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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many compounds inside hemp and cannabis plants. Cannabinoids determine the type of effect on the body. When certain cannabinoids, like THC, or group of cannabinoids bind to specialized CB1 and CB2 receptors; the cell triggers notifying there is a change in cell activity.

Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not directly signal these special receptors; instead it has an indirect effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD stimulates the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoids that sends signals to activate those receptors to do their job naturally. CB1 receptors are in the nervous system, glands, organs and connective tissue. CB2 receptors have an effect on the immune system and your functioning health.

CBD chartclick to enlarge The natural cannabinoids within your body work with these receptors to prevent your nervous system from misfiring or acting defectively. Natural cannabinoid deficiency will lead to negative effects on your nervous system and body as a whole.

Many describe CBD as being like THC, but without the psychoactive effects. CBD works as an endocannabinoid modular. Meaning that when a disease starts to take over it will create an imbalance within a body system. The CBD then works to get those systems to balance back to where they should be, to a healthy, working condition.

Just as CBD has shown beneficial effects in humans, your dog can also reap similar health benefits since both have endocannabinoid systems (ECS). In fact, all vertebrates and invertebrates are known to have an ECS.

 

Research on CBD:

Pain and Inflammations
CBD and its analgesic properties. A recent study by Cornell University showed positive results in Osteoarthritic Dogs
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00165/full

Seizures and Epilepsy
CBD and its anticonvulsant properties.  Here are two articles where CBD use showed positive results in significantly reducing the frequency of seizures.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1611618

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5767492/

Anxiety
CBD and its anxiolytic properties and efficacy on anxiety disorders.  Studies suggests shows CBD’s efficacy on reducing anxiety behaviors in multiple disorders like PTSD
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30087591

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26341731

Nausea and Vomiting
CBD and its antiemetic properties.  Research shows the benefits of CBD in alleviating nausea and vomiting.
https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01621.x
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21175589
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21827451

 

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