I am pretty sure that you know a fair amount about Cannabidiol by now. I mean, it’s 2020, so it’s practically impossible to find anyone who hasn’t heard about this compound or the products made from it before. There are oils, tinctures, creams, moisturizers and many other products that people use in order to deal with certain medical issues or simply to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Did you know, however, that there are now Cannabidiol products made for dogs? Okay, okay, I get it. You definitely have. It’s been a long time since the first CBD product was introduced to the market. Plus, the very fact that you are here shows that you have already heard about this and that you are curious about it.
It appears that we know it all. Regularly reading about the effects of CBD on our animals is a good idea, because new researches are constantly being conducted and your interest in the topic will help you stay updated. On the other hand, reading these kinds of articles, studies and research findings usually only lets you know about the benefits of this compound, as well as of any potential side-effects that you might expect.
What if you are more curious than that, however? What if you want to know something more and you want to go into details? What if you need to know how CBD oil actually works inside the body of your little animal? Would there be a way of finding something like that out without having to rack your brain in an effort to find this explained to you in a simple and easy way?
There definitely are ways to do that. One of those ways is to search CBD for dogs online and look for articles that explain this thoroughly. Another way is to read on, because I’ll explain it in this particular article. If you find that the information I will give you is scarce and not good enough for you, then you definitely want the scientific approach and that’s what you should look for. The Internet is an amazing source of information, just make sure to use it correctly.
I’ve already given you a clue about this, but let me be perfectly clear, so that you don’t end up criticizing me afterwards. I am going to explain this in the simplest possible way, because there are people who definitely don’t want to have their head filled with scientific formulas and things like that. If you’re into the scientific side of things, you should leave this page and start searching elsewhere. If, however, you want things to be explained to you as if you were a child who doesn’t know the first thing about anatomy, then feel free to read on.
The Endocannabinoid System
The whole reason why CBD oil works so amazingly inside your dog’s body is simply because your canine has an endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. In order for you to understand how this product exactly affects your animal, I will have to dig a little deeper into the ECS. Don’t worry, though, I’ll still use simple words and make this as simple as it gets.
First things first, it’s important to understand that you have this system in your body as well. It works on the same principles both in humans and in animals. Not all animals have it, though. It is reserved for mammals only. I suppose I don’t have to go as far as explaining that dogs, just like humans, are definitely mammals.
The ECS is responsible for regulating a lot of internal functions and body processes. It balances your and your animal’s appetite and metabolism, regulates the communication between cells, as well as memory and the whole immune system. Simply said, it is responsible for maintaining the perfect balance of bodily processes, so that your dog’s organism can function in an optimal way, which leads to the animal being healthy and happy.
Read this if you want more details about the ECS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770351/
The next thing you need to gain some knowledge about is closely connected with the ECS and it is the key towards understanding how CBD oil works for your dog. I am talking about cannabinoid receptors. You can see by the very root of the word that these are connected to both cannabis and the system that we have been talking about.
All animals produce their own endocannabinoids. Cannabinoid receptors are simply the link between what the animals produce and what the ECS gets. These are the “receivers”. Think of them as of little red dots that turn green whenever they receive an endocannabinoid produced by your animal. By turning green, they are able to regulate a lot of biological processes that are going on in the body.
There are two types of these receptors, known as CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located in the brain, the central nervous system, the liver, lungs, as well as kidneys. These are responsible for relieving pain and nausea, reducing inflammation, dealing with depression and a lot of other conditions. CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system, the gastrointestinal system and the spleen. These play a huge role in managing and reducing epileptic seizures.
What CBD Oil Has To Do With This
The fact that your dog’s bodies produce the necessary endocannabinoids on their own probably made you wonder why CBD oil is necessary at all. Let me clarify this. Sometimes, their bodies might not be able to produce enough endocannabinoids, which leads to the whole ECS getting disrupted and unable to maintain the necessary balance.
That’s when phytocannabinoids come into play. Don’t worry, nothing complicated is in question. These work the same way as endocannabinoids and the only difference is that they are synthetized from plants, thus the prefix “phyto”. Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid and CBD oil is full of it. All of that means that CBD oil is the perfect supplement for your dog, which works to make sure that your pet’s body never runs out of the substances necessary for the proper functioning of the ECS.