Cannabis is legal in Seattle and many have heard of the benefits the plant provides for relieving anxiety symptoms, controlling epileptic seizures, and pain (to name a few) for certain individuals.
Moving from a cultural taboo to gradual acceptance into the mainstream, cannabis is likely here to stay. Initially catering to human customers – both recreationally and medicinally – cannabis is also on the fast-track to change the lives of our beloved pets.
But what’s the real “411” behind these alternative health products?
Can they really help support your pet’s best health and address chronic health issues without harmful side effects?
Keep reading to learn the basics behind this exploding new therapeutic alternative.
What the Terms Actually Mean
- The marijuana plant/herb
- Comes from a variety of the cannabis plant (the Cannabis Sativa) that contains THC (the ingredient that produces a euphoric “high” for the user). Made from the dried flowers/buds and leaves.
- Used throughout history as both medicine and a recreational substance.
- Can be smoked, eaten or vaporized by humans.
- SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN TO ANY PET. ALWAYS KEEP IT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS, INCLUDING PLANTS.
- As known as weed, pot, grass, 420, hemp, ganja, herb, bud, Mary Jane, hash (dried cannabis resin) and cannabis.
- Another variety of the cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC, with high levels of medicinal, toxic-free CBD. Products made with less than .3% THC are legal in all 50 states.
- In addition to medicinal CBD oil, hemp fiber is used for clothes and hemp seeds are used for food.
- The natural, psychoactive compound (chemical) in marijuana that produces mind-altering euphoria.
- SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN TO ANY PET. ALWAYS KEEP IT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS.
- Stands for cannabidiol: one of the active, medicinal compounds (called cannabinoids) unique to the cannabis plant. (Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids.)
How Does CBD Work for my Pet?
CBD works with the receptors found in the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) found in all mammals. The ECS network regulates hundreds of processes within the body including mood, temperature, acute pain and inflammation, sleep, stress/anxiety, disease and more. When the CBD molecules bind to specific ECS receptors in your pet’s body, it helps activate those receptors to restore and regulate wellness. In addition, CBD does not have any reported side effects.
At-A-Glance: Benefits for Dogs and Cats
CBD May Help Your Dog With:
CBD May Help Your Cat With:
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All of our pets are seniors and we can’t tell you how helpful CBD has been for them! CBD is our go to for helping them manage their pain and discomfort.
We use the hemp oil for our pup and the gel pen on our cats (they don’t like the oil). We suggest you try a few products and see which one works the best for your pet.
Here is a link to the two brands we use:
Have questions about whether CBD could help your canine or feline?
Feel free to reach out to Cosmic Home & Pet, your Seattle Pet Sitting expert!
Cosmic Home & Pet has been providing Seattle dog walking, cat sitting, senior pet care and overnight in-home pet sitters since 1998. We also love and care for other critters (young and old) including rabbits, ferrets, fish, birds, chickens and more.
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