We all want what's best for our pets, but there are some things that we can't prevent, no matter what we do. One of them being arthritis! Since you can't stop your animal from developing arthritis, you can relieve them from some of the more painful symptoms. When an animal has arthritis, their joints become inflamed, they suffer pain, and this can cause other issues that lead to more terminal problems.
Hemp products can help relieve your pet of pain by focusing on healing their joints. Using cannabis products for your animal can help reduce the inflammation that they suffer, allowing them to properly recover and live a fuller, more comfortable life. But how does it work?!
How Cannabis Products Work for Animals
Cannabinoids are the plant chemicals in cannabis that produce its beneficial effects by the way they interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a network of thousands of receptors all over the body, including but not limited to the brain and central nervous system. It helps regulate various functions such as sleep, moods and pain, and scientists are only beginning to learn the full depth of this system. All animals with a backbone have highly developed endocannabinoid systems, and treating symptoms with a plant-based solution such as cannabis is becoming increasingly popular with pet owners. When certain cannabinoids plug into specific receptors in the ECS, a range of beneficial effects can be seen. One such benefit (but not the only one) is its ability to reduce inflammation in joints!
However, cannabinoids are an option to help treat many other chronic conditions such as stress responses, aggression and digestive issues. Cannabinoids that work on the Endocannabinoid system can offer relief for basically every living thing with vertebrae.
How to Use
Firstly, we know that giving products with THC to pets can potentially harm them. THC can cause mental disorders in people and produces a psychoactive effect which would not be suitable for pets as a treatment. Luckily, hemp products are produced from hemp plants that are specifically bred to have only tiny trace amounts of THC. Nowhere near enough to cause adverse reactions in animals or even show up on a drug test!
Treating pets with hemp products is simple, easy and stress-free. It requires only a few drops of hemp seed oil to be placed directly into their mouth or mixed in with their food. Dosage is based on the animal's weight in kilograms so the larger the pet, the bigger the daily dose, but generally speaking a large dog would need only around 1/2 to one full dropper per day for an effective dose. One of the other amazing things about using hemp is that it can be applied externally as well, which will help with any skin conditions that they may have – and as an added bonus if it's licked off it's no problem!
Are There Any Dangers or Side Effects?
Because hemp is entirely plant-based, it's tough to overdose. It is recommended though that you start slowly and increase the dose as symptoms persist. Positive results can usually be seen within the first two weeks; the early signs are a more relaxed demeanour, bright and healthy coat, more durable nails and clear white eyes. This is especially noticeable in elderly pets. The science and early clinical evidence from cannabis research demonstrates that the non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from the hemp plant have potent healing properties.
As always, it is strongly recommended that if your pet is on any other prescribed medications from a vet that you consult with them first before adding any other supplements to your furry friend's diet! If you have any more questions, please reach out to us, we love to chat all things hemp!
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