All mammals and all animals with vertebrae have endocannabinoid systems. CBD and some terpenes interact with this system to promote homeostasis and balance as well as a host of other beneficial interactions with the body.
Legal in the U. S. since 2018, the potential health benefits of CBD have been the subject of extensive scientific research. In humans, CBD can reduce seizures in patients with rare forms of epilepsy. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, balances anxiety and depression, fights cancer and tumors, and has neuroprotective properties that can benefit the brain. CBD works by activating specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Discovered about 25 years ago, the ECS stretches from head to toe. It is involved in memory, mood, appetite, sleep, metabolism, and immune function. It helps balance these systems and promotes homeostasis throughout the body.
Dogs, Cats, and Horses Have Endocannabinoid Systems Too!
The ECS is not unique to humans. All animals besides protozoa and insects have this system. The anatomical location of CB1 and CB2 receptors can be different, especially when comparing dogs and humans. However, the ECS performs the same balancing function in mammals and other animals as it does in people. Industrial hemp plants contain as many as 100 natural cannabinoids that balance and activate the endocannabinoid system. Full-spectrum CBD oil for pets includes cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids to promote homeostasis. CBD is one of many plant-based molecules that activate the endocannabinoid system.