Endocannabinoid System In Pets
Endocannabinoid System in Pets
The uptick in attention from pet owners and positive feedback from the animal wellness community has catalyzed the introduction of many new pet cannabinoid products in recent months. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most frequently used cannabinoid for animal wellness with 50% of pet owners reporting they use CBD for their cat or dog. Owners who purchased CBD pet products have shared positive feedback in many independent surveys. In fact, 90% of pet owners state the CBD products have improved their pet’s life. Brightfield Research’s most cited improvements when pets are using CBD include the animal seems calmer (58%), having better sleep (26%), and having increased mobility (41%). This news is well received among pet owners seeking options for their biggest pet wellness challenges, especially for aging pets. Just as humans have an endocannabinoid system, so do pets.
The endocannabinoid system is often described as a bridge between mind and body. Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, brain, peripheral nervous system, central nervous system, and immune system. When these receptors are activated, either by phytocannabinoids (from plants) or endocannabinoids (from the human body), they can signal responses in the endocannabinoid system that influences sleep, inflammation, mood, and other wellness aspects.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) introduced a 2013 study on the topic by characterizing the endocannabinoid system as “one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health”.
This veterinarian driven APH Resource guide provides a good history on the topic. Best practices for pet owners considering giving their pet CBD include the following:
- Know your source to ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company.
- Check the Certificate of Analysis (COA) on the package to ensure a product is as advertised.
- Monitor your pet carefully. Like humans, pets have bio-individuality that may impact any wellness product. Start small.
- Always consult a medical professional before changing your pets' wellness program.
We recommend Satividol CBD for Pets for your pet’s wellness needs.