After having spread in various forms in shops and on the web, cannabidiol-based products (CBD) are now turning towards the animal world.
We know the virtues of CBD products, food supplements, cosmetics, resins, oils on the functioning of the human body. But what about our pets, dogs, cats, and other mammals?
Even before answering the question, it is interesting to note that many academic studies exist on the subject. The effects of CBD on animal homeostasis (the biological equilibrium of an organism) are, therefore, real and proven. Beware, it is important to know that, like CBD, THC can be particularly harmful to vertebrates such as our small pets. Before using any product containing cannabinoids, it is important to consult your veterinarian. He knows your companion and will surely refer you to a dosage.
How does it work?
To understand what works in animals, let’s start by talking about what works in us humans. Compounds such as CBD (part of the cannabinoid group) require further investigation of their mode of action. Humans have CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. The good news is that after stimulation by the CBD molecule, these produce endocannabinoids, which are activated and start producing endocannabinoids. These activating small molecules will in turn be able to influence the balance of human metabolism. With your big dogs and your adorable little cats, the system is almost the same. There are CB-1 and CB-2 receptors that will activate an endocannabinoid system for effects similar to ours. We’re not so different after all!
What to expect with your four-legged friend? You can give him CBD in almost any form. The easiest way is to use oil at mealtime. In some cases, faster-acting mouth sprays are sometimes an alternative to purely dietary administration. The dosage will of course be different depending on the size of your pet. There is no official dosage in the field. However, your veterinarian will be able to inform you about the administration instructions, the different alternatives, and the products available on the market.
The effects on the animal kingdom are diverse and varied. Many vertebrate species have CBD-sensitive receptors and an endocannabinoid system. The literature on the subject focuses on dogs and cats but also relies on rodents.
Cannabinoids can positively influence the following aspects of your pet’s life:
- calm and relaxed
- allows a healthier digestion
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces anxiety and stress
- helps to relieve chronic pain
- improves neurological functions
- makes the animal more mobile and improves its level of activity
- age-related symptoms
- indigestion, vomiting
- mental disorder
As you will understand, the general well being of your pets is in the line of fire here. But be careful, CBD is not a miracle drug, it can promote your pet’s well-being.
To confirm the usefulness of such an approach, studies exist. In 2016, a U.S. veterinary association confirms that 61-95% of CBD-treated animal owners surveyed corroborate the benefits of the substance. Some go so far as to find an excellent effect on their companion. While others regret a moderate effect on their puppy. Like humans, therefore, animals are not all equally receptive to cannabidiol. However, there is only one way to find out!