Whatever breed our dogs may have, we can’t make sure their large (or small) bodies can be healthy forever. Several illnesses can befall on them, and one example of a common condition they get is osteoarthritis. According to this study, over 20% of dogs in North America experience this condition once they reach 1 year or older. Secondary osteoarthritis is also considered one of the most common forms of discomfort for dogs, rooting from a genetic predisposition and exacerbated by lifestyle factors (activity, diet, environmental).
There are other illnesses, both common and rare, that we, as dog owners, must look out for as well. Whatever they may be, however, CBD proves itself a great help to these conditions. This product has been testified as a powerful treatment for osteoarthritis and other illnesses as well. Though being both famous and infamous for many different people, the fact it was used even for dog treats is no feat to scoff at.
Basics Of CBD
Let’s start with what your dog treats with CBD have as the main ingredient, which is CBD itself, or uncommonly known as Cannabidiol. This ingredient, in its organic form, is a compound that can be found in hemp. The hemp plant is part of a genus called Cannabis Sativa but take note, it is not the same with its sister species which is marijuana. Marijuana and hemp have distinct differences, compound-wise.
While hemp is abundant in cannabidiol, marijuana on the other hand has a lot of THC. THC is known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid just like cannabidiol. Their difference is simple: THC causes psychoactive effects on the body when ingested and metabolized, while cannabidiol brings benefits without causing it. This is the main reason why companies tend to avoid it when manufacturing it. It’s not an attractive label to put in their products.
For CBD products meant for humans, there is a margin of 0.3% THC amount allowed, but this is not so for animals. This is because ingesting THC causes many harmful effects to their small bodies, like frequent and copious vomiting, seizures, and even coma and death. Read more from this dog info about THC-free and 100% genuine CBD treats that are safe and beneficial to your dog. Only the most reputable and trustworthy companies can assure its formula’s purity and concentration.
You can ensure their reputation in many ways, but one of them is asking for a 3rd party lab testing that can detect any impurities and additional (and sometimes unwanted) ingredients. The reason it has to be a 3rd party laboratory is its authenticity. A company using their own lab can easily tamper it, while one from an unrelated, unattached laboratory can lay bare the formula to you to see. If a company is indeed sincere with its claim, they won’t see any reason not to offer it, as they know very well the side-effects THC and other ingredients can bring to your pets.
CBD As An Anxiolytic
In every mammal’s body, there is a system called the ECS, or the Endocannabinoid System. This system consists of receptors and cannabinoids that work together to use cannabidiol to bring about positive effects. Speaking of cannabinoids, there are two types, mainly endocannabinoids which originate from the body, and phytocannabinoid which originate from the plant (hemp). Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid that can help with many mental problems ailing dogs, like anxiety.
There can be many signs of anxiety for canines. Ones you should look out for are aggression, pacing back and forth without rest, insomnia, and in some cases hostility towards you or familiar family members. When given a CBD treat, cannabidiol enters the body and interacts with the receptors in the nervous system. This way, messages can be blocked from the Amygdala, coined as the “emotional brain” and was found to be in charge of stress and anxiety regulation. After calming down, your pet might be sleepy or fatigued, which is a natural state their bodies may be in the aftermath.
CBD As A Painkiller
Cannabidiol doesn’t just prove itself to be a herb-flavored organic snack, but it actually has biological benefits your dog can gain from. One of the most common uses for this treat is for pain. Cannabidiol has an analgesic effect that can help many aches and pains according to this research: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cbd-oil-dogs-pros-cons_l_5d77b7e6e4b0645135754d14, and this happens when this phytocannabinoid enters the body and meets the receptors found in their body. This cannabinoid will then block any messages coming from the pain receptors to stop their painful sensations. In terms of inflammations such as those from osteoarthritis, cannabidiol can handle it as well. Other than an analgesic, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that works beyond its function. It suppresses the swelling and inflammation of the joints, and it also prevents cytokines from entering the inflamed site. These cytokines are proteins that get excreted when inflammation occurs and, in some cases, it worsens the condition.