Natural Relief For Your Pet – Pets and CBD

Natural Relief For Your Pet – Pets and CBD

Have you heard of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) before? The ECS is a complex regulatory system that creates and maintains our body’s internal stability (homeostasis). It does so by adjusting the flow of neurotransmitters and regulating bodily functions including appetite, sleep, emotion and movement (just to name a few). And did you know that this impressive system is also found in our pets! 

Cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with the ECS and will either up-regulate or down-regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes. Cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) bind to these receptors. And since animals like your cats and dogs also have an endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can help regulate their system too! 

Is CBD safe for cats & dogs? 

CBD is generally well tolerated by pets with virtually no side effects. It is non-psychoactive so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting “high”. CBD can be a great natural alternative for animals who struggle with a variety of ailments like the ones listed below. It can also be a great daily addition to the care plan of older pets. 

Some potential benefits of CBD may include: 

  • Arthritis relief 
  • Joint and muscle pain 
  • Anxiety relief  
  • Skin Irritations 
  • Digestive upset relief  
  • Seizures and epilepsy 
  • Can help fight cancer 
  • Reduce chronic Inflammation  
  • Provide neurodegenerative disease protection 
  • Promotes cardiovascular health 

CBD Delivery Methods: 

There are a variety of different delivery methods available that provide their own unique benefits. They include the following: 

Topicals  Lotions, sprays and balms makes it easy to provide the properties of CBD directly to problem areas to help your pet live a happier life. These are best for localized pain and are relatively easy to apply. Topicals are great options for skin irritations, joint and muscle relief and relief from arthritis.  

Treats  CBD infused pet treats are easy to dose and administer. Ingesting CBD typically provides longer-lasting relief so your pet will reap the benefits of CBD for a longer duration of time. Some CBD treats also contain other healing ingredients that can provide additional benefits.  

Tinctures – These provide accurate dosing and can be added into your pets food, water or directly into their mouth.  Tinctures also tend to provide longerlasting relief.  

CBD 101- Hemp vs Cannabis derived CBD

CBD 101- Hemp vs Cannabis derived CBD

Cannabidiol, or more popularly known as CBD, has been getting a lot of buzz in the health and wellness world. Everything from CBD tinctures, topicals and vape carts are now readily available. Those seeking natural relief from a variety of ailments have been able to do so with this therapeutic cannabinoid 

CBD is a cannabinoid that can be obtained from both hemp and cannabis plants. Depending on which variety of plant you are wanting to obtain CBD from, will determine whether you will need to be a registered medical cannabis patient or not. 

With CBD becoming more and more popular, there has also come more confusion. So, we’ve broken it down for you: 

 

First off, what is CBD? 

CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in both hemp and cannabis plants. CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system and can provide relief from pain, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia and depression (just to name a few). CBD is non-psychoactive and is well tolerated amongst many people even at high doses.  

 

What’s the difference between Hemp and Cannabis? 

Cannabis is a family of plants that includes sativa and indica species. And while cannabis that contains THC, often referred to as “Marijuana”, can be obtained from both indica and sativa species, Hemp is derived only from the cannabis sativa family.  Hemp contains <0.3% THC and is naturally high in CBD. Cannabis (or Marijuana) in contrast, typically contains higher amounts of THC and small amounts of CBD.  

Hemp and hemp-derived products are federally legal to obtain in the United States while the high THC cannabis and cannabis-derived products are not.  

  

Hemp derived CBD vs Cannabis derived CBD 

Like previously stated, CBD can be derived from both hemp and cannabis plants. CBD derived from hemp contains only CBD, while CBD derived from medical cannabis tends to contain secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other minor constituents to help produce a wide array of benefits. 

Since hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, it can be purchased from a variety of sources. Cannabis-derived CBD on the other hand, can only be purchased in Maryland through a medical dispensary.  

CBD derived from cannabis is for medical purposes and is highly regulated and must undergo rigorous testing and quality standards. CBD derived from hemp does not have these requirements.  

 

Do I need a medical card to obtain CBD? 

The short answer, no. If you want to purchase hemp-derived CBD then you do not need to be a medical cannabis patient. However, if you want to obtain CBD that has been derived from medical cannabis, then you will need to be a registered patient.