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    A Quick Guide On CBD For Dogs

    By this time you might already know that CBD products are trending! With the new legality on all 50 states, hemp-derived products are taking over. There’s one good reason why this is happening. CBD has amazing properties that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Now, we know there’s a lot of different products out there, but did you know the CBD market is turning to pets now? So what’s up with CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol. Although it can be derived from the hemp and marihuana plant, CBD is mostly present in the hemp plant. CBD is highly associated with anti-inflammatory properties which are essential in preventing and diminishing multiple ailments. Also, hemp-derived CBD has no psychoactive reactions, unlike the infamous recreational use linked with marihuana.

    Reasons to try CBD on your pet

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    There’s an array of reasons why CBD is highly beneficial for your pup’s health. Pet owners can treat their animal’s conditions with a single supplement. Here’s a list of multiple ways CBD oil can improve the life of your pooch:

    •Reduces and manages anxiety

    •Diminishes the frequency and sharpness of seizures

    •Relieves pain (chronic pain and acute pain)

    •Reduces inflammation (and therefore prevent diseases caused by inflammation)

    •Boosts the appetite

    •Reduces nausea symptoms

    •Promotes circulatory system health

    •Supports the immune system

    The best part is CBD has little to no side effects. Unlike conventional medication, quality CBD is 100% organic, with no additional chemicals that might induce some kind of crazy upsetting side effects!

    The Endocannabinoid system

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    It is pretty simple and no different from how it works on our human-ly bodies. Dogs, cats and even horses have an Endocannabinoid system–which is something like traffic stop lights, or a built internal network which has a major role in responding to regulations in the body. The Endocannabinoid system is a biological arrangement that responds to both physiological and psychological processes when the cannabinoids found in hemp are in the body.

    The Endocannabinoid system has become a matter of broad scientific research since it has so many effects on stimulating systems that fight diseases. Every day new insights following up on research are uncovered, which support the idea of therapeutic use in pets.

    An outlook on cannabinoids: What are they and how do they work?

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    Something quite magical is on the surface of cells: Cannabinoid receptors! These little guys monitor conditions that occur outside the cell. They detect external activity and transmit it to the inside of the cell, which conditions cellular response. There are multiple types of cannabinoid receptors, but there are two major ones to keep in mind during this article: CB1 and CB2.

    CB1: Although found throughout the body, CB1 receptors are mainly concentrated in the spinal cord and the brain. The ones found in the brain are responsible for behaviors. There have been found CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain responsible for regulating appetite. There are CB1 receptors in the regions that control memory and emotions. It is believed that pain regulating CB1 receptors have been detected in nerve endings.

    CB2: These are especially found in the immune and nervous system. CB2 receptors have been identified as those that are responsible for regulating inflammation, which is a trait related to the CBD therapeutic effects.

    Here’s a quick outlook on how the Endocannabinoid system reacts to external cannabinoids.

    •The body has natural cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid can react to external cannabinoids including CBD.

    •The body’s natural cannabinoids are activated by CB1 and CB2 receptors after CBD intake.

    Choosing the right CBD for your fur-baby

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    We all know how much us humans care for our beloved pets. We want only the best of the best for them, and we would most likely do anything to protect them from any harm, especially when it comes to health. Luckily we can offer the best kinds of anything as long as we research on the benefits and quality of a product. If you ever consider buying your cutie pooch some CBD based products it is important to have a few things in mind. Here’s a list of things you might want to keep in your notes:

    Make sure you look for pet-friendly CBD products
    As you might have figured by now, your doggo is not a human. For this reason, it is important to keep ingredients and components, whether it be on tinctures or solid treats, on a safe scale.

    Only try hemp derived CBD
    Hemp-derived CBD oil offers all the good benefits we have talked about and it also assures a psychoactive free dosage. Your pup will not get high!

    Keep an eye out for full spectrum CBD

    It contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant, it includes powerful cannabinoids like Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabicyclol (CBL) and Cannabichromevarinic Acid (CBCVA). All of them work in tiny bits, when they join together they make quite a powerful team which supports substantial results.

    •Keep an eye out for full spectrum CBD
    It contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant, it includes powerful cannabinoids like Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabicyclol (CBL) and Cannabichromevarinic Acid (CBCVA). All of them work in tiny bits, when they join together they make quite a powerful team which supports substantial results.

    Dosage for your pup

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    CBD for pets come in varied shapes and sizes! There are solid yummy treats, tinctures and even infused food. For this reason, it is important to look out on dosages for it to work exceptionally. When it comes to tinctures it is recommended to administer the dosage by weight. Here’s a quick tip on weight and dosage for your pup with CBD tinctures:

    •Up to 25 lbs: 4 mg

    •25-50 lbs: 8 mg

    •50 lbs+: 16 mg

    One final thing: Make sure your dog has a paw-sitive experience

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    Keep in mind that your vet is your pup’s best friend when it comes to health complications. Having a quick chat about how CBD can help your pet out will give you a clear understanding if it right for your four-legged child. It is up to you to decide if this a step you might want to take. If you do, always study your dog’s behavior to see the reaction it has on them. Hopefully, it helps out in emptying medicine cabinets, and encourages your doggies tail to wag with paw-sitive joy.