If you’re one of those pet owners who looks into the eyes of their furry friend and swears we’re more similar than different, you’re on to something. As indicated by the nearly human emotional expressions that can often be seen on the faces of our pets, there is more going on in their brains than one would think. And we share a lot of those systems because we’re mammals ourselves.
What is the endocannabinoid system and why does your pet have one?
One of those brain functions we share is the endocannabinoid system, also known as the ECS. In fact, all vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, along with all invertebrates, have an ECS. Only insects are left without this system.
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating a range of functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction and fertility. Even if you and your pup have never ingested cannabis before, there are cannabinoids –– compounds found in marijuana and hemp ––in your body. In fact, a component called endogenous cannabinoids are created naturally by your body to help it maintain function.
How does the ECS work?
The ECS has two main receptors for cannabinoids. Cannabinoids bind to the receptor to notify the ECS that action needs to be taken. The first receptor, called CB1, is mostly found in the central nervous system, while the second receptor, called CB2, is mostly found in the peripheral nervous system and immune cells. In a real-life scenario, a CB1 receptor might be activated by endocannabinoids in the spinal nerve to receive pain. A CB2 receptor in your pet’s immune cells may use endocannabinoids to tell their body that they are experiencing inflammation, a symptom of many illnesses.
What’s CBD got to do with it?
The endocannabinoid system can be bolstered by taking CBD, a cannabinoid called cannabidiol. Some types of CBD are pure and have no THC. Unlike THC, CBD will not get you or your pet high. But even CBD that does contain trace amounts of THC does not have enough for any negative effects to be felt by your pet. THC is a powerful cannabinoid that binds to receptors easily. It’s thought to prevent endocannabinoids from breaking down, meaning they’re able to reach a receptor, send their message and keep the endocannabinoid system running smoothly.
There are many ailments out there that can be helped by the use of CBD. If your furry friend is having issues with digestion, metabolism, chronic pain, inflammation, liver function, stress or skin and nerve function, consider trying out Wanae’s Pet CBD.