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Here's What Happens When You Give Your Pet CBD

Posted by Glory Finnegan on Mar 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

You Love CBD and we love CBD, but do you know who really loves CBD? Your pet. Because when they're nervous, anxious, or in pain - they don't have the words to let you know. 

Let's discover what happens in a pet's body once they take CBD. It all starts with a little something called the Endocannabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System? Endocannbinoid system pets infographic

 If you've ever wondered how CBD has the ability to be a remedy for so many different maladies, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the reason. Discovered in the 1980's, it's one of the body’s largest neurotransmitter networks responsible for the profound effect that cannabis has on humans and animals alike.

Think of the ECS as a watchful parent ready to step in at a moments notice: it sends neurotransmitters throughout the whole body to ensure that the entire system is running smoothly and checks if anything needs to be rebalanced. When it finds a problem, it regulates it by sending further instructions to receptors that adjust how one feels and thinks.

So, what exactly is the ECS monitoring in the body?

fertility and reproductive systems

appetite, hunger, and digestive systems


pain and pleasure

immune function

mood and memory

What are Cannabinoid Receptors?Cannabinoid receptors in pets infographic

Cannabinoid Receptors exist throughout our ECS to recognize and respond to the presence of cannabinoids. Think of cannabinoids and their receptors as a lock and key. Once you or your pet takes CBD, the cannabinoids (keys) scour your body looking for the receptors (locks), and once locked into place, change starts to happen. 

The two major cannabinoid receptors are CB1 & CB2:

cannabinoid receptors pets infographic

CB1 Cannabinoid Receptors

These receptors are found throughout the body but exist in high concentrations in the spinal cord and the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain have been shown to effect our behaviors by interacting with receptors in the hypothalamus & the amygdala, regions of the brain associated with appetite as well as memory and emotions. 

CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors

CB2 receptors exist primarily in the nervous system and in the immune system. The activation of these receptors has been shown to modulate inflammation, which is seen as the culprit for many of the destructive diseases that impede modern day health.

When CBD Meets the Body & Brain

cbd pet brain infographic

When introduced into your pet's body, a plant cannabinoid like CBD stimulates cannabinoid receptors in the same way their own body's endocannabinoids do. In turn, your dog will experience the benefits of a more stimulated ECS:

Brain Activation to Catalyze Behavior Change

CBD lights up our brains like a Christmas tree while it activates the hypothalamus, basal ganglia, hippocampus, amygdala, brain stem, cerebellum, brain stem, cerebral cortex. In its close interaction with the brain, it has the potential to change behavior & mood. 

Boosted Gastrointestinal Function & Stress Regulation

Scientists are now supporting that the endocannabinoid system within dogs also influences activity in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) and affects the areas of the central nervous system responsible for appetite, while playing an important role in regulating hormones that are related to the body's response to stress and the reproductive system

Reduced Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to damage to tissue or infection but when this response is not controlled properly it can lead to chronic inflammation. This inflammation is believed to be responsible for many chronic diseases. When the endocannabinoid system is stimulated by external cannabinoids it leads to a moderation in the body’s immune response and in turn, reduces inflammation.  


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Topics: For Pets

Glory Finnegan

About Glory Finnegan

Glory Rae Finnegan is a content writer in San Diego, CA, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. Glory is passionate about human psychology, destigmatizing mental health, animal advocacy, and plant-based living.