects of those products.
Let us start with the basics. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is found to be prevalent in mammalian species. It serves to provide a homeostatic balance in their immune and nervous systems in the first place. However, it is also connected to many other organ systems in their body. It’s also found that insects don’t have this system.
So, if you have an insect for a pet (give me a break; it’s possible), I suggest you refrain from giving them CBD. I don’t know if it would hurt them, but it would definitely have no effect whatsoever. On the other hand, if you have a mammal animal, then you should definitely check out these products, such as the one found at Holistapet, and here is their link https://www.holistapet.com, for your convenience.
Now, let us get into a bit more detail. The ECS is known to consist of three parts. All of those are important for its proper functioning and the proper interaction between the system and CBD. Let us check those parts out:
- Endogenous ligands
- G-protein coupled receptors, or GPCRs
- Enzymes (which degrade and recycle the ligands)
In terms of endogenous ligands, two of them have been identified so far, i.e. Anandamide (arachidonoyl ethanolamide) and 2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol). These are what we call endocannabinoids. Now, what does this have to do with CBD?
It’s simple. This compound, derived from the cannabis sativa plant, is known to be able to interact with ECS just like the above mentioned ligands. In other words, it can contribute to our pet’s health the same way as the ligands found in their system.
The compound is, conveniently, called a phytocannabinoid. This term is used in order to differentiate between the above ligands and the ones that already exist in our animal’s organism. But, all in all, they do the same job, and, in simple words, phytocannabinoids exist to encourage the endocannabinoids to step up their game.