How Does CBD Work For Dogs?
Dogs possess an endocannabinoid system just like human beings do. In fact, this incredible network of receptors can be found in all mammals and even in some crustaceans. The endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) maintains homeostasis and consists of a multitude of receptor cells located throughout the entire body. These receptor cells interact with the peripheral and central nervous system, continually working to keep your pet healthy.
Your dog’s endocannabinoid system maintains his appetite, sleep cycle, stress levels, temperature, and more. Dogs can become unwell and suffer from many of the same conditions as humans. Some of these conditions are thought to be caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency. This is where the body either can’t utilize its own cannabinoids properly or has a deficiency in making them. Allergies, chronic pain, inflammation, immune disorders and more may come about as a result of an endocannabinoid deficiency.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid that works within this vast system of receptors helping the body to either produce more cannabinoids or gently nudge it into using the ones it has more efficiently. It can do this because the molecular structure of phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that come from plants) and endocannabinoids (cannabinoids made in our bodies) is nearly identical.