Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid — a compound produced by the cannabis plant. We’ve identified more than a 100 different cannabinoids (113 to be precise) all of which could play an important role in balancing out the neurological, psychological and physical processes inside the bodies of all mammals.
Just to give you a quick background:
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is simply a network of cellular receptors and activators, which regulate communication between many processes in our bodies, like pain perception, inflammation, appetite, sleep, anxiety response and a few other.
To stimulate the proper response of these functions, the mammal body produces endocannabinoids, which in turn activate the receptors in charge of each process. Sometimes, however, things don’t work that well and the only way to go is to somehow supplement with cannabinoids and balance out the system.
This can be done in two ways: you can go for either synthetic or natural cannabinoids.
Natural cannabinoids are best when they come from plants and we call those phytocannabinoids. When it comes to phytocannabinoids, there is only one plant that can be used for extracting these compounds and that is cannabis.
Now, cannabis has a lot of cannabinoids, most prominent of which are THC and CBD. THC, as most of you know, is the one that gets people high and has found its use among many medicinal marijuana patients in search for pain relief and an increase in appetite.
Dogs, however, are special in this regard and the only cannabinoid that can be safely used for their health is CBD.
When properly administered, CBD helps dogs boost their appetite, reduces inflammation and allergic reaction and, when combined with behavior modification therapy, helps reduce aggression and other behavioral issues. Recent research shows Cannabinoids are improving additional health concerns in dogs and cats.
This infographic by Greencamp will educate you more on the topic and help you take the first step in improving your dog’s health once and for all.