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Cannabidiol for Pets

I think depression, Bipolar disorder, feeling unbalanced, feeling nervous or anxious and not having your normal Tigger bounce is one of the worst feelings one can potentially experience, which is why cannabidiol for pets can help restore your pet’s bounce. Bodily pain is bad enough, but mental or emotional pain can be devastating.

I know we all want our pets, both dogs and cats, to be their very best.  In order for them to be their very best, it is important they feel well mentally and emotionally.

Is there anything about how to calm a stressed dog or cat that you can do to help your pet be on the top of their game?  If there were something you could do to help them, I’m sure you’d be all for it.

Well, I’ve tried to do a little digging on the topic of feeling nervous or anxious and cannabidiol.  Normally I’m digging in the yard and that gets me in trouble, so I figured I would try some digging through the research and keep myself out of the dog house.

Because cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system are relatively new it requires a little deductive reasoning.  I suppose my broad deductive reasoning goes as follows.

  • We know both humans along with dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems.
  • It would appear that supplementing the endocannabinoid system of humans with cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) can have a positive effect on humans.
  • If CBD can have a positive effect on humans, it could be made into wonderful and natural dog calming products too!

Admittedly I can’t find a formal study that has yet been run on dogs or cats on this topic of nervous pets, but I do know of positive anecdotal reports, which would bolster and support the argument for research in the future. Also, I’ve read articles making a good case for what researchers can consider investigating based upon pet owners anecdotal positive findings concerning cannabinoids.

Until such time as we have formal research on some specific aspects such as CBD’s effect on a nervous pet, we can work in good faith with what we’ve discovered as it applies to humans. We can do this in part with confidence because we know there have been no known toxic side effects to cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) for dogs, outside of the sparse reports of diarrhea and some other minor things. If a little diarrhea is all I’m potentially risking to feel more upbeat mentally and less anxious, I think that is a no brainer or trade I’m willing to risk.

OK then, here is what I found regarding general “mood” as it applies to the endocannabinoid system. This article entitled “The Endocannabinoid system and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders” makes a good case that CBD can be helpful.  

I was also intrigued by an article entitled “The endocannabinoid system in the regulation of emotions throughout lifespan: a discussion on therapeutic perspectives.”

What really caught my attention in the above article states: “Data from animal models indicate that the eCB system plays a key role in brain development, and is probably involved in the control of emotional states from early developmental stages.”

The quote caught my attention for two reasons. One is it references data from animal models, which could help my deductive reasoning as I seek to bridge the gap between human investigation to dog or cat investigation.

The other thing that jumped out at me was “from early developmental stages,” which seems to imply keeping the endocannabinoid system fueled and working well from a youthful age is an important consideration.

I’m a young dog and am healthy without complaints, but I still take cannabinoids and specifically cannabidiol (CBD) in the hopes of giving myself the best chance to stay healthy and hopefully have a long and happy life. I guess we will see how things go as I age, but I view it as cheap insurance to help support a bodily system that is increasingly found to be important in a myriad of critical bodily functions.

So, if your pet has been showing signs of anxiety or stress perhaps you can consider talking to your vet about adding CBD calming supplements for dogs and cats into your care regimen. There may not be much to lose and potentially a lot to gain, but I’m just a dog, so definitely check with your vet.

Yours in Health,

Stuart Little

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