The medical world has become increasingly high-tech. However, one of the latest, promising alternative therapies incorporates cannabis-derived ingredients. Although CBD has been used to treat many health complications for thousands of years, its usefulness as a treatment for dogs has not fully been explored until lately. New finds indicate cannabis could help minimize the symptoms of several health complications affecting dogs. If your vet is open to discussing cannabis use as a form of dog therapy, here are some of the things you might want to know.
Cannabis or CBD is one of the chemical compounds that come from plant-based cannabinoids. It is an active chemical compound that acts on the brain and body to produce varying results. Cannabis can be extracted from hemp or marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD contains low THC levels, usually less than .3 percent. On the other hand, marijuana contains higher levels of THC. Hemp, including all its derivatives, is legal in the U.S., however, marijuana is only legal in specific states in the U.S.
Cannabis can be extracted and processed as either isolate or full-spectrum oil. CBD isolate contains only specific chemical compounds. On the other hand, full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids, including CBG, CBDV, CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids.
For many years, humans have domesticated and cultivated various cannabis strains. People use cannabis for many reasons, including recreational and medicinal functions. At Good Stuff Dispensary, we offer hemp-derived CBD products for dogs and cats.
Dogs have an endocannabinoid system that regulates sleep and other bodily functions. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of activators and receptors responsible for maintaining the body's internal balance. This system has various effects on the central nervous and immune systems.
Cannabinoids are the ECS’ messengers producing varying effects on the body depending on the receptors to which they bind. The ECS receptors are so specific; they only accept certain compounds and are unaffected by others. ECS receptors in dogs function pretty much the same way as they do in humans. However, dogs have more ECS receptors than humans.
To put it simply, ECS and cannabinoids work like a lock and key. Once the ECS (lock) binds to the key (cannabinoids), it creates an entire chain of events or actions in the cell membrane. This chain of events is the effects of the cannabinoids.
One of the most therapeutically effective cannabinoids is a whole plant or full-spectrum cannabis. This type of cannabis contains a wide range of chemical compounds, including CBG, CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids, which create the entourage effect. The many chemical compounds contained in full-spectrum cannabis work together to boost their effects. Full-spectrum CBD has an entire set of medicinal properties, making it highly effective in treating severe pain.
High-quality cannabis is safe for use in both humans and animals, such as dogs and cats. Research indicates CBD can help minimize the frequency of seizures in dogs. In addition, cannabis can reduce pain and increase physical activity in sick dogs. Other studies indicate CBD could minimize the symptoms of inflammation and arthritis, anxiety, stress.
Good Stuff Dispensary offers CBD products for dogs. We aim to educate clients and veterinarians throughout the U.S. about the potential benefits of CBD treatment for cats and dogs. We are known for providing the highest standards of customer service. Please contact us for quality CBD for dogs.
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