There is something about hearing that cannabis is given to our animals that makes us rather suspicious. We can’t help but wonder if this is the worst idea that has ever occurred to anyone, or if it is actually the best idea ever. It’s only natural that you are to get concerned about the safety of mixing Cannabidiol and animals together. Click this to read more about that.
If you really want to get into the topic of safety, we will have to take a closer look into a few different concepts. Those concepts have to do both with the composition of these products as well as with our pets in general. For starters, you will have to learn how these supplements are made and then you will have to learn how they interact with the organisms of our pets. Understanding those two things will help you understand whether CBD oil products are actually safe for your pet.
How CBD Oil Products Are Made
Let us start with cannabis plants in general. There are a lot of different plants in this family and the one that is used for pet products is called hemp. Hemp is grown for the industrial uses of its derived products and it is not to be confused with plants that are the sources of marijuana. In other words, hemp and marijuana have nothing to do with each other, because hemp isn’t psychoactive, since it has an extremely low concentration of THC, i.e. less than 0.3%.
So, hemp is the starting point of making CBD oil. From this plant, an important substance is derived and then used in the manufacturing process. This substance is called Cannabidiol. I have briefly mentioned THC above and I suppose that you know that it is the psychoactive substance derived from cannabis. Cannabidiol is sort of like its cousin and they do have a lot in common. Yet, psychoactive properties are not among those things they have in common.
Here’s more about their differences: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/cbd-thc-difference
After Cannabidiol has been derived from hemp, it is used in the production of CBD oil. Other substances are also added to the mix and, depending on the actual manufacturer, these products can have a lot of other cannabinoids. The best part is, every substance that is added is completely natural, especially when you find a reliable manufacturer. This means that there are no additives or harmful chemicals added to the oil, which further speaks in favor of the product’s safety.
How CBD Oil Interacts With Our Pets’ Bodies
Now, the second thing you need to know is connected to the way these products interact with the bodies of our pets. To understand this, we will have to talk a little bit about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is the system responsible for making CBD work inside your animals’ organisms. Let’s learn a bit more about it.
The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals. It is composed of endocannabinoids which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors throughout the bodies of those mammals. This system controls and keeps in check a lot of important bodily functions and helps bring a sort of a balance to the body that is necessary for staying healthy.
As we have already made it clear, there are a lot of CBD products out there and if you check for more information on this website, you will get acquainted with some of them. The above talk about the ECS might have made you think that the Cannabidiol found in those products binds directly to the cannabinoid receptors, but that is not the case. It works in a lot more natural way than that, which is another thing that makes it rather safe for our pets.
The CBD oil, treats, capsules and other supplements do not bind to the receptors directly. Instead, they simply interact with the ECS, helping it increase its own, natural production of endocannabinoids. This means that Cannabidiol does not alter any processes in your animal’s body. All it does is help the pet’s body wake up and reminds the ECS about the endocannabinoids that it must produce. It does not get much safer than that.