In this age of self-care, physical and mental health are becoming the new normal – so why can’t it extend to your pup? He may not have to worry about bills or picking up the dry cleaning, but animals can experience stress just like we do. You may have heard about CBD, a powerful supplement that can help humans with relaxation and calm, but what is CBD Oil for pets? Perfect Paws CBD Oil is a premium blend of MCT Oil and premium CBD that works with your pet’s body to encourage overall health and wellness and provide a number of benefits that could positively impact your pet.
What Is CBD Oil And How Does It Work?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in Hemp and Marijuana plants known for its beneficial properties and ability to help with a variety of health issues. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, to provide a myriad of benefits. The ECS comprises CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout the body.
- CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system but also exist in the lungs, liver, kidneys and reproductive organs. These receptors impact memory, motor processes, appetite, pain, mood and sleep.
- CB2 receptors are found in the immune systems and related areas. When stimulated, CB2 receptors initiate a response that combats inflammation which can reduce pain and prevent further damage to tissues.
Your pet naturally produces endocannabinoids, or chemical compounds that stimulate the CB receptors and help maintain homeostasis. Your pet may also respond to plant-derived compounds like CBD. Although CBD does not bind directly to ECS receptors, it can positively affect hormone levels. For example, anandamide – a “bliss” molecule responsible for regulating memory, appetite, mood, pain and sleep – binds to CB1 receptors to dull the sensation of pain, enhance mood and decrease anxiety. However, this effect is short-lived because Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase – FAAH for short – quickly breaks down anandamide. CBD stops FAAH from breaking down the molecule, allowing the effects of the natural cannabinoid to last longer and make more of an impact on your pet.
Hemp CBD Versus Marijuana CBD
Although CBD is found in both Hemp and Marijuana plants, Perfect Paws Hemp products are only made from Industrial Hemp. Hemp and Marijuana are both members of the Cannabis family and are sometimes called “sister plants” because of their visual similarities, but they differ in chemical composition. Both Hemp and Marijuana plants contain CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While Hemp plants contain trace amounts of THC and high levels of CBD, Marijuana plants have less CBD and up to 35 percent THC. Because of its low THC levels, Hemp is federally legal in the United States, and most of the CBD in the U.S. is derived from Hemp.
|Plant||Scientific Name||Chemical Composition||Psychoactive Properties||Legality|
|Hemp||Cannabis sativa||Less than 0.3% THC||No||Federally legal in the US|
|Marijuana||Cannabis sativa||5% - 40% THC||Yes||Illegal in most states|
CBD Versus THC
As CBD continues to grow in popularity, misconceptions are on the rise. Many people confuse CBD and THC, but the cannabinoids are extremely different. CBD is a non-psychoactive , non-toxic compound that will not cause intoxication in your fur baby, while THC is the compound present in Marijuana plants that is responsible for causing a “high” and is said to be toxic for animals. There is no conclusive evidence on how much THC causes signs of toxicity, but it is best to steer clear of that cannabinoid when it comes to your four-legged friends. What we do know: CBD can be useful in reducing stress and promoting calm in pets without the harsh side effects of THC.
The Perfect Paws Process
Not all CBD products are created equal, and Perfect Paws provides the highest-quality products on the market. Our CBD is extracted from superior-grade Industrial Hemp grown on American farms with sustainable methods. Our environmentally friendly extraction process separates CBD from the other cannabinoids in Hemp plants, including THC. We only use high-quality CBD to manufacture our products, and our production happens in-house for quality assurance. We also use third-party lab tests to certify potency, so you can rest assured that you are providing your pet with CBD health benefits when you choose Perfect Paws.
What are CBD Health Benefits?
CBD has a number of beneficial properties that can make it useful for a variety of common pet health issues. The calming properties of this compound can help decrease the stress related to travel, separation, loud noises and other phobias. In fact, a 2015 study of rats found that CBD may reduce stress related to negative stimuli. CBD may also help promote calmness, keeping your dog safe and happy.
Perfect Paws Hemp knows that CBD can make your pet’s life better, so we designed a diverse product line to deliver CBD's variety of health benefits and improve the overall health and wellness of your four-legged friends. Unlike many prescriptions, there is no chance of overdose or adverse side effects associated with CBD use. This non-addictive and non-psychoactive product will not cause your pet to feel “high,” but he may fall in love with the way this compound makes him feel. We aim to create more good times and make the bad times more manageable with our product line. Learn more about the CBD Oil benefits for your whole fur family.
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CBD Oil Review – How Does CBD Affect the Endocannabinoid System?
Project CBD – Cannabis Oil Extraction
Ministry of Hemp – Hemp Vs Marijuana
EchoConnection – A Look at the Endocannabinoid System’s CB1 and CB2 Receptors
VCA Hospital – Marijuana Intoxication in Dogs and Cats