We at CSG love our pets and cannabis equally as much, but do those two wonders of nature work well together? The short answer is yes. When they’re sick, us pet owners will do everything we can to get them back to feeling like their normal selves again. Luckily, as is the case with humans, cats and dogs and other pets can reap the same therapeutic (even life-saving) benefits of cannabis and treat a variety of common health issues, allowing your pet to live life on their own terms.
We know you want the best for your furry friend(s), so if you are considering a cannabis-based medication for pets, it’s essential to first learn about the benefits and risks of this kind of treatment.
Cannabis and your pet’s Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) exists in all vertebrates, including mammals and plays a significant role in processing the effects of cannabis. There are over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis, and they interact with the ECS by attaching to CB-receptors located in the brain and nervous system, which regulates mood, sleep, and digestion, to name but a few.
However, it’s important to note that endocannabinoid receptors in pets are far more concentrated than humans, which means animals process the effects of cannabis much more intensely than humans. While it’s pretty cool that mammal’s bodies come with cannabis receptors and have fairly similar ways of processing these compounds, special precautions must be made for pets.
Whether CBD or THC, dosing can be complicated to gauge and will take trial and error. An important thing to remember is when you give your pet a dose, it may take some time before any effects are felt by them, and for you to see any positive effects. Each pet is different, mainly by their weight and size. So, it’s important to keep in mind to start small and slow, depending on your pet’s weight.