For people who have experienced the benefits of CBD products for themselves, many wonder whether they can use CBD to enhance the quality of life for their pets. CBD pet care is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry. While the body of research into CBD pet care is small, studies of the effects of CBD on our furry friends is promising. If you are interested in giving CBD to your pets, here are a few things you need to know:
How Does CBD Work in Pets?
Like humans, dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. They appear to experience the same effects of CBD as humans. This discovery leads researchers to suggest that CBD interacts with a pet’s body in the same way that it does in a human body.
To understand how CBD can be beneficial for your pets, it is important to learn how the compound may interact with the body.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many compounds found in hemp that may interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body to regulate functions such as sleep, mood, and appetite. Unlike another more well-known compound found in cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive properties so it will not produce a “high.”
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system consists of multiple receptors, but the two believed to interact with CBD are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are designed to react with endocannabinoids which naturally occur in the brain. However, they may also be receptive to botanical cannabinoids such as CBD producing a range of beneficial properties.
Nausea and vomiting are common in pets, especially if they have a sensitive digestive system. However, persistent or extreme vomiting can lead to severe health problems including dehydration, loss of appetite, weight loss, and malnutrition.
While there are some drugs on the market currently used to treat nausea and vomiting in pets, these medications can often have serious negative side effects including lethargy, hypotension, and diarrhea.
CBD has shown positive results for treating nausea and vomiting in pets without affecting appetite.
CBD may interact with a specific receptor in the brain that is responsible for suppressing the vomiting reflex.