In the early 1990's, another body system was discovered in mammals, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a system for balance, regulation, and homeostasis. When out of balance, we can experience a wide array of discomforts and ailments. We have actually been affecting the ECS for ages with prescription and over-the-counter medications alike. Synthetic pain relievers such as Advil, , anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, herbs, even probiotics, affect change within the ECS. Recent discoveries have shown that the cannabis plant creates cannabinoids that can lend the same benefits naturally. Supplementing the endocannabinoid system with phyto (plant) cannabinoids comes with a greater scope of safety, minimal side effects, and less GI upset.
The cannabis plant produces over 500 molecules; 180 of those are cannabinoids that can be utilized by the endocannabinoid system. The various combination of these molecules broadens the scope of cannabis therapy and the conditions we can support.
While scientific advancements have gained traction in medicinal use for humans, the veterinary landscape is just beginning to come into the limelight. Legislation varies throughout the country. Here in Colorado for example, a veterinarian cannot recommend nor prescribe cannabis products. They can, however, partner with a VCC and provide medical oversight for their clients.
Cannabis - The genus of the whole plant. Cannabis is the umbrella term that encompasses both Hemp and Marijuana plants.
Hemp - A subspecies of the cannabis plant containing less than .3% THC. These products are not regulated. As such, there are no standardized safety or quality control measures. Hemp and CBD are often used interchangeably.
Marijuana - A subspecies of the cannabis plant containing more that .3% THC. These products are closely regulated by the DEA and can only be legally purchased in a licensed dispensary.
CBD - One of the major cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound.
THC - One of the major cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. THC is the abbreviation for Tetrahydrocannabinol. This molecule is a psychoactive compound. THC is what provides the high in dispensary products.
Cannabinoids - Natural occurring compounds found within the mammalian body. Cannabinoids keep the ECS in balance. We can utilize Phyto-cannabinoids (plant molecules) to supplement a deficit of cannabinoids and bring the ECS back in to balance.
Hemp Oil & Hemp Seed Oil - Hemp oil is made from the flower of the hemp plant and contains cannabinoids. Seed oil, on the other hand, is a cold pressed oil that comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and does not contain cannabinoids.
Regardless of what pet food companies would like you to believe, the answer is, no. Kibble is extremely hard for animals to digest, is highly processed, and provides minimal nutritional value.
There are so many good ones. Supplements are no different than food & treats! Always look for pure products without fillers, additives, synthetics, preservatives, or inactive ingredients.
This is hard to answer without specific details on the dogs or the product. When it comes to "CBD", there are a wide range of over-the-counter products on the market. In general, a CBD-only product can have amazing benefits. However, if your pet needs more support, they may benefit from a full spectrum product. By selecting a particular combination of molecules, we are able to target specific conditions.
This question is two fold. First, using a high THC product with any animal can have dangerous consequences. Secondly, edibles in particular may have additives and ingredients that are toxic to our furry companions. Please also keep in mind that human products are often much stronger that what a dog can handle.
Slippery elm! Slippery elm is nature's Pepto-Bismol. Canned pumpkin is another great option. Pumpkin is great for constipation, too.
Unfortunately, no... According to the DEA, THC is a schedule 1 drug & Hemp is "de-scheduled". Veterinarians have to comply with their DEA license and can only prescribe schedule 2-5 drugs. Cannabis products fall just outside of DEA license parameters.