People are understandably worried when their cats become sick. It is normal that people want the best for pets. It is for this reason that many people opt for natural options when it comes to treating their sick pets. Another reason for this is that a lot of medicine for cats are said to have a lot of terrible side effects. And with the popularity of medical marijuana, it is no surprise that many people are using it on their pets. But it is not that simple; you cannot just buy any cannabis-based product for your sick pet. There are a few things to consider in making this decision, and we will explore some in this article.
One of the first things to understand is how marijuana that is popular for its ‘high’ can cure your sick cat. Well, the cannabis plant has a lot of varieties and a wide range of components. Cannabis contains what is called cannabinoids, and there are about 400 of them. However, researchers have focused on just a few and Cannabidiol (CBD), and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the most popular. These two cannabinoids have a similar chemical structure but are very different in the way they affect the body. CBD has been described as non-toxic, and it also does not have any psychoactive effects. THC, on the other hand, is psychoactive and responsible for the feeling of being ‘high’ that people experience from ingesting marijuana. However, both work in the body by interacting with what is called the endocannabinoid system. This biological system is responsible for a lot of vital functions such as appetite, sleep, mood, memory, and others. CBD and THC work via interactions with receptors of the endocannabinoid system. There are many endocannabinoid receptors in the body, but many are located in the nervous system and the brain. It is not just humans that possess the endocannabinoid system; animals like cats and dogs also have this complex biological system.
The use of cannabis as medicine is becoming popular among pet owners. Hence the importance of knowing the significant difference between CBD and THC and how they affect pets. One of the first difference to point out is that CBD is friendly to animals. This chemical compound will not cause any harm to your pets. However, THC can be dangerous, and it is considered toxic to most pets such as cats and dogs. THC can cause pets to get terribly sick and can even lead to death. THC can cause vomiting, stiff muscles, uncontrollable shaking, crying and pissing in pets. You do not want your pets to ingest THC under any condition.
Before buying any CBD product for your sick pet, you want to be sure that it does not contain any amount of THC. Check for the manufacturers to be sure that they are licensed and reputed. Many CBD products on the market are of low quality and could have adverse effects on your pets. And be sure to buy CBD products that are made for pets, not humans since the once made for people are too concentrated. And it is essential to consult with a vet.