How does CBD work with my dog’s endocannabinoid system?
So all of this information is fine and dandy – but let’s get to how CBD directly interacts with your dog’s ECS. The cannabinoids present in CBD oil mimic an animal’s own endocannabinoids. Because cannabinoids influence a myriad of complex processes, a dog’s ECS will go directly into drive mode. CBD basically helps their body create more, newly created endocannabinoids.
Once a dog ingests any CBD or cannabis product, the ECS receptors will begin working to process these compounds throughout the body and send chemical messages to the nerve cells requiring assistance. This is because the CB1 and CB2 receptors reunited with endocannabinoids again. The result? The imbalanced function is back in balance. CB1 receptors will help restore the overall functioning of your dog: from storing memories to conveying moods. Once CB2 receptors are activated by binding to CBD, they will work to help bring your dog back to a place of relaxation and pain relief.
Before introducing CBD or other supplements, there was likely an imbalance in your dog and specifically, in the area your dog was suffering in (i.e. cancer, arthritis, etc.). But with the fresh endocannabinoids bonding, these receptors can respond. That’s when the effects of CBD begin to kick in.
For example, if a dog is suffering from arthritis and inflamed joints, then CBD can help boost the receptors (specifically CB2 receptors in this case) and in turn, the ECS’s role in regulating that inflammation. As a result, your dog might experience a reduction in pain and inflammation.
More clinical research and testimonials are being released attesting to CBD’s therapeutic effects in a number of health issues that dogs face.