Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are natural chemical compounds that help make up the internal portion of the cannabis family of plants. While CBD is considered non-psychoactive in nature, it contains a wide variety of wellness effects. All of our products are derived from hemp, which means it’s legal in all 50 states and throughout much of the world. Cannabinoids benefit both human and mammal bodies. Basically if something has a spine it can benefit from CBD and cannabinoids. The reason being is that dogs, cats and all other mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified by researchers in the early 1990s.
The ECS includes three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.
Endocannabinoids, also sometimes called endogenous cannabinoids, consist of molecules made by both human and animal bodies. They’re similar to cannabinoids, but they are produced by mammals’ bodies.
Experts have identified two key endocannabinoids so far:
Both help keep your pets internal functions running properly. Your pet’s body produces them as needed, making it difficult to know what typical levels are for each.
Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout your pet’s body. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to start working.
There are two main endocannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors, these are mostly located in the central nervous system
- CB2 receptors, these are mostly located in the peripheral nervous system, especially in immune cells
Endocannabinoids have the ability to bind to either receptor. The effects they provide depend on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid it attaches to.
As an example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors attached to a spinal nerve to relieve pain. Others endocannabinoids might attach to a CB2 receptor in your pet’s immune cells to signal that he/she is experiencing inflammation, a common sign of autoimmune disorders and arthritis.
Enzymes are responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids once they’ve completed their assigned function.
There are two main enzymes responsible for this process:
- fatty acid amide hydrolase, which turns into AEA
- monoacylglycerol acid lipase, which turns into 2-AG
The ECS is very complicated, and scientists haven’t yet pinpointed exactly how it works or all of its potential functions but its benefits and function are taught in medical and veterinary school .
Doctors and scientists have linked the ECS to the following processes through studies and research:
- appetite and digestion
- chronic pain
- inflammation and other immune system responses
- learning and memory
- motor control
- cardiovascular system function
- muscle formation
- bone remodeling and growth
- liver function
- reproductive system function
- anxiety and stress
- Skin and nerve functionThese functions all contribute to helping your pet reach homeostasis, which refers to stability of their internal environment. For example, if an outside force, such as pain from a trail walking injury or a small fever, throws off your pet’s homeostasis, their ECS will kick in to help their body return to its ideal operation.As of today, experts believe that maintaining proper homeostasis is the primary role of the ECS.
Many experts agree 1MG to 5MG per 10 pounds of body weight is the ideal dosage for animals. 1MG per 10 pounds of body weight for daily general wellness. 3MG per 10 pounds of body weight for medium/moderate conditions and issues. 5MG per 10 pounds of body weight for severe issues/conditions. We recommend starting out with this protocol and increasing the dosage slowly overtime based on your pets needs and veterinarians recommendations.
The first method of administration to your beloved pet is through direct placement into the mouth via the dropper. If your pet is not happy with this method or won’t cooperate you can also add the desired amount of drops needed to their food or into or on a favorite treat.
The answer is no. While full spectrum hemp extract contains trace amounts of THC which help with the entourage effect, there is not enough to get your pet “high”. You may notice your pet seems more relaxed or sleeping more after consuming CBD which is normal.
Yes, all our products are lab tested for potency and the results are available on the site. Prior to processing the hemp used to make our products it is tested by local and state municipalities to make sure it is free of pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins and other harmful agents.