Benefits of CBD and the Endocannabinoid System in Cats & Dogs

All mammals – humans, dogs, cats, orangutans, rabbits, horses, elephants… every single one has an endocannabinoid system, which means it’s possible for our fur friends to find wellness and relief through the power of CBD and other cannabinoids.

Before getting into how exactly CBD for pets works, it’s crucial to understand how the endocannabinoid system works and how different cannabis compounds interact and help the body reach homeostasis. This typically happens naturally throughout the body, but various health conditions can deplete your dog or cat’s supply of endocannabinoids, which can worsen or escalate existing health issues. But with the help of cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), it’s possible to give your pet’s system a boost and improve endocannabinoid tone naturally.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

When scientists first began researching why cannabis affects humans the way it does, they discovered the endocannabinoid system, located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system. To their surprise, they discovered that all mammals have this internal system that interacts with cannabis when it’s ingested. From there, they discovered that cannabis does far more than just stimulate the brain and produce the sense of euphoria we get from smoking a little herb. That’s the job of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and one of the most popular and well-known compounds in the plant.

What scientists discovered is that cannabis plants can contain more than 100 different cannabinoids that interact with endocannabinoid receptors in different ways. Cannabinoids are structurally identical between the plants and your dog or cat’s bodies. THC is popular among human consumers because of its euphoric effects, but it is not recommended to give that to your fur friend – surprisingly, they don’t have the same interest in altering their state of mind. Aside from THC, cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) are also growing in popularity due to their ability to act on different receptors that, when consumed by mammals, can help to reduce symptoms like pain, inflammation, and anxiety.

The overall goal of the endocannabinoid system is to achieve and maintain homeostasis, where everything is working in harmony and balance. This happens through endocannabinoid receptors that sit on a cell’s surface and keep lookout for changing conditions. They let the cell know what’s happening, triggering the cell to respond. This mostly happens through CB1 and CB2 receptors.

CB1 Cannabinoid Receptors

CB1 receptors exist all over the body, but their highest concentrations can be found in the brainstem and amygdala. When you smoke some herb, the THC stimulates these receptors like a “lock and key,” which boosts their signals in the brain that control things like pain, memory, mood, and appetite. When these receptors are stimulated, they can help reduce symptoms like pain, nausea, and anxiety associated with injury or illness. On the flip side, overexpression of these receptors can cause anxiety or paranoia, which is likely what happens if you’ve ever felt paranoid after smoking.

Cannabinoids like CBD do not mess with CB1 receptors as much, but they do work closely with the next kind.

CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors

CB2 receptors are mostly located in the peripheral nervous system, the immune system, and gastrointestinal tract; there are very few areas in the bodies of mammals that do not contain CB2 receptors. They sit on the surface of immune cells in the membranes of the bowels, spleen, bladder, nose, throat, tonsils, bone marrow, thymus, and skin. When the immune system senses an attack from an injury or illness, it sends reactionary signals to the location which can lead to unpleasant symptoms like pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, or neurological triggers like seizures. It’s up to the CB2 receptors to moderate and help reduce these negative responses, which can be strengthened with the introduction of phytocannabinoids like CBD.

CBD’s modulation effects on CB2 receptors helps to reduce responses like pain and inflammation that can quickly deteriorate you and your pet’s quality of life, especially if either of you suffer from chronic illness or spend a lot of time on surfboards and hiking trails. When you introduce CBD and other plant cannabinoids to the endocannabinoid system, you’re feeding it more of what already exists naturally to help fight uncomfortable symptoms and imbalances, thus improving the quality of the messages it’s sending. Consider it power by numbers. The more you introduce CBD to improve these messages, the easier it will be to reach homeostasis, which settles down the distractions and lets you and your fur friends live comfortably.

How Nami Mana Oils Can Improve Your Pet’s Endocannabinoid System

You may have noticed that all of our human and pet oils are full-spectrum phytocannabinoid hemp oils. That means our oils contain all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and fatty acids that can be naturally extracted from the plant, which you can verify through our third-party lab reports.

When you opt for a full-spectrum oil over a CBD isolate product, you’re feeding you and your pet’s endocannabinoid system what is known as the “entourage effect,” where all of the plant’s vital nutrients and compounds work together to achieve and maintain homeostasis and harmony. Our oils contain all phytocannabinoids found in the individual plant used for extraction except THC, so you don’t have to worry about getting you, your dog, or your kitty high while trying our products, without sacrificing the effects of the plant’s power.

Studies that have been done on the endocannabinoid system have shown promising effects on the symptoms of illnesses like arthritis, cancer, and epilepsy, which can benefit both humans and the pets dealing with pain, inflammation, anxiety, muscle spasms, a lack of appetite, or trouble sleeping. Studies on a condition called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency have suggested that irregularities in the endocannabinoid system are present in nearly all diseases affecting mammals. This includes bone and skin diseases, liver, kidney, brain and gastrointestinal diseases, and mood-related diseases, to name a few. The role of inflammation in many of these conditions is an integral part of this connection; inflammation when left untreated can become chronic and lead to even bigger issues, which is why CBD and its lack of side effects is a wonderful way to mitigate these problems before they happen.

At Nami Mana Wellness, all of our products are created with the understanding that we all want to give our pets the best quality of life in the short number of years they have with us. If your pet suffers from an injury, illness, or trauma that contributes to pain, inflammation, seizures, or anxiety, balancing their endocannabinoid system with a high-quality CBD oil can provide natural relief using what’s already happening inside their body. Not only do we want to provide a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals for pain, anxiety relief, and overall improved performance, but even more, to provide hope and a renewed belief that you don’t have to accept pain and fear as a natural part of life. Our oils will have you and your fur friends celebrating the joys of a balanced life with all the benefits of high-quality hemp oil.

Whether you’ve got an active pup who’s getting up there in age or a skittish cat that could really use some peace and calm, we encourage you to browse our selection and see what CBD can do for your life.

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