Exploring the Canine Endocannabinoid System: How Cannabis Can Help Your Pet

Let’s be real: man’s best friend is dog and man’s best bud is cannabis. Thanks to growing research, we know CBD (the non-intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis) works wonders for humans, but increasing evidence points to CBD as a powerful remedy for puppers.

A dog owner’s CBD story
Many dog-owners have presented anecdotal support for using CBD to treat a number of canine maladies, including everything from inflammation to anxiety. My corgi Arnold takes CBD twice a day and I’ve noticed an improvement in his health and happiness. At the ripe old age of two, Arnold has both congenital hip dysplasia and separation anxiety. CBD soothes the inflammation in his hips and keeps him calm when his family’s away at work.

The Endocannabinoid System in puppies
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD affect the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which all mammals (including puppies) have. The ECS plays regulatory roles in many body functions, such as in the body’s immune and central nervous systems. Recent research indicates that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in memory, appetite regulation, anxiety, immune function and inflammation.

The remedial potential of CBD is of particular interest to the medical community — even the World Health Organization thinks it shouldn’t be a scheduled substance.. CBD acts on the CB1 and CB2 receptors and provides a variety of anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety and analgesic effects without the signature intoxication associated with THC.

Veterinary research turns to cannabinoids
Increasingly, consumers and the medical community are turning their eyes toward CBD in veterinary medicine. While most information regarding cannabinoids’ effects on animals comes from pre-clinical testing on laboratory rodents, these studies and those touching on larger mammals show promising evidence.

Read the full article: marijuana.com

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