CBD and My Dogs
There is so. much. buzz. about CBD these days. I’ve been a CBD user for more than a year now, and took it up as a research interest during the course of my recent research fellowship in thanabotany.
So what is CBD? I’m going to quote the 12 page column I published in March for my Patreon subscribers:
CBD stands for cannabidiol. But what is that? Starting with the basics, there is a family called Cannabaceae. That family includes hops. Within that family, there’s a genus called Cannabis. There are a few species within the Cannabis genus. The three most common are Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. The two species you’ll see most often are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Each of these produces a flower, also called a bud. Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from the flower part of the plant, specifically. The stems and leaves have other uses. There is no CBD content in the stems.
CBD is what’s called a phytocannabinoid. There are a bunch of phytocannabinoids produced by the Cannabis Sativa plant, in fact, there are 113 that have been identified so far. Put another way, CBD, CBG, CBN, or THC (remember, these are 4 of the 113 known phytocannabinoids produced by the Cannabis sativa plant) come into the body and our Endocannabinoid System receives these molecules, and turns them into endocannabinoids. The body then uses these, in different ways, to get us into homeostasis. In a nutshell, what does the endocannabinoid system do? It maintains homeostasis in the body. When we are in a balanced state, we are healthy. Many medical systems view disease as the result of an imbalance. CBD, one of the phytocannabinoids our endocannabinoid system responds to, directly impacts our homeostasis in a positive way.
Animals have an endocannabinoid system as well. This is why there are CBD products for animals.
A few months ago JustCBD sent me some products to try—not only for me but also for my dogs! Yes, CBD for dogs.
Ruby and Hairy are my senior beagles. Ruby is 15, Hairy is 12. They have arthritis, and we live in a 3 story house. By the end of the day, we are carrying them up and down the steps (and gladly, I will say! I will do ANYTHING for my dogs!)
I have to say, the Chicken MeatBalls that JustCBD sent had a huge, huge impact on my two. These are the specific flavor: https://www.justcbdstore.com/product/cbd-oil-dogs/
What is also worth noting is that Ruby—the 15 year old—is not food motivated. She does not respond to treats. Here is their first experience with them:
What has been a delightful surprise is that after a couple days on these, we were able to stop giving their arthritis medication. (I’ll say here, we had vet approval.) In terms of cost, these are less expensive than the arthritis medication.
So, this had a measurable and noticeable impact on my pups. Here’s the link: https://www.justcbdstore.com/product/cbd-oil-dogs/
Thanks to JustCBD for providing these.