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What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The ECS plays a number of important roles in the body’s functionality – both in dogs and humans. It is made up of three key components.
- Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CBD2).
- Enzymes that work to break down cannabinoids and endocannabinoids.
The ECS influences a wide variety of cognitive, physiological, and physical processes that take place throughout your dog’s body.
Within the ECS, there are two different cannabinoid receptors.
- CB1 Receptors: Mostly concentrated in the central nervous system. Primarily influences cognitive functions like appetite regulation and emotional processing.
- CB2 Receptors: Mostly concentrated in the peripheral nervous system. Primarily influences symptoms like inflammation and pain.
How CBD Influences the ECS
CBD works to support the body’s functionality through indirect communication with the ECS.
As CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, it works to balance out the ECS and support the body’s ability to bind with cannabinoids. If your dog is suffering from health issues, CBD can help their ECS restore equilibrium to naturally manage the symptoms.
As CBD works to balance your dog’s ECS, it can provide a wide range of benefits regarding:
Anxiety in dogs can be largely classified into two distinct categories: Behavioral and Situational.
Behavioral: Deep-rooted anxiety typically related to traumatic events or unhealthy formative years. This usually includes aggression, separation anxiety, hyper-activity, restlessness, etc.
Situational: Situational anxiety occurs when a dog experiences something they aren’t normally accustomed to. This commonly includes anxiety when traveling, during fireworks, thunderstorms, sirens, when you have unfamiliar guests over, and so on.
Studies indicate that using CBD to balance your dogs ECS can help to regulate your pup’s anxiety, as well as help with sleep and appetite issues. When the ECS interacts with the central nervous system, the receptors secrete serotonin, a natural calming hormone produced by the body.
As these receptors communicate with each other, they will gradually work to calm the body down and promote normal levels of anxiety.
Inflammation and Joint Pain
There are few things more heart-breaking than seeing your dog struggle with basic movement. If joint pain and inflammation is left remedied, the ripple effect can be very extensive.
Studies have found that in a balanced ECS, cells in the body are receiving natural signals from different stimuli to help respond to pain-related symptoms.
When CBD interacts with the ECS, CB2 receptors can support your dog’s natural ability to calm the pain response during joint movement and potentially reduce swelling, as well as improve limb posture.
Just like with humans, skin allergies in dogs are largely due to over-activity in the immune system. It’s estimated that there are 150-200 different skin conditions that can be traced to allergies in dogs – including reactions to pollen, mold, bugs, certain ingredients in food, etc.
A fine-tuned ECS can trigger many different reactions in skin cells, of which encourage your dog’s immune system to work more effectively in combating infections that result in excessive scratching or sneezing.
Additionally, a well-balanced ECS can help to stimulate new cell growth to combat allergic reactions in the skin.
CBD is a powerful product and it doesn’t take much to support the ECS. The perfect CBD serving size for your dog depends on a couple key factors:
- Your dog’s weight.
- The mg of CBD in the product.
CBD is generally a safe compound, but you need to take extra caution to check your specific product for the exact instructions for serving sizes.
How do I give my dog CBD?
Most commonly, pet owners add Honey Churro & Pink salt onto their dog’s food. Simply sprinkle a little Himalayan Salt in your pets meals. Himalayan Pink Salt is good for dogs, as well as for people. It contains a wide range of minerals, in just the right amounts.