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How CBD Helps Pets: Our “Furry Family Members”

How CBD and Hemp Benefits Pets defines “self-care” as any activity we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. 

The majority of Americans are stressed.  At some point, or perhaps frequently, you’ve felt overworked and under-rested.  Self-care has always been important, but often overlooked until now.  These days, you can’t browse Pinterest without seeing list upon list of ways to promote self-care, or a new workout plan, or a collection of recipes guaranteed to make you lose weight.  You can’t scroll through Instagram without scrolling by an ad for apps geared toward mental and physical health and wellness.  We’re not saying that Calm and Headspace aren’t reliable options for meditation and relaxation, or that Noom and My Fitness Pal aren’t a good thing for those that want to become more aware of their weight and eating habits. In fact, they’ve been very successful in their mission; to get people to pay attention to their mental and physical health in a new and non-traditional way. 

It is also our mission to be the go-to source for consumers of CBD to get products that will promote both physical and mental health. While natural and/or holistic medicine is not new, it is considered to be non-traditional. CBD has become an insanely popular, non-traditional source of comfort for Americans. We know how much humans benefit from CBD.  It has proven to lessen the effects of anxiety and depression and relieve chronic pain, such as arthritis.  But, did you know that CBD can also help our furry, four-legged friends too?  Recently, researchers have been studying the health benefits, as well as safety, of using hemp for pets.  As a result, we now know much more about how pets get relief and recover from many conditions they’re prone to, some of which were said to be fatal, all because of CBD products. 

The Goods

Our pets rely on us for everything.  We bathe them, feed them, we walk them; but, we rely on them too.  They are so happy to see us when we come home; they snuggle with us; and they cheer us up when we’re feeling down.  Just like we owe it to ourselves to be kind to ourselves, our pets deserve the same treatment.  We are so proud to be able to offer our furry friends the same carefully made, quality produced CBD products that we offer their owners.  Our Care By Hemp for pets tinctures are sold in 1oz. (30mL) droplet bottles that come in strengths of 250mg of CBD and 500mg of CBD.  These drops can be administered directly to your pet or can be dropped into their food or water bowls.  However, we do advise that you consider the size of your dog prior to ordering a high strength CBD oil and that you speak to your veterinarian prior to starting your pet on any CBD regiment. 

The Science

But, we’re different species?  How will this affect my pet?  A completely normal concern.  When it comes to CBD, what do humans and pets have in common?  The answer is the Endocannabinoid System.  Just like humans, our canine and feline friends have CB-1 receptors in their brain and CB-2 receptors in their body.  CBD oil from hemp for pets effects the CB-1 cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system and the CB-2 receptors in the peripheral nervous system.  Our pets have natural messenger cannabinoids known as anandamide and 2-AG and both can occur in either nervous system.  When CBD oil from hemp for pets attach to the receptors, the cannabinoids hold on longer than their natural messengers making the effect of the CBD more powerful and longer lasting.

The Effect

Because our pets share similarities with our anatomy, they also share some of the same plights that their humans encounter.  CBD has been found to benefit pets with several of the same bothersome issues that affect humans.

CBD has been found to relieve neuropathic and inflammation-related pain, such as arthritis another joint pain that pets are prone to.  When CBD enters the nervous system, it relaxes the communication of pain to the brain, thereby reducing the pain. 

Pets can also have issues with mood and anxiety.  If you pet doesn’t seem like themselves, CBD can help with improving their mood and relieving anxiety by communication to the brain and the body to relax.  To that end, pets that have difficulty sleeping can also benefit from CBD.

If your pet seems to have lost interest in eating and/or drinking, CBD can assist in giving them back their appetite.  The nervous system sends signals to the digestive system, letting your pet know that it’s time to eat.  Sometimes, their nervous system can get overwhelmed, thereby causing confusion, and reducing the communication from the nervous system to the digestive system.  When CBD relaxes the nervous system, it allows the communication between systems to easily pass through. Epilepsy is, obviously, an extremely serious condition that effects both humans and pets.  CBD has been found to greatly reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in pets, without the unpleasant side effects of traditional medicine.  Phenobarbital is recommended by vets for pet seizures, but its side effects have been known to include lethargy, liver damage, dizziness, confusion and increase in appetite.  Accordingly, pet owners are opting to approach the treatment of seizures with CBD because it has no side effects.

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