People that love their pets can see the effects that pet stress has on their furry friends. Wherever there are loud noises such as fireworks or screeching sirens some of our little buddies don’t know how to react. Dogs can get out of control with hyperactivity and loud barking, and cats can get a little weird too. Both can even try to hide away and be out of sight until the threat is gone. There are some effective ways to relieve stress in pets, but is CBD one of them? Keep reading and maybe you’ll learn something.
The Stressful Pet
There are different types of stress that pets can experience. As we mentioned above, loud noises can trigger stress. Another event that can trigger stress is when the pet is left alone. Some pets do not want to be alone, they get scared then they act out. Dogs can bark or howl the entire time they are left alone. Cats can mewl or scream as well. Cats and dogs both can also become destructive and destroy things like furniture, electronics, and anything else that they can get a hold of.
What CBD Is
CBD is a cannabinoid that is found in the genus of plants known as cannabis. Since the cannabis plant has a high concentration of THC, over the centuries farmers have crossbreed different strains of cannabis to develop a popular plant called the hemp plant. Industrial hemp is known for its low THC content and high CBD content. It is from the hemp plant that CBD products are extracted and produced.
How CBD May Relieve Stress
All living beings on the planet that we live on that have spines also have an endocannabinoid system. Within each of our bodies, we have a system that creates and uses self-made cannabinoid-like chemicals to help create a state in our bodies known as homeostasis. Cannabinoids and endocannabinoids are so similar that the body doesn’t recognize the difference. When we introduce cannabinoids into our bodies, they communicate with our nervous system through the receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system.
THC is a cannabinoid as well, however, it communicates with the endocannabinoid system on a different level than CBD does. THC will enter the body and directly attach itself to bind with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. The receptors then send out messages around the body and the brain that are powerful enough to induce a psychoactive state in the user. Some scientists believe that the way that THC communicates with the brain is dangerous, while others argue that it isn’t. In any event, if you have ever been under the influence of THC you definitely know that when you use it, it dramatically changes the way that you feel.
CBD, on the other hand, interacts with the brain and body in a different manner that scientists have not yet been able to explain. Some believe that CBD gently interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in a way that influences them to either send messages or not send messages. So, if the brain tells the body to tense up because it should be ready to fight, or run away from a serious situation, CBD may instruct the receptor to not send the message. When all of the receptors fail to send the message to the rest of the body to tense up and be ready to fight, the body remains calm during a dramatic moment. If this is the case, then CBD has the ability to help stress by indirectly influencing the body’s messaging system.
We all love our pets and it is discomforting to see them in peril. One of the best things you can do to help your pet in a stressful situation is to stay calm and allow them to see that you are calm. As to whether or not CBD might be a good idea for your dog to relieve stress, millions of pet owners across the country give their pets CBD on a regular basis and swear by it. If you have any doubts about whether or not it is right for your pet, ask your veterinarian about it.