The endocannabinoid system is a network of cellular receptors present in all vertebrates. The function of this bodily system is to maintain balance (homeostasis) of the other body systems and metabolic processes. It is comprised of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids that are produced by the body “on demand”, and enzymes. We can supplement the body’s supply of endocannabinoids by giving cannabinoids that are extracted by plants or made synthetically.
There are many commercial products readily available touting the benefits of hemp or CBD for dogs and cats. There is also minimal knowledge and education available for consumers to know what they are looking for, what products to choose, and the reasons why (and why not) to use cannabis therapy for their pets. There is also a need to educate clients on the potential negative side-effects of cannabis therapy and signs of intoxication.
We gear our counseling sessions to fill this education and knowledge gap with our clients, to make goals for cannabis supplementation, research products that your pet may be currently taking, and to give specific guidance on products.