CBD for Humans and Pets: Is there a Difference?

Pet owners do everything they can to keep their furry family members happy and healthy. With more and more humans taking CBD to treat health issues, the question arises: can my pet see the same benefits?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has entered the mainstream, and study after study points to the value CBD has in treating everything from epilepsy to autism, bipolar disorder to joint and muscle aches. The good news is that pets and humans have the same endocannabinoid systems (ECS). 

Basically, all vertebrate animals have an ECS, which means CBD and ECS receptors found throughout the body interact to establish a bridge between the body and mind. If that sounds too much like fantasy pseudo-science, look at what some of the brightest scientific minds have to say about it in a recent piece published by the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publishing site. The use of CBD has gone well beyond the holistic enthusiasts, entering modern medicine as a viable treatment for humans and pets.

The Down low on ECS Receptors

To learn more about how CBD impacts humans and pets, we have to look more closely at the receptors. Within every ECS system, there are two CBD receptor types: CB1 and CB2. According to a study published by the Mayo Clinic, CB1 receptors are “highly expressed” in the central nervous system, which includes several areas of the brain, but are also found in smooth muscle tissue. The CB2 receptors are found in immune cells, which circulate throughout the body in the bloodstream.

One of the most common reasons humans take CBD is to treat chronic pain, particularly, chronic inflammatory pain. It’s also a top reason pet owners use it on their aching dogs, cats, and any other vertebrate pet. Studies have indicated that activating the receptors through the introduction of CBD plays a role in the anti-inflammatory process, which suppresses the sensation of pain. In fact, the CB2 receptor activation has proven to reduce inflammation, so it’s not just masking the pain, it’s treating the root cause of it. 

Cytokines? Fortunately, You and Your Pet Have Them

The science behind what’s actually happening in pet and human CB1 and CB2 receptors can get quite complex because the terminology is not something anyone outside of a scientific lab would normally experience. But if there is one element to this that you need to know about, it’s cytokines.

Cureus, an open-access medical journal, published an article in September 2020, explaining that cytokines are proteins released by cells, which influences cell to cell communication in immune responses. In the case of inflammation, the CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors and helps move cytokines to the site of the inflammation/infection or trauma.

At PetSoothe™, we find the science behind what’s happening in the CBD industry exciting and we want to share what we’re finding out with pet owners. We’ve taken the science and developed CBD products specifically for your pets. For more information about how our products can make an impact on your pet’s wellness, contact us today.

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