Let’s face it, when your pet is stressed, so are you. You want to do what you can to help your furry friend feel calm and comfortable. You’ve heard about CBD for pets but how does it work? Is it safe? Can a CBD pet treat really make a difference in lowering your pet’s stress level?
Making an informed decision about your pet’s health is important to you. The following are some answers to frequently asked questions to help guide you in your decision to give your pet the best possible care. We’ll start with the basics:
What Is CBD? Is It Safe?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike marijuana, which contains much higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has THC levels of less than 0.3 percent. THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive properties of marijuana. Lacking the higher amounts of THC, CBD does not get your pet “high” and has no known toxicity level.
How Does CBD Work for My Pet?
All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) with receptors in both the central and peripheral nervous system. These receptors interact with endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids naturally produced by your pet’s brain. Plant-derived CBD can also interact with these receptors, affecting your pet’s nervous system in much the same way as the endocannabinoids naturally produced by the brain.
What Can CBD Do for My Pet?
CBD, by binding with receptors in the ECS, can help our pet’s body maintain homeostasis and balance, decreasing stress through its regulatory interaction with the nervous system. The ECS monitors and affects such things as your pet’s:
- Immune response
- Movement and coordination
- Pain and pleasure responses
CBD comes in many forms for your pet. We like treats the best because they provide a positive bonding experience for you and your pet. And, quite frankly, not all pets like the taste of CBD oil or tinctures. A tasty treat itself can go a long way in relieving your pet’s stress level. Why not add the natural benefits of CBD?