Taking Your Pet’s Health to New Heights
So why am I telling you about Cannabidiol (CBD) in a pet related blog? CBD has become a buzz word in the world of natural medicine and wellness because of its ability to treat pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression, symptoms that affect both people and pets. While scientific research on the effectiveness of CBD is still limited in comparison to other drugs and supplements, there are dozens of studies showing its effectiveness….just take a look.
What is CBD?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound extracted from marijuana and hemp plants that can be legally sold and ingested as a dietary supplement. It’s legal so long as the percentage of THC (the psychoactive compound) in an extract is under 0.3%. Basically, it has the ability to provide some of marijuana’s therapeutic effects without the high. Both humans and dogs have a similar endogenous cannabinoid system or ECS. We can look at the ECS as a collection of cell receptors and corresponding chemical molecules called agonists. When an agonist binds to a cell, it initiates a cascading physiological response within the body. CBD works as an antagonist by targeting these cell receptors, binding to them and leaving them inactive—meaning no further response is generated within the body and the non-intoxicating, relaxing effects are felt.
For my pets?!
Thanks to a better understanding of how CBD works, companies like Suzie’s Pet Treats have been incorporating legal lab-analyzed Cannabidiol extract into dog treats and supplements. Their CBD is extracted from organic hemp grow in Colorado and the products are produced to the highest of standards. Owners giving their dogs Suzie’s Pet Treats can feel confident they are giving nothing but the best to their four legged companions. In my opinion, they are a far better alternative to some of the pharmaceutical / opioid treatments out there. Among Suzie’s offerings are pumpkin and apple flavored biscuits along with two varieties of drops which can be added to your dog’s food or administered directly under their tongues. For further information or to find out if they are right for your dog please check out their FAQ page here. If so, you can stop into the Provincetown Pet Resort and pick some up.