Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the most popular components of cannabis on the market today. CBD has a wide range of health benefits that can help people and their pets. The use of CBD as medicine for pets is increasingly popular. However, very few have a comprehensive understanding of CBD and how it is able to bring relief. In this article will shed some light on what CBD is and how it interacts and functions in the body.
What is CBD?
As stated above, CBD is a component of cannabis which is generally extracted from industrial hemp. CBD is one of over 200 elements of the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. CBD does not have any psychoactive effect on the mind and body that cannabis is famous for. However, recent studies have proven that CBD has a lot of medicinal proprieties that can come in handy in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Some illnesses that CBD has been proven to treat are chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, loss of appetite, vomiting, seizures caused by epilepsy, cancer, arthritis and many others. CBD is a unique compound because it has a unique way of interacting with the human body. However, just like in humans, CBD also interacts superbly with the body of animals.
How CBD Works in the Body
One of the first things to understand about how CBD works is that it combines with receptors in the body. CBD is a cannabinoid, and there are hundreds of them in the cannabis plant; each serves a function. Another point to consider is that the body has an endocannabinoid system which has receptors spread throughout. Although these receptors are scattered throughout the body, the major are said to be located in the brain and nervous system. Humans are not the only ones that possess the endocannabinoid system; animals like birds, cats and dogs also have the endocannabinoid system. This complex biological system controls sleep, pain, appetite, mood, memory, and many other important functions.
It is the ability of CBD to interact with the endocannabinoid system that makes it unique. When CBD is given to a dog or cat in pain, it works by shutting down the receptors in the brain that control pain. By doing so, it stops the cat or dog from experiencing pain. Not every drug meant for the treatment of pain in pets works like this.
Another point to remember about CBD is that it is entirely natural and does not have any side effects. Unlike other drugs for pets on the market, CBD will not leave your pet sick. It is common knowledge that most drugs on the market for pets have serious side effects. Some of these side effects are scary; they include damage to some of the major organs in the body — this one of the reasons why CBD is getting more popular among pet owners across the world. Despite its popularity, it is advisable for people to consult a vet before giving your pets CBD.