After having spread in various forms in shops and on the web, cannabidiol-based products (CBD) are now turning towards the animal world. Think about it at the vet!
We know the virtues of CBD products, food supplements, cosmetics, resins, oils on the functioning of the human body. But what about our pets, dogs, cats and other mammals?
Even before answering the question, it is interesting to note that many academic studies exist on the subject. The effects of CBD on animal homeostasis (the biological equilibrium of an organism) are therefore very real and proven. It should be noted that, like CBD, THC can be particularly harmful to vertebrates such as our small pets. Before using any product containing cannabinoids, it is important to consult your veterinarian. He knows your pet and will surely be able to direct you to the right dosage.
How does it work?
To understand what works in animals, let’s start by talking about what works in us humans. We need to delve a little deeper into the mode of action of compounds like CBD (part of the cannabinoid group). Humans have CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. The good news is that after stimulation by the CBD molecule, these receptors will become activated and start producing endocannabinoids. These activated small molecules will in turn be able to influence the balance of human metabolism. In your large dogs and adorable little cats the system is almost the same. There are CB-1 and CB-2 receptors that will activate an endocannabinoid system for similar effects to ours. We’re not so different after all!
What to expect with your four-legged friend? You will be able to give him CBD in almost any form. The easiest will be the use of oil at mealtime. In some cases, faster-acting mouth sprays are sometimes an alternative to the purely dietary method of administration. The dosage will of course be different depending on the size of your pet. There is no official dosage in the field. However, your veterinarian will be able to inform you about the administration instructions, the different alternatives and the products available on the market. It is important to know that it is possible to share your products at the CBD with your pet.
The effects on the animal kingdom are diverse and varied. Many vertebrate species have CBD-sensitive receptors and an endocannabinoid system. The literature on the subject focuses on dogs and cats but also relies on rodents.
Cannabinoids can positively influence the following aspects of your pet’s life:Les cannabinoïdes peuvent influencer de manières positives les aspects suivant de la vie de votre compagnon :
- calm and relaxed
- allows a healthier digestion
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces anxiety and stress
- helps to relieve chronic pain
- improves neurological functions
- makes the animal more mobile and improves its level of activity
- anxiety (e.g., when the dog is facing problems with being left alone)
- age-related symptoms
- indigestion, vomiting
- mental disorder
As you will understand, the general well-being of your pets is in the line of fire here. But be careful, CBD is not a miracle drug, it can simply promote your pet’s well-being.
To confirm the usefulness of such an approach, studies exist. In 2016, a U.S. veterinary association confirms that 61-95% of animal owners of CBD-treated animals surveyed corroborate the benefits of the substance. Some of them went so far as to find an excellent effect on their companion. While others regret an average effect on their puppy. Like humans, therefore, not all animals are equally receptive to cannabidiol. However, there is only one way to find out!